Tavan & Mitto

Designer Duo: Tavãn & Mitto

We met up in their boutique/workshop located on Saint-Laurent boulevard in Montréal. While sipping their espressos, Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto reflect on the notion of love, the day's topic. "Love of women," they sigh in the same voice. "What can you do," explains Tavan, "we love women! It's for them that we design. There's a reason why we installed our workshop above the store: we wanted to be able to observe our clientele when they first come in so that we can get a feel for their energy and find what they're looking for. To see them evolve is a source of constant inspiration."
Poster World

Poster World

In the span of a quarter century, Publicité Sauvage placarded 40,000 cultural advertising signs on walls: kilometers of posters in varied styles that have refashioned the heart of Montreal day after day, spreading it in a vibrant graphic urban horizon. The posters are the voices of artists, whether underground or not. They stand as extraordinary testaments of the cultural and social life of Montreal, they show-case a wide array of ideas, from the big-bang creative moment in the ‘80s all the way till now. To celebrate 25 (and a half!) years of life, Publicité Sauvage has decided to showcase their most memorable posters across 15 emblematic places.
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Canadian Designers: Paprika

While some epitomize creative liberty, others praise pressure as a source of creativity. “Pressure allows the designer to travel to unfamiliar territory; it’s often a positive influence on their work,” says Louis Gagnon, creative director and co-founder of Paprika.
Samare

Canadian Designers: Samare

With an aesthetic that made them stand out at the Milan Satelitte Salone in 2008, Samare the Montréal based furniture design company combines the traditional with the contemporary.
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Canadian Designers: Guillaume Sasseville

Guillaume Sasseville has definitely taken a unique path in getting to where he is now, but his work manages to ooze a great sense of maturity. With a background in visual arts, then in environmental design, Sasseville took a break from his studies to travel and discover three continents before settling down in Montreal as an architect.
Etienne Hotte

Canadian Designers: Etienne Hotte

"She is modest and pensive. Her arresting lines and curves gives her lightness. She is set in time and poetics.” This is neither about a woman, nor a luxury car, but rather a chair named Alban. The Alban chair, which won a Design Grand Prix in 2011, was created by Étienne Hotte, a true Montrealer of who we could not be more proud of.
Borrallo

Canadian Designers: Borrallo

The ethereal designs Ana Borrallo created for the St. Paul Hotel is what turned her into one of the most sought-after residential designer in the city. She studied interior design in her native Spain before moving to Canada two decades ago.
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Canadian Designers: Jean-Maxime Labreque

At first thought, it would seem hard to establish a link between the world of art and military. But not for architectural designer, Jean-Maxime Labrecque, who has spent the last four years at the heart of the infantry of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves as Corporal where he has mastered the necessary rigour, discipline and order for the making of his grand masterpiece.
Baillat&Cardell

Canadian Designers: Baillat&Cardell

Projects keep piling up for studio Baillat Cardell et Fils, two-time winner of the Grafika grand prize. Co-founders Jean-Sébastien Baillat and Guillaume Cardell are currently working with their team on over twenty various projects.
Burdifilek

Canadian Designers: Burdifilek

Recognized worldwide for commercial interior design, BURDIFILEK is a mix of Diago BURDI, the visionary and creative soul, and Paul FILEK, the heart of the business. The company has been built on 18 years of close collaboration that has brought to life some awesome spaces.