We recently got a chance to chat with the designers behind The Bond Condominiums, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. (TPIDC), led by Principal Partners Melandro Quilatan and Tania Richardson. Together we discussed the significance behind their name, their design style and The Bond.
For those unfamiliar with you and your work, give us a bit of background about Tomas Pearce.
TPIDC [Melandro Quilatan]: Tomas Pearce was founded in 2007. Tania and I originally met and formed our friendship while working together at Gluckstein Design. I had worked at Gluckstein for 18 years and Tania for 6.
When we started TPIDC four years ago, we were originally a team of four and we are now a team of 18!
That’s quite the jump in such a short period of time. I noticed there aren’t any team members named Tomas or Pearce. How do you explain the name?
TPIDC [Melandro Quilatan]: Tomas is Tania’s son’s middle name and Pearce is a name on my family’s side.
We made a conscience decision not to brand our firm so that it would isolate the principals. At TPIDC, it’s a team effort. We are a collaboration of talented, energetic and experienced Interior Designers, Project Managers, Stylists and Procurement Agents. It’s important to provide credit where it is due.
How would you describe TPIDC’s design aesthetic?
TPIDC: The TPIDC style is international, motivated by love of good design and timeless aesthetics. Opulence, simplicity, elegance- these form the vocabulary of our creations. Whether it involves high tradition or an extreme modern aesthetic, TPIDC’s whole design philosophy is to marry our strong design sensibilities and experience with the clients own style wishes.
What was your design inspiration for The Bond?
TPIDC: Our inspiration for The Bond was the sophisticated and vibrant downtown entertainment core of Toronto. Being placed mere steps from Toronto’s most celebrated cultural, fashion and sporting landmarks we developed a hip and exciting environment that would complement an urbane young professional.
With a team of young, urban professionals, where could we find the Tomas Pearce crew hanging out in the Entertainment District?
Everywhere! You’d find us at Starbucks around the corner in the morning, at the Bell Lightbox some evenings, Roy Thompson Hall other nights, the Kit Kat or La Fenice for a bite, or further down the road at Brant House or Spice Route for some fun! There’s also the Rivoli!
Last month, you posed a question on your Facebook Fanpage asking your fans about their ideal amenity. How important is it for you to integrate consumer feedback into your design elements?
Consumer feedback is important – how else can you respond to the wants and needs of an ever changing city! Lounging and gathering space is always brought to our attention. A well fitted-out party room is vital with today’s smaller condo units and a fireplace is always desirable. Gyms are always welcome, but they need to be bright and well appointed. Saunas and spas are welcome additions to change rooms. A place to have a family or friends dinner party or a larger affair is desirable according to many of the comments we’ve received and a TV and video lounge is also high on the list. Outdoor common terraces, well landscaped and with BBQ’s and good seating are popular too.
In general, gathering places- party rooms, lounges, TV or movie viewing, and outdoor amenities with fireplaces/pits seem to be at the top of the list.
Any in-demand amenities?
Car wash facilities, dog wash/spa, and good bike ‘garages’ are becoming hot items. Rock climbing walls are also becoming popular, but there’s a mixed request for these. Everyone’s tastes vary. Look at The Bond! There was a market for a Golf Simulation and Games Room!
Yes, the whole Lifetime team is excited to try out that amenity!
Be sure to check back on our blog tomorrow as TPIDC describe the different design elements of The Bond! First up: The Lobby and The Urban Retreat…