Giannone Petricone Associates
Meghan Edwards -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
It's all about theatrics at this 3,600-square-foot post-production and animation studio in a historic warehouse in downtown Toronto. The highlight is reception, which doubles a lunchroom and meeting space. Rubber-fronted plywood "ribbons" drop from the ceiling via steel suspension rods and morph into built-in seating and countertops, then splice into a wall of Venetian plaster behind the reception desk. "The ribbons are evocative of the company's namesake," principal Ralph Giannone says, "expressing a sense of condensed expansion." Backing up to a wall clad in cobalt-blue ceramic tile, walnut cabinetry is punctured with steel-framed light boxes displaying the studio's custom imagery. Polished-epoxy flooring and stainless work surfaces provide further animation.
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