Episode 2: Browns Restaurant Group
Browns Restaurant Group has been an Edgewater Studio client for more than 10 years. As we wrote this blog and talked about the many talented members of the Browns design team that we have worked with, we finally agreed that the first designer we met with was Jillian Harris. A little piece of trivia for the many Jillian fans out there.
If you spend time looking at our gallery, you will see evidence of the Brown’s Socialhouse design evolution, from the initial classic exterior signage, to the very fun skull and flower floor medallions, Browns décor really sets the tone for a casual and modern neighbourhood pub.
Browns started in Vancouver, and their Canadian and US expansion speaks volumes to the demand for good food (Blackened Chicken Cowboy Salad and Baja Fish Tacos are Studio favs), at a good price, with tons of atmosphere. We have a Browns Socialhouse in our neighbourhood, and it is without doubt the meeting place for everyone – from young adults to the “not quite so young”. You are guaranteed to bump into someone you know whenever you visit. And isn’t that what being a good pub is all about?
A big thank you to the staff who have ensured that we can still get our fix of their great food via take-out. We look forward to doors opening again soon, sitting on the patio and enjoying a beer – even if our nearest neighbouring table is 2 meters away.
Like so many of you, we are watching our local butcher, independent grocer, garden shop and others make adjustments to continue to safely serve our community. We are only too happy to support them - ordering online and having items dropped in the trunk of our cars - recognizing the holes that will exist if these businesses are forced to close. Many of the owners and staff, while not friends, are friendly acquaintances - you recognize each other and say hello when you pass on the street, and they know the name of your dog.
Edgewater Studio’s “neighbourhood” is both local in North Vancouver, and, because of our long-term online presence, North America-wide. In the spirit of supporting other businesses, we are undertaking our own “mini-series”, profiling some of the talented design clients with whom we have the pleasure to work.
Episode 1: John Fluevog Shoes
This episode is especially topical on a few fronts.
John Fluevog began his shoe design business in Vancouver and now has boutique locations elsewhere in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. His fabulous footwear is worn by “regular folk” with a fashion aesthetic that leans towards fun and colourful (think anti-basic black pump) as well as fashionistas and celebrities. This week, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, our now-famous voice of calm and reason (see this New York Times article) and face of all of our much-appreciated health care workers, donned a pair of snazzy new John Fluevog shoes during a daily press conference. She has been a fan for some time. The Fluevog team is naming the shoe “The Dr. Henry”. Nice to have a fun story about a local business in the midst of all this uncertainty.
By the way, if you are not familiar with John Fluevog – the person and the company - we highly encourage you to visit their website, which is not only entertaining but demonstrates a commitment to the community and to supporting up-and-coming artists.
Men’s and women’s shoes and accessories can be purchased online and shipping is free.
In our humble opinion, it boils down to:
1) Designer-selected materials
2) Great communication
3) Strict quality control
4) Careful hand assembly
We thought it might be useful to profile three different art glass installations. While each project used the same Laurel pattern, all three were customized in unique ways:
Our client wanted a truly unique kitchen back splash for her home, created in shades of warm gray. Specifically, she requested a larger ratio of lighter gray, accented by darker gray pieces in a random placement. Since each sheet of art glass is unique with a swirl of colours, our designers select the sheets having the tones requested by the client. The chosen sheets are used to create a custom sample, and once approved, to complete the project. Result? An eye-catching wall in a single art glass colour, Pewter, with a ratio of light and dark tones, exactly as requested!
As a virtual studio, regular and clear communication is key to deliver on specific requests. With a direct line to our designers, clients talk through options. Custom projects are augmented by samples and colored renderings that really help to visualize the final look. This back splash for a contemporary kitchen in a Vancouver home was originally going to be a single colour, Veil. The client then called our designer to ask her opinion of adding a touch of gray. A new sample was created, the decision was made to proceed, and the project was delivered to a happy client, who loves that her personal touch could be accommodated through a quick call to our team.
Did we mention that each sheet of art glass is unique? For this home in Florida, our client wanted a Laurel gradient with aquamarine, pale yellow and pale gray. In addition to selecting each glass sheet, our designers create a fabrication map, select and sort the pieces by tone, and hand place each cut tile piece. Because of the variations in each sheet of glass, you just can't achieve this same beautiful effect by using a machine.
It's a labour of love, and it is what we do!