Maker Series: Bees & Flowers – Spa at Four Seasons Toronto
“Art is using your feelings and mind together to solve something”
– Alissa Coe, Artist and Designer
When Four Seasons Hotel Toronto awarded DIALOG the redesign of their successful spa, VP of Design, Dana Kalczak, already knew she wanted a one-of-a-kind chandelier to centre the space. DIALOG’s interior design team, Alison McNeil – Principal of Design, and Simone Ferkul – Lead Designer, knew at once that ceramic artist and designer Alissa Coe would be the perfect person to create a stunning object to greet guests the moment they enter the space. What followed was a labour of love to create a very special, bespoke fixture.
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has a history of celebrating and supporting Canadian artists, and this isn’t Coe’s first piece to grace the spaces of the luxury establishment. Her dandelion spores are prominently featured in the hotel’s reception area; a project commissioned by Alison McNeil when she first designed the Four Seasons’ flagship at Bay and Yorkville in 2012 (while at Yabu Pushelberg).
The design process from start to finish required the collaboration of a team of makers, and included DIALOG’s interior design team, artists, metal workers, and lighting designers. The result is a sculptural chandelier which conjures a calm woodland scene; 40 bees made of translucent porcelain and oxidized brass serenely buzz around 20 flower lights which attach to 12 brass branches.
Now officially open, the handmade fixture will be just one of the many custom pieces at the Spa, including an undulating brass reception desk, which infuse the space with a rich materiality that hints at the attention to detail awaiting guests.
The chandelier required many steps in the making process, including: customs moulds, firing, sanding, fitting and wiring.
“Bespoke is important because it harkens back to what is real and what comes from the soul. Most importantly, it creates something that is special and unique to that one place.”
– Alison McNeil, Principal of Design, DIALOG
|Name:||Bees & Flowers Light Fixture|
|Spa Four Seasons Toronto Redesign
|DIALOG – Alison McNeil, Principal of Design; Simone Ferkul, Lead Designer
Alissa Coe Studio – Alissa Coe (Artist), Matias Silva (Partner), Anne Campbell, Sang Ahn & Sisley Hu (Studio Assistants)
Anony – Lighting Designers
Arnaud Brassard – Metalwork for the bees & flowers
Clare Scott-Taggart – Metalwork for Branches
The Maker Series explores the value of bespoke in an increasingly tech focused world. Each blog post highlights a design coming to life through the hands of collaborators. Meet the artists, designers and craftspeople who lean on traditional practices and emerging technologies to create the pieces enhancing our projects.
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