Making Memories over Modern Canadian Cuisine in Downtown Fredericton
The Challenge: Blending an Industrial Scandinavian Design with the location’s history
Our clients Peter Tompkins and Jennie Wilson wanted us to reflect an Industrial Scandinavian feel into their new location. Our first goal was not the design elements but the creation of a perfect floor plan. This criteria for the floor plan was essential, maximize the capacity without crowding the space. Create a flow that worked for staff and clients from entrance to the washroom and everything in between. Many hours were spent in the planning stage. Walking our way through the kitchen flow, to the movement of the servers from the kitchen to the tables from the bar to the comfort and overall experience of the clients.
We wanted to create a “feature” wall that was interesting but not overshawdow all of the design elements.
The trick is, a “feature” wall should be unique on its own but still flow and connect with the rest of the space. We decided to create a wall by repurposing old windows and picture frames. We kept some with the glass intact, notice the latches, the picture frames needed to have different textures. We placed them all together in a unique pattern that flows across the main wall of the restaurant. All the frames and windows were painted using the same colour as the wall.
79 York St dates back to 1920s when the Mazzuca family made this location their general variety store. The family business stayed at this location till its closure in 2007. The significance of this did not go unnoticed by the owners of the 11th Mile. A design for a floor to ceiling wall mural was the design element but the picture for the mural had to be just right. It had to flow with the entire space and we had to ensure the resolution of the picture was strong enough to make a 97 X105 inch mural. We couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome.
Our goal was to create a space where employees wanted to work, not where they had to work. Our task for the bar area was to create a designated location that intertwined with the table seating BUT still amplified the “feel’ and “experience” of a friendly bar. We knew elements of the bar would be carried over from the previous location. With the Scandi-Industrial style in the forefront we added a few touches of our own. We chose a wooden ash bar top measuring 11ft long x 20 inches wide x 2.5 inches in thickness. The warmth of this product was the perfect complement to the design. For additional seating we utilized the space adjacent to the bar. The previous elements are tucked into the alcove and charging stations were incorporated for the dining working customers. The back bar is a cozy secluded spot with warm lighting and a unique photo circa 1923. Jennie’s silver serving trays (as I refer to them) are proudly displayed behind the back bar.
The warm grey wall colour is combined with striking black to give the back bar a distinction of its own.
You really need to sit at the bar and experience the preparation of a Craft cocktail. It is a satisfying experience!
The original space had one tiny washroom and another accessible washroom was designed. Our clients asked us to take the current small washroom and transform it…shall we say… when you entered it you get a luxury surprise behind the door. Something that said WOW and created the unexpected. The Jungle Bird wall paper collection from France was selected. This wallpaper features hand-painted peacocks perched on branches dotted with pink flowers. It’s a vintage-style wallpaper with a modern elegance. Don’t you think it’s the perfect spot for a bathroom selfie!
In the Maritimes there is nothing more satisfying than sitting at a round table and sharing food and drink. This VIP table, as some refer to it, seats 8 and has banquette seating at the back surrounded with oversized pillows which add texture and additional comfort to the seating. Over the table is a very unique industrial style chandelier. We wanted a statement light over the table to immediately capture the style of the restaurant. For everyone casually walking by on York St and when customers enter the space, this light captures your interest.
As a group from the contractor to all the trades we had ONE thing in common, create a space that Jennie and Peter were busting with pride to reveal. In the end, when all was said and done, I couldn’t be happier with what we all accomplished together. I am delighted to know that we were a part of project where memories over food / drink and conversation will be made for years to come.