FRANK AND OAK WORKSHOP | Imperatori Design
Photo credit: Ray Van Dusen
Official project name: Frank and Oak - Offices
Location: 160 St-Viateur E, Montréal, QC, Canada
Client: Frank and Oak
Interior Design Firm: Imperatori Design
Design Team: Joanne Imperatori, Chantal Ladrie, Galadrielle Major, Julien Lacroix
Contractor: Construction supervision by the client
Lighting Design: Imperatori Design in collaboration with Lumenpulse and Lambert et Fils
Millwork: De Gaspé
Felt panels: Fab.line
Graphics: Kastor & Pollux
Area of project: 19,000 sq.f.t
Project end date: October 2019
Photographer: Ray Van Dusen
A Place Without Borders for Montreal Creators
The Frank and Oak clothing brand is inspired by life in the city and in nature, purposefully curated to be innovative and responsive to their clientele as well as the environment.
When such lifestyle and eco-responsible choices are an integral part of the brand, they naturally become the driving force behind all decisions including, of course, those influencing the workplace.
Building a new workspace for the Frank and Oak team which reflected their philosophy had an additional challenge: maintaining the atmosphere of the workshop they'd originally developed while improving the quality of life for all who worked there.
The journey began with the owners' decision to remain at their original address in this working-class Mile End neighborhood — the epicenter of Montreal's artistic innovation. Working closely with their team, we established the groundwork that would set the pace for their revitalized space.
The main entrance and its adjacent showroom introduce two zones: one focused on social gatherings and the other, more quiet and relaxed, that leads onto workspaces.
Crossing the entire length of space, a pathway clearly distinguishes itself as it creates a link between the various zones. Starting with social gatherings, moving towards a lounge that acts as the entrance to the workspaces, which includes large cubes — both offices and meeting areas — they create voluntary obstacles which slow down cadence and offer smaller, more intimate spaces.