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Valise

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Valise is a retail space nestled in the lower levels of Union Station, Toronto’s historic train station and transit hub. Dating back to the 19th century, Union Station is a Beaux-Arts railway station and expresses resilient materials that were used to hold up to the fast paced and heavy traffic of the time.

 
 
 
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Valise takes inspiration from the station’s brass details, and from the design of turn-of-the-century suitcases. These suitcases were often lined with fabric and secured with brass hardware. The shop also brings to mind the curved interior coves of historic train cars.

 
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The shop’s interior is wrapped with a custom curved walnut and cane panelling system. Each curve is then emphasised using an up-lit lighting system.

 
 
 
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Speaking to the robust, but elegant design of the station, the original terracotta wall was left exposed, and brass was used for the countertops, retail display shelves and accenting details.

 
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The historic reconstruction of the storefront features brass door hardware, and an interior façade that is covered in brass panelling.

 
 
 

Location / Union Station, Toronto
Status / Completed

Design Team / Kfir Gluzberg, James Swain, Caleb McGinn
Millwork / Barlow Cabinetworks
Brass Fabricator / Harnisch Lamps
Caning / Maple Leaf Furniture
General Contractor / Bootstrap Design
Photographer / Scott Norsworthy