Designer Kate Snyder’s true love for Vancouver shows through in her work. Snyder is the co-founder of Studio Roslyn, a full-service boutique design firm with projects across the West Coast.
Snyder and Jessica McDonald, co-founder of Studio Roslyn, have completed residential and commercial projects in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, and Los Angeles. The Studio Roslyn team is based across Canada, with key team members based in Edmonton and Montreal. Snyder says this works so well because they soak up ideas and inspiration from all over the country.
As the company’s project lead, Snyder has been working with Studio Roslyn since the beginning. she She says fashion is an important inspiration for her and the team. “Fashion is about twenty steps ahead of other creative industries in terms of textures, patterns and colours.”
Connecting the worlds of fashion and design, Studio Roslyn recently designed the headquarters for Vancouver-based jeweler Olive & Piper. The result embodies the studio’s penchant for sleek, warm aesthetics and a forward-thinking style.
“Tanya[Yan]the owner, has a love for design and was really excited to work with us to design their offices and headquarters because she knew we wouldn’t give them a cold corporate office interior design,” says Snyder.
The team transformed an old brick building in Vancouver’s Railtown neighborhood into a beautifully inviting and fun space. He’s focused on bringing Olive & Piper’s brand values to the space, so that the people who work there can feel a great sense of good spirits.
Olive & Piper’s design concept was to create an upscale residential feel for the space, Snyder says. Warm Tones and Custom Wallpaper from Toronto-based women-led wall coverings firm Fine & Dandy is jumping around with unique textures, colors, and patterns that are bold, modern, and chic. Soft lighting, rich colors and furnishings give the residence a unique feel. The final design is certainly not typical for an office space.
A series of recent projects has prompted Snyder and her team to indulge in the juxtaposition of bright shades—almost neon—with rich, warm hues to create a pop of color and vibrancy, she says.
Will Vancouver pass up its reputation for all things gray?
“Yeah, and that’s a good thing,” Snyder says.
Studio Roslyn recently designed It’s Okay Bar in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. The bar owners are obsessed with 1970s New York style, she says, adding, “Dark, gritty restaurants, bars, nightclubs… There’s been a lot of conversation about the essence of those places.”
Another one of their recent projects is a commercial space in Vancouver’s Chinatown La Bomba Floristry. “La Bomba is a good example of how we can use deep, earthy colors with brighter colors—peach, red, and blue.”
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