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Throwback Thursday Part 13: Janis Kravis Redesigns the “Twenty-Two Lounge” in the Windsor Arms Hotel

February 4th, 2016Categories: History

Some time after the opening of the Three Small Rooms Restaurant, I received an urgent call from George Minden. “We need your help immediately!” There had been a fire in the Twenty-Two lounge and we had to repair the damage and give the room a new look. I started work and also designed some furniture […]

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Flashback Friday, Part 12: Janis Kravis, Architect Designs a Chair for The Three Small Rooms Restaurants.

January 22nd, 2016Categories: History

I was having great difficulty trying to find a suitable dining chair for The Restaurant at The Three Small rooms, so I decided that I would try and design one myself. Designing and developing a good chair is not an easy task. First of all, it has to be ergonomically sound and comfortable. It has […]

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Throwback Thursday, Part 11: Three Small Rooms Continued

January 14th, 2016Categories: History

The Three Small Rooms immediately became the place to be and attracted a wide following of architects and designers as well as food and wine lovers.     “Three Small Rooms quickly became the place you went. The whole notion of a wine bar was a radical departure. The whole thing-design, food, wine-was just new […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 10: Three Small Rooms Continued

December 17th, 2015Categories: History

Due to the very narrow and limited space in the basement of the hotel, great pains had to be taken to utilize every inch, and many pipes and pieces of equipment had to relocated. Beams had to be installed to replace bearing walls and many foundations, which supported the existing structure, had to be lowered. The […]

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Plan of the Three small rooms

Flashback Friday Part 9: Janis Kravis Redesigns the Windsor Arms Hotel and Creates Three Small Rooms

December 11th, 2015Categories: Culture, History

It was probably during the review of the Lothian Mews lease that I got introduced to the law firm Minden and Gross. George Minden, the son of one of the partners, Arthur Minden, was a frequent visitor to Karelia and we spent time talking about contemporary design and architecture. Some of the partners needed some new […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 7: Karelia’s Fashion Shoots

November 26th, 2015Categories: History

The large display window at Karelia Studio on Front Street East came in handy for the display of merchandise as well as a location for fashion shoots. St.James Cathedral across the parking lot made a wonderful backdrop as did the Flat Iron Building. Here Marimekko dresses are being modelled by Laila Rava and friend in […]

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Marimekko dresses being modelled by Laila Rava

Throwback Thursday Part 7: Karelia Studio Expands its Front Street Location

November 19th, 2015Categories: History

The Front Street East location has proven to be a great home for Karelia Toronto. A downtown location, close to the historic St. Lawrence Market. A large, affordable space with great opportunities for display and furniture arrangements, and the ability to keep adding new items and departments. In time, as Karelia grew, we were able […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 6: Karelia Studio Moves to Front Street

November 12th, 2015Categories: History

Lothian Mews, as a home for Karelia Studio Limited was a big improvement over previous locations, however space was very limited, parking difficult and the rent was rather high. I was always looking for space in odd areas that others had passed by for various reasons. I like old buildings in the old part of […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 5: Karelia’s Award Winning Lounge Furniture

November 5th, 2015Categories: Culture, History

During our time at the Lothian Mews, the Ontario Government, Economic Development, organized a competition for teams of designers and manufacturers to create new products for the Canadian market and for export. Janis Kravis Architect together with Karelia Studio Limited submitted actual production prototypes of lounge furniture comprising a chair, two-seater and a three-seat sofa. Manufactured […]

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Throwback Thursday Part 4: Karelia Moves into the Lothian Mews

October 29th, 2015Categories: History

While Karelia Studio Limited was on Gerrard Street, we were looking for a more prominent and exclusive location, where our high quality and well designed products would be exposed to a sophisticated and affluent audience. Around 1966-67 a British businessman was developing a courtyard on the north side of Bloor Street, into a small scale […]

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