How Interior Designers and the City of Vancouver are using outdoor space to help the food and beverage industry survive COVID-19.
Since the effects of COVID-19 first struck Vancouver businesses, Janks Design Group has reached out to our existing food and beverage clients to offer our assistance as they navigate the new restrictions and guidelines.
Fortunately, on June 1st 2020, the City of Vancouver launched the Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP). The TEPP allows businesses that serve food and liquor to temporarily expand their existing seating to the outdoors. This expansion gives Vancouver restaurants and other businesses the opportunity to somewhat maintain their seating capacity, while maintaining physical distancing requirements outlined by the Provincial Health Officer. Starting at the beginning of patio season – this program has proven successful. Within the first month of the launch, the City of Vancouver issued over 180 temporary patio permits – including Field & Social on East 5th Avenue, OEB Breakfast at Marinaside Crescent, and Vancouver Soup Company on East 1st Avenue.
Janks Design Group has been working with our clients to make use of the TEPP, with 3 patios already approved and set up, and many more on the way. By using our interior design knowledge of space planning, social arrangements, and clearances, we are able to make the most of the outdoor space available to each business. If you are looking to explore the city, and experience outdoor dining at one of the new temporary patio expansions, the City of Vancouver website outlines the recently approved temporary patios. Click here to learn more about the program, and which of your favourite local businesses is making use of the TEPP.
Who knows, perhaps Vancouver will follow in the famous footsteps of European restaurants and make outdoor dining a major aspect of the city.
Over the past few months, JDG has been researching the predicted interior design trends of 2020. In 2019, we saw many trends flourish such as colour blocking, monochromatic schemes, and lots of “Instagramable” spaces. What design trends will 2020 bring for interior designers? Let’s take a look…
1) Softened Colours
Many of the trending interior design colours of 2020 stem from vibrant colours, but are softened to be more pleasing to the eye, and more comforting to the soul. Looking at Design Week in Milan, the trending interior design colours of 2020 are expected to be colours such as Pumpkin Red, Lemon Yellow, Champagne, and Fuscia. In addition, Pantone named their colour of the year “Classic Blue”, which is slightly bolder than the other expected trending colours of 2020. It seems that 2020 is going to be a year for taking interior design risks, and using colours that haven’t been used in a long time. These inspiring colours will help to create beautiful commercial spaces, whether it be a restaurant, retail store, or even a medical clinic.
Arches are another interior design trend that we will be seeing a lot of in 2020. It seems that design trends will be moving away from rigid, rectangular, and linear lines, and moving further towards curvilinear lines, soft edges, and organic shapes. These softened forms are becoming extremely attractive interior design elements, as they offer a calming interior environment as a refuge from this fast-paced world. Although arches have been around for centuries, they are making a major comeback in a modernized form. These arches are originally found in Greece — in the doorways, windows, rooflines, and iconic swimming caves. Bringing forms like this into a design will really make a statement if they are integrated into unexpected places. We are so excited to bring this effortless element into our many interior design projects moving forward!
This natural material started trending in late 2019, but is definitely continuing into 2020 with full force. Cane also dates back as far as the second century in India and China, and has recently made a comeback in a contemporary format. The beauty of cane is found through its effortless combination of visual and tactile texture. The neutral colour can be combined with almost any colour palette, which makes cane an excellent accent material for any interior design project. Incorporating tactile textures like cane in a space truly creates a genuine and calming environment. A common interior design application for cane is through furniture. People are drawn to natural materials, just like we are drawn to the beauty of the outdoors. Bringing natural materials into commercial environments can create a whole new experience for the end user.
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4) Indoor Gardens
In 2020, interior gardens will continue to make interior design projects stand out over the rest. This is especially true with commercial applications. Integrating plants and greenery into a commercial design feels unique and unexpected compared to residential environments. People often do not expect greenery at a restaurant, dental office, corporate office, or even a retail store. By including gardens in the interior design of these unexpected places, the overall design becomes more intriguing, inviting, and definitely more “instagramable”. This is all connected to Biophelia (check out our November 2019 blog to learn all about it).
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5) Built-In Seating
According to Dwell Magazine, built-in seating will be an impactful interior design trend for the year 2020. Not only does it create a focal point or unique element within a space, it also saves a ton of space. Loose tables and chairs alone are no longer acceptable if you want to make your seating design a trendy statement! Fortunately, Janks Design Group is ahead of the game, and we have already began integrating similar design elements into some of our current projects. The best part? This interior design detail can be applied to almost any environment, whether it be corporate, retail, restaurant, hospitality, or even residential design!
Ah…. 2019! What a wonderful year for Janks Design Group and our incredible clients. We began innovative interior design projects, worked on the development of current projects, and celebrated as our completed projects came to life! We had the honour of providing design services for Hospitality, Restaurant, Retail, Medical, and Corporate projects. As we dive into 2020, we reflect on some of our commercial design highlights.
Field & Social
18 East 5th Avenue, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
This commercial design project was Janks Design Group’s 3rd time working with the incredible Field & Social team on a new Vancouver location. After the successful outcome of the Dunsmuir Street and Royal Centre locations, the JDG team once again used their experienced knowledge to create an interior space that combined functionality and natural beauty. The new Mount Pleasant interior design provides a new twist on the existing concepts, and serves as the perfect neutral backdrop to the deliciousness offered. This retail design introduced more natural textures to increase the raw aesthetic within the space. We worked with Field & Social and our incredible friends at Harmony Pacific Inc. to bring this alluring space to life. This new Mount Pleasant location celebrated their opening on Monday, December 16th 2019.
Dandy’s Artisan Ice-Cream
4570 Albert Street, Regina Saskatchewan
This artisan ice-cream shop wanted the interior design of their first location to reflect the passion behind their process, their dedication to local ingredients, and their overall sense of pride that stems from each batch of ice-cream. The Janks Design team was able to clearly communicate our interior design vision to the Saskatchewan client all the way from Vancouver, BC. With the Dandy’s process, product, and pride as our main source of inspiration, JDG designed a bright and inviting space that showcased the delicious ice-cream and overall brand of Dandy’s. Unique interior design elements were integrated through lighting, materials, and layout. To compliment the chilly ice-cream, warmth was introduced through wood seating and a feature fireplace amongst the retail and seating area. The black accents are an elegant contrast to the neutral colour palette, and create a sense of depth and visual interest throughout the retail space. Overall, the interior design of this new commercial space successfully portrayed the goals of the company, and provides a functional environment for both customers and employees.
9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby
This family-friendly space is located within Burnaby’s Lougheed Mall, in the developing hub of Lougheed Town Center. This new Dim Sum restaurant concept was inspired by the fun, fresh, fast, and healthy dishes that have been cultivated by the master chefs at CQ Express. With quick service being a priority for this commercial design project, the JDG team put our problem-solving skills to work, and created a layout that was extremely functional and productive for both staff and customers. The interior design followed in these footsteps, and provided a captivating and vibrant space for guests to enjoy the tastes, aromas, and sense of connection. By integrating branded colours, large custom graphics, and strategic lighting solutions into the restaurant design, the experience of this new quick-service restaurant exceeds expectations. This location is opening in January of 2020, so go check them out!
123 Dentist – North Vancouver Dentistry & Implant Centre
144 East 13th Street, North Vancouver
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, this newly constructed dentistry and implant centre is one of JDG’s most recent dental design projects. As you enter the doors, you are greeted with a custom reception desk that effortlessly combines warm wood tones and bright, durable quartz. The impactful wall beyond the desk is finished with an organic porcelain tile. The concept continues into the waiting area, where a modern pendant enlightens the seating area, and provides an essence of street appeal through the large window storefront. Various creative interior design elements were implemented into the rest of the design, such as the variety of planters, a massive geometric wood slat wall, and unique art pieces throughout the dental space. The high ceilings combined with natural light and the custom design create a refreshing environment that makes this dental space feel comfortable instead of institutional. A big shoutout to Lions Head Construction for working with us to bring this space to life!
Vancouver Soup Company
292 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
This local Vancouver company desired a retail space that showcased their food for comfort product, and provided their guests with a comfortable environment to enjoy their delicious soups, stews, chilis, and entrees. The JDG team worked with the Vancouver Soup Company to bring this vision to life. We developed an interior design concept that was carried throughout the entire project, and reflects the company brand and visual directive. The charming storefront was an expansion on the existing production and warehouse area. As a result of technical, detailed, and creative interior design, Janks Design Group was able to successfully create a space that allowed customers to experience a meaningful face-to-face interaction with the company itself. This commercial design project gave JDG a wonderful opportunity to support local companies led by outstanding people. If you get the chance to try one of their delicious fresh products, don’t pass it up! They are exceptional!