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Interior Design Magazine

David Sokol
August 2008 | p.g 198-205

O Canada!


"As they like to say at the Canadian law firm Torys, "We don't moose around." And that goes not only for filing briefs but also for acquiring art. During Canada's recession-plagued 1980's, while other corporate collections folded, Torys continued purchasing the work of contemporary Canadian artists—and displaying it at headquarters in the Toronto-Dominion Centre, a complex built around two towers and a pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1960's. As the decades passed in that same location, the culture of the practice shifted dramatically. Client meetings once held in lawyers' offices, for example, now take place in conference rooms to protect the confidentiality of competitors. "Where at one time it was common to have four to eight people at those meetings, we started to need spaces that could handle video conferences, Internet-enabled projects, and functions for up to 200," Torys partner Darren E. Sukonick says. Moving could have been a solution. Instead, though, he and his fellow partners renewed their lease and retained Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects to revamp the interior."

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