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    Her Majesty’s Pleasure, is equal parts café, retail boutique, beauty salon and bar, all located under one roof in downtown Toronto.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole

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    The one side of the room consists of a seemingly ornate, yet stripped down, whitewashed bar topped with white marble. A line of geometrically folded copper stools reflect the coved lights under the bar.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    Riffing on the character of the bar, the sideboard features a white tile design with flecks of copper that resemble falling leaves.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    The lively juxtaposition of the natural wood and the whitewash was a way to really bring a modern architectural, slightly edgier language to something more traditional and refined yet playful.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    The lively juxtaposition of the natural wood and the whitewash was a way to really bring a modern architectural, slightly edgier language to something more traditional and refined yet playful.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    Serving double duty as a pop-up retail boutique and reception to the salon, the monolith is “a product display system grown out of an architectural construction,” says Tong. “It’s a structure within a structure.” The pitched roof language is another nod to tradition, resembling barns and tree houses alike, but the geometric wooden shelving, backlit by LEDs, is fully modern.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    The marble bar from the entry wraps around, extending the experience into the salon and setting the stage for manicures.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    The marble bar from the entry wraps around, extending the experience into the salon and setting the stage for manicures.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    A long, raised wooden deck lined with Muskoka chairs defines the pedicure area. Above the deck, the coved ceiling is painted a fresh yellow and softly lit with a rafter-like structure assembled over top. The pedicure area, which was designed with an outdoor porch in mind, feels separate of the main area.  

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    A long, raised wooden deck lined with Muskoka chairs defines the pedicure area.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    The makeup lounge – which can be used to collect oneself after a treatment or booked for private functions – is articulated from the rest of the space as a wood cabin.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    Patrons sit at the marble bar as they get their hair done, with bartenders serving on the other side.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    Patrons sit at the marble bar as they get their hair done, with bartenders serving on the other side.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    The coved ceiling is painted a fresh yellow and softly lit with a rafter-like structure assembled over top.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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    Her Majesty’s Pleasure truly is a hybrid concept. A place where people can come for their morning coffee and croissant, a quick lunch, an after-work cocktail, to get ready for a night out, or to pamper themselves alone or with friends. Architecturally, the space reflects this ethos as well. It truly is a concept of many spaces, within a space.

    Photography: Lisa Petrole
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