Danyliw & Mann is a boutique tax/accounting/business management firm to Canadian musicians. They purchased a 5,000 square foot condo suite, which Mayhew was tasked with redesigning. Because they accept clients by ‘referral only’, their new space would need to appeal to their unique clientele for future references. They also wanted a space that promoted collaboration and provided an enhanced approach to organizational wellbeing. Because a majority of Danyliw & Mann’s clientele are artists, Mayhew not only had to design a space appropriate for the staff, but also the diversity of their clients. Mayhew took inspiration from the music industry in order to achieve the funky, edgy space the client desired. Materials that reflected “cool” were used throughout – polished concrete floors, white brick walls, exposed black ceilings. With the budget a key factor, Mayhew kept private offices, the storage room and the lunchroom locations intact. Mayhew successfully implemented the design ensuring that functionality within all parts of the space were considered while finding less expensive ways to provide the cultured end result the client desired.
The new environment for Danyliw & Mann needed to be both flexible and functional, yet at the same time had to be reflective of their brand. The final design harmonized their brand, provided a collaborative space for their employees and offered a contemporary and “cool” space to match the qualities of their clients. Some key features of the space included polished concrete floors, exposed ceilings painted black, black framed glass partitions, raw wood, unique wall coverings, white brick walls and unique film applications. With exception of the perimeter offices, storage room and lunchroom (all retained to save costs) the entire space was brought back to a vanilla shell and the design direction developed from there. Mayhew designed a unique space at a low cost where staff and clients alike would adore.