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Canada House celebrates
the very best of Canadian art and design

London, United Kingdom, 19 February 2015  – The revitalized Canada House on Trafalgar Square has drawn upon the diverse talents of Canadian artisans and craftspeople from coast to coast to coast in order to deliver a building that celebrates the very best of Canada in the 21st century.

Bocci lighting installation

Throughout the newly-renovated building – which links the Grade II listed heritage side of the original Canada House on Trafalgar Square with an adjacent building on Cockspur Street – Canadian artists have been tapped to provide the inspiration behind custom-made carpets that are featured in dedicated meeting rooms named after each of Canada’s provinces, territories and oceans.

From visual artists to custom furniture and lighting designers, to the materials and abundance of Canadian wood, at every turn Canada House celebrates leading design and outstanding products.

High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, said of the art and design choices: “From the very start, we wanted this building to be a showcase for Canada’s very best. We want to make sure everyone who visits us leaves with the knowledge that Canadian products, creativity and know-how are ready to take on the world.”

Visitors to Canada House are treated to some of the finest examples of forward-looking design that relies on Canadian materials wherever possible. Key examples include:

  • Bocci lighting installation. Celebrated Vancouver designer Omer Arbel created 57.157, the 14.5-metre high glass and metal chandelier that provides a clear contrast between old and new from its position in the grand staircase.
  • Warren Carther glass wall. The Winnipeg-based glass artist has created a backlit structural glass wall featured in the Sir Wilfred Laurier Room that evokes images of Canada ranging from the beaver to snow.
  • Edmonton’s IZM, a furniture company specializing in hand-made furniture, contributed tables and credenzas to several of the rooms, including one for the dedicated Alberta room.  Made of Canadian white oak, walnut and maple, the pieces inject a modern sensibility into their surroundings.
  • Quebec wood artist Kino Guérin has fashioned two benches from single strips of material – including a signature ‘Why Knot’ bench that add a playful touch to the building.
  • New Brunswick based woodworker Jamie Landry used local wood to create several pieces for the Atlantic Room. He said: “I’ve always been proud to be Canadian. Having my pieces help represent the country is a great way to do it.”
  • Sabina Hill of Port Moody in British Columbia collaborated with Mark Preston, a First Nations artist born in Dawson Creek, Yukon to create a striking signing table that will sit at the entrance to Canada House. The piece incorporates western red cedar, bronze and glass and evokes the traditional watchmen of B.C.’s Tlingit culture.
  • Ontario-based Style Garage created a stunning walnut meeting room table and credenza for the Ontario Room. Toronto-based Creative Matters was responsible for the creation of spectacular custom rugs based throughout the building.

The renewal of Canada House was led by Stantec, a global design firm with deep Canadian roots.

“Our goal for this project was to restore Canada House to its architectural glory – to create a jewel for Canada in the heart of the UK,” says Aaron Taylor, architectural lead on the project.

“It’s been so exciting to see the building transformed back to its original Neo-Classical form,” says Cindy Rodych, lead interior designer on the project. “Today, Canada House is rich with light and activity. It’s a place where staff and guests can delight in 19th century charm flavoured by 21st century design.”

cci lighting installationFor more information about Canada House and the showcase of artisans, craftspeople, designers and artists from across Canada, please contact: LDNPublicAffairs@international.gc.ca

For media inquiries only, please contact:

Caroline Mallan
Canadian High Commission
caroline.mallan@international.gc.ca

OR

Christie Tucker
Canadian High Commission
christie.tucker@international.gc.ca

Stantec contact:
Rachel Sa
Public Relations Lead, Canada East
Rachel.Sa@stantec.com
Tel : 416-598-5699
Mob : 416-902-0930

Editors Notes:

The official opening of Canada House by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, on 19 February 2015 completes the consolidation of Canada’s diplomatic activities in the UK. This included the purchase of the adjacent building on Cockspur Street in 2012 and the subsequent sale of the property on Grosvenor Square.  Staff moved into the newly-refurbished Canada House in mid-December 2014.

Details of the contributions of artists and designers from each Canadian province are also available.

Past releases on the Canada House Project:

Canada Announces Plans to Consolidate Presence in London
Canada Exchanges Contracts on Sale of London Site 
Canada Completes Sale of Grosvenor Square Property in London 

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Date Modified:
2015-03-04