Design journalist CC Sullivan thinks so. He explains why in SmartPlanet.
Hoteliers and restaurateurs here love to dress for the occasion, so to speak.
As a result, architects and designers get commissions to help attract and awe the throngs. The hotels, bars and eateries compete not just for guests but for bragging rights in design. …
Plus there’s something we might call “the Rob Ford factor.” (Ford is the city’s bigger-than-life mayor.) Design firms in Toronto love to push the edge, merging zany fun and new experiences with dining and drinking. They have all the mayor’s joie de vivre, but with a carefully calibrated elegance and cosmopolitan charm the big guy lacks.
Among the recent designs Sullivan calls out for excellence is the Toronto outpost of the restaurant Momofuku, by Canadian architect James K.M. Cheng, shown above. Read the rest of Sullivan’s thoughts about restaurant design and see more photos here.