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Are You Ready for a Kitchen Makeover?

At BiglarKinyan we love designing and transforming kitchens. We are celebrating our love for kitchens with a limited time event.

In addition to 20% off of select Cuisine Ideale cabinet lines, for a limited time, receive a 100% design retainer credit towards your cabinet order through BiglarKinyan so you can receive our award-winning bespoke design planning for free!*

*Offer valid for design engagements from May 1 to June 30 2023. Kitchen Design retainer (up to $1750 plus tax) will be credited towards our cabinet order agreement upon the completion of the design planning process and only available for orders with a pretax total of $20,000 plus tax or greater.

Receive Additional Value on Select Cuisine Ideale Cabinet Lines with a Limited-Time 20% Off Promotion

From May 1st to June 30th, we are offering a special promotion to our clients: If you place a cabinet order using our Cuisine Ideale Polymer Satin, Polymer High Gloss, Melamine, Textured Melamine, EuroLine Laminate, or EuroLine Lustrato options, you will receive additional value with a 20% discount on your order. Please be aware that this promotion does not apply to our Cuisine Ideale Wood, Lacquer, and Exotic Wood lines.

Take advantage of this limited-time offer while it lasts!

Please visit www.bkdp.ca for more information and to book your complementary introduction meeting.

BiglarKinyan Wins Best of Houzz 2023 Award

BiglarKinyan is thrilled to receive the 2023 Best of Houzz award in the categories of Design and Service.

This marks our 9th year of receiving the Best of Houzz award and we would like to express our gratitude to our clients, team and partners for entrusting us with their creative vision and allowing us to bring design ideas to fruition. We also extend our appreciation to Houzz and the Houzz community for acknowledging our commitment to design and customer service.

Your support means a great deal to us!

Thermador Winner Announcement

TORONTO (August 19, 2014)

Luxury appliance brand Thermador Canada today announced the winners of the first-ever Thermador Canada Kitchen Design Contest. Toronto-based Kenneth Ho of BiglarKinyan Design Planning Inc. has been crowned Grand Prize Winner.

“Thermador appliances are designed to meet the needs of culinary enthusiasts, and the Thermador Kitchen Design Contest is our way of recognizing design professionals who create luxurious, highly functional kitchens using our products,” says Steve Preiner, director of marketing, BSH Home Appliances. “We were impressed with the calibre of entries we received, and our award-winners showcased the best in Canadian kitchen design and Thermador’s capabilities in the modern kitchen.”

The Thermador Canada Kitchen Design Contest was open to Canadian designers, architects, builders, and remodellers. Submissions were judged on visual appeal, creativity, functionality, and best use of Thermador appliances within the design.

Fardid Biglar on HGTV

AMBROSE PRICE CONSULTS FARDID BIGLAR ON HGTV’S THE DECORATING ADVENTURES OF AMBROSE PRICE

Ambrose Price is a rookie designer from Fortune, Newfoundland and his dream is to make it in the ‘big city’. In Toronto, he works as a temp and learns from the biggest and best in the design industry.

With limited experience in kitchen design, Ambrose seeks the advice and guidance of three design mentors who will showcase their top-end kitchen makeovers for inspiration and provide some valuable tricks of the trade.

In this episode, Fardid discusses kitchen design strategies including the importance of focal points and material selection through case study of the “Chef’s Dream” kitchen. He returns to critique Ambrose’s first kitchen makeover.

With all of this advice, will Ambrose be able to make his kitchen makeover a success? See Fardid Biglar’s guest appearance in Season 2’s Kitchens episode this winter.

Era Rug

@GE RUG BY KENNETH HO WINS THE ERA RUG DESIGN COMPETITION!

@GE RUG BY KENNETH HO OF BIGLARKINYAN DESIGN ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF THE WINNING DESIGNS OF THE ERA RUG DESIGN COMPETITION!

The Toronto Interior Design Show 2010 will launch a NEW ERA: Evolution of Rug Artistry – featuring winning designs of the ERA Rug Design Competition sponsored by Azure and Weavers Art.

The concept of this design competition is a fun, “outside the box”, innovative challenge, to showcase Canadian talent while raising funds and awareness for local charity (DAREarts) and promoting ethical carpet and rug production (RugMark).

After Michael Pourvakil’s (president of Weavers Art) meeting with Shauna Levy, Vice President, Interior Design Show & Explore Design, it became clear that the IDS2010 would be the perfect platform to showcase the 10 winning ERA rug designs. The project took flight and the competition was launched. With this, Azure Magazine came on board and is now the official media sponsor for this event

Daniel Faria of Clarke & Faria Gallery, Rachel Gotlieb, design journalist and writer, Nelda Rodger, Editor Azure Magazine and Suzanne Dimma, Editor Canadian House & Home, formed the skilled panel of judges who would review the many entries. With over 200 submissions, the enthusiasm for the project within the design community was evident and the judges had the challenging task of making the final selection of 10 winning designs.

“From the originality and freshness of the submissions, it’s clear that the design community is ripe for this kind of creative opportunity. The ten chosen entries make quite a special collection that is uniquely related to the local reality while reflecting a global and contemporary spirit.”… Nelda Rodger

The New @ge Rug, designed by Kenneth Ho of BiglarKinyan Design Partnership Inc., is one of the winning designs of the ERA Rug Design Competition. Kenneth’s design was inspired by the idea of how people are connected by the use of modern day communication technologies.

The ten hand woven 8′ by 10′ winning design rugs will be prominentlydisplayed in the center aisle at the Interior Design Show from January 21st to the 24th. Starting opening night, and throughout IDS2010, visitors will have the opportunity to bid on these rugs. The silent auction will officially close at the end of the show at which point, proceeds will be donated to DAREarts and RugMart.

Lakeside Logistics

Lakeside Logistics

Lindsay Forsey, National Post – Saturday, Oct 23, 2010

On the phone from his mid-town Toronto office, Fardid Biglar’s voice is calm and steady; his pronunciation soft and articulate, like a guided meditation audio recording. Listening to him speak, it’s hard to imagine Mr. Biglar has a demanding career and resides in the city’s restless downtown core. But the thirty-something partner at BiglarKinyan Design Partnership says both he and his wife have stressful jobs and lead busy lifestyles. That’s precisely why they adore their waterfront condominium.

“Living by the lake, there’s a sense of detachment from the hectic pace of the city,” Mr. Biglar says. “When you can see and hear the water, it feels like you’re further from the chaos. It’s a great way for us to create balance in our lives.”

In 2009, the Biglars made their lakeside investment property their home. The 900-square-foot space (plus a generous balcony), located at Queen’s Quay and Bay Street, is a significant shift from the house they previously lived in. For starters, it’s smaller. But anticipating fewer nooks and crannies, they incorporated built-in storage into their renovation, which included removing several walls.

On the plus side, condo living means less property maintenance and more free time. And, of course, there’s that view. “We wanted the space to be serene, minimalist and clear, so that it doesn’t compete with the view or the sunlight pouring in,” Mr. Biglar says. “The view is the focal point.”

A warm, off-white colour runs throughout the home on the walls and upper cabinetry; the lower cabinets are finished in chocolate cherry wood. “We didn’t want to place emphasis on the perimeter. We wanted the walls to disappear,” Mr. Biglar says. The blank canvas is an ideal backdrop for their more-practical-than-paintings art forms, such as a curvaceous Eames La Chaise, an Isamu Noguchi coffee table and polished chrome Bertoia chairs in the dining area.

“Whether we’re eating, lounging or entertaining, everything faces the outdoors,” says the designer, who has worked with several clients in waterfront spaces. Mr. Biglar and his wife also like to spend time in their “backyard,” checking out the Tall Ships and other events in the Harbourfront area. “Living by the water is a different, better lifestyle. We’re surrounded by happy people,” he says.

It’s true — Toronto’s waterfront is brimming with smiling shore-dwellers. Tobi Brockway, principal of Tobi Brockway Interiors in the King Street East design district, says it’s typical for people who live lakeside to have an affinity for the water.

“Many people tell me that the water calms them and brings a sense of serenity into their homes,” says Ms. Brockway, who’s discovered that simply working on waterfront projects enhances her mood.

Ms. Brockway is designing a space in the 364-unit Monarch Homes development Quay West at Tip Top, currently under construction on Stadium Road near Lake Shore Boulevard West and Bathurst Street. Quay West includes a nine-storey podium as well as a 23-storey tower. Her client, a professional single woman in her 40s, wants to bring the outside into her 21st floor, one-bedroom-plus-den suite.

The nature-inspired plan includes flowing ivory-coloured sheers, white marble and grey granite kitchen surfaces, wide-plank maple floors and plenty of track lighting near the windows. (Remember, a lake view turns sable after sunset.)

“The view from up high is vast sky and water so you see a lot of blue. I like to bring that in on the walls, especially a feature wall for art. Benjamin Moore Wedgwood Grey is a beautiful colour, similar to Lake Ontario,” Ms. Brockway says. She’ll mix in sand shades as well and use light fabrics like linen in upholstery. “Every space has its own vibe and people have different preferences, but bringing loud colours into a place with a water view almost defeats the purpose,” she says.

Running-water features, like wall-mounted fountains, are another way Ms. Brockway brings the outside in. She also stresses the importance of having a UV barrier film professionally applied to any large windows to prevent sun damage to fabrics and other surfaces in the home.

Quay West at Tip Top is just one of several new waterfront developments. Melandro Quilatan and Tania Richardson, principal partners at Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting are leading the design at Ocean Club Waterfront Condominiums in Etobicoke. The project by Graywood Developments will consist of 460 units in two buildings, starting from the low $200,000s.

“Ocean Club will combine sophistication, glamour and fun. For the lobby and model suites, we’re working with a palette of warm mocha, nude and blush, and keeping things light and airy,” Ms. Richardson says. “The views are absolutely spectacular,” Mr. Quilatan adds.
At Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore, Art Deco-inspired South Beach Condos and Lofts are under construction. Amexon Development Corp.’s twin 27-storey towers topped by lighted blue and green glass will house 750 units in a themed, resort-style neighbourhood.

Dan Menchions, principal at II by IV Design, is at the helm of South Beach design. “We’ve incorporated all of those South Beach hues into the development — white with pale shades of pink, yellow and blue,” Mr. Menchions says. “In the model suites we positioned the interiors so that you’re always taking advantage of the views. What’s wonderful about South Beach is that every resident will have a walkout terrace.” South Beach units start from the mid $200,000s.

South Beachers will have private outdoor space, but not everyone on the waterfront has the same luxury. Nikka Design principal decorator, Barbara Nyke, recently worked with a retired couple living in a condo without a balcony near the Humber River. “They love nature and still wanted to feel that connection,” Ms. Nikka says.

Repositioning the sofa to face the outdoors was an instant improvement. Ms. Nyke also brought in two swivelling cream-coloured leather recliners that can face inward for entertaining and outward for relaxing.

Ms. Nyke took inspiration from the lake and sky, choosing a warm robin’s egg blue for the sofa, and a large area rug in shades of blue, tan and pale persimmon also beckons the outdoors in. “The space has a quiet and peaceful ambience that totally suits their personalities,” Ms. Nyke says. And that means two more Torontonians are making the most of their lakeside lifestyle.

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