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A Grande Dame of the Toronto Skyline Receives a Revamp

Champalimaud Design updates the Fairmont Royal York’s 18th floor.

By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans

Photographs courtesy Fairmont Royal York

This summer, a grande dame of the Toronto skyline—

the 90-year-old Fairmont Royal York—is receiving a revamp of its 18th floor by New York firm Champalimaud Design, including the airy new Fairmont Gold lounge and guest suites decked in gray and gilt. “The design is a romantic reverie evoking a sense of pause,” says Jon Kastl, a partner at Champalimaud.

“You’ll find Art Deco-inspired motifs paired with details informed by the country’s English and French heritage.” Among them: white Italian marble fireplaces, herringbone parquet wood floors, and plaster bas-reliefs set above the headboards that echo the spires of the Toronto skyline.


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