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1085 Woodbine Avenue
Canada M4C 4C2
Since 1999, Johnson Chou Inc. has developed into a multi-disciplinary design practice encompassing architectural and industrial design, furniture and interiors, graphic identity and corporate communications - a body of work characterized by conceptual explorations of narrative, transformation and multiplicity.
While the search for the elemental is the defining aspect of the diverse, yet consistent body of work, elements of drama and engagement (often in an interactive sense), exemplify the firm's projects. Functioning on several conceptual levels, their work is further characterized by a methodology based on the creation of a narrative amplified by notions of transformation and multi-functionality as it pertains to objects and space; the articulation of the complex within the elemental both in form and function; and of their paradoxical relationship.
Completed projects include The Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MoCCA), Blowfish Restaurant, offices for advertising agency Grip Limited, the TNT boutiques in Hazelton Lanes and Eglinton Avenue, Red Bull Canada Headquarters and Music Academy and the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville showroom.
Projects have been featured in numerous architectural/design publications and in the popular press, both nationally and internationally. These include Architectural Record, Architectural Review, FRAME, Interior Design, I.D, Metropolis, Azure, Canadian Interiors and Canadian Architect magazines.
Recognition of the firms? work include Canadian Interior's Magazine Best of Canada Award 2006 for advertising agency Grip Limited Phase 1, 2005 for 11 Baldwin and Grafic Man, a menwear boutique; 2004 for both Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar and Grip Limited; 2002 for TNT Woman; the Ontario Association of Architecture Awards 2002, and Toronto's Interior Design Show's Gold Award for Outstanding Booth Design in 2001 and 2004. In 2006, the new office for Grip Limited also received Interior Design Magazine's "Best of Year" (BOY) Award and in 2007 the residence 10 Bellair was a finalist for the same award.
The firm's work has been published in several compendiums including 1000X Architecture of the Americas (publisher Braun), Contemporary World Interiors (Susan Yelavich, publisher Phaidon) and Interior Architecture Now (Jennifer Hudson, publisher Laurence King) for "a survey of sixty of the top individuals/practices (the established, provocative and rising stars) designing interior spaces today".
A graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Johnson Chou worked at many architectural firms including Arthur Erickson, Ernest Annau, Parkin and Markson Borooah Hodgson. In the mid-nineties he briefly deviated from his architectural career to pursue that of the visual arts. In 1996 with Patricia Christie he co-founded Archive Inc. Gallery & Art Library located in the incipient Queen West Gallery District, which was recognized for its innovative group shows curated by writers, artists, designers and filmmakers.
Serendipitously, it was through the Gallery that purveyed Chou's emerging design practice. His design for the spare, yet multi-functional gallery was recognized for its minimalist aesthetic and transformative spatial concepts. Chou's first clients were the residences and offices for Archive's art patrons.
In 1999 the design practice was launched and incorporated in 2001. Also in 2001 he was a recipient of the Arts Toronto Protégé Award, selected by Canadian filmmaker John Greyson. In 2003, he was selected to speak about his work at a symposium entitled "The Next Generation" sponsored by Metropolis Magazine in New York City, and in the same year he was selected as a juror for the category of environmental design for I.D. Magazine's "2003 Annual Design Review". Chou has lectured widely about his work, including Calgary and Vancouver Light Resource Lecture Series and the Association of Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD) in 2006. In 2007 he was selected to speak about his work for Toronto's first Pecha Kucha presentation at the Design Exchange and his work was also exhibited in Twenty+Change 01, a biennial exhibition of emerging designers in Toronto.
Other exhibitions of his work include a retrospective at Ballenford Books, a collaborative furniture exhibition at Toronto's Harbourfront Gallery, FRAME magazine exhibit of Toronto architects/designers at the Design Exchange and was commissioned by the Design Exchange to create a prototype sustainable furniture piece for their exhibit entitled "New Landscapes: Design Transforms Canadian Furniture", a review of contemporary Canadian furniture design and production. In May 2006 Chou was profiled by FRAME as one of ten designers most published by the magazine.
As an educator, he has taught and is a visiting critic of Ryerson University School of Interior Design.
Chou's support and involvement with the visual arts continues, he is a longstanding member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MoCCA), a founding curator for Red Bull gallery's 381 Projects and in 2008 was inducted as an Academician with the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) in recognition of his work.
A graduate of the University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe, Germany with a degree in Architecture, Silke Stadtmueller has worked in a number of architecture and design firms. During her schooling she interned at Map Arquitectos/Josep Lluis Mateo in Barcelona, Spain and in Berlin, Germany, architects Fabrik n#40 Weiss & Faust and Helmut von Bohr. Immediately following graduation she was employed as a web designer at redCOR AG, in Bern Switzerland and after a year she resumed her architectural career as an associate at idw Architekten based in Neu-Ulm.
At idw Architekten Silke was the Project Architect for an number of exhibit design projects for DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi Fuso, Voith paper, and BMW/MINI/Rolls Royce. Other projects include the new headquarters for the Landeszentralbank in Chemnitz, Germany with Map Arquitectos.
In 2005 Silke joined Johnson Chou Inc. and was the Project Manager and Designer of a number of award-winning projects including advertising firms Grip Limited and Zulu Alpha Kilo, public relations firm High Road Communications, Music Academy and Head Offices for Red Bull Canada, TNT Gallerie Boutique, 119 Corbo, The Guild Shop, merrygoround and Grafic Man boutique. Other projects include private residences, including the Sikorski Residence and the award-winning 10 Bellair. In October 2009 she was the principal designer for the largest exhibition of Canadian craft entitled Unity & Diversity, held at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea.