Tuck Studio proud to be part of Rothesay Yule – happening at Shadow Lawn Inn, Sunday Dec 6 2015.

We are truly delighted, inspired and excited to be part of this inaugural event conceived and organized by our dear friend, client and collaborator, Pamela Mullinger. This day is going to be simply magical in every sense of word. Tuck Studio will be there with many handmade items, with an emphasis on old-fashioned gifts for the holiday season! We look forward to seeing you all there. Tickets are going FAST.
unnamed In the heart of old Rothesay, Shadow Lawn Inn will be transformed into a traditional European Christmas market on Sunday the 6th of December from 11am to 4pm.
Hosted both indoors and outdoors, you will enjoy a cosy marketplace of shopping and dining complete with horse trolley rides, live festive music, complimentary gift wrapping and, of course, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Ticket price includes entry to the Rothesay Yule, a family portrait of your visit with Santa Claus by photographer Sean McGrath, a horse-drawn trolley ride and access to all the hand selected vendors who will fulfil all your Christmas shopping needs with complimentary gift-wrapping service.

Family tickets – $25
Single tickets – $10

Proceeds from ticket sales will support Children’s Wish

The Saint John Ale House launches the “OH! ROOM – the stand-up/sit-down event room!”

About a year and a half ago we had the opportunity and privilege to undertake the Saint John Ale House pub makeover with Peter Stoddart and his contracting team, Peace of Mind Management.  Since that time we have made steady changes to the upstairs of the Saint John Ale house, including new lights and some decor.  However, the keg room, one of the most under-utilized spaces in the restaurant, was in need of a face-lift. The Keg room’s purpose when the restaurant opened over ten years ago was for a more classic dining area versus a dynamic event space.   But, as with any business space like a restaurant, styles change, and this room had become dated.  The room also presented some unique design challenges: the chairs were extremely heavy and the long banquette seating also made it difficult to switch the room up for various configurations. Additionally, there was a space in the far corner that wasn’t being utilized in a proper fashion for storage, and the lure of looking in at the kegs had lost its appeal.


The Scope:

When Peter approached us he indicated he wanted the keg room to be more a versatile space for events. He wanted to have chairs that were easy to move or, better yet, easy to stack. He also found the space dark and nondescript. He also knew that he wanted the space to reflect the changes that had been made throughout the bar and restaurant. And so, with those marching orders firmly in mind, we came up with a new design for the ‘Keg Room’!

All After Photography: Kelly Lawson

AFTER: Introducing the ‘OH! ROOM – the stand-up/sit down event room.’

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SJAH [facebook]-34The first thing we wanted to do was to ensure that the new space flowed nicely with the existing and updated SJAH restaurant and pub. It was important that this room feel like the rest of the restaurant as it also would continue to act as regular restaurant seating when not in use for events. We accomplished this by adding warm elements such as new lighting, distressed wood (Hemlock) on the walls, sanding the floors, building new tables, and adding new chairs.  All chairs and lighting through Tuck Studio.  Hemlock from Jonathan Dutra.

logosThe new chairs were the springboard for the space’s new identity! One of the favourite brand partners we have with Tuck Studio is Umbra and we are major fans of the iconic Oh Chair designed by Karim Rashid. These chairs are not only comfortable, beautiful, and inexpensive, but extremely lightweight and easy to stack and move around. We designed the logo with Lise Hansen / Bonfire communications, taking a playful approach of the SJAH’s regular logo (featuring the cleaver). Here you can see we’ve replaced the cleaver with the Oh Chair and have identified in the tag line that this room is a stand up/sit down event space.

The following pictures illustrate just a few of the dozens of configurations on how the Oh! Room can be used for events.
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One configuration includes all 60 Oh Chairs facing the Hemlock wall with the plexiglass podium facing in a different direction.
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Here you can see how easily the chairs stack if, after the sit down portion (corporate meeting, wedding, etc),  you want to have an open space for a dance or a stand up mixer.
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And, of course the new tables come into play for large groups for dinner. These tables can be configured in dozens of ways or the SJAH team can take them out to create more space for a stand up reception.
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The space along the wall where the bulky banquette used to be is now open for small intimate spaces for 8 to 16 people, or as you can see by the pics below, it can grow to 20 people or to 26 people, all under the constellation of warm lights.
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The lights also act as a nice anchor to set up a bar underneath them.
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Below, here’s Peter, my friend, client and repeat collaborator. You’ll note that behind him is a double sliding barn door which now allows renters to place their items in storage while their event is going on.
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As with all projects, they only happen with a dedicated team! Here is the Peace of Mind Management team along with Leading Edge Electrical.
fr_3766_size880We encourage you to scroll through the entire photo gallery and be inspired! Drop in for lunch, or book your next event at the Oh! Room.

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As always, we thank Peter and his team for allowing us the privilege to partner with them on their new interior designs.  Up next?  Washrooms!

For Community Release: Thandi Restaurant taking it up another design notch!

For Community Release:
Saint John – Thursday, November 5th, 2015

After almost 10 years since Holly and Ken Singh opened their doors to Thandi Restaurant, they’re proud to announce another design makeover in the works on their main floor. Beginning at midnight on November 7th, 2015, the restaurant will be closed for a five-day renovation.  It will open again at 5:00 pm — for the ‘big reveal’ — on Thursday, November 12th 2015.

The Singhs updated the bar in Thandi just over two years ago, rebranding the bar (designed by Judith Mackin and her team) ‘the Santara‘.  Just over a year ago Mackin and Singh collaborated on the new House of Chan Design in the Valley.

Image by Sean McGrath (http://www.seanmcgrath.ca).
Photo: Sean McGrath – The Santara Bar
Photo: Kelly Lawson – House of Chan / Quispamsis
“Saint John has evolved over the last eight years” explains Holly Singh,”It’s a more inclusive, multi-cultural community. We see it in our restaurant daily. And, we felt it was time see those changes reflected in a progressive design and to reflect modern day India, not a north American interpretation of that. We asked Judith how we could accomplish this through a new design.”

Mackin, whose history is long entrenched in the visual arts, suggested that they look at well-known photographer Mark Hemmings’s work in that he has travelled extensively in India. “I knew that Mark would capture India in a way that is authentic,” Mackin said.

After pouring through dozens of Hemming’s photos, Mackin landed on three particular images and is essentially using  them as the springboard for the entire main floor renovation.  When the restaurant renovation is complete visitors will see this image below placed predominately in a larger than life mural installation.  Mackin says “the motion, the colour, the flames in the photograph reflects the nature of Thandi restaurant – lots of fast-pace movement with staff, customers, open-flame cooking in the kitchen — essentially a busy restaurant constantly full of chatter and laughter!’

FullSizeRender 14The new design will keep the existing bar and lights, but the central island will be replaced from bar height to a new counter height communal table designed by Mackin and built by Elwoods Wood Lab.  The team is working with other locals, including new seating and stools custom built by Tim Hunter/Artizan Group and modern light fixtures and furnishings through Tuck Studio.

Holly Singh embraces the movement happening in the uptown core, noting that it’s important for she and Ken to ‘be constantly reinventing ourselves and offering new experiences for our customers.”

Shortly after the restaurant reopens on Thursday, November 12th at 5:00 pm, Singh and Mackin will be announcing a new movement, a social design project to the mix, named ‘TABLE TO ENABLE’ which will serve the greater Saint John Community in need.

Fun Fact:  During the renovations the Punch Inside team has created a window display called “Sneak Peaks.’  Viewers can literally look inside the round peep holes in the brown paper.  Inside they can watch local trades such as Elevation Contractors, Duncan’s Electrical, InColour Inc.  A1Upholstery, and Legacy Painters working in real time over the five-day-renovation!
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Photo: Christiana drawing the Himalaya Mountains, complete with peep holes.

For further information please contact:

Judith Mackin 647.7469 or Holly Singh 643-0988.






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