Tomas Pearce is one of Canada’s most inspirational interior designers! Based in downtown Toronto, this interior design company is ambitiously led by main partners Melandro Quilatan and Tania Richardson. Together, they feature a team of experts that stand out through the most amazing settings, on a large spectrum of commercial and residential interior design services. Today, CovetED invites you to discover everything about this company, through an inspiring conversation with Co-Founder Melandro Quilatan!
Located in the heart of Toronto, you’ll find an inspiring interior design company, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc! This team of experts is led by Principal Partners Melandro Quilatan and Tania Richardson, along with talented Interior Designers, Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Architectural Technologists, Stylists, and Procurement Agents. This company exists due to their love for design and endless possibilities, which translates into the joy for the “discipline of interior design, designers are given opportunities to literally create something that doesn’t previously exist. What we create also has the power to enhance people’s lives, and heighten the enjoyment of their environments. My favourite part about working in the industry is that invention involves problem-solving, so we have to vet each and every design possibility. Plus, each project we tackle at Tomas Pearce takes us on a different journey”.
They proudly provide a massive range of commercial and residential interior design services, space planning, project management and interior styling to a multi-national client base. In order to achieve this incredible status within the interior design world, they had to overcome many obstacles throughout the years, especially at the beginning of their careers. “Evolving our inner-workings as a firm was challenging, especially during the first few years of our practice. As Tomas Pearce experienced rapid growth and took on additional clients, we found ourselves reacting in ‘high gear’ to the demands of an overflowing workload. Stepping back to assess the office culture clarified that, by instilling universal processes, we could take a more healthy and pro-active approach to manage our multiple projects“.
The interior design firm recently celebrated their 14th anniversary and they couldn’t be more happy to achieve these many years of experience, that granted so much knowledge within this industry. Although they’re very happy with their journey, they would be over the moon if they could embrace luxury hotel projects, since they’ve established their value with exquisite commercial and residential spaces. “While we are recognized as established specialists in the design of bold and luxurious residential and commercial spaces, it feels like a natural evolution that we should expand our knowledge and services to encompass luxury hotels”.
With the need to create absolute and magnificent settings, their main goal is to see the client’s reaction in every project. “What I personally find fulfilling comes more from how our clients react to our designs: from tears of happiness to the looks of sincere gratitude displayed on their faces upon completion of their project. These are the type of reactions that to me, speak volumes. It’s a humbling testimony to know that we’ve made an impact on our client’s personal lives by helping them design spaces that actually improve their lives, and these moments are extremely fulfilling”. Absolutely fulfilled through that feedback, they are proud to say that they build a personalized relationship with their clients, with no exceptions. “When working with our private residential clients, it is a vital part of our process that we more than know them – we need to understand how they live, entertain, and interact in the privacy of their own homes to create a design that truly suits their lifestyle and needs“.
By creating a bespoke relationship with their clients, the interior design firm believes that word-of-mouth referrals are the greatest way to attract potential clients, as well as social media, so everyone that’s interested could follow their work. “Commercially, our relationships with developer partners are also founded on a strong personal connection. We typically collaborate on multiple projects with our developer clients, and we are thankful that a large base of our commercial business is based on word-of-mouth referrals. We also have a strong and engaged audience across our various social media profiles. We love hearing feedback from our followers – especially when they find peeks behind the scenes of our work fascinating. We also take great pride in being a source of inspiration for others’ projects”. Through those offline and online channels, Tomas Pearce expects to achieve a very specific type of client: “From our experience, those who are able to do so are well informed, well-travelled, and enjoy the unique and different. Although our clients are also typically fashion-forward, longevity and practicality are of the utmost importance when designing their spaces”.
At the moment, the interior design firm shares more than 50 projects that are running. “These residential and commercial projects are often in varying scales and stages of design and construction”. With that in mind, they feel absolutely grateful to work in so many inspiring projects, with amazing people, which fills them with endless creativity, to set up the most exquisite spaces. “Our inspiration comes from a number of specific sources. All of our inspiration comes from our desire to create a signature product that is unique to that residence or development. A few types of inspiration that we draw on for our residential clients include the client’s style and profile, their wants and needs for space, their current life stage, and/or their future life stage in the home. For our commercial projects, we also look to the client profile, and incorporate inspiration from the surrounding neighbourhood and community, while taking into consideration desired programming, site location, and the overall architectural flavour of the development”.
This firm is also responsible for many bespoke private vacation homes, winter chalets, summer homes, and exclusive ranches. In every project they embrace, their goal is to complete it with the latest trends and most exquisite pieces of furniture. Nonetheless, they think that “it is more desirable to attend global design shows. Not only are they a fantastic reason to experience and explore different parts of the world, but they showcase the newest and most innovative products, brands, and projects. That said, we believe that most trends are seasonal and have a short shelf life. For Tomas Pearce and our clients, longevity is extremely important. Rather than searching outward for inspiration, we always encourage our team to BE the inspiration”. By being the inspiration, their level of standards and expectation for quality and craftsmanship is extremely high.
Within the company’s ideals, in order to become a top interior design firm in this industry, they must be aligned with “trades, craftsmen, construction teams, fabricators, and artisans who are all at the top of their respective games”. When it comes to talking about the future, Melandro Quilatan really thinks that it will be “technology-driven“. With the constant development of technology, as well as sustainability, he affirms that “new products will be developed that will provide not only beauty but practicality – all the while following the quest to protect our natural resources”. As an interior design company, Tomas Pearce is a firm that believes in the “ease of life, escapism, and adventure are some words that I believe will continue to be on the pulse of design inspiration in the future”.
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