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SMITH | interior design



interior design

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At the heart of The Forks in Winnipeg sits Manitoba’s “meeting place,” where for over 6000 years, people came to trade at the convergence of two rivers.  Here lies the Inn at the Forks, home of Smith restaurant.  A true snapshot of the Canadian spirit, Smith is our modern interpretation of Canadian history.  We filled this lounge, lobby, and restaurant with subtle architectural details referencing Canadiana, from wood panels salvaged from a forgotten grain elevator, to a Hudson’s Bay blanket banquette. Embodying the notion of coming together as a community, long pews stretch the length of the restaurant, encouraging hotel guests to meet one another and engage with the space. 

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grand prize winner of the 

winnipeg commerce design awards

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Smith melds what it meant to be Canadian 100 years ago with what it means to be Canadian today.

The Inn at the Forks continues the legacy of The Forks in Winnipeg by serving as a gathering place for people from across the country.  We knew that for many travelers, Smith and The Inn at the Forks would be their first Canadian experience.  Smith represents the best of Canadian history, telling a layered and rich story through the furniture, finishes, and art.  The hospitality and friendliness Canadians are known for is seen even in the planning of the restaurant, with ample seating arrangements and shared spaces perfect for interacting and forming new friendships. 

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Danny Singer’s work is the perfect representation of small-town Canada.
— jenn lembke, mckinley burkart

“...while there is a wistfulness to these photographs in their evidence of boarded-up buildings, peeling paint and “For Sale” signs, they are as much about the resiliency and survival of these agricultural communities as they are about a disappearing way of life. Time on the one hand seems to stand still, but on the other it marches along incessantly and inevitably.”

- Rachel Rosenfield Lafo on Danny Singer's photography

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