AZURE: DesignAgency on 25 years as Hospitality Heavy-hitters

As the firm reaches a major milestone, its co-founders reflect on past accomplishments and key steps to success.

Condé Nast Traveler: The 14 Best Hotels in Toronto

Four DesignAgency design projects make the list — The Broadview Hotel, The St. Regis, The Drake Hotel and Ritz-Carlton.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: DesignAgency Block Party

To mark a quarter century, DesignAgency, the Toronto-based firm which specializes in hospitality design, hosted a special edition of its annual summertime block party.

Designboom: NeueHouse Venice Beach

NeueHouse Venice Beach arrives with bohemian Southern California vibes.


The Ritz-Carlton included among the Top 10 City Hotels in Canada.

FRAME: Dimensions

Is design a gateway to destigmatizing psychedelics?

On Office: NeueHouse Venice Beach

Just a couple of blocks from the Pacific Ocean, the private members’ club has opened a new venue that builds on the area’s cultural past.

CoolHunting: The Bright, Art-Filled Design of NeueHouse Venice Beach

A collaborative cultural environment that inspires social engagement as much as it encourages workflow.

Forbes: New luxury Beach Club at Costa Rica’s Costa Elena

Costa Elena is a master-planned resort community and ocean club…

Luxe Interiors + Design: Explore Luxury on the South Florida Coast

NoMad Wynwood encourages art-centric lifestyle.

Hospitality Design: NeueHouse Launches Venice Beach Outpost

The communal space reinterprets NeueHouse’s cosmopolitan style for its relaxed beachside setting.

Daily Hive: The top Toronto hotels to book your next staycation

Four DesignAgency projects make the list of places to stay.

New York Post: Meet Miami’s newest hotel-branded condos

NoMad Residences Wynwood earns top spot on round-up of branded residencies opening in Miami.

The Good Life: 72 Hours in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Neighbourhood

Exploring Trinity Bellwoods and discovers the riches of The Drake Hotel’s Modern Wing.

Hospitality Design: The Best of 2022

Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf earns a spot on Hospitality Design’s round-up of the year’s top openings.

Hospitality Design: NoMad Wynwood Residences

NoMad’s iconic look and feel meets Miami’s hottest neighbourhood this spotlight on the resurgence of branded residencies.

BlogTO: 10 boutique hotels in Toronto for people who appreciate great interior design

Two of our projects, Drake Hotel’s Modern Wing and The Broadview Hotel make BlogTO’s list.

BlogTO: 43 Down

Restaurant 43 Down joins Sheraton’s lobby revamp, which includes its café, Dual Citizen, in addition to private studios and soundproof phone booths that are all a part of the hotel’s massive renovation.

Venues Now: Marking One Year of History

In collaboration with Live Nation, DesignAgency, and global icon Drake, a live music and entertainment venue was brought to fruition in Toronto

BlogTO: 10 Luxury Hotels you’ll want to stay in at least once

Two of DesignAgency’s projects, Ritz-Carlton and St Regis, have made BlogTO’s list.

BlogTO: Restaurants with breathtaking interior design

Four projects by DesignAgency have been named in BlogTO’s roundup.

Supper magazine: Carversteak

In a city replete with steakhouses, it takes more than just top chops to draw in the discerning crowds that flock to Las Vegas for its swanky dining options.

The Washingtonian: Pendry DC Wharf

Washington DC’s southwest development opens on October 12 with DC’s first Pendry Hotel.

Hospitality Design: Members Clubs Making a Resurgence

Highly curated and meticulously designed, private social clubs are on the rise

The Hollywood Reporter: Toronto’s Best New Restaurants and Hotels

During the Toronto International Film Festival, inviting new places to eat include Minami, Epoch, and The Drake Hotel.

Toronto Life: Where to eat, drink and stargaze during TIFF

Minami for sushi specials in an award-winning space.  

Hotelier: Design firms create efficient hotel co-working spaces

The pandemic has shone a light on the importance of daily human interactions and careful consideration of the environments that surround us


DesignAgency is delighted to announce the promotion of Jamie Phelan and Alexandra Cole as principals.

The New York Times: The Drake Modern Among Toronto Summer Hot Spots

“This is the kind of property with a full-time art curator, color-saturated interiors by the innovative DesignAgency and live music in the basement.”

The Globe & Mail: The design of Dimensions is given thoughtful consideration

How psychedelic therapy clinics are designing perfectly imperfect spaces to enhance their treatments

Barron’s Penta: Co-founder Anwar Mekhayech’s favourite things

“What’s Canadian is the sense of enjoyment, the lack of ego, the transparency, the trust. Our studio is also multicultural, and we leverage that.”

Lifestyle Asia: NeueHouse Bradbury listed among top international co-working spaces

Spread across an area of 25,000 square feet on the second floor, the shared office space was redesigned by DesignAgency as a ‘cultural home for creators, innovators and thought leaders.’

Yahoo News: DesignAgency partners with Node on New Project in Spain

Node breaks ground on its first large scale flexible accommodation project in Madrid.

Premier Hospitality: Spotlight On DesignAgency

DesignAgency’s international success is based on its creative business savvy and its ability to work with clients to create meaningful narratives and high-quality environments.

Forbes Travel Guide: DesignAgency brings Carversteak to life in Las Vegas

Why you should visit Las Vegas right now

Condé Nast Traveler Spain: Dimensions featured

“Dimensions’ design vision was based on the principles of grounding, refined elements and sacred geometry. All aspects have been carefully studied to support guests on their journey towards personal growth, wellness, self knowledge and self-improvement”

Experimenta: Minami Toronto

DesignAgency infuses the environment with an avant-garde halo without losing sight of its origins.

Hospitality Design: DesignAgency’s collaboration with Dimensions featured

A Psychedelic Wellness Retreat Will Soon Open in Ontario

Dezeen: DesignAgency creates Ontario wellness retreat for psychedelic therapy

DesignAgency is working with psychedelic wellness company Dimensions to create a retreat on a 45-acre plot three hours north of Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Business: Why DesignAgency Thinks Restaurants Are A Good Business Venture

The award-winning founders of DesignAgency are predicting a major comeback for hospitality.

Storeys: Sheraton Centre Toronto and the Drake Hotel featured

Despite the pandemic, Toronto hotels are having a major moment.

HGTV: 3 DesignAgency projects included in a collection of luxury travel spots

The Drake Hotel’s Modern Wing, The Ritz-Carlton Toronto’s Epoch Bar & Kitchen, and the Sheraton Hotel Toronto’s Club Lounge were all featured in HGTV’s travel design inspiration list.

Condé Nast Traveler: The Drake Hotel Modern Wing included in Most Exciting Hotel Openings This Winter

“When one of our long-time favorite hotels in Toronto adds a new wing that more than doubles its room count, we consider that a whole new reason to go.”

SupperClub: Sheraton Centre Toronto unveils reimaged 43rd floor

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel is welcoming guests again after completing the first phase of an extensive transformation that includes the re-opening of its Sheraton Club.

Storeys: The Waverley is a leader in the burgeoning luxury rental market

The past few years have seen the emergence of sleek new purpose-built rentals in Toronto, like The Selby and The Waverley.

BlogTO: Minami Toronto Wins Two Restaurant Bar & Design Awards

Minami Toronto was chosen as the best-designed restaurant in both North and South America, in addition to the best-designed restaurant in all of the Americas, in the Multiple Category, with more than one location.

Urban Toronto: Interior Renderings Reveal Verge Condos Phase Two

RioCan Living is following the successful sales launch of Verge Condos, with the pending release of Verge Phase Two, East Tower.

Now: A first look inside the rebuilt Silver Dollar Room

The historic Toronto music venue has been rebuilt to exact specifications at its original location.

Rebusiness online: Legacy Hotel & Residences has broken ground in Miami

Legacy Hotel & Residences, a mixed-use tower in Miami with 255 hotel rooms, 310 residences, and a $100 million medical center.

Hospitality Design: Spotlight on DesignAgency’s Alexandra Bruemmer Cole

Overseeing DesignAgency’s Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices, Alexandra Cole is responsible for expanding the firm’s portfolio beyond hotels to include co-working spaces and wellness-focused retreats.

BlogTO: Introducing Verge, a new development in Etobicoke.

“Wellness remains incredibly important in providing moments of respite, but we also need to support and design to how our work-life habits are evolving,” says Anwar Mekhayech, founding partner, DesignAgency. “The co-working space and content studio at Verge are a […]

Interior Design: Art Abounds at Minami Toronto

The Aburi Restaurant Group collaborated closely with local firm DesignAgency to transform the 4,600-square-foot space into a dynamic, day-to-night destination where every surface conveys a warm yet contemporary aesthetic.

FRAME: How the members’ club concept has found renewed relevance

Housed in the city’s iconic Bradbury Building is the LA location of work-oriented members’ club NeueHouse. DesignAgency was responsible for the interior.

Hospitality Design: Carversteak Restaurant Coming Soon to Resorts World Las Vegas

The new concept will defy steakhouse conventions with an artful, nature-inspired atmosphere envisioned by DesignAgency.

EATER Las Vegas: Carversteak opens

Carver Road tapped design studio DesignAgency to create the mid-century modern look of the steakhouse that takes its inspiration from the Las Vegas landscape.

Rolling Stone: Live Nation and Drake announce History designed by DesignAgency

DesignAgency has been working closely with Live Nation to develop an overall concept and interior design that is transforming a former racetrack betting facility and movie theatre into a 2500-capacity venue. DesignAgency concepted History’s facade alongside Drake and Live Nation and further […]

AZURE: The Future of Hospitality with DesignAgency

Azure Magazine asked the question of how restaurants and hotels evolve after a pandemic from the designers reimagining the future of hospitality. “A year ago, restaurants were hoping to adapt for a short-term situation,” says Matthew Davis, one of DesignAgency’s […]


One of the trendiest health clubs on King Street West in Toronto, Sweat and Tonic is expanding to open a second location that, once complete, will be the biggest facility of its kind in the city. The 25,000 square feet […]

DIGS magazine: NeueHouse Bradbury

For NeueHouse Bradbury, a vibrant co-working space for the creative class, DesignAgency crafted a refined and sophisticated environment inside an L.A. landmark.

Wallpaper: Costa Elena

Surrounded by natural scenery and a stone’s throw from the Guanacaste Conservation Area, the properties, available to rent and buy, are drawing on their tropical environment. Orientated towards striking views of Nicaragua, the Pacific Ocean and Isla Bolanos, each villa features large […]

NeueJournal: Anwar, Matt and Allen Discuss DesignAgency’s Work, Creative Process and Collaborative Spirit

“When there’s trust on both sides and a desire to create something new, incredible things can happen.” “We strive to make each project unique and responsive to its brand, core idea and unique circumstances.” Read the full article here:

Hospitality Design: DesignAgency’s Anwar Mekhayech, Matt Davis and Allen Chan on their ‘What I’ve Learned’ podcast series

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen from Hospitality Design recently sat down with DesignAgency’s Anwar Mekhayech, Matt Davis and Allen Chan for HD’s ‘What I’ve Learned’ podcast series. The conversation centres around DA’s beginnings working with restaurants and designing hotel branding before taking […]

Hospitality Design: Irth Landscape Hotel and Spa

Irth Landscape Hotel and Spa was featured in Hospitality Design’s ‘Rethinking Wellbeing’ issue. Come 2023, the area [Prince Edward County, Ontario] will also be home to a healing stay immersed in nature when the Irth Landscape Hotel and Spa opens […]

ArchDaily: Galleria III

Real estate development firm ELAD Canada has unveiled Galleria III, Toronto’s tallest flatiron building designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and DesignAgency.

DesignWanted: Interview with DesignAgency

Throwing the status quo out the window with DesignAgency.

Supper magazine: Majordōmo Meat & Fish

American restauranteur and Momofuku founder David Chang has opened Majordōmo Meat & Fish, his second venue in Las Vegas.

Districto Oficina

Districto Oficina covers NeueHouse Bradbury in the July edition of their magazine.

Sleeper magazine: NeueHouse Bradbury

DesignAgency craft the interiors of LA’s oldest landmarked building, creating a new destination for a forward-thinking hospitality group.

Boutique Design: Alexandra Bruemmer Cole

DesignAgency’s Alexander Bruemmer Cole is listed as one to watch by Boutique Design!

Darc: North America Design Report

DesignAgency are apart of the North America Design Report in darc December 2019. 

Hospitality Design: The Dalmar

Though Miami gets all the attention, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, nonetheless, is a hotspot vacation destination with a lot of potential. To capture the emerging city’s essence, Wurzak Hotel Group tapped DesignAgency to conceive a modern, yet playful design for the 209-room bolthole, the Dalmar.

The New York Times: NeueHouse Bradbury

The New York Times explore the future of co-working spaces.

Cool Hunting: Mama Rabbit

Mama Rabbit arrives on the Las Vegas strip

Interior Design: The Dalmar

DesignAgency Gives Fort Lauderdale’s The Dalmar Hotel a Mid-Century Modern Cachet

Supper: The Dalmar

Supper magazine features Sparrow Rooftop Bar at The Dalmar in Ft. Lauderdale.

FX: The Broadview Hotel

FX features The Broadview Hotel

Canadian Interiors: DesignAgency Block Party

Canadian Interiors covers DA’s 2019 Block Party in Toronto.

Hotelier Magazine – DesignAgency

DesignAgency taking the hotel industry by storm.

Design Milk: The Dalmar

The Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Travel

The Spaces: Bar Wayo

Momofuku’s Bar Wayō frames views over New York’s East River. DesignAgency crafts warm interiors that heighten the views.

National Post

Known for their work designing luxury hotels and restaurants, including Toronto’s St. Regis Hotel and the award-winning Restaurant at Pearl Morrisette, DesignAgency has transformed the sporting lounge into a venue that looks like it came straight from the pages of […]

Hospitality Design: Bar Wayo

Complementing Pier 17 with a teak pergola, Bar Wayō marks the seventh collaboration between Momofuku and Toronto-based practice DesignAgency, which crafted an inviting atmosphere on the banks of the East River.

DARC: St. Regis Hotel

darc Magazine covers St. Regis Hotel Toronto.

Gray Magazine: NeueHouse Bradbury

Gray Magazine features NeueHouse Bradbury.

Bob Magazine: St. Regis Hotel

Bob magazine features the St. Regis Hotel in Toronto.

Stay Overnight: The Broadview Hotel

Stay Overnight features The Broadview Hotel.

Perspective Magazine: Kojin and St. Regis Hotel

Perspective Magazine features Kojin and St. Regis Hotels.

Dwell: Node Living

Node’s New Co-Living Space Offers Instagram-Worthy Apartments For Rent

Globe & Mail: St. Regis Hotel

Designing the luxury St. Regis Hotel in Toronto. 

Forbes: St. Regis Hotel

The First St. Regis Hotel In Canada Opens With Seductively Stylish Appeal

Fairmont Magazine: Fairmont Tremblant

Fairmont Magazine covers Fairmont Tremblant.

Hospitality Design: St. Regis Toronto

St. Regis debuts in Canada


Toronto’s New and Noteworthy Restaurants 

Designlines: Kōjin

DesignAgency’s Kōjin Goes Beyond Ramen.

Azure: DesignAgency Partners

Azure features the DesignAgency partners and their prolific history.

ARIDO Award Brochure: Broadview Hotel


KŌJIN, TORONTO – a restaurant worthy of the fire gods.

Canadian Interiors: The Broadview Hotel

This landmark Romanesque style building in Toronto’s east end was originally built in 1891 as factory offices, and converted a few years later into The Broadview Hotel.

Hospitality Design: Majordomo LA

Chang turned to longtime collaborator DesignAgency to help him “make something specific to the city and create a menu that pays tribute to its food traditions,” explains Anwar Mekhayech, principal and founding partner of the Toronto-based firm, along with Allen Chan and Matt Davis.

Azure: Majordomo LA

In Majordomo, DesignAgency Created an Eatery in David Chang’s Image.

Canadian Interiors: St Regis Hotel

Canadian Interiors features St. Regis Hotel Toronto.

Azure: Tokyo Smoke

From Dank to Swank: The Evolution of Pot Dispensary Design.

Hospitality Design: The Broadview Hotel

Hospitality Design features Broadview Hotel.

Dezeen: The Broadview Hotel

DesignAgency turns former strip club into boutique Toronto hotel.

Designlines: The Broadview Hotel

The Broadview Hotel goes from Skanky to Swanky

Gray Magazine: The Duniway

Luxe and Local The Duniway Emerges with New Design

Canada’s 100 Best: Generator Rome and Lena Restaurant

Generator Rome and Lena Restaurant listed as Canada’s best in Canadian Interiors magazine.

Forbes: The Duniway

In Portland, Redefining Luxury With History And A Touch Of Sass

Air Canada enRoute

Inside Toronto’s Newly Restored Broadview Hotel

Frame: Lena Restaurant

At Toronto’s Leña, Argentinean hospitality makes Art Deco feel accessible.

BlogTO: Generator Hostels

DesignAgency is helping to shake up the budget travel industry. Generator Rome

Generator is making its Roman debut on Via Principe Amedeo, a short walk from the Colosseum and Termini Station. Generator Amsterdam

Project: Generator Amsterdam

AMC: Generator Amsterdam

AMC covers Generator Amsterdam.

Largest Generator ‘poshtel’ to open in Paris in February Generator Berlin

Project: Generator Berlin Mitte

ELLE UK: Generator Venice

ELLE UK covers Generator Venice.