I met Paul Filek about 3 years ago. He had been hired to do the interior design work on a very exclusive (so exclusive that you’ll never hear about it ever) condo in downtown Toronto. Paul was picked for this project because of his reputation as being the hottest designer out there. Not like a Sarah Richardson or Nate Berkus “hot”, but a New York, Dublin, Shanghai, internationally reputed “hot”.
You know that “Oh Wow” feeling you get when you enter a Holt Renfrew or W Hotel lobby; that feeling like you never want to leave and just live there forever; the beautiful colours, gorgeous textures and glowing panels? Well BurdiFilek is responsible for designing those spaces. Their mastery of materials and space is simply phenomenal.
And this mastery is not surprising, with his “design teeth” being sharpened at Yabu Pushelberg in the early 90’s and add the architectural expertise of his partner Diego Burdi…it’s like the perfect design storm.
Diego Burdi and Paul Filek
But you’ll never hear Paul blow his own horn very loudly. Elegant and understated is his style. “Our firm is Small with a Big presence” is all I got out of him. And that fits just perfectly.
It isn’t Paul’s style to discuss “difficult” clients either, but when asked who was his favourite; without hesitation he said “Joe Mimran”. “He is a visionary like no other” (I’ve heard this before). So no wonder BurdiFilek has been responsible for designing the Club Monaco stores, corporate offices and now the newly launched Joe Fresh flagship store in Vancouver.
Did I say “hot”!
Brown Thomas Luxury Hall, Dublin, Ireland
Thompson Residences, Sales Centre, Toronto
Canada, the US, Europe, the Far East… What’s next for BurdiFilek?… South Africa maybe?
Who wants to go to Holts?