Toronto-Based Design Studio Navigate’s Ken Lam Talks New Miami Project, The Celino

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Navigate is an award-winning design studio that brings brands to life. To do it, they transform spaces into destinations, using a blend of passion and process they call Integrated Inspiration™ – a fresh take on design that aligns every facet of a project to express the soul of a brand. Combining the hands-on, collaborative approach of a boutique, with a limitless global reach, Navigate’s experienced team of creative technologists and designers create iconic aesthetics for hospitality, retail, and residential projects, from North America to the Middle East. Heading up the incredible design force is Ken Lam, co-founder and renowned interior designer, who can be credited for the brand’s clean, inspiring ethos. Over his career history, he’s won 25 industry awards from ARIDO, IIDA Retail and RDI International, to A.R.E. Chair Store Age and Asia’s Ring Awards. He’s worked with world-renowned brands like Marriot Hotels, Trump Hotels, Sears, Oliver & Bonacini and the Air Canada Centre. Here, Haute Living sits down with Lam to discuss his newest project—the gorgeous Celino in Miami Beach—as well as some of the brand’s most distinguished works in Toronto, design trends and the future of Navigate. 

Tell us about your design portfolio in Toronto. What are some of the highlights?

We have been busy in the past 15 months, focusing a lot more on the local market. Some projects we opened includes Demetre (an iconic dessert restaurant), Nando’s Chicken, Mira (Peruvian concept), Fresh Restaurants (two locations), Atoi and COC (Coffee Oyster Champagne), Thirty Six Knots (a lifestyle store), two hotel lobby bars at the Fairmont Hotels, and a dozen Sweet Jesus Ice-cream concepts, just to name a few. We have had the privilege to work with some really forward-thinking restaurateurs, which allows all of us to create, invent, collaborate and succeed. 

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