Formed in 2001 by David Nicolay (Master of Architecture graduate) and Robert Edmonds (graphic design), EVOKE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN™ incorporates conceptual thinking, spatial and interior design and graphic design to ensure consistent and coherent branded environments for its clients. These multi-disciplines manifest themselves through Evoke's work for restaurant, retail and entertainment design and branding; residential projects (single and multi-family); and corporate office design.
Realizing the potential of collaboration, and the ability to
use not only graphics, but also spatial design, as a vehicle for communication,
Evoke has developed an impressive list of projects, which include; David Hawksworth’s Bel Cafe at the Hotel Georgia,
InterContinental Hotel Group’s Vancouver property, residential
projects for Townline Homes and The Salient Group, Pixar Canada's new 28,000
sq. ft. corporate offices (which include a Theatre Viewing
Room and Server Room) and recent music releases for EMI Canada.
It is this dynamic of spatial and graphic design which makes Evoke one of the most ‘in-demand’ design firms in Vancouver.
Prior to forming Evoke, David and Rob pooled their design skills to create Tangerine Lounge/Restaurant - a successful neighbourhood restaurant which helped spawn a new wave of sophisticated modern, urban design eateries in Vancouver - clean, modern interiors, custom designed furniture combined with simple, vibrant graphics. They have since opened The Cascade Room, Habit Lounge, El Camino’s and the recently launched The Union Bar + Restaurant, along with a line of t-shirts - Evokativ: T-shirts for the Thinking Class.
At EVOKE™ we believe that to be successful an overall concept must be all-consuming. Corporate identity, signage and graphics must not only compliment, but challenge and enhance the interior/exterior design and, conversely, that design has the ability to enhance communication between space and object. It is these two aspects that must go hand-in-hand in the execution of a successful branded environment.