Get The Scoop On Vancouver Spots From A Design Duo


The Insider: Studio Roslyn

Jessica Macdonald and Kate Snyder are founders of the Vancouver full-service design firm Studio Roslyn. Following a mantra they refer to as “in pursuit of magic,” the duo has helped bring some of the city’s hottest restaurants and shops to life. The firm’s portfolio includes seafood-centric emporium Wildtale, Middle Eastern eatery Superbaba, and clothing and accessories retailer Sitka. The team recently discussed their influences and favorite places.

Inspiration of the moment:
KS: So many things! Romain Laprade’s interior photography, vintage furniture pieces in Dimore Studio’s Milanese gallery, 1970s glam and how we can modernize this era.

Must-see design spots in Vancouver.
JM: We have been fortunate enough to design some of the most interesting restaurant interiors in the city–a few are Kissa Tanto, Savio Volpe, The Botanist and, most recently under our Studio Roslyn umbrella, The Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Where should I begin in my own home?
JM: With something personal. If there’s an object you love or a piece of artwork, start with that and build off it.

What’s next?
KS: We’re continually doing more work outside of Vancouver, which is exciting. A few standouts are a unique vegetarian restaurant in Kelowna, British Columbia; a brewery in Victoria, British Columbia; and a large project in Calgary, Alberta.