A collaborative space that inspires innovation
Forum Equity Partners moved into new office space in Toronto, known as “Forum House,” in the fall of 2015. Forum House features an open concept office space, various boardrooms including an innovative “stand-up” meeting room, views of the landmark Allen Lambert Galleria and the fully stocked Forum Café for employees to eat, socialize and work in.
Forum’s Mission and Vision for the company are personified throughout Forum House. A mural, located prominently in the open-concept office space, graphically outlines Forum’s core ideologies. Taking the form of a cityscape, the mural represents the company’s roots in development and structure. The work itself was created by Toronto artist, Cindy Wilson, and was completed using 5 continuous pieces of printed vinyl, installed over 2 days.
Forum House’s stand-up meeting room contains colourful and unique furniture by Allsteel, duelling idea boards and was designed to promote the way people naturally interact. This is where conversations happen, ideas are shared, innovation is created and work is completed. The furniture in this room invites numerous interactions with convenient surfaces to rest laptops and coffee cups.
Much like the stand-up meeting room, the Forum Café was designed to foster interaction and collaboration across the team. Team members can catch up on the news, enjoy their lunch or work from their laptops at the high bar. The Café features snacks and refreshments, as well as the occasional celebratory beer, in addition to cable TV, so the team can take comfortable, relaxed breaks.
Forum House’s desks were designed by Veyhl, an international market-leader in ergonomics founded in 1951. Each desk is wired for power and can move up or down at the push of a button. This innovative design allows team members to work in the position that is most productive and comfortable for them throughout the day. The padded file consoles beside each work station allow for easy collaboration and on-the-go brainstorming sessions.
“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind” – Eugene Ionesco, Playwright
The artwork featured throughout Forum House was hand selected by Forum’s founder, Richard Abboud, with active feedback from the team. The “Men on a Ledge” artwork featured in one of the boardrooms, is by artist Sergio Ferrari. Richard acquired the beam sculpture on a trip to New York City in 1999. Following his return to Toronto, Richard commissioned the canvas portion of the piece from a local artist. The result is a unique piece that plays on the theme of structure and development.
The artwork featured in the hallway is from celebrated Canadian photographer Nicolas Ruel and depicts the Montreal Convention Centre. Also featured at Forum House, is a print by world renowned, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, recipient of the 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. The work depicts dried river beds in Mexico and allows the viewer to truly understand the impact that man has on the Earth.
Forum’s lobby features a cast bronze sculpture by famed Toronto-based artist, An Te Liu. The sculpture, which stands just over six feet tall, is one in a series by An Te Liu created to celebrate some of his favourite literary icons. Forum’s piece, entitled Tropos II, is for Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, a German-born avant-garde, Dadaist artist and poet.