Festival Style magazine is the official sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival Gala Green Room at Roy Thomson Hall, an exclusive space where the stars gather before their films screen.

film director can see a script come to life before the actors are cast, just as a designer can envision what an empty room will look like fully furnished. In the Festival Style Gala Green Room, I saw a wonderful story waiting to be told.

Great films are extravagant, bold, and unpredictable, and I wanted this room to feel the same. A few of the elements were intact before the design team took over—a great backstory of Green Room’s past, and a location tucked inside of the iconic Roy Thomson Hall—but it still required staging, lighting, props, and a cast and crew to make it all come together.

Toronto creators and Nunavut artists contributed bold and engaging contemporary works for the walls.
The Inuit works are part of a special preview of this year’s Dorset Fine Arts’ Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection, a compendium of lithography, etching, and stone-cut fine art prints.

The art on the floor came courtesy of Weavers Art, which offers one of the largest and most stunning selection of internationally crafted rugs in Toronto. Each piece, a rich tapestry.

On the note of surfaces, Cambria Canada’s elegant bars and cruiser tables brought part of the desired gravitas to the space. Just this year, Cambria introduced the Magnificent Seven, a chic collection of character-filled, natural quartz surfaces.

For seating, we turned to the Euro-stylings of Augustus Jones Inc., a Toronto-based curator of contemporary furniture who offered their unique design perspective. And Union Lighting, Toronto’s largest lighting showroom, provided pieces from its comprehensive collection of decorative accessories.

The cumulative effect is one that engages the senses and invites visitors to contribute to the Green Room’s story. I truly hope everyone enjoys the space.

Jane Lockhart
Jane Lockhart is principal designer of the Toronto firm she founded in 1997, Jane Lockhart Interior Design. She’s an award-winning designer, television personality, and author.

Special thanks to the generosity of the following Gala Green Room contributors: