May 10, 2020

Studio Author Reinvents the Spa Experience

With a name like Majesty’s Pleasure, it’s expected that this Toronto spa provides services that pamper and indulge. Thanks to Jayme Million and Alex Simpson of Studio Author, its 2,200-square-foot environment does the same. The firm cofounders’ experience designing hotels and restaurants with “rich, textured narratives” is apparent in their first salon project.

At Majesty’s Pleasure spa in Toronto by Studio Author, velvet upholstery, a brass table from Elte MKT, and laminate floor planks define the waiting area. Photography by Niamh Barry.

Million and Simpson conceptualized what they call the “dreamland of an It Girl,” expressed in feminine touches—such as dusty-pink decorative fringe and comfy pale-blue upholstered treatment chairs—balanced with elements in sophisticated aubergine and goldenrod. The designers also introduced the unexpected. A statement sink in heavily veined blush marble can transform into a DJ booth for events, a full-service cocktail bar is U-shaped, and neon signage declares that this layered, immersive jewel of a space is, in fact, a reality.

The marble sink and custom ottomans. Photography by Niamh Barry.
The marble-topped hair lounge table. Photography by Niamh Barry.
Fiber artist Charlotte Blake’s fringe installation. Photography by Niamh Barry.

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