ACA DESIGN STUDIO

Interior Design
Toronto ON M5A 3G2
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Glenn Archer
Glenn Archer
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Office Renovation King West Downtown Toronto

We worked with ACA DESIGN STUDIO previously on the upgrade of our systems furniture for our main office space in downtown Toronto. We had a great experience so we hired ACA again to expand our headquarters with a new premium collaborative workspace for our customers. The new floor needed a lot of work -- the 2,000SF brick-and-beam space was a maze of various size rooms, kitchen and mechanical area with old electrical and plumbing that required complete demolition. We wanted a new commercial kitchen, open concept conference and meeting area, systems furniture and a vision to tie it all together.

ACA DESIGN STUDIO far exceeded our expectations. As project lead and designer, Agnieszka managed the team from start to completion. She was very collaborative to understand our business needs, brand and budgets and she designed a beautiful open and colourful concept for the space. She contacted various professional sources for materials and furniture and worked with a millworker to design and build a very unique live edge conference table for our meeting area. She was essential to the organizational process of hiring an Architect, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Firms and selecting a Contractor.

Agnieszka was present at our offices for project meetings and was on site during the construction process to oversee the work and make sure any unforeseen issues were dealt with expeditiously. I highly recommend ACA DESIGN STUDIO for any future projects.

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Thank you Glenn for your review. Working on your project was such a great experience. I thoroughly enjoyed transforming the top floor of your building and combining all those little rooms into a grand LOFT space. The result is just stunning, your new office space is full of light and you finally have direct access to the roof deck. Tackling a construction and design project from start to finish was a hugely rewarding project for me and I am very thankful for giving me this opportunity. I wish the best to you and all your staff.

Agnieszka @ACA DESIGN STUDIO
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Private User
Private User
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Loved Working with ACA Design Studio

Worked with Agnieszka during 2 projects at the company where i was employed. She helped us choose some awesome furniture for our main office space. She's got a great eye for design and she takes the time to ensure that not only will it look great, it will function the way we need it to. She also managed a complete reno for another office space - she managed every aspect of it - she keeps on top of all the details! Super impressed, would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to do any type of reno that requires a lot of management!

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Thank you Lorena for your review. It was my pleasure to work with you and with Jonah Group on 2 renovations projects together. I thoroughly enjoyed the process from the initial research to the furniture selection and the complete renovation of the loft area. I also enjoyed the collaborative working experience with your team who was always very curious and full of questions. Thank you so much for this opportunity and I hope you will enjoy your beautiful new offices as soon as you are able to get backs
Agnieszka ACADESIGNSTUDIO
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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Luxury Retail store design

Agnieszka was instrumental in the design and execution of our Barneys New York flagship in Las Vegas. Her attention to detail and dedication to the project was recognized from the millwork, to the complexity of the monumental staircase. She is excellent!

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Thank you for your review. It was a great pleasure to work with you and your team on the Barneys New York retail stores. The work we did together (while I was at Jeffrey Hutchison Associates) on the Interiors and on the millwork design and production was challenging but also extremely rewarding. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of working on so many creative and technical projects, it was a real treat. I also hope that you and the Barneys team will enjoy your beautiful spaces for many years to come.
Agnieszka ACA DESIGN STUDIO
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Jeremy Chan  from Toronto
Jeremy Chan from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Complete Loft Townhouse Renovation

We hired Agnieszka @ACA DESIGN STUDIO to help us create an airy and open space on the top floor of our home. With her lead, we decided to move the kitchen to the new location, which created an additional office area on the 2nd level, added floor space and storage in the kitchen and created a better circulation. Agnieszka also took lead on the lighting design of the main floor. She divided the ceiling into 3 zones, which corresponded with individual activities in the kitchen, dining and living room, all of which were completely re-done. Her approach was to mix the ambient, task accent lighting, which resulted in a multi dimensional, vibrant and elegant space.

The foyer, master bath, and upstairs flooring were also completely renovated, with beautiful results including a custom bathroom cabinetry and double vanity that she designed, which really unified and cleaned up the space. She made a lot of effort to make sure all her drawings were done to our specifications and that all the details were included. She was a delight to work with and I highly recommend her as an Interior Designer.

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Thank you so much for this review. It was a pleasure to collaborate with you on the design, materials and furnishings selections for your loft space. I hope that you and your family will enjoy your beautiful new home for many years.

Agnieszka @ACA DESIGN STUDIO
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Private User
Private User
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Kitchen renovation

I have worked with Agnieska on a couple of renovation projects. She has been equally enthusiastic working on a small kitchen renovation project and a large commercial space. she is dedicated to realizing the full potential of each assignemnt she takes on and she strives to deliver it on time and within budget. She has been present during the construction process and on site to oversee the progress and to make sure any errors or unforeseen circumstances are dealt with promptly. She's been a pleasure to work with and I'm looking forward to our next project.

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Thank you John for your review. It was a pleasure to work with you and your team, who were always ready to provide answers to my questions. I hope we will get an opportunity to work together soon.

Agnieszka ACA DESIGN STUDIO
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Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Furniture layout suggestions

I needed help with the layout of my living/dinning room. Agnieszka helped me very efficiently according to my needs and my budget. She was very prompt, knowledgeable and agreeable to work with. It started out with me asking the wrong question in the wrong category, but she provided me with valuable suggestions!

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Thank you Anne for your review. I really enjoyed working with you on this short assignment. Not only you were very clear with instructions of what you needed done, but also provided me with detailed information and very accurate dimensions of your home. I hope that furniture layout options I provided will be helpful with laying out your space.

At ACA Design Studio we are always striving to improve, is there anything I could have done better to improve my service?

Agnieszka ACA DESIGN STUDIO
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RevelHouse
RevelHouse
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Agnieszka is a bright light

We have worked on a few projects with Agnieszka and her contributions have been fantastic. We looked to her to deliver some pop and she delivered with a concept that was not only fun, on budget, and most importantly, made clever references that enhanced the space. We would highly recommend her.

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Thank you Revel House for your outstanding review. I was thrilled to work on the concept and materials sourcing for your projects. You are such a talented team with a clear vision for what you want to achieve, which made my job so much easier. I am looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Agnieszka
ACADESIGNSTUDIO
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C Brown
C Brown
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Kitchen Design and Renovation

Incredibly talented, personable and a pleasure to work with, Agnieszka walked me through the design process, prepared options and helped me select a kitchen design that suited my home and family. Her attention to detail was phenomenal, and she blended modern features into a century-old home beautifully, with refined finishes and functional spaces. Dependable, attentive and creative - I’d highly recommend Agnieszka for any home renovation project.

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Thank you Craig for such a beautiful review. From the moment I stepped into your home, I knew how much having a better performing kitchen meant to you and your family.

Creating the best possible solution and layout became my motivation for the project, and I am thrilled to hear that I didn't miss the mark .
I hope the new kitchen will bring your family many enjoyable moments over a cup of coffee or a delicious meal.
It was a pleasure working with you and I hope we can stay in touch.

Agnieszka
ACADESIGNSTUDIO
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Shawn in Toronto
Shawn in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

So creative with an ability to unlock true visions on projects

I've had the pleasure of working with Agnieszka on a few projects. The outputs have been incredible in my mind and getting to the see the end users excitement validates this.

You can tell from the start she cares about her client's visions. She looks to uncover things they may not even realize themselves, through great questions and discovery meetings. Mix this with her warm personality and it's been nothing but a great experience every time.

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Thank you Shawn. It was a real treat to work with you as well. You have the passion and the energy for what you do which is contagious. I'm always looking forward to our collaborations together, because not only I always learn something new, but I appreciate your efficiency and support with getting the client what they want and what they need. I hope to work with you again on more projects.

Agnieszka
ACADESIGNSTUDIO
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Private User
Private User
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Redesign Office Space - 461 King West - 3rd Floor

ACA Design Studio helped us with the renovation of our 3rd floor office in downtown Toronto. We had outgrown the IKEA furniture we had acquired during our startup years, and the front office began to look a bit disheveled and disorganized, with cables, personal effects, and trash cans everywhere. In addition, since our staff had grown, the area had become quite crowded and loud. The wood floor hallway between the open concept work areas gave a nice open feeling, but the noise of hard-soled shoes throughout the hall disrupted our staff all day long.

We hired Agnieszka to redesign the space, to source new furniture for us, and to give the office overall a smarter look. We also asked her to renovate our two main boardrooms, so that the client experience would be more professional. Finally, we asked her if she could do anything about the noisy hallway. Since we didn't have time to oversee the transition, we also asked her to coordinate and manage all trades and suppliers throughout the project.

Agnieszka came through on all fronts! As with any major change, managing fears and expectations of staff was a challenge. Once Agnieszka understood our requirements and presented the management team with her concept and recommendations, she took it upon herself to present the ideas to the entire staff, so that they would feel included and informed. The presentation helped lower the temperature for our staff, and allowed them to ask questions, make suggestions, and feel like they were not left out of the process. After the staff was on board, it was full steam ahead!

The furniture design Agnieszka chose was very modern and chic, and more befitting of a high-tech software company. It featured a cable management system, floating CPU holders and dual monitor mounts built in to each desk, visually cleaning up the area a lot! Shared garbage management and new personal storage areas gave our people much more than they had before.

The new boardrooms were awesome, including new high-end chairs and delightful light fixture that played off of a design motif in our logo. Everyone thought it was custom made for us! Two new feature walls brought a bold new visual impact into the space, which we were incredibly happy with. Agnieszka was also able to carve out two new impromptu meeting spaces which were previously dead space, using carpet to visually define them. Finally, the hallways were lined with carpet tile, which not only delineated them visually, but cut down on noise substantially. Decorative floating foam panels also provided visual interest and noise reduction.

We were thoroughly happy with the work Agnieszka did on the project, and would definitely work with her again (which we did in the following months, on the fourth floor renovation!)

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Thank you Drew for such an amazing review. I thoroughly enjoyed working on your office space renovation, which in addition to the materials and furniture procurement included conducting research on the current office styles, making presentations to the staff and designing wall graphics. You have such a great team and I was happy to support them in this way. Thank you for making me feel welcome and part of the team. I wish you all success and I hope that you will enjoy your new space for many years.

Agnieszka
ACADESIGNSTUDIO
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More about ACA DESIGN STUDIO

My name is Agnieszka and I am the founder of ACA Design Studio. I have over 20 years of experience in the industry. My background is in Architecture (I have Bachelor's degree) and I have worked in Architecture/ Interior Design firms for 20 years on high end retail projects and commercial office spaces. My unique combination of skills helps me understand and visualize the area you want to renovate on your home and inspires me to create an architectural space which is visually stunning, functional and within your your budget.

Although I have a variety of experience in the field, I specialize in creating comfortable, functional kitchens and bathrooms for new homebuyers.

FAQ:

Q. Do you provide Interior Design or Interior Decorating services.
A. ACA DESIGN STUDIO provides Interior Design services.

Q. What is the difference between Interior Designer and Interior Decorator?
A. Interior Decorators typically provide services dealing with specifying and buying furniture, carpeting, wallcovering, drapery and various decorative items such as lamps, pillows etc. You do not need a degree or a license to be an Interior Decorator. Interior Designers must obtain a degree in Interior Design or in Architecture and must have a license in order to practice. Interior Designers go thru a rigorous training and years of practice in various aspects of design and construction. Some of their experience includes but is not limited to: space planning, furniture and millwork design, concept design, construction supervision, hiring and coordination of work with architects and engineers, construction management and coordination, knowledge of the building codes, filing for permits and materials specifications. Interior Designers can prepare construction drawings which include: demolition, new construction of walls, electrical layout, ceiling lighting layout, new millwork and furniture. Interior Designers can help you with the construction and renovation of the interior of your home or a commercial space.

Q. What is your education and Interior Design experience?
A. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and I am licensed by CIDQ. My professional experience includes work on high end retail projects (Barney's New York stores, Versace Flagship store and residence in NYC, Polo Ralph Lauren boutiques), commercial projects (space planning and project management for an Insurance Company on Wall Street, renovation of office spaces in Toronto) and residential renovations for homes in Toronto.
If you would like to see the images of my previous work, please see my YOU TUBE video under PROJECTS tab- HOW I BECAME AN INTERIOR DESIGNER.

Q. How is ACA DESIGN STUDIO working during Covid lockdown.
A. As many of the Ontario areas are under strict lockdown or entering different stages of the reopening plan, ACA DESIGN STUDIO is now offering some services virtually thru ZOOM and FaceTime. There is a lot that can be accomplished virtually. Some projects will require that I take measurements on your space. If you are comfortable with me visiting your home, I would propose that I take measurements while you are in a separate space and after I am finished (and disinfected the items I touched) we meet outside to discuss the next steps or any concerns you have.

SERVICES which we offer DURING LOCKDOWN are:

Design Consultation- Virtual
Site Measurements
Renderings
Space Planning
Materials and FF&E research and procurement (Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment) by online search or showroom visit
Design Drawings
Construction Drawings

Q. What is the process of working on the project.
A. Our first meeting is typically a Design Consultation which is now available (via Zoom) from the comfort of your home. During the consultation we will go over your expectations for the project, your lifestyle, preferences and likes, time line, budget as well as your inspiration images. I will then collect all that information and create a budget which is a fair representation of the work and send it to you for approval.

If we decide to go ahead with the project, I would typically visit your home at this point (or space ) and take site measurements. During Covid-19, I would still prefer to take the measurements and photos myself (for accuracy reasons), so we can either arrange that I will do the work while you are in a separate room or we maintain a safe distance of 6 feet. I will be wearing a mask during the time I am in your home.

After the initial meeting, and after we sign the agreement, there is still lots I can accomplish remotely. This includes work on renderings, concept package (including sourcing materials, finishes, equipment) and any design or construction drawings you need. We can also arrange to have samples sent to me and to you for review and approval.

As Toronto is under strict lockdown and construction work is still on HOLD, we will have to postpone on-site work until we move into the less strict color code.

Q. Does ACA DESIGN STUDIO have a license to practice?
A. Yes ACA DESIGN STUDIO is certified by CIDQ (Council for Interior Design). https://www.cidq.org

Q. Are you insured?
A. ACA DESIGN STUDIO carries professional and liability insurance for all projects.

Q. What services do you offer and how much do you typically charge for a project?
A. ACA DESIGN offers 3 packages of services: Design Consultation, Design Services and Design and Management Services.
https://www.acadesignstudio.com/what-we-do
Please see the services page for more details.

DESIGN CONSULTATION:
Whether you are on a tight budget or simply just looking for some design ideas and want to pick our brains, this 90 minutes session will get you on the right path. During our time together, we will discuss what you love or don’t about your home, current design trends and which is the best one for your space as well as your goals. This session can be focused on 1 space, or it can be a general design session to get your inspiration juices flowing while giving you an overall design direction for multiple spaces in your home.

Cost of Design Consultation is $350 for 90 minutes.

DESIGN SERVICES ONLY:
The Design Services package is a great choice if you are a self-motived individual with a vision. You may already have some inspiration ideas and have done your research, but you are tired of looking at websites and are still not closer to pulling the trigger. Maybe you are worried about making a mistake or you don’t know how to get started or you may be scared of getting stuck in the process. No matter the reason, we are happy to help.

This package includes: Design Consultation, Site Measurements, Materials Selection, Design Development Drawings, Design Presentation and Project Review Meeting with the Contractor of your choice. Please click the link below to see the full description of what is included.

Cost of Design Services is based on hourly rate of $125/ hour and typically ranges between $6,650- $9,005. This estimate may vary depending on the size of the project.
Additional services can be purchased at $125/ hour rate.

DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES:
The Design and Project Management package is a great choice if you are either short on time or you just are not confident how to go about finding a reliable contractor and managing the renovation process. You may be worried and feel overwhelmed about all the details which need to be coordinated between the design drawings and construction trades. You may also be worried about making a mistake and getting stuck in the process. We understand the process can feel overwhelming, and we are happy to help.

This package includes: Design Consultation, Site Measurements, Materials Selection, Design Development Drawings, Construction Drawings, Selection of Contractor and Millworker, Site Visits, Supervision of Millwork Installation, Schedule and Budget Meeting, Punch List and Close Out.

Cost of Design and Management Services is based on hourly rate of $125/ hour, and typically ranges between $12,500- $17,750. This estimate may vary depending on the size of the project.
Additional services can be purchased at $125/ hour rate.
ACA DESIGN offers 3 packages of services: Design Consultation, Design Services and Design and Management Services. Please see our website for more details.

Q. How does ACA DESIGN STUDIO compare with other Interior Design firms?
A. Agnieszka Chromicz is the founder of ACA DESIGN STUDIO. She hold a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York. Her interest in design has been a driving aspect in all her ventures. She got her first taste for high-end retail design work as a Junior Designer at MSM Architects in NYC, where she worked on Gianni Versace’s flagship store in Manhattan. With a subsequent 4-year stay at American International Group on Wall Street, she added project management and space planning skills to her list.

Agnieszka earned a Masters Degree in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design in 2001. She returned to work as an Architectural Designer, first for Polo Ralph Lauren and later for Jeffrey Hutchison Associates. At JHA, she spearheaded millwork development and production for Barney's New York flagship retail stores in the Las Vegas Palazzo, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago locations.

In 2011, Agnieszka relocated to Toronto, where she joined internationally renowned entertainment design company Forrec Ltd. As Senior Interior Designer, she led teams working on theme parks, retail complexes and resort projects in China and Saudi Arabia.

in 2016, Agnieszka opened a small Interior Design Firm with a renovation of a converted peanut factory loft and then with several office renovations in downtown Toronto.

Drawing on her background in diversified fields and applications, Agnieszka uses the design process to transform spaces and create an inspiring experience. Her passion for developing and delivering the best vision for the project, makes her an exceptionally valuable partner on innovative design projects.

Please reach out to us if you would like to get to know us better or if you have any other questions.
We will be happy to hear from you.

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CATEGORIES
Interior Design
SERVICES
INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES include: design consultation, site measurements, space planning, design concept, renderings in SKETCHUP, CAD drawings for: Concept Drawings, Design Development Drawings or Construction Drawings, Permit Drawings, millwork design, materials and FF&E sourcing, site supervision and management, coordination with the Contractor and Millworker and other trades.
WEBSITE
https://www.acadesignstudio.com
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2016
RETURN POLICY
No Returns
PAYMENT METHOD
Interac Transfer, Wire Transfer, Check
LICENSES
NCIDQ #34675
MEMBERSHIPS
NCIDQ
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
DIPLOMAS
BArch, MFADT
PROJECT MINIMUM
Design Consultation
PROJECT RATE
$60,000- $500,000
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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