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Team

We are two friends with a common love for coffee, Chardonnay and Billie Holiday. We met while studying design at Cégep du Vieux Montréal.

 

We created a studio in our image, where listening to customer needs and respecting the planet are the main focus of our practice. Maybe we are a little crazy, but we like to think that our ideas will inspire others to follow our example.

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 Our approach

Four fundamental pillars guide our sustainable design practice

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RESPECT FOR THE BUILDING'S

HISTORY

Preserve or retrofit as many existing elements as possible, honouring architectural heritage and managing construction waste.

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PERFORMANCE

CRITERIA

Integrate efficient, low-consumption devices and systems. Optimize the layout, favouring natural light and ventilation.


 

 

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OCCUPANT

WELL-BEING

Create spaces where people feel good where acoustic comfort, lighting, air quality and layout promote a healthier lifestyle.

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LOCAL AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Select materials and elements from local suppliers, collaborate with artisans, introduce second-hand or upcycled furniture and accessories.

 Our team

Jean-Francois Rivet
Technical specialist and project managament

I am J-F, associate interior designer and co-founder of Passé Present Design After completing my studies in interior design at Cégep du Vieux Montréal in 2014, I started  a sales career for a well-known ceramic and plumbing retailer, catering to design professionals. While working full-time, I completed various personal interior design mandates, ranging from residential to municipal projects.

 

Over time, I have developed a design approach where the client is at the center of my concerns.

 

Known for my rigour and organization skills, I like to establish priorities and stay on course so that each project runs smoothly. Because of my fascination with buildings and how everything works, I mostly focus on drafting and technical details.

 

I love jazz!  I often compare project management to my favorite instrument: the drums.  I keep the beat while guiding other musicians through the song, making sure they stay on tempo.

 

Paying it forward is important to me. This is why I often volunteer my time helping emerging designers, as an internship supervisor, guest speaker or panelist in various CEGEPs and universities in the Montreal area.

 

On weekends, I can be found in my kitchen, cooking up homemade dishes or, weather permitting, on hiking trails, observing nature.

 
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Cathy Thibault
Eco specialist and product specification

My name is Cathy Thibault, associate and co-founder of Passé Présent Design.  I am a qualified interior designer with 10 years experience in the industry.  

I obtained a Bachelor’s Diploma in Human Environment from Concordia University and later studied to receive a LEED Green associate accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 

 I like to believe that incorporating this ecological know-how into my creative practice helps me deliver greener, smarter and healthier interior spaces for my clients.  

My professional experience is eclectic, ranging from municipal level non-profits to corporate environments. My employment in the store planning department of Reitmans Canada Ltd allowed me to appreciate the importance of customer experience in my design philosophy.  

When I am not running a design firm, I am a wife and mother to two beautiful creative children and a hilarious cat.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family over a glass or two of wine.  Work schedule permitting, I look forward to turning off my phone while camping and hiking in nature.  

 
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