Michel Denance


Architects from 202-258 Wallace Ave, Toronto, Canada
Established in 2009, UUfie is an architecture and design practice working globally. UUfie’s works span the fields of architecture, interior design, art, landscape, furniture, and product design.
Through a rigorous conceptual and intellectual approach aimed at dialogue and collaboration, UUfie explores the expressive quality of space, object and materials. Inspiration is not singular but drawn from many influences around the world. Every project is unique, yet can be unified by working in a highly participatory and collaborative method, with clients, engineers, fabricators and specialist consultants all contributing from the beginning of a project to completion.
While continuing to push for innovation and experimentation, the studio aims to ensure to address the specific features and potential of a particular situation, embracing them into the project while responding to the requirements of the program.
Current projects include the Ports 1961 flagship store (Shanghai, 2013-2015); the Printemps Haussmann renovation (Paris, 2013-ongoing); and Lake Cottage (Bolsover, Canada, 2011-2013), a two-story family home along the Kawartha Lakes that references the idea of a tree house. Notable furniture and object designs include a collection of hand-blown glass objects that balance on their centers of gravity like upside-down eggs; as well as Peacock-S and Peacock–L, a set of chairs inspired by the natural plumage of their namesake.
2016 Winners of the MOS Designer Residency Competition
2016 Shortlisted for Alvar Aalto MUSEO Competition
2016 Twenty + Change for Emerging Practices
2015 Michael V. and Wanda Plachta Award
2015 Design Excellence Award, OAA
2015 Juror Choice Award, Toronto Design Off-Site
2015 Designlines Love Tag, Designlines
2014 Project of Year, Canadian Interiors
2013 1st Prize, Printemps Haussemann Competition
2012 Silver Award, IDS
2009 Honor Award, Hokkaido Furniture Competition
2016 Officina Creativa dell’Abitare, Montalcino, Italy
2016 Gladstone Hotel, “Come Up To My Room”, Toronto, Canada
2015 Urbanspace Gallery, “Twenty + Change”, Toronto, Canada
2015 Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada
2014 Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, “Untold” Exhibition, Milan, Italy
2014 Milano Salone Del Mobile, Milan, Italy
2014 Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
2014 Canada Bloom, Toronto, Canada
2014 Guild Design Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
2013 Design Miami/Basel, Miami, USA
2013 Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy
2012 Interior Design Show, Toronto, Canada