Varda, the heart of the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) hospitality space, exemplifies the power of collaboration in overcoming budget constraints and tight deadlines. This project brought together RFP, The Design Agency, Greenferd Construction, and TIFF in a seamless partnership focused on creating a captivating experience for festival guests.

Collaborative Spirit Under Pressure:

The Varda project demanded a collaborative approach from the outset. RFP joined forces with The Design Agency, understanding the importance of interpreting their design intent with absolute clarity. Working alongside Greenferd Construction and TIFF, the team faced a combined challenge: achieving a high-end aesthetic within a constrained budget and a condensed yet firm schedule.

Budget-Conscious Creativity:

RFP embraced the challenge, collaborating closely with The Design Agency to identify cost-effective solutions that did not compromise on design integrity. Italian marble and brass were incorporated for the bars, creating a sense of luxury while remaining within budget parameters. Mahogany wood retail stations added warmth and sophistication, while custom tables, chairs, and various seating elements throughout the space were meticulously crafted to complement the overall design vision.

Precision on a Tight Timeline:

Meeting the project’s demanding schedule required meticulous planning and clear communication from all parties involved. RFP leveraged its expertise in fabrication and project management to ensure smooth execution. Through consistent communication and efficient problem-solving, the team navigated any potential delays, ensuring Varda was ready to welcome guests on time.

A Festival Success Story:

Varda’s grand opening received rave reviews. The space exuded an air of sophistication and comfort, perfectly reflecting the spirit of TIFF. The collaborative effort of RFP, The Design Agency, Greenferd Construction, and TIFF resulted in a space that not only met budget expectations but also exceeded expectations for functionality and aesthetics.


The Varda project serves as a powerful reminder of what can be achieved when collaboration, creativity, and meticulous planning come together. By working hand-in-hand with our partners, RFP delivered a hospitality space that is both visually stunning and functionally exceptional. This project underscores our commitment to exceeding expectations, even under challenging budgetary and time constraints.