Principal + Owner
CMKBD, Assoc. IIDA, DDA Accredited
Coming from a long line of creatives from artists, home builders, drafters, linear thinkers, and floral designers, Corey completed an internship in a Winnipeg Architecture firm at 16 years old in 1992 where he worked in CADD for the first time - it was unprecedented for the time. Since then, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba and his Diploma with Honours and Distinction of Interior Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Corey has created and installed production designs for malls and vendors, worked in luxury furnishings and home decor, and kitchen & bath cabinetry design and installation.
Corey is well known for creating symmetry in awkward spaces. His functional use of strong lines and forms, he layers a lifestyle pallet inspired by geometry, structural patterns from nature, and builds connection between architectural features and functional spaces. Corey goes against the grain and trends and focuses on a livable design aesthetic while enhancing the users connection to light, sounds, outdoor views, and access to local community services.
Corey Klassen is the founder and principal designer behind the eponymous award-winning Vancouver-based design firm. Corey established his interior design firm over 7 years ago and has since made his mark in the kitchen & bath, luxury residential, and with manufacturing brands. He is an adjunct instructor at a local design institution, Professional Instructor at the NKBA, and and recurring monthly guest on LuAnn Nigara's A Well Designed Business(TM) podcast. Corey continues to blaze trails and recently launched a sister company that offers online-only design, Articulated Design Studio.
Corey is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, an Associate Member of the International Interior Designers Association, and an Accredited Member of the Designers & Decorators Association of Canada.
Our partnerships are extremely important because we accomplish a lot together. With these pre-vetted partners, have worked together on 100's of projects & we make the best team. Our work together speak for itself and the majority of our projects are completed with this team.
Fifth Element Construction
They treat all projects as if it were their own, providing clients with professional services & well-considered project budgets. | fec.work
They offer complete renovation or new build custom design that is lot specific pertaining to every different city and by-laws. | draftonsite.com
Articulated Design Studio
The best way to design your home, online. They work within any budget, big or small. Use existing pieces or design something new. | articulated.studio
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
For full-service projects we produce a detailed proposal outlining the scope of services, flat design fees, and timeline. Every project will have a different cost and scope, but our fees are calculated by using the total area we are working in and the level of complexity. Most fully-fitted projects start at $75,000 and it is upward from there. There are some extra costs, like printing, additional meetings, changes after approvals, and the like.
How long does a typical design project take?
Every design project different but the majority take anywhere from 3 months to 1 year to plan correctly. The biggest factors that affect our abilities to move quickly through the scope of services are our Clients ability to make decisions (and stick to them), and their schedule to meet and respond to us. It is important to note that we are likely booked in advance and can not start design projects immediatley.
how involved will I be in the design process?
Our clients come to us because we are creative professionals and certified masters in our field. You will have some level of involvement because it is your money, such as visiting showrooms to review products, communicating with us in your online Studio, and completing the initial important items we need to start working. Mostly, you can expect to need anywhere from 16 - 24 hours extra time per week. We work best with Clients that respect our organization methods and process.
Where do I purchase furniture and styling items?
We source and sell you products from trade-only suppliers and vendors. We do not purchase from online or retail locations.
WHAT SHOULD I HAVE READY BEFORE THE DESIGN PROCESS STARTS?
You should have a fairly good idea of what the project is that you want to do. This includes completing our detailed Client Questionnaire where you will itemise your problems, wish lists, and more details. In addition, you will need plans of your current space/permit plans, inspiration images, etc.
When can construction start?
Once our project documents are approved by you and issued, construction is then scheduled and managed by the Contractor.