This is a story of three Ramons. And a Rick. The first Ramon that we will speak of was actually Ramon Masana the 4th, but the Ramons that came before are for another tale. Ramon the 4th was born a Catalan in Spain and grew up to be a goldsmith and jeweler. This was the Ramon who fled the country with his wife, Marta Suquet, and boarded a steamer for Mexico City in 1953. Evidently, the name of the company is named after Marta’s maiden name, one of the oldest names in Catalonia. Which brings us to their son, Ramon the 5th, a boy who would grow up in Mexico, study to become an architect, travel the world and ultimately stand awestruck on the deck of a ship as it sailed under the welcoming steel arches of the Lions Gate Bridge. It was at that moment that he and his beloved wife, fellow architect Georgina Tapia, fell deeply in love with this soft green city, sold everything they owned and settled here to live and in 1985 create Suquet Interiors.
It didn’t take long for Suquet’s originality and remarkable design discoveries to create something akin to a legend among local designers. And why not? This after all, was the work of Ramon and Georgina who travelled to Mexico in the wake of an earthquake to rescue the shattered façade of a grand 18th century building from the masonry grinder and ship it to Vancouver in 32 very heavy containers. Examples of Ramon’s finds, hewn in stone, wood, metal and glass spread outward from their Railtown showroom. These would form the façades of tony South Granville clothing stores, the magnificent fireplaces of Shaughnessy mansions and the stunning interiors of bustling restaurants. Ramon was indeed a legend; sadly, one that we, his many loved ones and friends, and the world lost all too soon in 2009.
Which brings us to today and to another Ramon, the son who, as you might expect, is Ramon the 6th. Or, to you, just, Ramon. This Ramon might be following in his father’s footsteps with the opening of the new Suquet Interiors store on Homer Street, but this time, he is taking his journey in partnership with the owner of the last of the names in this story, Rick.
Those who know home furnishings know of Rick Bohonis, the past President and co-founder of the style-forward national furniture chain, Urban Barn. And those who know Rick can tell you their own stories. Stories that might speak of a keen eye for what makes a home a very special place, or of a business that stands by what it does and sells. Or even a story of a guy who’ll go almost anywhere and do almost anything to find beautiful originality.
Which brings us to today, to Rick and Ramon, and the new Suquet Interiors, a store and a concept built on originality, passion and exclusivity. A place that promises to fill you and your home with its own joyous tales. Tales to be told with everything you’ll find there.