DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

199 | Creating a Sense of Place Through Themed Design with Peter Sawatzky

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Peter Sawatzky is a partner at the Imagination Corporation, a unique family company based in British Columbia, Canada, that specializes in the design and construction of one of a kind signs and themed architecture.

With more than two decades of experience building themed attractions, there is very little he can’t imagine and then create. Merging state of the art tools with old world craftsmanship, and a healthy dose of imagination, Peter’s team of talented artists create pure magic on a daily basis.

Whether it’s a unique sign, an eye catching entrance, or an entire themed hotel or restaurant, they have the expertise and passion needed to bring your vision to life.

In This Episode, Peter reveals …

  • Some of the ways he helps businesses tell their story and deliver an unforgettable experience.
  • How their process works, from concept, to design, to reality, the various materials they use, and what you can expect to pay.
  • Their strategy for social media.
  • The Hazelnut Inn, their boutique property under development and opening later this year, the vision behind it, and the magical experience they are creating.

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Peter Sawatzky

Imagination Corporation

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
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