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White Loft, Toronto Boychuk + Fuller, Toronto

When an empty-nester client of Boychuk + Fuller moved from the former family house into a 1,525-square-foot apartment at the Brewery Lofts, the reassuring psychological cues emanating from her cherished traditional pieces helped ease her transition to the unfamiliar, downsized digs. They take on added importance as focal points in each room because they provide a colour hit that plays off against the otherwise white minimalist envelope. An office space at the front of the apartment address the client’s workfrom-home needs. The custom millwork offers open storage for books and objects, and closed storage for files and documents. A honking big concrete column runs up the middle of the space. Instead of being concealed in drywall, it remains true to its raw, unprettified béton brut self, making a rough-textured foil to the Photos by Angus Fergusson

elegance of the space. The central hallway was modified to narrow near the front and gradually widen toward the main living area at the back of the loft. This intervention to the as-found space made room for additional built-in storage and a seating area outside the kitchen. The living-dining area provides sufficient space and seating for entertaining fairly large groups comfortably. Chairs and the repurposed Louis XVI console contrast against the sleek lines and white composite material of the dining table and the custom built-in low storage unit running the length of the space. The storage unit includes a full bar. The small, easy-to-clean kitchen has tiered storage and conceals appliances, for an uncluttered look.

Design team: the firm’s two (business and life) partners, Alana Boychuk and Tristan Fuller “They’re pushing it here”—MT “You can see it as irony. The eclecticism is well done. This is all about creating a white shell and using your own stuff”—MT “I like the idea of using the space as a backdrop. It’s absolutely white, which is really clever because it’s high-concept. There’s an idea here”—MP

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