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Award-winning design projects • Robust red wines that will help take the chill off • Books to savour this winter, including a novel about an architect’s design for a memorial and true tales of art thefts 18 | FROM TH E G ROUN D UP

From Abstract to Concrete Building is underway! In Part 3 of our series, IA&D reports on two New Brunswick homeowners crafting their dream house in Saint John. By Suzanne Robicheau


Gallery Chic Updating a 1930s villa on the Tuscan Coast to make a suitable setting for a modern art collection. By Ellen Himelfarb 3 6 | A RCH ITECTU R E

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Mies Then and Now Revisiting an icon of the 20th century: In Mies van der Rohe’s famous Chicago apartment buildings, a penthouse restoration for luxurious contemporary life. 47 | S N A PS HOT

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Mies van der Rohe: How the man of glass and steel left his mark on architecture. By Alex Bozikovic



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Rural Roots Reinventing farmhouse style: An Arizona architect took a historic pastoral house type and redrew it for a new Vermont vacation home. By Katharine Vansittart 6 0 | THE ORG A NIZ E D LIFE

Behind Closet Doors Three design pros share their best ideas for elegant, efficient walk-in closets and dressing rooms. By Kateri Lanthier

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A new monument at the National Gallery of Canada that nods to Ottawa’s history.

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ON THE EDGE Insider information... It’s what we all want before we make a choice—the edge that comes from determining the professional viewpoint. At IA&D, we thought it would be enlightening, as well as instructive, to find out what interior designers consider to be the best current work of their peers. Each year, members of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) form a jury to reward these projects. Here, we provide a sampling of the 2011 ARIDO award winners, which celebrate interior design work at its best: thoughtful, innovative solutions to the requirements of contemporary life, both public and private—in restaurants and retail spaces, at the office, in the home.



Four winning design projects that proffer innovative solutions for modern living


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At this point, in a career spanning more than 30 years, Yabu Pushelberg hardly needs an introduction. But if you had never heard of it before, the restoration of the 146-year-old Printemps department store—in a historic building on boulevard Haussmann in the centre of Paris—offers a worthy showcase of the design firm’s talents. Vast open spaces, pale and muted colours, a lightness, even playfulness, of tone and spirit—these are all in Yabu Pushelberg’s playbook and are given exuberant expression in this venerable shopping destination. To scoop up the Project of the Year award—ARIDO’s top honour—the designers devised the store as a series of distinct spaces suggesting the rooms in a large and luxurious residence, although here the walls of the rooms are made of metal frames for transparency. At its heart is a spectacular three-storey atrium crowned by a flowing, light-as-air sculpture by Japanese artist Sawada Hirotoshi. The monochromatic palette, fine finishes that also manage to be whimsical, and an immersive sense of light and air all combine to bring a modern sensibility to Printemps while respecting the traditions of its past. Leave it to Yabu Pushelberg to be undaunted by the metaphorical weight of designing for a monumental piece of French culture that offers, among countless other luxuries, a panoramic vista of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. Opposite, top: The central atrium provides a visual connection among all three levels of the store. The ARIDO judges deemed the space “whimsical and joyful.” Opposite, bottom: Glenn Pushelberg (left) and George Yabu in their Toronto office. This page, top: Jewelry displays on the second floor. Centre: A mobile of white flowers by Montreal artist Pascale Girardin, inspired by the motifs on the mosaics and the dome of the store, crowns the rotunda. Bottom: A sculpture by Sawada Hirotoshi “flows” from the basement to the ground-floor level.


Light-filled spaces, dynamic colours and endearing “meet your match” graphics communicate an upbeat, compassionate image for the Ontario SPCA pet adoption facility in Newmarket, Ont. For updating the organization’s brand identity and redesigning its 7,000-sq.-ft. headquarters—with specific attention to health and safety concerns for both humans and animals—designers Joanna Lucente and Sue Bennett received ARIDO’s Award of Excellence.

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The warm and welcoming modern office spaces of Calgary’s ARC Resources suggest that corporate responsibility can be a beautiful thing. The design solutions of MartensGroup Licensed Interior Design Studio earned the project a LEED certification and, from ARIDO, Awards of Merit, both in the workplace category and for sustainable design. Fluid open spaces, hits of bright colour, a glass-enclosed interior staircase—these combine to create what is surely an inspiring place in which to toil every day. The tranquil beauty of the firm’s fitness facility alone could spur employees on to greater heights.


In bestowing an Award of Excellence for the design of the Chairman’s Suite, the ARIDO judges noted the “tantalizing” textures of the luxurious members-only clubhouse at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto team II BY IV Design Associates—who hit a home run with the remake of the Yankee Stadium clubhouse (see IA&D, Spring/Summer 2010)—have scored again with this swanky bar and dining space that marries traditional clubhouse atmosphere with contemporary élan. A sharp touch is the distinctive textural patchwork of reflective glass lining the bar.



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How best to cap an afternoon of skiing or skating—or perhaps a brisk walk just to take in the crisp cold air outside? A leisurely fireside dinner with friends—and a glass or two of spectacular red wine. Herewith our recommended reds for the season. BY NATALIE MACLEAN

J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Hilltop Vineyard Paso Robles, California

Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Mas La Plana, D.O. Penedès, Spain

Tenuta Di Castelgiocondo Lamaione 2007 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi I.G.T., Tuscany

Classic and aristocratic in its styling, balance and finesse, this delightfully hedonistic cab presents the rich aromas of blackberry, cassis and blackcurrant, wrapped in a cigar box with a spice-infused finish. Pair with prime rib braised in red wine, accompanied by cheddar crown bread.

Dark, moody and fascinating, with notes of black raspberry, plum, mocha, anise and smoke. A dense, supple and full-bodied red with mouth-brightening and juicy acidity. Terrific length with a coffee-infused finish.

An elegant red wine, and not just because of the price. Made from 100% merlot, with delightful flavours of plum and ponderous, heart-stopping black fruit. Superb structure, balance and length. Serve with hearty dishes—roast beef or rich stews.

Drink: 2018-20 | $45 | Score: 93

Drink: 2012-22 | $64 | Score: 92

Drink: 2011-18 | $40 | Score: 91 Natalie MacLean is the editor of Canada’s largest wine website, Her second book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, was published this fall by Doubleday Canada.


BEST IN CLASS It’s just good form, after receipt of a gift for the home, to put it on display and invite the giver over to see it in use and signal your appreciation. That’s one of the principles behind the Royal Ontario Museum’s current year-long exhibition “The Art of Collecting”— a selection of 100-plus items from its stock of more than 7,000 pieces donated by patrons and acquired by the ROM over the past 15 years. Showcased are works from a hit list of designers and architects, including cantilevered side chairs by Mies van der Rohe, probably produced by Thonet in the 1930s, and a rare example of a card-room chair by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, fortuitously scooped up by collectors in B.C. while Rennie Mackintosh was temporarily out of favour. The items on exhibit date from the Renaissance to

Silver and cut-glass tea and coffee service designed by Jean Puiforcat, Paris, France, c. 1925. From “The Art of Collecting” at the Royal Ontario Museum.

the present, and include lesser-known works that deserve recognition. A favourite of co-curator Robert Little is a recent acquisition, a pair of candlesticks—“masterpieces of the goldsmith’s art,” he notes—made in London in 1737 by Paul Crespin; they are very early

entrants in the design canon of the Rococo period. This exhibition is a survey course in design history that offers the chance to see some high-octane pieces. Don’t delay; the ROM will rotate in new items over the course of the show, so you’ll want to visit often.

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WHERE The Drake Hotel: Chicago 140 East Walton Place 312-787-2200;

ARCHITECTURE Designed by Benjamin Marshall.

STAYING IN Room rates from $229 per night.


A legendary Chicago hotel is refurbished in opulent style. In a city of towering—literally and otherwise—architectural landmarks, it’s not easy being vertically challenged. But tucked into the shadows of surrounding skyscrapers, Chicago’s Drake Hotel, at only 14 storeys high, is big in other ways—legendary, in fact, as befits one approaching centenarian status. Since its opening in 1920, on New Year’s Eve, The Drake—designed by Benjamin Marshall, whose legacy includes many buildings on ultra-exclusive East Lake Shore Drive nearby, and the Blackstone Hotel—has attracted the rich and famous. Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and Princess Diana all slept here. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials into the bar in the Cape Cod Room. That popular seafood restaurant’s nautical theme is endearingly Hemingwayesque but atypical of the hotel proper, where grand spaces—thanks to recent renovations—still hold true to Marshall’s architectural vision of urbane luxury. The original massive columns, ornate cornices and filigree provide an elegant backdrop to new furnishings with a modern profile. Guest rooms have been refurbished too, outfitted with transitional-style furniture and modern necessities such as 42-inch LCD HD TVs. Somehow it’s hard to imagine switching them on when you could sip tea in the redesigned Palm Court, people-watch and soak up a century of sophistication. —Kathleen Dore


GOING OUT The Drake enjoys an enviable location at the top of the Magnificent Mile, keeping company with architectural superstars such as the John Hancock Center and Old Chicago Water Tower. A few blocks away are the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and other neckcraning wonders. The hotel is also mere steps to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Alder Planetarium and the city’s famed waterfront. And for those who crave designer goods, a short stroll away are Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Vera Wang boutiques. And, yes, Chanel is in the building—the neighbourhood isn’t dubbed Chicago’s Gold Coast for no reason.



The Drake’s Coq d’Or has been open nightly since the day after Prohibition ended. Live music, dark wood panelling and red leather upholstery give it ’30s speakeasy ambience; its menu, like the Cape Cod’s, is based on fresh seafood. The Drake Bros. (named for the original owners) serves breakfast and lunch, but the real treat is the 50-year-old tradition of afternoon tea in the Palm Court. But unless you know a member, you won’t be dining in the International Club, a private dining room modelled on Haddon Hall, one of England’s famous country manors.


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PACKING STYLE Looking worthy of a starring role in the next Mission: Impossible is the aptly named Topas Stealth line of aluminum luggage. The stylish Topas collection, in production since the 1950s by prestige label Rimowa, now comes out of the company’s manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ont., where each case is hand-assembled. Founded in 1898, Cologne-based Rimowa chose Cambridge as its only North American manufacturing facility—its location in the region touted as Canada’s Technology Triangle (comprised of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo) was simpatico with the company’s “handcraft meets high tech” philosophy. Within a year of the plant’s opening in 2008, Rimowa increased the number of Topas cases produced there daily from 300 to over 700. This past fall, the luxury label released its latest evolution of the lightweight aluminum case in a sleek black anodized finish. Like all Topas cases, the Stealth includes Rimowa’s trademarked Multiwheel system, reinforced corners and locks approved by the Transportation Security Administration in the U.S. But while the Topas line has enjoyed near-iconic status for decades, Rimowa is also known for its introduction of polycarbonate cases in 2000. The material has the advantage of being even lighter than aluminum, yet with such superior resiliency and shockproof qualities that it’s also used in the manufacture of airplane windows. Baggage handlers everywhere, take that. —Kathleen Dore


WINTER’S TALES Bold homes in rugged settings, a photographer’s Old Vancouver, probing art crimes, and a novel about an architect caught in the politics of a 9/11 memorial. Winter seems apropos for showcasing the pared-down homes designed by Tom Kundig. The purity of the landscape at this time of year synchronizes perfectly with the award-winning architect’s penchant for marrying bold raw materials to grand scale. An expansive follow-up to his first collection, published five years ago, Houses 2 highlights Kundig’s recent body of work and chronicles his career thus far. Spanning 256 pages with 250 colour photographs, the book illustrates his commitment to create inviting spaces engaged in harmonious dialogue with their natural surroundings. At IA&D, we’ve featured two Kundig homes, both in our winter issues. One, an American artist’s studio and sanctum in the Idaho desert, is a virtual fortress of concrete blocks that proffers loft-like spaces. The other, an urbanite’s getaway cabin, situated on a flood plain along a river close to the B.C. border, sits on stilts, is clad in naturally aging hot-rolled steel, and is protected by doubleheight shutters that slide open or shut over the

windows, depending on the weather. The 17 residences in Houses 2 are equally thought-provoking. Most are in Kundig’s home state of Washington, but the book covers a range of spectacular sites, offering a visual feast—from majestic forests and harsh dese desert land to New York City and even Sitges, a se seaside town southwest of Barcelona. Prin Princeton Architectural Press, 256 pages, $55 Stolen art is a hot topic—assisted in its glam cloak-and-dagger image, no doubt, by suav suave stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Sean Con Connery, who star in movie roles as villainous yet llovable masters of the heist. Toronto jou journalist Joshua Knelman ups the ante on su such caper tales by presenting stories of in international art theft made all the more ccompelling because they are true. Knelman spent four years getting to know the victims, the investigators and even the perpetrators of art crimes, and from the first chapter when we meet him crouched in the back of a police car it’s clear that he’s hooked—just as we

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are—by the topic in all its complexity. Among other disturbing revelations, Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art shows collectors and aficionados why art thieves seem to have the edge in their shadowy world and that keeping the Krieghoffs under wraps is no simple matter. Douglas & McIntyre, 304 pages, $30

Zero unknowingly pick the work of a young Muslim architect. From this provocative opening, the stories of several New Yorkers with close connections to the event unfold—among them the brother of a firefighter killed in one of the towers; a maintenance worker’s wife, an illegal immigrant who fears deportation; and an investment banker’s widow who represents the victims’ families on the jury. The politics—of the choice and the fight to discredit the choice—will not be unfamiliar to anyone who has ever worked in an organization of more than two other people, but it’s particularly interesting to watch how personal ambition and rivalry play out in the world of public art and architecture. The story of Mo Kahn, the secular Muslim whose true religion is architecture until he finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom, is only one of many compelling threads in this narrative that unwinds at the pace of a thriller, yet portrays with heartbreaking intensity the struggles of the characters—all victims, in one way or another, of the acts of that day. By Amy Waldman, HarperCollins Canada, 304 pages, $30

On the heels of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 comes The Submission, a novel that presents an intriguing what-if: members of a jury designated to choose the design for a monument at Ground



Fred Herzog photographed scenes of street life in Vancouver in the 1950s, ’60s and beyond. Perhaps his newcomer’s eye—he immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1952—propelled him to


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see and consider what most of us now, and likely then, would walk by daily without notice or recollection. Fred Herzog: Photographs, a collection of his images from that period, is a pictorial history of a time and place that no longer exist, but it’s also an artist’s view and it does one of the things artists do best: it helps us to see. This is a book that takes time to “read,” as every image is a world in itself. Herzog’s love of colour, especially faded colour, is evident; it was also pioneering at a time when most art photography was expected to be black and white. An essay by photographer Jeff Wall provides an enlightening examination of Herzog’s photograph New Pontiac and nicely laments the loss of the old Vancouver, “where shabbiness could still stand its ground.” Douglas & McIntyre, 224 pages, 150 colour photographs, $60

gasoline and is virtually noiseless. Declared 2011 Car of the Year at the recent New York Auto Show, the world’s first mass-market EV is also the first 100 per cent electric vehicle to earn a five-star rating from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Besides being selected as “a top safety pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the LEAF made it to the “10 best engines” list of Ward’s AutoWorld—a first in the magazine’s 17-year history, when it included a vehicle not powered by gasoline. It also received a “breakthrough award” in 2010 from Popular Mechanics, as well as the prestigious industry-standard designation as Europe’s Car of the Year 2011.


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March The team is now in place—Acre Architects, led by Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp; the engineers; and general contracting firm The Urban Farmer. In preparation for clearing the site, a geotechnical investigation will determine the best route to deliver utility services. But until the digging starts, there’s no way to know how much rock needs to be excavated. Work begins on a 100-metre winding driveway from the road to the site. Early April The driveway is in, finally. Digging has been surprisingly easy. There has been only one change in the route, when an imposing layer of rock had to be accommodated. Meanwhile, the trenches being dug for the utilities have unearthed more obstacles. Besides trees, there

From Abstract to Concrete A new home is taking shape out of the ideas and inspiration of a Saint John couple and their architects.

are pipes, sandstone and a surprising amount of rubble from an old brick foundation that have to be removed. As excavators arrive to begin the next step in “taming” this wild site, Robert envisions his new

Early April


One year ago, in the winter 2011 issue of International Architecture & Design, we introduced you to Robert Moore and Judith Mackin, who had purchased a rugged, steeply pitched lot in downtown Saint John with a view of the Bay of Fundy. Inspired by this still-natural green space in the heart of the city, the couple planned to build a new, modern house on it. Enter Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp, principals of New Brunswick firm Acre Architects. They worked with Judith and Robert (above) to create a design—a multi-layered process that required going back to the drawing board when it was determined that the original design on the on nd intended site would prove too costly and difficult to build. A second he site was agreed upon, and a second design was developed. In th the an ns spring 2011 issue of IA&D, we presented their fully developed plans n n, for their dream home. And as spring got underway in Saint John, the building began. d Writer Suzanne Robicheau has been tracking Judith and p Robert’s project since the early design meetings with Kopp and Adair. As the excavation and building progressed over thee spring, summer and fall of 2011, she monitored the house’s advances—and its setbacks—and witnessed first-hand its impressive, steady materialization. Here, Suzanne shares her record of the proceedings and brings IA&D readers up to date on the state of Judith and Robert’s dream home. —The Editors



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home, picturing himself “upstairs,” thanks to an early architectural rendering that depicted him there. “That’s the power of an image,” observes Adair. Late April Work is progressing—but the wettest spring on record in New Brunswick is causing unexpected delays. The excavation work for the foundation and basement level stretches into its fourth week. “There is rock where we didn’t want it, and no rock where we need it,” says Adair. May The building permit has been issued. It’s wonderful news for Judith and Robert—but not for some of the neighbours. They’re unhappy about losing access to a long-vacant lot they had come to view as a local park and nature preserve in the midst of the city. Most of them come around; a few do not.

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Early June Excavation continues and the concrete footings are prepared for the house. It turns out that the digging can’t go as deep as planned because of the rock. Instead, fill is required to get to a new grade; the house will sit a few feet higher than originally specified. The architects are unfazed. “Developing a site as wild as this one demands flexibility,” notes Kopp. Late June The ICF foundation is poured for the main house. (ICF—insulating concrete form—is a system of formwork for concrete that provides permanent building insulation for energy-efficient reinforced-concrete walls.) The basement level is now complete. Revisiting the ground Late July

Early August

conditions with the engineers, the architects decide to change the elevation of the garage to reduce the amount of fill required. Everyone is tired of breaking and moving rock. Early July Framing for the main level begins. The garage foundation is set and a local teen mistakes the newly created space for a dirt bike arena. On a brighter note, a landscape design, developed through a charette led by Acre and landscape architect Martha Desbiens, generates excitement

Late August

all around. The immediate plans are to build gabion walls (retaining walls made of thick galvanized-wire “cages” filled with stone or sand) using rocks found on-site, a reflecting pool, a mini dog park for Judith and Robert’s Boston terriers, plus a large deck for parties and as a possible venue for performances of Robert’s plays.

The framing for the main level is complete. The walls for the basement level of the house have been erected and the main-floor joists are in place. The driveway has been prepped up to the appropriate level for crushed rock and pavement. Services are installed and are ready to be connected to the city main. Early August The subfloor on the main level is finished and a few pre-assembled walls have been erected. For Judith and Robert, it is the first time September


that the house asserts itself as “real.” Explains Robert, “It was a deeply moving experience to be able to be inside, on the first floor, and have a physical sense of what it would be like to inhabit this house. Judith phoned Stephen to share her excitement and she was in tears. It took Stephen a few minutes to realize that there was nothing wrong.” Late August Steel installation continues and the house starts to take shape, albeit in a skeletal form. The steel framework achieves some of the project’s larger spans and carries the load of the large windows and the extended cantilever off the second-floor living area.



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UPCYCLED SIDING The siding for the house was harvested from a Wyoming snow fence—a structure that forces September This is a month of transformation. The Urban Farmer team of general contractors erects wall panels prefabricated in their shop because of the damp conditions at the construction site. On the upper level, the flooring joists are installed and the subfloor is hammered into place. The upper walls and the steel framework are now also complete. No one is sorry to see the end of a summer that sent 85 days of rain.

drifting snow to accumulate in a controlled manner. The boards have weathered to a rusty cinnamon colour that captures the metallic properties found in the local Saint John rock. The fence company had documented the original home of the boards

Early October Vandals do some minor damage and thieves make off with a time-lapse camera and some building supplies. Roof framing is complete for the green roof and deck areas. The electrical pole is up and the power is installed. The snow-fence siding (right) from Wyoming hasn’t arrived

and the landscape they stood on. After enduring many storms, the boards will live out their next

Monica Adair and Stephen Kopp of Acre Architects

life in a more protected landscape. —S.R.

yet, but it is en route. Close to midnight on October 8, Kopp and Adair


meet Judith and Robert at the site to celebrate Judith’s birthday. “By


moonlight the rock was amazing,” says Adair. “[When we’re] standing at the crux of the garage pivot and looking in one direction, the site is so wild and remote. Turn in another direction and the project has an

2½ acres Early October


urban view of city lights.”

An infill lot in downtown Saint John, N.B.

Late October As fall progresses and the trees shed their leaves, the view seems to


expand. Adair remains hopeful that the gabion walls will be built before

Owners Judith Mackin and Robert Moore. Their home will accommodate a family that includes Robert’s 14-year-old daughter, Alexandra, who lives with them most weekends; Judith’s 20-year-old son, Robyn, who visits often; Robert’s oldest daughter, Jessica, and her fiancé, who are regular visitors. —S.R.

snow falls. Still to be done: the roof membrane, siding, windows and interior work. The house is expected to be watertight by mid-November, but completion of the house has been pushed to the new year. Judith and Robert aren’t holding their breath. “Given the number of setbacks we’ve had, we aren’t relying on these dates,” admits Robert. No matter. He and Judith are confident that by Judith’s next birthday they will be comfortably settled in their new home.

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IA&D is following Judith Mackin and Robert Moore as they design and build their dream home. In future issues, we’ll report on the interior finishing and completion of the project.

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The countryside around Lucca is untouchable, protected by dense, prickly government regulations and prohibitive building codes, so designing a modern idyll here was out of the question. Rather than work within the confines of a 16th-century home—“They are like museums that you can’t touch,” notes designer Frédéric Méchiche. “You cannot even put an electric button in them”—Méchiche and his clients chose Villa Angelina, a 20thcentury neoclassical structure surrounded by woodland. They preserved the façade and the terracotta roof but removed everything inside, down to the floorboards. Doing the evening passeggiata among cypresses and topiary, you could imagine bumping into a Medici. Inside, you could be in Berlin or SoHo.



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Time stands still in Lucca, a medieval city on the Tuscan Coast famous for its Gothic cathedral, ancient piazzas and lively food markets. Its architecture is so antiquated, in fact, that the city’s ramparts, rebuilt during the Renaissance, are considered new. So when a couple from Germany, avid collectors of 20th- and early-21stcentury art, chose this coastal plateau as their home away from home, they sought the guidance of Frédéric Méchiche, a Parisian designer deft at reconciling his clients’ contemporary tastes with historic settings. As admired for his own

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18th-century Marais apartment conversion as for his boutique hotel, Le A, near the Champs-Élysées, Méchiche brings a respectful gallery chic to his interiors, using a non-invasive monochrome palette. He opens up centuriesold warrens into grand, lofty spaces and keeps furnishings minimal, so the eye focuses on a few beloved showpieces. Here on the Tyrrhenian Coast, Méchiche and his clients were hunting for what they feared was impossible—a house with big views and, importantly, big spaces— when they found Villa Angelina, a neoclassical villa with 20th-century volumes. Because the 1930s property fell outside the strict conservation codes that preserve Lucca’s architecture like a particularly effective anti-aging balm, Méchiche was able to strip it back to the load-bearing walls and equip it with unfettered windows and barely-there balustrades—all to create sightlines to the owners’ extraordinary art collection. He has never said he gutted the house per se (is there any such word in the French language?), yet he has implied it. “My inspiration comes from the place, the view, the art collection…and the volumes, which are huge but never cold or boring. There were endless possibilities in those volumes.” Living with art—particularly these statement works by Basquiat, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg—has rarely seemed so easy. Voids in which to prop up (or dangle) sculpture are everywhere. Furnishings are functional—there, ostensibly, for the ease of viewing. Hundreds of years from now, this villa could function as a different sort of time capsule, as much an homage to the current era as Lucca is to the dawn of modern life.

Left: The Tuscan countryside fringing the Apuan Alps near the town of Lucca is marvellously undeveloped. The large windows in the villa take full advantage of this view, and the pure, simple design allows it to become a main feature.

Below: While not a window has shifted place, Méchiche replaced every mullioned pane with unobstructed glass to make the windows seem bigger—and the views purer. “You forget these windows have classical dimensions,” he says, “because now they have nothing in them. You simply see the vista.” Méchiche himself designed the deep, stocky furnishings to complement the scale of the house. “If you put normal dimensions in huge rooms like that, they are lost,” he explains. He upholstered with white linen so as not to compete with the art, like this Tom Wesselmann above the fireplace, from his Sunset Nudes series. (Other Wesselmann nudes top fireplaces throughout the home.) The bold monochrome rug—a Méchiche trademark—introduces what the designer calls a “rhythm,” directing traffic to and from the artwork.

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The clients were opposed to the idea of a dining room, preferring instead a wide open space for contemplation. Here at the ample dining table, on equally ample chairs, guests can peruse not only the installations surrounding them—by (from left) Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and Frank Stella—but also works in neighbouring areas. “I tried to keep the walls very big because some of the works are seven metres long,” says Méchiche. “It’s huge, but you are never bored.” Huge becomes intimate at night, when strategic lighting around the artwork can be activated at the touch of a button.

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Opposite: In other homes the stairwell would present a barrier to the design, simply a means to an end. But here, Méchiche started with a blank page, then designed an iron staircase with glass treads, impeding no view—in fact, inviting opportunities to observe the resident art from a changing perspective. “Each time you do a promenade,” he says, “you rediscover a new work of art. Each time is a surprise.” A skylight in the roof highlights the canvasses on the two levels (the work on the upper wall is a 1984 collaboration by Warhol and Basquiat) and the sculpture in the void below.

Below: The den is clearly the place for downtime, with its warm tan Eames armchairs, games, books, fireplace and pedestal TV. The main focus, nevertheless, is Wesselmann’s Nude and Mirror above the fireplace, which echoes the sensual curves of the armchairs. They are the only foils to Méchiche’s rigid right-angle scheme.

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Opposite: Design takes over from art as the focus in the master bedroom. Here is the monochrome rug again, positioned to add balance and order, its striped motif echoed in the slatted closet doors. Méchiche customized the furnishings in the same grand scale as those downstairs, viewing them as part of the architecture: they’re comfortable but don’t steal the show. Below: The master bath, like the bedroom, is decorated with a light touch. Devoid of art, it’s a respite from the rest of the house, proffering instead only views to the gardens beyond the bedroom. Subtle materials speak for themselves: the ebony-stained oak; the deluxe porcelain and glass; the upholstered chaise longue. Blocks of light splash throughout the space, adding warmth.



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“My inspiration comes from the place, the view, the art,” designer Frédéric Méchiche says. He was able to strip the house back to its load-bearing walls and equip it with unfettered windows—all to create sightlines to the extraordinary art in the homeowners’ collection and to the countryside beyond the house. Modern black metal window frames transform the views into “paintings of the landscape.”

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Right: Knowing Méchiche’s skill with marrying the traditional and the avant-garde, you come to expect the unexpected—like this outsize bronze hare sculpture by Barry Flanagan, atop an old stone rampart, looking out onto a view that hasn’t changed in a century. The unrefined quality of the hare clashes with the symmetrical architecture, just as its dynamism contrasts with the unchanging surroundings.

Left: From the terrace, a duo of sculptures appears to be enjoying the view of the Tuscan countryside, 20 metres above sea level. You can, quite literally, see for miles, though the Apuan Alps block the view to the Tyrrhenian Coast. The vegetation in the garden is indigenous to the region and includes ancient olive trees, crown pines and lime trees. Right: The kitchen features state-of-the-art commercial appliances and top-grade gadgetry—hints that the owners do a lot of entertaining and take their food as seriously as their art. The transformation of the original 1930s kitchen included replacing the interwar-era plumbing and rewiring to celebrity-chef standards. The modern windows slide open easily when things get steamy.



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Since 1951, 880 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago has been a conspicuous address. It’s one of twin glass-curtain-walled residential towers linked at ground level by a travertine plaza—the first of their kind built by pioneer modernist architect Mies van der Rohe. Embodying his design concept of skyscrapers—considered extreme at the time—they are now historic city landmarks, their stark verticality of steel grids and glass façades a signature feature of Mies’s high-rise structures (see page 47). Over the years, because the original units were small, many of them have been combined and renovated. Today the entire north half of the tower’s 26th floor, which has a lake view to the north and the east and a view of the city to the west, houses a penthouse created out of four of the original apartments. The current owners bought this penthouse five years ago and—collaborating



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The view from the 26th-floor penthouse of 880 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to its twin, 860 Lake Shore Drive. “I like the height,” designer Eric Ceputis says. “On days with low cloud cover, invisibility doesn’t happen here. You feel more grounded.” A full renovation and restoration of the exteriors and common areas of the two towers (opposite) was undertaken just after the owners of the penthouse moved in.

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with interior designer Eric Ceputis and architect Tony Hurtig, both from Chicago—spent a year-and-a-half planning and executing the renovation. A key aspect of the project was to update the heating-and-cooling system, as a lot of radiant heat escapes through the walls of glass wrapping the building. The footprint of the rooms remained much the same, but doorways were relocated or widened, walk-in closets and storage areas added, and a fireplace that split the living room removed. Still, in many ways this project was a restoration— it remained for Ceputis and his clients to remove many of the previous alterations, now outdated, and return the space to its minimalist modern roots. The new owners’ choice of the apartment itself reflects their own evolution as collectors. A decade ago, they were living in a 1920s Tudor-style home in suburban Chicago but had begun collecting vintage mid-century modern furnishings. As their taste for modern pieces developed, they became rigorous about collecting—and, in tandem, about what they were looking for in terms of architectural quality. Many of the pieces they’ve acquired are made from glass, steel and stone—materials well used in Miesian architecture. But as the penthouse’s residents, they had no desire to live in a Mies museum. In addition to reviving the best of the apartment’s original features, the owners collaborated with Ceputis on installing a carefully curated collection of furnishings: some vintage, some fine reproductions of pieces from the period, and some recent— all in service of remaking the space into a fresh, sophisticated home that is suited to the needs of contemporary urban life. “We tried to work with what makes sense now and with what’s available now,” Ceputis says of the restoration. “We live in a different time and this is now a luxury apartment.”

Above: The living room is anchored by a marble coffee table by Angelo Mangiarotti, part of his Eros collection designed in the 1970s and produced by Italian manufacturer Skipper. The tapered legs fit into cut-outs in the tabletop. “It’s sinuous—and romantic,” Ceputis says. “It’s not meant to look hard or geometric. I love the series. I have three pieces from it in my house.” The ottoman is upholstered in handmade felted wool by felt artist Claudy Jongstra. A Giò Ponti daybed, found at the Art Basel Miami Beach show, slips in against the window without blocking sightlines. In the corner beside it, what appears to be a metal sculpture is a lamp designed in the 1970s by Jean-Pierre Vitrac; its arms are adjustable to a variety of configurations. Previous page: Vladimir Kagan’s curved sofa is a reintroduction that is unchanged from the original. The cushions—featuring an abstract flower, computer-cut in the style of old-time appliqués—are a design by Hella Jongerius for the famed fabric house Maharam. The large black and white canvas is by Markus Oehlen.



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The dining room is a narrow ribbon of space with a north-facing wall of windows. It hosts a hit list of works, some present, some past. At its heart, and of recent vintage, is a brake-formed-steel table by Konstantin Grcic and a set of plastic Panton chairs by Vitra. The wall-mounted cabinet (detail at left) was designed by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé for dormitory housing used by Air France flight crew in the 1940s and ’50s. Here, it is used to store glassware. In the background, an original Eames moulded-plywood screen offers a bit of separation from the family room. The pendant light fixture is a current Ingo Maurer design. Its flat surface appears to have been slashed open with a knife; the opening provides “an opportunity for filtering and directing the light,” Ceputis says. The pink Panton dining chair illustrates the homeowners’ philosophy of living in the present. Vitra had done a commission of 300—the only hot pink Panton chairs ever produced—for a school in California, and the homeowner’s wife purchased two at auction on a whim. “That was the beginning,” Ceputis recalls. “We bought nine more in white plastic [to create a dining room set]. The original Panton chairs were fibreglass and extremely heavy; they would be a burden in this setting. That’s where the clients were able to say, ‘We’ll let this issue go,’ and choose the more practical plastic chairs.”

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This page: The designer treated the library as a “destination...where you go to have a different kind of surrounding.” It started with the stainless steel fire orb by the late Chicago architect Douglas Garofalo. Ceputis placed the orb in a rounded alcove covered in porcelain tile; its charcoal grey gave the room its colour scheme. Walls were painted a deep charcoal grey, a pair of Hans Wegner Papa Bear chairs were covered in charcoal grey cashmere, and even the floors were given a dark grey tile, all to ensure a uniquely cozy space. The wall of west-facing windows allows plenty of light, but the room is especially charmed at night, when the view of the city lights makes the library seem even more connected to the scene below. The metal-mesh coffee table, part of Arik Levy’s Log series, is embedded with a light bulb that casts beautiful shadows on the ceiling (the electrical cord hides under the carpet and sofa). Over the sofa hangs a pair of limited-edition works on paper by Ed Ruscha. Opposite: Works by Mark Bradford flank the doorway between the library and the den. The vintage coffee table is by Joe D’Urso. Charles sofa, Antonio Citterio.

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Left: A dark charcoal carpet and low modern bed dressed in grey linens provide a dark horizontal plane at ground level, allowing the view through Mies’s famous curtain wall to take precedence.

Right: The window frames, which had been painted black by a previous owner who was “not necessarily sympathetic to the architecture,” Ceputis comments, were restored to their sleek aluminum origins.

Below: In a 1980s renovation, the apartment had been given a postmodern kitchen complete with curvy walls. It was remade in minimalist style with banks of sleek Bulthaup cabinetry, a glass-topped island and whitepainted glass backsplash panels. The light fixture, another Ingo Maurer design, is made of small bottles filled with bright red soda surrounding a halogen light bulb. “It’s a most joyous red,” Ceputis says.

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Floor-to-ceiling panels of reversepainted glass paired with a white terrazzo floor form a continuity of white in the master bath that’s a departure from the colour scheme of the rest of the apartment and creates a contemplative setting for morning preparations. The room is two steps up to accommodate plumbing lines, placing the windowsill height below the level of the floor. Combined with the all-white envelope, the effect is of a “cloud space,” Ceputis says.



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“Mies of the raw.” The epithet that

built in Berlin. In his charcoal sketch, the

Ludwig Mies chose for himself fittingly

building’s façade appears as a vague wash of

describes an architect committed to the new

light without a hint of brick, stone or anything

realities of the 20th century—steel, technology

solid. A mere mirror to reflect the city around it,

and the assembly line. And over his long

the structure is a nearly abstract presence.

career—from the end of the 19th century to

In 1920s Europe, this concept was a

the end of the 1960s—he would move ever

revolutionary dream; Mies would make it a

closer to those ideals, toward making pure

reality in 1950s Chicago, on Lake Shore Drive

spaces for the Machine Age.

(see “Mies Then and Now,” page 36). Now, in

Mies, the son of a stonemason, was born in

21st-century North America, glass façades are

Aachen, Germany. Without a university education,

the wallpaper of the metropolis—not least of all

he became a successful architect in his early 20s,

in Canada, whether in Vancouver’s shimmering

skillfully designing houses himself and working for

green canyons or in Toronto’s new condo and

the modernist pioneer Peter Behrens. He learned

hotel towers. Bruce Kuwabara, a design partner

the language of neoclassical architecture, and

at KPMB Architects in Toronto and perhaps one

its geometric precision would stay with him.

of the most influential architects in the country, is

A decade later, after renaming himself Mies van

quick to acknowledge Mies’s influence on his

der Rohe, he began his own artistic projects and

firm’s multi-textured towers and institutional

pushed to the front lines of Europe’s architectural

buildings. “Our work comes from lots of different


places,” he says, “but as soon as you talk about

His first decisive strike was a drawing inspired by a design he’d submitted for a competition in 1921: an all-glass skyscraper intended to be

glass, you go to Mies.” Other contemporary designers are carrying on the Miesian legacy, whether explicitly paying

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homage to him—as with a pair of new condo towers by Toronto-based architectsAlliance that look precisely like late-Mies—or by experimenting with the mysterious qualities of reflection and transparency, as the Pritzker Prize–winning Tokyo firm SANAA has done in numerous buildings. That ineffability is present in Mies’s early modernist work, and so is another Miesian idea that would be almost as important: Take the guts of a building and its raw materials, and then arrange them into poetry. His central

MIES in Canada

• Toronto-Dominion Centre, Toronto: Mies oversaw the design of the first two towers before his death in 1969, along with the wide-open banking pavilion—one of the great examples of Miesian interiors—which has been meticulously preserved. • Westmount Square, Montreal: Mies created this ensemble of three towers for the Bronfman family. It was completed in 1967. • Nun’s Island, Montreal: Mies designed three high-rise residential buildings and an Esso station at the same time in 1969. The gas station is now being restored as a cultural centre.

impulse was toward clarity—nothing false and nothing inessential. “My idea, or ‘direction,’ is toward a clear structure and construction,” he’d told a young colleague. “This applies not

influence on architectural design. In the 1930s Mies expanded his ideas on

In Chicago he took over the architecture program at a school that would become the Illinois

to any one problem but to all architectural

paper but built little. He tried to remain

Institute of Technology. There he would make his

problems which I approach.”

apolitical through the rise of the Nazi regime,

most significant design statements, starting with a

cultivating Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s

new campus on Chicago’s South Side—a massive

forms through his career. First it was in brick. In

propaganda minister, as a client even while

complex organized with a rigour straight out of

designing three houses in the late 1920s, Mies

he was a director of the progressive Bauhaus

classical Athens. Kept to a grid of 24-foot

created a language of pure geometric forms—

design school and defending its values. But

squares—the typical size for an American

cubes made of brick. But instead of the brick

he was too progressive for the Nazis, and in

classroom—the buildings also employed an

traditionally holding up the roof, it was the

1938 he emigrated to the United States.

unchanging language of yellow brick, steel

That impulse would be expressed in different

load-bearing steel beams of the structure. This allowed Mies to cut expansive windows in the exteriors and connect the interiors with the world outside. Thus, these houses draw from the artful weave of Frank Lloyd Wright’s brick walls, as well as the brawny steel-and-glass industrial



architecture Mies had learned from Peter Behrens. But Mies would soon take the decisive step in wall—as an enclosure and as a structural device. His venue was a small temporary pavilion, representing Germany at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. Commissioned to design a small building with few constraints and only a vague purpose, he came up with a set of flowing spaces that defies easy description. The guts of the building are chrome columns and a flat black roof. Weaving around the columns is a magical composition of solids and voids—glass walls against stone surfaces and shimmering pools. Some of the materials—travertine, two types of green marble and onyx—are ancient, yet they serve as modern decorative surfaces, mirrored in milky plate-glass walls and reflecting pools. The ensemble, halfhidden by trees, offers a modest counterpoint to the massive, conventional buildings nearby, but the ideas it espoused would have a monumental



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beams and generously proportioned windows.

steel appears on the façades,

Classrooms and laboratories alike were built using

as vertical I-beams separating

these standard components, deployed to poetic

the glass panels. Those

effect. Californian modernists Charles and Ray

exposed beams were there

German Pavilion: Barcelona (1929, reconstructed in 1986)

Eames, who built their own house out of hardware

partly for the sake of

Tugendhat House: Brno, Czech Republic (1930)

catalogues, followed his lead in this regard, as do

appearance (as Mies would

Farnsworth House: Plano, Illinois (1951)

all the architects today making prefab houses out

reluctantly admit), but they

Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago (1956)

of recycled shipping containers.

also freed up space on the

But the high-rise is where Mies most clearly

inside while making an


Seagram Building: New York City (1954-58)

defined his architecture of beinahe nichts—

“overpowering” aesthetic

“almost nothing.” As a young man, he had

statement. They quickly

written: “Only skyscrapers under construction

became standard issue for high-rises everywhere.

reveal the bold constructive thoughts…. The

This language was further refined in the

embracing the modern age. And that is where Mies ended up: creating

impression of the high-reaching steel skeletons

Seagram Building for New York’s Park Avenue,

buildings of great austerity for corporate

is overpowering.” His late work in North America

built in 1954–58. Commissioned by Phyllis

behemoths (Toronto-Dominion Centre in Toronto)

pushes further in this direction, of turning the

Lambert—who now heads the Canadian Centre

and for culture (Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin). His

prose of construction into poetry. When the

for Architecture in Montreal—Mies created a

rigour continues to inspire modern-day architects.

developer Herbert Greenwald hired Mies’s office

tower out of bronze I-beams and dark glass,

“When you walk into the Seagram Building or the

for two apartment buildings in Chicago—at 860

with open floors providing endless flexibility.

Neue gallery,” says Kuwabara, “there is a tautness,

and 880 Lake Shore Drive—it enabled the

Mies detailed it right down to the doorknobs,

a compression, like the body of someone who’s in

architect to show off the “skeletons” in all their

and it was, at the time, the most expensive

physical shape.” This isn’t rawness, but clarity,

glory. Columns support the ceilings of those

office building in New York. The Seagram was

transparency and refinement—physical proof that,

towers, so the floor plans are flexible. And the

a showpiece for a corporation proudly

as Mies is often quoted as saying, Less is more.

1 & 2. The Toronto-Dominion Centre in Toronto (1) under construction in 1967 and (2) in a recent photograph. 3. The Seagram Building in NYC; to ensure an “organized” façade, Mies specified window blinds that open and close either fully or halfway. 4. Farnsworth House, Mies’s modernist residential masterpiece, in Illinois. 5. Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. 6. Westmount Square in Montreal.





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Above: Architect Rick Joy oriented the house within the borders of the property’s old dry-stone walls. Across the pond, the old sugar shack will soon be retrofitted into a sauna, and the heritage apple trees are being nurtured into a small orchard. Opposite: Local bedrock is a central material in Joy’s version of the traditional New England stone-ender house.


o get away from it all and not have it all follow you… That was the ethos behind Paul Palandjian’s decision to buy a 210-acre farm in the rolling Green Mountains of Woodstock, Vermont. Palandjian, a former real estate developer from Boston, had been looking for some land to build a vacation home when he came across this picturesque estate farm while visiting friends in the area. Just over two hours’ drive from Boston, the property included a 200-year-old Cape Cod cottage, a rusting maple sugar shack, low dry-stone walls, a spring-fed pond and gnarled heritage apple trees. But it was the unspoiled simplicity of the land itself that sold him. The sugar shack is still there, soon to be converted into a sauna in a retrofit that will leave its pleasantly ramshackle exterior intact. The outmoded old cottage, however, was ill-suited for a renovation that would meet the modernday needs of Palandjian and his family. Besides, when he first saw the property, his plan was to build on a hill. Architect Rick Joy convinced him otherwise. Poring through books and websites in search of an architect, Palandjian happened upon Rick Joy: Desert Houses. Despite no discernible affiliation between his vision for his Vermont vacation home and the desert architecture



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of Joy, who is based in Tucson, Arizona, Palandjian recalls being drawn to “his building sensibility, his connection to nature…the organic, poetic precision of his work.” Says Palandjian, “Usually you find this kind of precision in colder, harsher modern architecture. Rick has found a way of taking natural things and applying them to create the kind of structure and order one looks for in a house.” And when he found out that Joy is a former New Englander, Palandjian called him up. Rick Joy, who was raised in Maine, got his architectural degree from the University of Arizona. In 1993 he started his own practice in Tucson and has since built a reputation for inspired and expertly crafted minimalist houses that complement their surroundings. Be it an off-the-grid mountain aerie for filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola or a rusticated-steel desert dwelling, Joy’s work is known for articulating the natural and built culture of a place, then reinterpreting it in a way that encourages a fresh perspective on conventional forms. For the Palandjian farm, Joy took the historic New England stone-ender—a single-storey gable house distinctive for having Top left: The monumental hearth in both end walls built entirely of stone with a the living room is constructed from masonry chimney top—and evolved it into a local Lake Champlain bedrock. Art home that is at once modernist and an homage and objects are displayed on a steel to traditional vernacular building. The two stone shelf that runs along the perimeter ends on this one-room-deep, 150-foot-long gable of the house. The neon work is by Noble and Webster. cottage serve as monumental bookends for a series of spacious rooms with vaulted ceilings Top right: Spans between the steel and bountiful natural light. beam bents, set at 12-foot intervals Entry to the house is at the east end, close to on centre, were dictated by the width of the glass doors. Brushed steel the barn, through a cut-out in the stone wall. In domes, by Ingo Maurer, are this it’s unlike most side-gable houses, where the suspended like celestial bodies principal door is front and centre, underneath the between the Bulthaup kitchen island gable (see p. 57). As you cross the threshold, the and two Jean Nouvel Less tables pushed together for extra length. thick walls reveal a dark, maze-like hallway that A pink Plexiglas Yves Klein coffee offers, says Joy, “a little adventure, like stepping table offers a colourful note amid into a castle.” The passageway then unwinds into the minimalist, neutral furnishings. a mudroom before turning into the living room with its welcoming hearth. “It’s a kind of decompression chamber,” explains Joy, “so that you arrive into the living room refreshed.”


Above: A long hallway leads to three identical bedrooms, with the master bedroom at the end, behind a floor-to-ceiling spruce pocket door. A built-in desk tucked into the hall creates a communal office. Windows that bend into skylights provide an oblique view of the driveway, so residents can see when someone arrives without guests having a direct view inside.


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The concept of plain rock as sculpture is celebrated in a stone still life arranged on one of the new low stone walls Joy introduced, which echo the existing historic walls.

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Testament to the architect’s precision and the skill of local tradespeople are the careful choice and installation of the spruce boards, used for the floors, walls and ceiling, which align perfectly down the length of the house. Each board was selected for its subtle, speckled grain; no glancing knots stare back at you. The stone hearth, crafted with old-world artisanal expertise from the area’s Lake Champlain bedrock, evokes a sculptural aesthetic rather than rustic charm. Steel I-beam bents frame the full-length, extra-wide sliding glass doors in every room, which usher in expansive views of the forests, hills and pond. “I always start with place,” explains Joy. Rather than build on a hill, as Paladjian had imagined, Joy suggested the new house be located on roughly the same spot as the original house. He cited traditional reasons: rural homes were customarily built close to the road for access in the winter months. Plus, “I felt that life should revolve around the pond,” says Joy, “so you can keep an eye on the kids, and it feels like a real farm.” In this vein, Joy also told Palandjian “you’ve gotta have a barn.”

Opposite: The red-cedar-shingled barn houses an indoor-outdoor basketball court on the ground floor, along with a garage and storage area. The barn’s 2,250-sq.-ft. loft has eight bedrooms and a sitting area for visiting friends.


EXTERIOR A side-gable house typically has its main entrance centred underneath the sloping roof, which allows rain and melting snow to drip on anyone entering or leaving the home. The problem was solved when the

front door was relocated to one end. The neat junction of the roof joist with the stone wall—there are no eaves and soffits—creates a clean-lined contemporary look for the exterior. It’s also practical, as there’s no water from melting snow on the roof to form ice dams and icicles. The house is devoid of gingerbread trim, pendants, ornate porches and spindled railings. Simple stone, concrete steps and wood decking provide practical modern-day alternatives. Slim steel chimney tops replace old-fashioned masonry versions for a more streamlined roofline. Prefabricated

structural insulated panels (SIPs) manufactured off-site help to keep costs down and speed up construction. Instead of customary dormers, the house features windows that are 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall, set high up the south-exposure wall and wrapping the roof edge to become skylights that span 10 feet. This maintains the clean line of the building envelope while allowing in natural light year-round. Instead of multi-pane sash windows and wood-panel doors, the architect opted for energy-efficient sliding glass doors with screens to introduce more light and improve circulation.

INTERIOR The single-storey, one-room-deep layout—described by the architect as “a loaf of bread plan”—offers the option to focus on a singular view or take advantage of a specific sun exposure. As well, it facilitates the homeowners’ preference for a modern open-concept floor plan. The choice of interior steel framing over traditional wood beams can ease and speed up construction. Extensive built-in cabinets in the kitchen and full-height closets in the

bedrooms eliminate the need for free-standing furnishings and provide ample storage to stow belongings out of sight, promoting a sleek aesthetic. Stone block, carved flush and in various sizes and hues, creates a variegated pattern much like a cubist painting and establishes a contemporary feel for the hearth rather than the typical rustic fieldstone fireplace. The absence of a mantel further simplifies the look. A thin steel shelf running along the interior perimeter of the house is a

tech-age take on the traditional chair rail or plate rail, used here for displaying art in a more relaxed manner than the conventional nail-and-wire method. K.V.

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And so, kitty-corner to the cottage is a voluminous cedar-shingled barn—but with nary a cow or chicken in sight. Rather, it’s a multipurpose space—a garage and storage area, sports facility (basketball court, Ping-Pong and pool tables), and a guest dormitory with a galley kitchen. A grand red cedar door opens onto a deck that invites strolling over to the pond. Committed as he is to building houses that are sensitive to their setting and the well-being of his clients, Joy doesn’t view his work as ‘green.’ “I think [sustainability is] a responsibility that we should just have,” he says of his use of local natural materials and microhydro, wind and geothermal energy systems. So, while he has embraced the pastoral simplicity that Palandjian initially identified with, Joy has grounded this For floor plans, see page 96 farm firmly in the 21st century.

Above: The architect maintained continuity by the use of 3-inch-wide spruce boards for floors, walls, ceiling and, in the master suite, full-height built-in closets. Minimalist hardware, lighting and a Tokyo bed by Porro conform to the clean-lined aesthetic. A Waterworks tub (right) floats between bed, hearth and windows; the faucet was installed in a chiselled chunk of rock.



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A cut-out in the stone wall at the east end, close to the barn and the driveway, is the home’s main entrance—and one of its most unusual features. A maze-like stone-walled hallway leads from the entry to the living area.

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Opposite: A practical island with glass-fronted drawers occupies the centre of this luxurious dressing room. Muted colour on three walls of closets, the dark wood of the island paired with lighter-toned floorboards and mellow lighting combine to maintain a contemplative mood. Elegant hardware and brass-tack detailing on the closet doors are traditional touches that build on the old-world ambience of this space.


1. PLANNING THE SPACE In building your walk-in closet, first consider the function of your bedroom. “Lots of people want less in the bedroom,” says Daniel Wilkinson of Simply Closets in Woodbridge, Ont. “They want to keep it simple and serene.” Moving dressers, chests and full-height mirrors into a dressing area more clearly delineates the shift in purpose between the closet (utility and storage) and the bedroom (relaxation and sleep). Concealing the dressing area behind sliding or swinging doors completes the separation. Alternatively— for organized types—leaving a walk-in closet fully open to the bedroom, sans doors, will draw the eye to its soothingly neat stacks of folded sweaters and compartmentalized shoes. Either option can create a luxurious, relaxing atmosphere to help you prepare for the day or evening ahead. Efficiency in space planning is important—here, a professional designer’s input can be key—regardless of how large or small the area you plan to work with. To create more space, you could even repurpose an extra bedroom. But regardless of the dimensions you carve out, these guidelines from our design pros—Wilkinson, Toronto-based designer Jennifer Worts, and Thomas Tampold of the Yorkville Design Centre in Toronto—can help you get the most out of every inch.

• Daniel Wilkinson recommends a ceiling height of at least eight feet for enough vertical space to install two levels of hanging rods, but the height of the homeowners is another factor to consider. Shelving can run up to seven feet high for storing items that are infrequently used.

Above: There is ample storage in this dressing room with a built-in closet, open shelving and two antique Thonet wardrobes. The distinctive wardrobes, desk and stool are well-suited to the modern loft space. The pendant light is an Eric Schmitt design.

• To accommodate clothes hanging on a rod, consider how much space different types of items require. “Make sure you hold a suit up as it would hang in a closet” to make sure the depth is correct, notes Jennifer Worts.

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Above left: Stand-alone furniture creates a more traditional look in a dressing room. Bespoke chests with varied drawer configurations provide numerous specialized storage options; the differing heights prevent the narrow space from appearing crowded. Below left: This Shaker-style floor-mounted walk-in closet has frosted glass door fronts that help keep clutter under cover. It incorporates everything, from jewelry to long dresses to laundry. By Simply Closets.

• If you’ve got more than six feet in length, a walk-in closet could incorporate an island—a popular feature—with drawers underneath and a surface topped in marble or wood that would be useful for folding clothes.

• Allow room for door swings and drawer pullouts. “You don’t want to run into a doorknob when you’re opening a drawer in an inside corner,” Thomas Tampold says. An alternative he suggests is inset handles or finger pulls.

• For ultimate efficiency, bring laundry facilities into the closet. “A stacked washer and dryer could be included,” says Tampold. “[But] you must plan for weight requirements on the floor, plumbing, venting and soundproofing.” Add an ironing surface and space to hang delicate items to dry.

2. TIPS FOR SMART STORAGE Consider your professional closet organizer as the “curator” of your clothes. “We start by finding out what the client’s wardrobe consists of,” says Wilkinson. “Everyone has different storage needs.” As well, closet organizers assess a client’s desire to showcase her wardrobe. Notes Worts, “She might choose to allot a section to display her gorgeous collection of shoes or handbags.” Whether tucked away or artfully exhibited, the key to keeping a closet’s contents organized is this: Everything must have its place.

forward-tilting open shelves or an elevated shoe rail. For shoe lovers, Worts cites a favourite storage idea—“a large sliding shoe-rack wall that opens to reveal an entire second wall of shoes behind it.” For those who prefer to keep their shoes in their boxes, she says labelling the box end with a photo of the shoes is the best trick for keeping tabs.

• Tampold likes a high-mounted, weighted rod that pulls down easily to make good use of space on upper shelving. “And the more clothes you have on it,” he says, “the easier it is to pull downward.” A plus for the frequent traveller is a slide-out packing shelf sturdy enough to hold a suitcase.

• Today’s closet designers have devised conveniences that include special drawers with cellarets, which are compartments to accommodate your



• To store and display shoes—almost everyone struggles with this—use


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Left: Building out into the space, rather than simply lining the walls with cabinetry, carved out more storage in this dressing area. Below: In a display trick both practical and handsome, a collection of ties lines the walls around a military chest of drawers, itself tucked elegantly into an alcove between open shelves.

clothes don’t make the woman.


even on Sex and the City.

Big closets in the movies often get a bad rap. Owning too

character’s home, but the ultimate clothes-horse fantasy

that lived out most of its utterly useful life on the small

many clothes or being fanatically careful about storing

has to be the huge fashion editors’ sample closet that Nigel

screen, in Carrie Bradshaw’s brownstone apartment. A

them can be a way of signalling a character’s less

(Stanley Tucci) opens up to the deliberately frumpy Andy

comparatively humble affair that yet boasted two full walls

attractive qualities.

(Anne Hathaway, trying really hard) in The Devil Wears

of storage and offered a passageway to the bathroom, its

It may not count because it doesn’t reside in a

For closets as metaphors, we prefer the fictional walk-in

Richard Gere’s American gigolo and Hugh Grant’s

Prada. Aside from boasting every famous fashion label you

dimensions were palatial for NYC real estate. It was

cold-hearted millionaire in Two Weeks Notice share a

could ever want to slip on—provided you want it in a size 4

capable of hiding, er, holding, six seasons of Carrie’s most

penchant for rows of sombre suits that apparently mimic

or 2 or 0—the irresistible

extreme fashion choices, and it

the greyness of their souls. A glimpse of Mrs. X’s shoe

promise of that closet, as

was where she retreated to

closet in The Nanny Diaries helps convince the audience,

Andy sees it, is personal

regroup when her latest leading

along with Scarlett Johansson, that Laura Linney’s

makeover leading to

man departed or when ideas for

executive mom is no warm-hearted nurturer. And how

professional salvation, and

her newspaper column dried up.

about that fabulous backlit walk-in closet that serves as a

then launch pad to the top

Its utility (it stored her identity)

plot point for (spoiler alert!) getting Carrie and Mr. Big

echelons of a glamorous

and its symbolism (at times it

back on track at last in the first Sex and the City movie?

journalism career. Not bad

created her identity) ensured that

It fails to meet its glowing potential, serving as a parable

press for a dressing room,

it became, over the seasons, a

instead, with its single lonely pair of $400 never-worn

but, of course, it doesn’t

supporting character easily as

shoes, for the perils of letting the wedding overshadow

work out that way and the

necessary as Samantha,

the marriage (read: letting style supersede substance)—

audience learns that the

Miranda or Charlotte. —Staff

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The single rule for keeping a closet organized and beautiful is this: Whether artfully displayed or tucked away, everything must have its place.

Right: This dressing room in a guest suite at Le Meurice Hotel in Paris was designed by Charles Jouffre and Sandrine Chollet. A massive stand-alone wardrobe, a dressing table and a free-standing pivoting mirror share space with a comfortable sofa and side tables, allowing a practical space to double as a retreat—a useful trick for any dressing room.



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neatly rolled-up ties, socks, scarves or belts, and pull-out racks to organize and hang your belts. Go for higher-quality drawers that have a softclose feature. And label all boxes that are stored on upper shelves.

• Keep in mind that bulky sweaters take up more room on a shelf than light knit T-shirts. Suits, jackets and dresses require at least 60 inches of vertical hanging space. Air should be able to circulate around the clothes, so allow for space between hangers, as well as wardrobe additions over time.

• Even rumpled clothes deserve a niche. Worts likes built-in clothes hampers “that look like the cabinetry and tilt or pull out. We designate them ‘his,’ ‘hers’ and ‘dry cleaning.’”



MATERIALS AND FINISHES Wilkinson prefers solid wood or high-quality veneers over wire systems, which leave creases on clothes. “Adjustable, snag-proof shelves are best— you can alter them to adjust storage based on the season,” he explains. “Glass fronts are great—clear if you want to see the contents, frosted or sandblasted for items like shoes.” To deter moths, opt for kiln-dried cedar (which won’t stain clothes) for the back of the closet or to line drawers. Tampold says that walk-in closets have become more luxurious in terms of interior finishes. The trend has been darker finishes, he says, but lighter finishes are currently much in demand. High gloss is popular, and a sleek modern look is the most sought after. Beautiful faux finishes are also now available. “You don’t have to cut down the rainforest to get the look of exotic wood,” suggests Tampold. “Faux oak, ‘olivo alicante’ [olive]—these are popular.” In a space where there is no natural light, he notes that lighter finishes work better. Worts lauds the benefits of full-length mirrors and beautifully mirrored cabinet doors. They’re practical—we can take a good look at ourselves before heading off—but they also accentuate the beauty of the walk-in closet interior and enhance the feeling of spaciousness.

Left: This closet was constructed using Italian composite panels made of 100 per cent recycled or recovered wood fibres. Glass fronts on the drawers act as pulls and allow you to see your favourite things arranged in cellarets (above). A tailored chaise is an apt choice for this orderly space. By Downsview Kitchens; available through Yorkville Design Centre.

LIGHTING “Pot lights are optimal,” says Wilkinson, who prefers LED pot lights built into the shelving. He also likes lighting installed above the cabinets and notes that the higher the ceiling, the more lighting options are available. LED fixtures are Tampold’s preference. “They come in small versions,” he explains. “Some are like small pot lights…designed to be inset in wood or used in strips. I like to place LEDs just in front of the rod—they light up the clothing nicely.” Closet lights can be activated with a wave of your hand or when you open the door. Worts prefers the more traditional halogen or incandescent lights in a mix of practical and decorative fixtures, including chandeliers, wall sconces and recessed pot lights. And if natural light is available—say, a window close by—Worts will always incorporate it into her design.

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Dramatic Georgian Estate 6380 Macdonald Street, Vancouver, BC  |  $7,780,000  |  MLS V915565 Completely re-built in 2003, this 7,000 sq.ft. home sits atop a beautiful and sprawling 21,000 sq.ft. lot. Built to the absolute highest of standards, all principal rooms enjoy bountiful natural light including a stunning bespoke kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and honed marble surfaces. The generous family room opens via floor-to-ceiling French doors to the professionally landscaped grounds with in-ground pool and lap pool with ionized filtration system. 5 incredibly spacious bedrooms upstairs plus an additional ensuite bedroom downstairs. The over-height lower features a colossal gym, games room plus media room and wine cellar. This is a home that exudes elegance and exemplifies perfection. Pictures and floor plan at

greg carros  1.604.603.5730

Shaughnessy Family Chateau

Dramatic Beach Avenue Penthouse

5549 Cypress Street, Vancouver BC  |  $4,980,000  |  MLS V904338

1403 – 1575 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC  |  $2,150,000  |  MLS V905489

Professionally refurbished home situated in one of Vancouver’s most sought-after locations.

Completely rebuilt in 2007, this 2 storey Penthouse boasts amazing views from the private

Featuring spacious principal rooms that lend themselves to large scale entertaining, it is

garden deck. Peruvian walnut hardwood floors throughout, custom kitchen with top-

also an ideal family home with 4 large bedrooms upstairs. Also features a beautiful western

of-the-line appliances, 2 oversized ensuite bedrooms plus den and a beautiful crafted

garden, ideal for outdoor entertaining. Pictures and floor plan at

suspended glass and wood staircase. Pictures and floor plan at

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4120 Highland Place, North Vancouver, BC  |  $1,628,000  |  MLS V916150

5305 Shields Road, Hornby Island, BC  |  $2,500,000  |  MLS 320229

Fabulous renovation of a mid century modern home in North Vancouver’s sought after

Once in a life time opportunity to acquire what could be the best 13 acres, white sand beach

Edgemont Village. Great views of Cypress and Grouse Mountains.

parcel on the warmest of the Gulf Islands. Approx 500 ft. of low bank waterfront with many options. Tribune Bay is a world known boaters paradise and there is only one property like this.

steve mitchell clive benjafield

1.604.418.6726 1.604.803.5050

steve mitchell clive benjafield

1.604.418.6726 1.604.803.5050

At your Leisure – Total Privacy

trophy estate property

Wells Gray Park, Clearwater, BC  |  $950,000

4388 Prospect Road, North Vancouver, BC  |  $2,175,000  |  MLS V881830

Located in the Cariboo Mountains, this 2,700 sq.ft. custom designed home, sits on 65 acres in

30,000 sq.ft. private estate, backing on to the green belt of Grouse Mountain. A winding

Wells Gray Park. Open living concept home, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 16 ft. vaulted ceilings,

driveway through mature trees leads to an architecturally distinctive home featuring, sloped

large floor to ceiling windows, efficient in-floor heating, 1 hr to Kamloops & 5.5 hrs to Vancouver.

ceilings, a soaring 2 storey entrance, over-sized windows with panoramic south-west views.

dan morrison 1.604.929.2152 stan van woerkens 1.604.306.2550

dan morrison 1.604.929.2152 stan van woerkens 1.604.306.2550

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Elegant Riverside Retreat North Shore, Vancouver, BC  |  $3,950,000  |  MLS V916576 Tucked away on a quiet leafy cul-de-sac at the foot of the North Shore mountains, this newly built, English inspired, riverside country retreat will simply take your breath away. The elegant open plan design is rich in architectural detail while meeting all the needs of a large active family. All principal rooms in this 7,293 sq.ft. home have expansive river views. With over 100 ft. of riverbank, this outstanding property, designed for the current owner by recognized local Architect Nancy Stern is located in a secluded oasis-like setting, yet is only minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Anne LeBlanc  1.604.787.6080  &  Peter Townsend  1.604.218.2903

Edgemont Executive


3368 Vale Court, North Vancouver, BC  |  $1,848,000  |  MLS V914839

114 Garden Crescent SW, Calgary, AB  |  $750,000  |  MLS C3496687

First time on the market! Custom finished, immaculately kept and meticulously updated . Over

Once in a lifetime opportunity to build a new home on one of Calgary’s most historic

4,000 sq.ft., set on its own greenbelt. 4 spacious bedrooms upstairs, oversized master bedroom

streets, Garden Crescent. This 33’ x 110’ lot is located mid-block, a short walk to the

with walk-in and luxurious ensuite. Family sized kitchen/great room with granite, stainless and

Elbow River, Elbow Drive and the Glencoe Club. Inquire about building plans.

wood cabinetry. The perfect place to raise a family.

Robert Prem


Halyna Skala Tataryn


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Unprecedented offering - Ghost Lake Manor

Canmore Castle

Ghost Lake, Cochrane, AB  |  $12,000,000  |  MLS C3489806

Cairns on the Bow, Canmore, AB  |  $11,900,000  |  MLS C3486329

Gated 134 acres bordering Ghost Lake defined by over 13,000 sq.ft., 5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms,

Offering 11,058 sq.ft. with every conceivable luxury & lavishly furnished to perfection! 6

6 fireplaces, formal dining room, nanny wing, 6-car garage, 2-storey library, 18 seat movie theatre,

bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces, elevator, library with hidden staircase, grand dining &

indoor pool/hot tub, tennis courts, courtyard terraces, water features, playground, pond with

games room, state-of-the-art theatre, waterfall grotto, 6 subzero wine fridges & humidor.

bridge & sheltered private island. One of the most exquisite properties in Canada!

This Rocky Mountain castle offers living beyond all expectations!

Kristine Semrau

Kristine Semrau



Crowsnest Retreat

Wolfgang Wenzel Design

Lunbreck, AB  |  $8,900,000  |  MLS C3480620

Calgary, AB  |  $6,175,000  |  MLS C3486524

On top of the world with glorious 360 degree views! Elegant retreat offers 139 acres, 10,000

Parkhill estate sits eye-to-eye with the skyscrapers! Over 6500 sq.ft. of superior concrete

sq.ft. main residence, a 3,000 sq.ft. guest house, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 18-person dining

construction featuring a heated driveway, 4-person elevator, Downsview kitchen, wine cellar,

room, 4 fireplaces, 7-car garage, custom woodwork & open beam ceilings. Rare opportunity

heated Australian Cyprus flooring & Ironstone outdoor living space with built-in Wolf BBQ

as a private estate or corporate retreat. Nearby airport can accommodate private jets!

and heaters. This work of art is sure to impress the most discerning buyer!

Kristine Semrau

Kristine Semrau



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Waterfront Living in the City!

28 Rockcliff Grove NW, Calgary, AB  |  $1,490,000  |  MLS C3487806

312 Roxboro Road SW, Calgary, AB  |  $3,339,000

This contemporary show home built by award-winning Crystal Creek Homes boasts over

Only minutes to downtown Calgary, Roxboro is one of Calgary’s most established and

4,200 sq. ft. of development and luxurious upgrades for the modern extended family.

prestigious neighbourhoods. A fabulous home with great architectural design and offering a

Featuring 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and fully finished walk-out level with bar, media &

total of 5,950 sq.ft. of development. An abundance of trees provides private tranquility on this

games room providing exceptional family entertainment.

rare over sized Elbow River lot - all bordering Calgary’s culture, dining and shopping.

corinne poffenroth 1.403.804.2444

wynn alex carr


FLY HOME TO AIR RANCH ALBERTA 5 Winters Way, Okotoks, AB  |  $1,489,000  |  MLS C3494462 Executive estate home in Air Ranch – Okotoks, Alberta. A 20 minute drive south of Calgary, Air Ranch is one of Canada’s few exclusive residential air parks. Perfect for flight enthusiast and airplane lovers alike. Situated on a half acre lot and backing up onto a private taxiing landing strip. Endless options to build your own private airplane hangar or workshop. Over 7,500 sq.ft. of functional open living space. Main floor master bedroom, gourmet kitchen, 18 ft. ceilings, 2 storey concept open to below. Self-contained nanny/ income suite with separate entrance. Stunning design & timeless appeal.

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CREATE A WORLD CLASS EQUESTRIAN CENTRE #552 East of Okotoks Overpass, Calgary, AB  |  $7,465,000  |  MLS C3485705 A rare 339 acres of fully fenced grazing and cropland with over a mile of the Highwood River outlining the property! This country residential parcel is complete with the original homestead with “out” buildings and a private campground and just under a 15 minute drive south from the new Calgary Hospital. An amazing opportunity to purchase one of the most prime pieces of land in Southern Alberta with rolling hills, mountain views, valley views, city views and tranquility.

Mark Evernden  1.403.829.3776 Christina M cInnis  1.403.852.5881

Royal Doulton Gem


28 Pumpmeadow Crescent SW, Calgary, AB  |  $3,600,000  |  MLS C3494457

James River, Calgary, AB  |  $1,999,900  |  MLS C3485705

Over 7,900 sq.ft. of living space nestled amongst a protected Aspen Reserve in the prestigious

Custom built 3,100 sq.ft. home on 142 acres overlooking the West Valley just a 1 hour drive

estates of Pumphill. This beautifully designed 6 bedroom bungalow features a walk-out basement,

from Calgary. Featuring 10 ft. ceilings, hardwood, skylights, marble counters, steam shower and

22 ft. ceilings, 5.5 bathrooms and four car garage. Former Alberta ballet tour show home.

3 fireplaces. Complete with a guest house and 2,800 sq.ft. garage/workshop/barn.

Mark Evernden Christina M cInnis

Mark Evernden Christina M cInnis

1.403.829.3776 1.403.852.5881

1.403.829.3776 1.403.852.5881

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IT’S YOUR HOME TO CREATE Showhome - 3328 77th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB  |  $1,795,000  |  MLS C3494458 For over 50 years, Maillot Homes has been committed to upholding the highest standards of quality, workmanship and ethical business practices. It is our dedication to both our customers and our suppliers that has evolved Maillot Homes from a humble framing company in the 1950’s to one of the most established pillars of the Calgary Custom Home Building Community. Our personalized service can begin as early as the lot selection process for your home. With your vision and input throughout the design, selection and construction process, Maillot Homes is here to ensure it truly is...Your Home to Create.

Mark Evernden  1.403.829.3776 Christina M cInnis  1.403.852.5881

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forest brook manor

PH 215-13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB  |  $1,300,000  |  MLS C3487278

Lake Placid, New York  |  $2,995,000  |  MLS 8412120

The revitalized neighborhood of Victoria Crossing is a thriving district not to miss. From the

Situated within the Whiteface Club & Resort, this mansion has been restored to the splendour

26th floor you can enjoy the skyline from this SE corner. This home measures 2,200 sq.ft.

of its time with modern amenities. The 8,000 sq.ft. home is positioned on a hill which provides

inside with an additional 360 sq.ft. of outdoor living on the patio. Gourmet kitchen with high

panoramic views of the Adirondacks. The 5 acres of wooded land ensure privacy year round.

end appliances, 2-heated underground stalls and floor to ceiling windows that ascend 10 ft.

Club membership provides access to golf, tennis, beach and marina.

Julie Dempsey

lillian leonard **




Classic Contemporary

Lac-Simon, QC  |  $2,900,000  |  mls 8610504

Brossard, QC  |  $1,459,000  |  MLS 8618980

A rare 26 acre waterfront paradise, just 1 hour from Montréal and 45 minutes from Mont-

Stunning home with quality renovations and features throughout including designer kitchen,

Tremblant. Prestige & elegance await you at this oasis of peace! Marble floors, majestic master

wrought iron staircase, gleaming wood floors and large fenestration. Exceptional space ideal

suite, guest house, servants quarters, heliport, inground heated pool, sauna, tanning-massage

for large family with possibility for intergenerational living.

room, 6 car garage and more.

Rachelle Demers  *


Micheline Taylor* ZoË Vennes**

1.514.942.1731 1.514.718.8004

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Laurentian gem


St-Adolphe-d’Howard, QC  |  $1,698,000  |  MLS 8506154

Charlevoix, QC  |  $1,250,000  |  MLS 8475255

Exquisite gated property built in 2010 on 2 acres of pristine waterfront with a private

New England style, charming and authentic country residence filled with unique architectural

sandy beach. This mansion has 3 bedrooms, a master suite, 3 fireplaces, a designer kitchen

details. Surrounded by vast gardens, inground pool and pavilions, double garage with studio

with professional grade appliances, heated tiled floors and a 2-car garage. The perfect

and a lovely orchard. This 7.2 acre property offers magnificent panoramic views of the

getaway in any season, just an hour from Montréal.

St-Lawrence River, lots of character, cachet and privacy. Unique in Charlevoix!

Anick Truong*

Anne-Marie Turcotte *



pristine Country Estate

Magnificent architect-designed

Austin, QC  |  $5,995,000  |  MLS 8502252

Bromont, QC  |  $1,995,000  |  MLS 8465443

Prestigious estate located only minutes from the Abbaye St-Benoit du Lac. This elegant

Magnificent architect-designed house with a living space of 5,400 sq.ft. on a field of nearly

residence is one of the most beautiful in the region of the Eastern Townships. Featuring

6 acres. Facing south with large windows, the property provides outstanding brightness.

232 acres of land including a private lake, pond & picturesque views. A truly magnificent

Bordered by a private lake and surrounded by nature, this modern house with clean lines


offers a wonderful quality of life!

Carole Lemieux*


Catherine Rochon *


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Sir Robert Peel Condominiums

Montréal, QC  |  $695,000  |  MLS 8593637

Golden Square Mile, Montréal, QC  |  $4,000,000

Imagine coming home to an ultra modern condo perched on the 2 uppermost levels. This

Luxurious 4,000 sq.ft. penthouse with magnificent 1,500 sq.ft. private terrace - unique! This

2 bedroom unit boasts large windows, high ceilings, wood floors, marble counters, modern

3 level unit offers pure comfort and privacy. It boasts an elegant room layout, abundant

bathrooms & a patio with expansive views. Located in le Quartier International between Old

fenestration, extremely bright rooms and a large private terrace with breathtaking views

Montréal & downtown. Unity 2 has won the Canadian architectural award for best design.

of Montréal Centre, the McGill University campus and the Mont-Royal.

Colin Worrell

Dayna Claman *



Understated Elegance | Prime Location

Country Estate

Nun’s Island, QC  |  $2,980,000  |  MLS 8607159

St-Lazare, QC  |  $3,000,000  |  MLS 8554730

Magnificent custom built home located in a truly unique residential area, close to a

Private 45 acre estate with its own lake and sand beach where we find, in addition to the

protected forest and the St-Lawrence River, only 15 minutes from downtown Montréal.

main 4,900 sq.ft. residence, a reception pavilion, a guest house, a horse stable and an 8-car

This spacious 3-storey home features 5 bedrooms, a 12 ft. ceiling great room, 2-car garage,

garage. This property is a true oasis of peace where you can enjoy the peaceful bliss of

inground salt water pool and outstanding high end materials and finishes.

country living only 20 minutes from Montréal International Airport.

Diane Oliver**

Isabelle Perreault *



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The Ridgecliff

Waterfront estate

Montréal, QC  |  $875,000  |  MLS 8511176

Senneville, QC  |  $6,850,000  |  MLS 8364232

Penthouse condominium with spectacular panoramic views from every room. Natural

The crown jewel of one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Montréal, Senneville

sunlight illuminates this large 1,976 sq.ft., 2 bedroom unit. Private terrace from the open

Manor offers peace, privacy, and a beguiling tranquil lifestyle. This manor sets the standard

concept living/dining room and a second balcony off of the master suite. Spacious kitchen

for exclusive waterfront living.

with dinette area plus 2 garages.

Dino Cafaro  *


Carole Doudak* Andre Doudak*

1.514.591.6728 1.514.591.6720

historic manor

Wakefield Hillside Retreat

Chambly, QC  |  $2,998,000  |  MLS 8626086

Wakefield, QC  |  $895,000

Completely restored manor built for Charles-Michel de Salaberry (1778-1829). Mason

Aspen-style meets Gatineau Hills tranquility, at this stunning hilltop retreat, only 30 minutes

Pierre Papineau of Chambly started building this monumental house in 1812 and finished in

from Ottawa. Smart design impresses from its warm slate reception foyer to soaring great

1814. This was the residence of the honourable Charles-Michel de Salaberry, the national

room with lodge-style hearth. The master suite is pure inspiration, with library and private

hero of the battle of Châteauguay who threw back the American invaders in October 1813.

deck. Flawless landscaping and craft delight. Long views surround. Brilliant!

Glenn Peterson *

James Strate *



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Sir George Simpson Residences

Knowlton Estate | Tredilion Park

Montréal, QC  |  $6,475,000 (taxes included)  |  Exclusive

Lac-Brome, QC  |  $8,980,000  |  MLS 8598393

Residence 11A offers 4,785 sq.ft., 2 terraces and 3 loggias of quintessence luxury living in the

Tredilion Park, English manor built and designed by James Wright and Scott Yetman in 2002.

Golden Square Mile. The Sir George Simpson Residences offer grand luxury and modern

The ground floor is devoted to daytime activities; the first floor is allotted to the bedrooms

comfort, favourably inspired by a period where elegance and aristocracy reflected the

and the library’s upper level, and the basement houses the entertainment areas. Terraced

manners of a society in evolution. Includes taxes and 3 parking places. Last residence available.

gardens lead the way down to the private lake on 140 acres.

Lac St-Victor Estate

Le George V condominiums

Wentworth Nord, Laurentians, QC  |  $3,980,000  |  MLS 8619314

Québec City, QC  |  $2,898,000  |  MLS 8606218

The “Z House” on the peninsula with clear lake water. Exceptional estate with 5 buildings

Penthouse PH1001 — This unparalleled penthouse apartment offers breathtaking views of

surrounded by forests and protected lands. All buildings are made of Spanish cedar and the

the St-Lawrence River, the Plaines of Abraham National Park, the Parliament Hill, the entire

residence was built with 100 tons of quartz stone from Rajasthan. Horizontal layout perfectly

city of Québec and the mountains! Exceptional living space with balcony and large private

integrated to its environment.


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Mont-Tremblant, QC  |  $3,950,000  |  MLS 8392860

Mont-Tremblant, QC  |  $3,995,000  |  MLS 8622172

This 10,000 sq.ft. architectural beauty offers breathtaking views of lac Tremblant. Features of

This is the ultimate mountain penthouse. This majestic 10,000 sq.ft. unit offers direct access

this elegant multiple-storey home, whose details echo its European influences, include home

to the slopes of Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort. Abundant windows offers a spectacular view on

automation, a 100% stone exterior construction, abundant windows, wrought-iron work, 4

lac Tremblant : 7 bedrooms, 4+1 bathrooms, exercise room, 6-car underground parking and

handcrafted circular staircases and 2 massive stone fireplaces. Luxury of the highest standards.

2 private elevators. Easy walk to the pedestrian village. A corporate retreat par excellence.

Herbert Ratsch†

Herbert Ratsch†





Mont-Tremblant, QC  |  $7,850,000  |  MLS 8262615

Mont-Tremblant, QC  |  $1,495,000  |  MLS 8551560

One of the finest mountain homes for sale in Mont-Tremblant. This 10,000 sq.ft. property

An impeccable & luxurious residence located in Mont-Tremblant’s exclusive Refuge du

on 2.9 acres borders Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort and national park. Ski-in/ski-out with private

Cerf estate, on the 14th fairway of ‘Le Géant’ golf course with direct golf & mountain

access to lac Tremblant. This splendid 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom home has a gourmet kitchen,

views. This magnificent 5,000 sq.ft. open home features cathedral ceiling, 6 bedrooms,

5 large fireplaces, gym, pool with spectacular pool house (shown in photo) & 2 waterfalls.

soundproofed movie theatre, solarium, double garage & hot tub. The perfect retreat.

Herbert Ratsch†

Jeffrey Hodes†



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Majestic and Sophisticated Residence

Modern Waterfront Residences

Montréal, QC  |  $5,490,000  |  MLS 8457433

Lake Brompton, QC  |  Prices Available Upon Request  |  Exclusive

Majestic and sophisticated are a few adjectives describing this one-of-a-kind residence on Nun’s

Located in the heart of Quebec’s Eastern Townhips, Sanctuaire Mont Cathédrale is more

Island! Located in a sought-after location with over 13,000 sq.ft. of land and no rear neighbours,

than just a deluxe housing project, it is a way of life that makes nature the focal point of

this spacious home is being sold completely furnished and decorated. This residence features

architectural design. These ecological residences are made using sustainable materials and

dramatic spaces with an abundance of light and luxurious finishes. Absolute perfection!

technologies, allowing them to blend completely into their surroundings.

Luxuriously Renovated Apartments

Contemporary Waterfront Masterpiece

Westmount, QC  |  $1,349,000 - $2,499,000  |  MLS 8631775 & 8599167

Mont-Tremblant, QC  |  $2,095,000  |  MLS 8621162

Luxuriously renovated designer apartments at one of Westmount’s premiere luxury

Contemporary masterpiece nestled atop the mountainside offering panoramic views of

buildings. Apartments are replete with sumptuous master bedroom suites, high-end

Lake Mercier! This architectural marvel was custom built with the finest materials and

gourmet kitchens, spectacular built-ins throughout and panoramic views of the city.

finishes. Features include: spectacular waterfront setting, exposed wood beams and

Building amenities include : 24 hr. doorman, pool, sauna, exercise room and garage parking.

columns, Bulthaup kitchen, double height ceilings and so much more.

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Le Crystal PentHouse

Montréal, QC  |  $1,100,000  |  MLS 8389074

Montréal, QC  |  $2,600,000  |  MLS 8621862

Renovated to chic perfection in every detail, this 2 bedroom open concept residence will

What a view of the city and what a feeling! Sumptuous chandelier, 3,000 sq.ft. of living

capture your heart. Located in “Le Chateau”, just across the street from Holt Renfrew

space plus 11 ft. ceilings, this penthouse is all glass with 2 terraces and a home intelligent

and The Ritz Carleton. This property is the perfect “home away from home” or ideal for

system that integrates the lights, music and curtains. Truly brilliant!

the sophisticated single or couple ready for an upscale lifestyle in the Golden Square Mile.



Louise latreille *



Classic Elegance in the City

Nun’s Island, Montréal, QC  |  $749,000  |  mls 8613059

Town of Mount Royal, QC  |  $2,250,000  |  MLS 8573799

Charming 3+1 bedroom townhouse in sought after Domaine de la Forét. This sun-filled

Located in one of Montréal’s premiere districts, this renovated property features

property features gleaming wood floors throughout, renovated modern kitchen, wood

5+2 bedrooms, gracious entrance with spiral staircase and pool. Its open concept makes

fireplace, 2 skylights, 3+1 bathrooms, finished basement, garage and much more! A truly

this an ideal home for a large family and for entertaining a crowd.

delightful property within walking distance to the forest, parks and schools.

Saul Ciecha*


karen rossy **


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beauty in Val des Brises

custom-built distinction

Duvernay, QC  |  $1,448,000  |  MLS 8569380

Kirkland, QC  |  $1,950,000  |  MLS 8600614

Beautiful and luxurious Victorian-inspired residence. This impressive property offers

Spacious residence of grand proportions featuring 6 bedrooms, all designed with

wood floors, grand entrance, state of the art kitchen, cinema room and inground pool

distinction, top grade kitchen and finishings throughout. Located in a prestigious area of

complete with 4 bedrooms, 4+2 bathrooms and 2 car garage. Located only 20 minutes

Kirkland, both the interiors and exteriors of the house are impeccable. All the materials

from downtown Montréal.

have superior quality. Beautiful landscaping.

country classic

luxurious residence

S Simon, QC  |  $1,300,000  |  MLS 8626831

Boucherville, QC  |  $3,195,000  |  MLS 8622072

Discover your talents as a host when you come visit this estate complete with a sugar shack,

Exceptional mansion located in an idyllic environment. Offering many amenities such as

seating for 100, a stable and a second home which can accommodate a B&B. A trail in the

an impressive entry, custom staircase, high end kitchen, indoor pool, cinema room and

forest, a pond and much more. Enjoy the great outdoors in your private park.

landscaped gardens to name a few. This home is for the most discerning.

John Di Pietro *  1.514.726.1400 E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. *Real Estate Broker, **Certified Real Estate Broker. Canadian Owned & Operated. Real estate agency.

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Glorious grandeur

Marvelous Residence

Westmount, Montréal, QC  |  $4,500,000  |  MLS 8552402

Westmount, Montréal QC  |  $4,295,000  |  MLS 8631074

Spectacular 3 storey Georgian-inspired mansion with an imposing curb appeal. Set well back

Majestic mansion of incredible proportions. The impressive open plan main floor with vast

from the street & high on the lot has the added benefit of allowing the home to be bathed

terrace provides ample space for entertaining. Superb river and city views from the top

in natural light from its full southern exposure. Rich architectural details have been preserved

3 floors are extraordinary. This residence exudes outstanding traditional element while

and enhanced over the years in this quintessential Westmount residence.

offering a contemporary ambiance. The best of both worlds.

Penthouse Perfection

Brilliant Home

Old Montréal, QC  |  $3,500,000  |  MLS 8600450

Westmount, Montréal, QC  |  $2,750,000  |  MLS 8554242

Originally built in 1894, the former Canada Life Building, now the St-Regis, has been

Impeccably renovated and designed home offering 5+3 bedrooms, 4+1 bathrooms, generous

transformed into a select few residences. This stunning apartment is completely renovated

entertaining areas and a very large backyard. While maintaining the integrity of its charming

and restored to its original grandeur with a contemporary feel. The immense plan, boasts

exterior this home has been upgraded to modern day living with a completely new interior.

lofty ceilings, walls of windows as well as a jaw-dropping roof terrace of 2,000 + sq.ft.

Truly a one of a kind turn-key residence. Ideal for the lifestyle of today’s family.

Liza Kaufman†  1.514.232.5932 E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. *Real Estate Broker, **Certified Real Estate Broker. Canadian Owned & Operated. Real estate agency. †Sotheby's International Realty Québec lk .

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Lakefront hideaway

Lac-du-Cerf, Laurentians, QC  |  $1,150,000  |  MLS 8628097

335’ on Lake Memphremagog, QC  |  $1,450,000  |  MLS 8630181

Waterfront acreage, adjacent to the magnificent Parc La Biche’s sandy beach, at 40 km south

Facing due south, this meticulously crafted hideway is designed to bring the outside in. Enjoy the

of Mont Laurier. 79 acres with over 1,600 feet of shoreline on the majestic Baie des Scouts.

beautiful stone fireplace, floor to ceiling windows in the living room, gourmet kitchen, rejuvenate

Proximity: nature trails, hunting, fishing, ATV trails, Papineau-Labelle Wilderness Reserve and

in the main floor bedroom & ensuite bathroom; all in this one-of-a-kind cedar home with views.

airport. Road and infrastructure are in place. Perfect for developers or investors.



Marie-Piers Barsalou * Lisa Rozon *

1.450.577.0272 1.450.525.5472



Fontainebleau, QC  |  $1,825,000  |  MLS 8614453

Westmount, QC  |  $1,495,000  |  MLS 8578245

A privileged environment & ideal location in Fontainebleau! Architectural jewel, exquisite

Charming, bright Westmount residence! Elegant and detailed woodwork throughout plus

detail & elegance. This prestigious residence features huge entertaining areas on ground floor,

large, beautiful French Bay windows. This home is ideal for a dynamic family as it is situated

4 bedrooms on 2nd floor, a basement with an impressive wine cellar, an office & a workout

near private schools, Murray Hill Park and all amenities.

room. The backyard will take your breath away with its stellar pool & patio.

KARINE DOCHE* & NAYLA SALEH* 1.514.677.6244



E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. *Real Estate Broker, **Certified Real Estate Broker. Canadian Owned & Operated. Real estate agency.

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Ultra-Luxurious Toronto Home

Living at the Ritz – Residence 3303

29 Bernard Avenue, Toronto, ON  |  $4,249,000  |  MLS C2216824

Toronto, ON  |  $1,425,000

Truly a masterpiece ! This is one of the most ultra-luxurious houses in Toronto. Situated in

Glamorous 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms with spectacular city views. Direct elevator access

prime Yorkville on a sunny south lot this house maximizes the play of light throughout the

offers impeccable hotel services, world-class spa/fitness centre, underground ‘PATH’ and

home. State-of-the-art eco friendly features including geothermal heat and cooling, solar

transit system. 10 ft. ceilings, chef ’s kitchen, 8 appliances, fireplace and parking. www.

panels and two green roofs. Virtual tour at

David Dunkelman *

Lisa-Marie Doorey *




City Semi

1399 Progreston Road, Carlisle, ON  |  $894,500  |  MLS 2029639

414 Wellesley, Toronto, ON  |  $888,000  |  MLS C2182990

Located on over 2 acres in quaint Village of Carlisle, 35 minutes west of Toronto Airport,

Beautifully appointed 3 bedroom semi, minutes to the city centre in the Cabbagetown

downtown. Approximately 3,300 sq.ft., 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Barn, paddock, 1,500

area of Toronto. Huge park system around corner, great neighbourhood for downtown

sq.ft. outbuilding. Wrap around porch with sunken hot tub. 4 fireplaces and sauna. New


main floor games/family room with private master quarters above.



graham connaughton** 1.647.500.3798

*Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.

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Prime Davisville Village

Luxurious Lawrence Park North

315 Manor Road, Toronto, ON  |  $819,000

Bedford Park Avenue, Toronto ON  |  $1,765,000

This delightful detached 3 bedroom home sits nestled on a south facing lot. It has been updated

Builder’s own family home, superb construction and finishes, gorgeous French Provincial design

and has a main floor family room addition, along with a lowered and tiled basement ready for

with soaring ceilings and amazing detailing. Perfect for the executive family or for downsizing.

your finishing touches. It also features a detached garage and front pad parking and is within

Double car garage where parking is premium. Steps to the subway, shops and finest schools in

walking distance to the shops and bistro’s on Bayview Ave. and Mt. Pleasant.


Gordon Nye * & Jennifer Stanley *  1.416.960.9995

Yonge & Summerhill

contemporary Waterfront

109 Walker Avenue, Toronto, ON  | 

201 Brophys Lane, Georgia Bay, ON  |  $4,950,000  |  MLS X2200594

Delightful semi detached Victorian, with 3rd floor master retreat extraordinary high

Located in Canada’s premier four seasons outdoor playground, set on one of the largest bodies

ceilings, exposed brick wall and wood burning fireplace. Open plan living dining room,

of fresh water in the world spectacular Georgian Bay. This Frank Lloyd inspired residence offers

looking onto exquisite private south facing garden. Rare 2 car detached garage. Walk to

tranquility, seclusion and modernity. Located a few minutes from ski hills, shops and golf.

subway, restaurants, shops, LCBO and bike/walking trails

alex pino fri**  1.416.825.9748  veronica lord fri**  1.416.505.3911 *Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.

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A Wine Connoisseur’s Taste

Yorkville Sophistication

13 Bernard Avenue, Toronto, ON  |  $3,995,000  |  MLS C2191205

80 Yorkville, Toronto, ON  |  $6,880,888  |  MLS C2161993

Nestled in the best parts of both Yorkville & the Annex, this home exudes sophisticated charm.

Epitome of luxury in the heart of Yorkville, Toronto. This 3,800 sq.ft., 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom,

This heritage home has been completely re-created with uncompromising attention to detail.

library and family room suite was custom finished by one of Toronto’s premiere home builders.

Wine collectors will appreciate the state-of-the-art, 5,000 bottle wine cellar, with a tasting

Upgraded througout with marble floors and the finest mill work. 24 hr. concierge and valet

room inspired by chateaus in Burgundy. 3 stories with over 4,000 sq.ft. of the best furnishings.

parking for residents and visitors.

james burtnick**  andy taylor**  1.416.960.9995

The Residences of The Ritz Carlton

Living It Up At The Ritz

4501-183 Wellington Street, Toronto ON  |  $2,695,000  |  MLS C2182117

3406-183 Wellington Street, Toronto, ON  |  $2,469,000  |  MLS C2219166

Cosy, home-like and inviting- Hardly the usual accolades applied to a luxurious, high-in-the-sky

Elegance. Sophistication. Luxury. You can have it all. Live high in the sky in the centre of

condo with marble floors, stunning bathrooms and the very latest up-to-the-minute appliances.

downtown. Marvel at the city-spanning views. Stunning by day. Glittering pulse-racing excitement

But this home exudes an extra something that can’t be built-in - a warm and welcoming

at night. Over 2,100 sq.ft. of the finest finishings, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a gourmet


kitchen perfect for dinner parties. This is so much more than a home - it is a way of life.

james burtnick**  andy taylor**  1.416.960.9995 *Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.

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rosedale executive

glamorous and sophisticated

15 Whitehall Road, Toronto, ON  |  $2,495,000  |  MLS C2207612

24 Summerhill Avenue, Toronto, ON  |  $2,200,00  |  MLS C2213283

Fabulous space for entertaining and casual family living. 5,000 sq.ft., including dramatic foyer,

This midtown residence features a comprehensive renovation, with ultra-luxe finishes. Bright,

entertainment-sized principal rooms, main floor family room, and large bedrooms, including a

open-concept main floor with family room and outstanding Scavolini kitchen. 4 bedrooms,

huge master suite with sitting area. Finished lower level features a walkout to a multi-level deck

including a sublime third-floor master retreat. Large deck and deep, private garden. Steps to

and south garden. Built-in garage and private drive.

Yonge Street shops, dining and the subway.

Christian Vermast *, Paul Maranger**, Fran Bennett *  1.416.960.9995

fashionable and fabulous

rich in heritage

36 Oriole Road, Toronto, ON  |  $1,895,000  |  MLS C2202367

6 Maple Avenue, Toronto, ON  |  $1,495,000  |  MLS C2217702

This chic Yonge/St. Clair home is a showcase for cutting-edge home decor. Fully renovated, the

A stately and elegant South Rosedale residence, offering 3,000+ sq.ft. on 3 finished levels, and

gracefully-proportioned residence offers a total of 3,600 sq.ft. of carefree living space, as well as

awaiting your architect’s or designer’s creative ideas. The main floor features soaring ceilings and

a beautifully landscaped garden. Quiet street, close to shops, services, restaurants, subway and

spacious, light-filled formal living and dining rooms. 2 huge bedrooms on the second floor and 3

top-tier private and public schools.

bedrooms on the third. Rare four-car garage.

Christian Vermast *, Paul Maranger**, Fran Bennett *  1.416.960.9995 *Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.

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Majestic & Picturesque

Tuscan Inspired Elegance

1441 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON  |  $6,990,000  |  MLS 2032566

1409 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON  |  $5,890,000  |  MLS 2032772

Majestic gated 2 acre estate 30 minutes from Toronto. Truly picturesque grounds featuring

Magnificent 1.4 acre gated estate, fully restored in a rare blend of architectural refinement and

tennis/basketball court, salt water pool, hot tub, waterfall, outdoor fireplace, and cabana with

warmth of family atmosphere. The property boasts a heritage carriage house, stables, exterior

bar. Over 10,000 sq.ft. of outstanding living space with striking views of the property from

fireplace, a detached car coach house and in-ground pool with extensive stone patio. Inside the

every window. 5 gracious bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 2 garages.

home is a fabulous combination of sophistication and family friendly amenities.

wendy saunders *, kim saxton *, & ruth anne winter**  1.888.413.0184

A perfect family home

Georgian Style Charm

180 Cavendish Court, Oakville, ON  |  $1,995,000  |  MLS 2035032

1178 Carey Road, Oakville, ON  |  $1,495,000  |  MLS 2035735

Beautifully renovated from top to bottom, this 4+1 bedroom home is located on a quiet street

Executive 2 storey home well located on a desirable court in east Oakville and within walking

surrounded by lush mature gardens. An elegant modern kitchen with new appliances awaits

distance to several wonderful schools. Featuring a spectacular 108.37’ x 136.75’ lot with

your culinary skills. The finished lower level with recreation/media room, 5th bedroom, office,

towering trees and separately fenced in-ground pool. This home boats spacious principal room,

3-pc bath and a walk-out to back garden is perfect for entertaining.

large eat-in kitchen, 3 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a fully finished lower level.

wendy saunders *, kim saxton *, & ruth anne winter**  1.888.413.0184 *Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.

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Superb contemporary residence

Casual Elegance

298 Four Mile Creek Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON  |  $599,900

169 John Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON  |  $849,000  |  MLS 20146054

This seamlessly integrated home located in the picturesque St. David’s bench offers views of

A walled courtyard welcomes you to the front entrance. Once inside, a large foyer leads to

pristine organic vineyards in the heart of Niagara’s Wine Country. This sleek modern retreat is

the greatroom with a massive fireplace and cathedral ceilings. The kitchen is every chef ’s

easily accessible to or from Toronto and offers an ideal setting for entertaining friends or simply

dream with an abundance of cupboards, wonderful large work surfaces, another fireplace

relaxing in front of the fire.

and plenty of room to seat family and friends.

Liesa Lepp *


Patricia Atherton *


the allison house

A Niagara Heritage Story

40 Platoff Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON  |  $1,750,000  |  MLS 20140480

16052 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON | $2,950,000 | MLS 20146697

This splendid property which began its life as Niagara-on-the-Lake’s original public school, has

Circa 1821, this fully restored home on the Niagara River Parkway, with producing orchard

been transformed into a home that is the essence of comfort. The home is complimented with

and vineyard, rests within a secluded woodland environment on 28 acres. The grace of a

a successful 6 bedroom inn. The grounds are lush with a traditional English garden crowned by

bygone era is captured upon driving up the 350 metre tree lined drive, canopied by the

a Victorian gazebo that provides the perfect vantage point in this oasis to enjoy the tranquility.

age old limbs.

glenn brazeau *

nancy brazeau *



*Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.

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160 Speed Island Trail, Cambridge, ON  |  $1,350,000  |  MLS X2187177

3000 Limestone Road, Campbellville, ON  |  $1,199,000  |  MLS W2209928

Unique opportunity to own 2.7 acres alongside Speed River. This charming 4 bedroom, 4

Gorgeous Cape Cod home on 2 spectacular acres, quality maple kitchen with granite counter

bathroom home has 2 master bedrooms and large spacious rooms. Enjoy the panoramic

and slate floor, great room with vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace, multi walkout to stunning

views from every window and many upgrades including; windows, flooring, furnace, roof and

yard which will take your breath away, hot tub, inground pool, bunkie, fire pit and sensational

professionally finished basement.

pond with waterfall.

Cheryl Dorricott *


Cheryl Dorricott *




110 Ontario Street, Cobourg, ON  |  $1,300,000  |  MLS X2210906

34 Park Avenue, Cambridge, ON  |  $649,900

Restored 6,000 sq.ft. 19 century mansion on the shore of Lake Ontario. 5 bedrooms, 7

This grand home (circa 1890) in the heritage district overlooks a park and the Grand River.

bathrooms, formal living & dining rooms and huge kitchen. Sweeping veranda overlooks majestic

Walking distance to downtown, schools, the library, and the farmers’ market. Many original

trees and swimming pool. Detached triple garage with loft.

features preserved including staircase, trims, grand ceiling heights and barn as double garage. 5


Peter Strachan * Trina Milnes *

1.905.723.9831 1.905.723.9830

bedrooms including main floor master, large eat-in kitchen, inground pool and screened-in porch.

Nancy Robertson *

1.905 845 8908

*Sales Representative. **Broker. E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage. Canadian Owned & Operated.



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Where to find the architects, designers, products and manufacturers in this issue

DESIGNPHILE On the Edge pp. 10-11 Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), Yabu Pushelberg, Bennett Design Associates Inc., pp. 12 II BY IV Design Associates, MartensGroup Licensed Interior Design Studio,

p. 30 Canvas (upper landing), Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat,, p. 31 Armchairs, Eames, Nude and Mirror, Tom Wesselmann, p. 33 Hanging lights, Frédéric Méchiche

Robust Reds p. 13 2006 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Miguel Torres, 2007 Tenuta Di Castelgiocondo Lamaione,

p. 34 Hare on Ball and Claw, Barry Flanagan,, artists/flanagan Chairs, Frédéric Méchiche for Hugonet.

Grande Dame p. 14 The Drake Hotel,

p. 35

Packing Style p. 15 Topas Stealth, Rimowa,


Winter’s Tales pp. 15-16 Houses 2, Princeton Architectural Press, Hot Art, Douglas & McIntyre, The Submission, HarperCollins Canada, Fred Herzog, Douglas & McIntyre, A Quiet Winner p. 16 LEAF, Nissan,

FROM THE GROUND UP From Abstract to Concrete pp. 18-21 Acre Architects,

INTERIOR DESIGN Gallery Chic pp. 24-35 Interior design by Frédéric Méchiche, 4 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris, France 011 33 1 42 78 78 28 pp. 28-29 Dining room table and chairs, Frédéric Méchiche Artwork (from left), Robert Rauschenberg,; Gerhard Richter,; Frank Stella,

Range hood, Angelo Po,

Mies Then and Now pp. 36-49 Interior design by Eric Ceputis Design, Suite architect: Anthony Hurtig, Anthony Hurtig Architect, pp. 38-40 Curved white sofa, Vladimir Kagan, Giò Ponti daybed, Art Basel Miami Beach, Marble coffee table by Angelo Mangiarotti, Casati Gallery,, Ottoman by Maarten Baas, Moss Gallery,, Ottomon upholstery by Claudy Jongstra, Small corner tables, Arts 220 Gallery, Painting, Markus Oehlen, Gerhardsen Gerner (gallery), Carpet, Ruckstuhl, Sofa cushions by Hella Jongerius for Maharam,, p. 41 Dining table by Konstantin Grcic, Green ladder light by Dan Friedman, Magen H. Gallery,, Wall-mounted cabinet by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé, Ceramic vessel by Marcello Fantoni, Wright,, Eames screen, Pendant light by Ingo Maurer, Pink Panton dining chairs by Vitra, Artwork, Jonathan Meese, Saatchi Gallery,

p. 42 Charles Sofa by Antonio Citterio, B&B Italia, Luminaire,, Vintage coffee table by Joe D’Urso for Knoll, at Wright,, Elda lounge chair by Joe Colombo, Carbon Chair by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders, produced by Moooi, Luminaire,,, Paintings (over Carbon Chair, and over table), Mark Bradford, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (gallery), Dining table by Angelo Mangiarotti, Casati Gallery, Floor lamp by Vico Magistretti for Knoll, Casati Gallery,, p. 43 Sofa, Luminaire, Papa Bear Chairs by Hans Wegner, danish-furniture. com/designers/hans-wegner Coffee table by Arik Levy, Tubular steel table, Arts 220 Gallery, Rug by Claudy Jongstra, Stainless-steel fire orb by Douglas Garofalo, Prints, Ed Ruscha, p. 44 Bed, at Luminaire, Mart chair by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, Luminaire,, Bed linens, Calvin Klein, p. 45 Cabinetry, Bulthaup, Stools, Luminaire, Light fixture by Ingo Maurer, Bowls and orange plastic vases by, Enzo Mari for Danese, Moss Gallery, p. 46 Red chair by Octagon Group, through Wright, Sconces, Dupla by Ron Rezek, Artemide, Faucets, Vola by Arne Jacobsen,

Builder: Landscape architect: Michael Boucher, Land enhancement specialist: Jason Easton, Chippers Inc., Stonework: Knight Ide, Olde World Masonry, Structural engineer: Harris Structural Engineering, p. 54 Dining table, Jean Nouvel, Sofa, Flexform, Coffee table, Yves Klein, Kitchen, Bulthaup, Kitchen light, Pierre ou Paul by Ingo Maurer, Desk chairs, Paulistano by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Doors and windows, Duratherm, Lighting design, Ljusarkitektur AB, Neon work, Noble and Webster, artists/noble_webster.htm p. 58 Bed, Tokyo by Porro, Tub, bath fixtures, .25 by Waterworks,

THE ORGANIZED LIFE Behind Closet Doors pp. 60-65 Simply Closets, Jennifer Worts Design, Downsview Kitchens and Fine Custom Cabinetry; Yorkville Design Centre,

GRACE NOTE Stick Figure p. 98 National Gallery of Canada, Roxy Paine, James Cohan Gallery,

ARCHITECTURE Rural Roots pp. 50-59 Architecture by Rick Joy Architects Ltd., Architecture team: Rick Joy, Dale Rush, Claudia Valent, Madeline Gradillas, Philipp Neher, Nicolas Norero, Louise Girling, Hubert d’Autremont, James Barnfield,

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Stick figure Photograph by Gayle Kennedy


t stands a full 100 feet tall, one spindly trunk bereft of not only its leaves but also its branches—solid enough at its hefty base but dwindling to an impossible wisp that disappears into thin air at its height. Crafted from rolled sheet metal and stainless steel, it could be the very antithesis of its bucolic setting on the tree-dotted Nepean Point, behind the National Gallery of Canada. Yet, even on the frosty grey day in December when this photograph was taken, its majesty invites pause and reflection. One Hundred Foot Line was created by New York artist Roxy Paine and is the tallest in his series of tree sculptures, called Dendroids, which explores humanity’s impact on the natural world; other pieces in the series reside in galleries in Sweden, Spain and at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Installed one year ago, the work stands overlooking the Ottawa River, once a conduit for the lumber trade of the 19th century. It’s a fraught past that the monument recalls to visitors: the logging industry irrevocably changed the landscape, yet it was an essential part of Canada’s social and economic growth, and it brought into being a place called Bytown—later to be renamed Ottawa. —Carolyn Kennedy

One Hundred Foot Line, by Roxy Paine, is formed of stainless steel cylinders welded together. It stands without visible supports; its 5,216-kg weight is braced on a buried 10-cu.-ft. concrete slab.



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