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A MINDFUL HOME RENOVATION IN NORTH VANCOUVER
This ecologically respectful renovation is more of an upcycle
NATIONAL KITCHEN & BATH ASSOCIATION ‘BEST TRANSFORMATION’ AWARD WINNERS
WELCOME TO OUR RENOVATION ISSUE
First and Foremost
Fiona Forbes shares her fashion and beauty desires
Best Kitchen Transformation 2018 by Madeleine Sloback, Madeleine Design Group and Rain City Renovations
Best Bathroom Transformation 2018 by Victoria McKenny, Enviable Designs
DEBBIE TRAVIS’S TRIFECTA OF DESIGN DÉCOR
A bathroom fit for Hollywood royalty
A CLASSIC MID-CENTURY MODERN WEST VANCOUVER RENOVATION
Classic Palm Springs cool by Kendall Ansell Interiors
Legendary lingerie designer Christine Morton
A sneak peak at Westbank’s Oakridge micro-city redevelopment
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VERRE: AN OASIS IN THE CITY OF GLASS
Vancouver’s latest Coal Harbour dining hotspot
EXPLORING THE SUNSHINE STATE’S UNDERSTATED DESTINATIONS
Jupiter Beach: a planet of its own
Bal Harbour’s beaches and shops
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ROLLS-ROYCE’S NEW DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
One-on-one with Rolls-Royce Motorcars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös
My Favourite Room CTV’S ANN LUU’S OLYMPIC VILLAGE LOFT RENOVATION
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WELCOME TO OUR RENOVATION ISSUE s p r i n g i s o n t h e h o r i z o n ! If you’re like me, you’ve already made some serious headway with spring-cleaning with Marie Kondo and the KonMarie Method. I know my home has never been so organized! With springtime also comes the itch to renovate your home. We have some amazing renovations to show you, from Kendall Ansell Interior’s mid-century modern residence to a fully upcycled ecological Mindful Home, to some of NKBA’s 2018 transformation award winners. We truly have some great renovation ideas to inspire you to update your space! On our cover, you’ll find British-Canadian style guru, television personality and entrepreneur Debbie Travis’s stunning bathroom renovation in her 19th-century townhouse in Wandsworth, London. With an elegant freestanding tub and gorgeous fixtures, plus a smiling Sophia Loren, we couldn’t resist putting this image front and centre on the cover of this issue! Epicure columnist Chris Dagenais takes us on a mouth-watering tour of Coal Harbour’s new French-Mediterranean epicurean adventure “Verre,” Fred Lee keeps us in the know of what’s happening around town and our own Managing
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Editor Amanda Stutt brings us her interview with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös and his thoughts on Roll’s new luxury SUV, the Cullinan. We’ll also get to know the woman behind West Vancouver’s celebrity-favoured intimates, designer Christine Morton, plus we get a peek inside CTV’s Ann Luu’s favourite room. We hope you enjoy!
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Contributors LAURA GOLDSTEIN DESIGN Laura was an arts publicist and writer in Toronto for 22 years before moving to Vancouver. She’s a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail's design section, Westcoast Homes & Design and Canadian House & Home. A highlight of her career was covering the Royal Tour in Vancouver in 2016. lauragoldsteinwriter.com CHRIS DAGENAIS EPICURE Chris Dagenais served as a manager for several restaurants downtown and on the North Shore. A selfdescribed wine fanatic, he earned his sommelier diploma in 2001. Chris has been writing his weekly restaurant review column (called The Dish) for the North Shore News since 2013, and is Vancouver Living’s Epicure columnist.
BIANCA SOLTERBECK HOME Bianca Solterbeck has spent the last decade working in entertainment and lifestyle television for Shaw TV Vancouver, cutting her teeth as the Olympic reporter in the lead-up to the 2010 Games. The Leo Awardnominated writer is best known for producing, writing and hosting the luxury real estate series, Dream Homes, which ran for three seasons across Western Canada. In her spare time, the Carleton University grad and boat nerd can be found enjoying the West Coast from the water. @biancasolterbeck
FRED LEE ON THE TOWN A society columnist for the past 15 years, Fred covers Metro Vancouver’s vibrant and everchanging social landscape. The social butterfly joins Stephen Quinn every Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition to share all of Vanhattan’s A-list happenings, red carpet parties, must-attend galas and fabulous fundraisers. When not gala-vanting or globetrotting, Fred is the director of alumni engagement at the University of British Columbia, among other philanthropic roles. @fredabouttown
NATASHA DALY TRAVEL Natasha Daly is an Okanaganbased travel, wine, and food writer, as well as an award-winning screenwriter. A former Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant and flight attendant, Natasha continues to be inspired to travel the world, bringing her experiences to readers. With a passion for storytelling through film, Natasha can often be found tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop working on her newest screenplay, indulging in the drama of creating. Hoping to add her voice to the growing number of strong female writers emerging in film today, Natasha is excited to see what the future holds as her films make their way through film festivals world wide.
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INFLUENCER: CHRISTINE MORTON RENOWNED, VANCOUVER-BASED CHRISTINE LINGERIE CELEBRATES 45 YEARS OF CLASSIC DESIGN STORY | LAURA GOLDSTEIN
eminiscing through stacks of old photo albums in her Vancouver showroom, multi-award-winning lingerie designer Christine Morton smiles at the exaggerated poses of models with signature big ’80s hair in magazine and newspaper ads for Christine Lingerie. “It was a bit naughty, advertising lingerie on real models back then,”
shares Morton, “but I wasn’t afraid to take risks.” The risks paid off. Over the years, celebrity devotees of her brand have included Meghan
Markle, the late Elizabeth Taylor, Debra Messing, Chrissy Teigen, Oprah, Jane Fonda, Catherine Zeta Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow. gerie manufactured in Canada. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Morton began her business in the ’70s from the basement of her West Vancouver home. As orders increased, so did her need for production space, and she moved studios over the years, but she always invested in the talent
and loyalty of local seamstresses. She collected antique lace from France and Switzerland, and
confides that she has always loved the sumptuous feel of 100 per cent silk on the body. When femme fatales murmured “let me slip into something more comfortable” in many of the classic films that marked the Golden Age of Hollywood, Morton took note. “I was really inspired by the glamour of film stars like Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert and Lauren Bacall of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s,” she says. Ironically, Bacall would later order the Coco Silk Pajamas from Christine Lingerie in the late ’90s. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
CHRISTINE LINGERIE FOUNDER CHRISTINE MORTON
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It all began when Morton realized there was an untapped niche for a brand of high-end lin-
MORTONâ€™S EXQUISITE SILK KOMONOS WERE FRONT AND CENTRE AT A FASHION STATEMENT AT THE FAIRMONT PACIFIC RIM, HOSTED BY WESTBANK
FIRST AND FOREMOST I n t h e e a r l y d a y s , M o r t o n d e c i d e d t o t a k e h e r collection to New York. “The buyer for Henri Bendel thought they were international and exotic coming from Canada,” she remembers. Her pieces wound up in displays in Bendel windows. Today, Morton does trade shows twice a year in New York, sells through Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom online and is already at work on designs for a new Spa Collection to be launched in 2020. Morton was also instrumental in popularizing a comeback of the silk “Teddy,” the all-in-one camisole and knickers invented in the ’20s and a precursor of the modern bodysuit. When costume designers from television and film came calling – specifically for the leading ladies of hits like Dynasty and Dallas in the ’80s, more celebrity clientele followed. As models floated down the runway recently at A Fashion Statement, sponsored by Westbank and presented by Fairmont Pacific Rim Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards, many of Morton’s exquisite silk kimonos, caftans and chemises effortlessly doubled as cocktail dresses. Morton adores colour and often juxtaposes tapestries of flora and fauna with intricate geometric borders on hems and sleeves. From the smouldering burgundy jewel tones of her Fabergé Collection in silk and iridescent devoré velvet, to Spring 2019’s Camille Collection in sunset hues of pink, blue and purple that appear to melt into swirls of abstract florals, women look like walking works of art. “Helping women feel beautiful at any age has always been ABOVE: SMOULDERING BURGUNDY JEWEL TONES CHARACTERIZE THE FABERGÉ COLLECTION RIGHT: SUNSET HUES OF PINK, BLUE AND PURPLE CHARACTERIZE THE CAMILLE COLLECTION
most important to me as a designer,” says Morton as she tosses swathes of billowy grey silk over a cutting room table. Morton is also a champion for extending opportunities to women facing challenges. In 1983, Morton met Alina Chang, who had just arrived in Canada from Laos in 1983 on a refugee boat as thousands fled Southeast Asia. “I discovered (Chang) was a skilled seamstress with a sharp eye for details 35 years ago and since then other members of her family have joined the company to build an amazing production team, that Alina now heads up,” Morton shares. Morton also has a deep commitment to children she sponsors through Food For the Hungry, a Christian non-profit organization opportunity to engage with five sibling refugees from Rwanda who
were sponsored by her church years ago, and her family remains
close with them still. “My employees are like family to me...family is so important to me,” says the mother of three. “My involvement with these charities brings me so much joy and I learn so much – not just about different cultures, but about human beings.” FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
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WESTBANK’S VISION FOR THE OAKRIDGE CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
A FUTURISTIC VISION OAKRIDGE CENTRE 2025 – ‘A MICRO-CITY’
STORY | LAURA GOLDSTEIN
n Steven Sp iel b e rg’s
thril l e r
Minority Report starring Tom Cruise and set in the year 2054, self-driving flying cars speed past contorted condos, and inside a sterile shopping centre, talking billboards call out to indifferent consumers, their names gleaned through eyeball recognition at the check-out counters.
Futuristic film dystopias aside, it’s the cultural component
of bringing diverse people together in a connected community that’s at the heart of Westbank’s $5 billion Oakridge Centre redevelopment. “It’s not a mall; I don’t even think of it as a shopping centre,” says lead architect, Gregory Henriques of the 4.5-million-squarefoot project. “I think of it as a micro-city. It’s a little piece of new urbanism that integrates a 10-acre park, housing, retail, offices, residences,
cultural facilities and civic amenities.”
DESIGNER PIERO LISSIONI AND DEVELOPER IAN GILLESPIE
FIRST AND FOREMOST
W i t h m o r e t h a n a d e c a d e i n t h e e x h au s t i v e
Gillespie is adamant that public art and culture must go
planning stages, the highly collaborative project, to be
hand-in-hand with sustainable urban development.
constructed over 28 acres, is divided amongst 50 local and international firms and includes Henriquez Partners
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shopping centre,” says Gillespie.
Architects Vancouver as lead, QuadReal Property Group,
“We are creating a cultural hub that has to be meaningful.
Ian Gillespie’s Westbank Development and Masamichi
The Goh Ballet is going to open a new practice at Oakridge
Katayama’s Tokyo-based interior design firm, Wonderwall.
Centre that will triple the size of the school. A 3,000-seat
The imaginative landscaping will be created by Vancouver’s
concert venue will create an incredible music scene and a
fantastic 100,000-square-foot community centre with fit-
Ground breaking commences this year, with construc-
ness facilities, the second biggest (VPL) library in Vancouver
tion in phases culminating in the largest development in
on its second floor, and community event space, as well as a
Vancouver’s history when it opens in 2025.
second municipal town centre, are all in the works,” Gillespie
Heralded for his innovative Vancouver architectural
“This isn’t just grafting some residential on top of a
explained at a preview of the project.
partnerships with “starchitects” Bjarke Ingels (Vancouver
Originally constructed in 1959 for a growing suburban
House) and Kengo Kuma (1550 Alberni), hotel collaboration
population surrounding the Cambie Corridor, the new incar-
with James KM Cheng (Fairmont Pacific Rim), develop-
nation of Oakridge Centre is unparalleled in its scope. Four
ment of TELUS Garden and the reimagining of the iconic
curvaceous buildings containing 2,600 homes for 6,000
Woodward’s, (both with Henriquez Partners Architects) Ian
residents will have pre-manufactured sculptural pod-like
ARTIST RENDITION OF CONDOMINIUM AT OAKRIDGE RE-DEVELOPMENT
balconies attached to the facade by a transparent wrapped scrim or veil. From Italy to Vancouver: Imagine a sleek, open-concept condo with luxurious appliances like Miele stainless-steel cooktops and built-in wall ovens with Apple-controlled Smart HomeKit technology. Designed by celebrated Italian designer, Piero Lissioni, Building 4, the largest of the residential towers at Oakridge Centre has occupants gazing out of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the spectacular 10-acre park that is actually the rooftop of the indoor retail space below. With a click of a button, a sliding horizontal panel by Boffi hides appliances (and kitchen mess) away when guests arrive. Building 3, designed by Sergio Castiglia, pays homage to the natural beauty of Vancouver’s forests and mountains. Stone and marble walls accented by wooden panels immediately imbue a feeling of calm and serenity. “I believe that more than convenience, people are looking for a meaningful experience,” says Oakridge Centre’s interior designer Masamichi Katayama, through a translator. “For me, the joy of the retail experience in the future means learning new things, and food brings people together. I want to create an entire environment where the future, technology and nature all come together.” “The Kitchen” is the title for the futuristic food hall inside Oakridge Centre that transforms every stereotype we may have of a traditional food court. Reminiscent of Amsterdam’s Foodhallen or Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, the 100,000-square-foot dining space over two levels will feature ever-changing cuisine from both aspiring and established chefs. And of course, what is The Kitchen in Vancouver without a brew pub? Glassed-in beer vats flanking escalators from the mezzanine on the main level will lead to a 32,000-square-foot Craft Beer Market with garage-style doors opening onto an outdoor patio. Indoor retail space for the planned Oakridge Centre will double in size to one million square feet. Working with existing and new tenants, a pedestrian-only high street will LIVINGMAG.CA
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With projected tourism numbers of 26-million shoppers annually, Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre 2025 will be measured as a futuristic model on the world stage for progressive living.
FUTURISTIC VISIONS OF THE OAKRIDGE MICRO CITY
FIRST AND FOREMOST
On the Town
BRIGHT LIGHTS Big galas in the city by Pacific Autism Family Network, Canadian Liver Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and Chinatown Foundation.
PACIFIC AUTISM FAMILY NETWORK’S LAUNCH HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
comprised of children with autism,
Gala at the Hotel Vancouver. As
donations rained down on the seasonal
usual, the annual event recognized
Sergio and Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia
soiree, ultimately raising $719,000 for
benefactors, liver specialists and those
kicked off the holiday season in style
the network’s integrated hub facility in
affected by liver disease. The Stephens
at their second annual LAUNCH
family, owners of Nature’s Path Organic
Holiday Luncheon at JW Parq Marriott.
1 Pacific Autism Family Network’s
Foods, shared their journey with 700
A thousand attendees made it to the
Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia welcomed
attendees. Arran Stephens, founder
power lunch to support the couple’s
actress Holly Robinson Peete and her
and president, was in need of a liver
Pacific Autism Family Network, a
son R.J. 2 Burnaby firefighter Dave
transplant. His daughter Gurdeep was
charity dedicated to helping thousands
Samson accompanied his wife Jill Krop,
a perfect match. Not wanting to put his
of individuals and families living with
who emceed the luncheon attended by
young daughter’s life at risk, he refused
autism across B.C. In addition to raising
a thousand supporters. 3 Vancouver
her offer. When no liver was available
funds, awards were handed out to firms
Police chief constable Adam Palmer
and time was running out, Arran
hailed for their inclusive measures
and VanCity CEO Tamara Vrooman
accepted his daughter’s gift of life.
to support individuals on the autism
were honored for the firm’s inclusive
Their story opened hearts as well as
spectrum. Hosted by Global TV’s Jill
measures to support individuals on the
wallets. Before the final song was
Krop, the program included a message
played, foundation treasurer Canon
from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, remarks by Lt. Gov. Janet Austin and a
Fung announced more than $735,000 was raised to fund groundbreaking
keynote from 21 Jump Street TV series
CANADIAN LIVER FOUNDATION’S LIVE RIGHT GALA
star Holly Robinson Peete and her
Drs. Francis Ho and Charles Scudamore,
4 Global News anchor Anne Drewa
autistic son R.J. Following their remarks
Emily Lin and Winnie Yen fronted the
emceed Monica Chui’s 15th annual
and a performance by the Mayday Choir,
Canadian Liver Foundation’s LiveRight
LiveRight Gala at the Fairmont Hotel
Vancouver. 5 The Stephens Family –
the party’s 32 years has the dinner and
over the once-vibrant neighbourhood.
Pascal Courty, Gurdeep, Arran and
auction reached the $4 million mark.
Lee, a UBC and Harvard grad, and
Ratana. 6 Chairs Emily Lin and Winnie
7 Committee members Diane Norton,
daughter of celebrated developer and
Yen were all smiles following the
Arya Eshghi and Tracey Wade. 8 Crystal
philanthropist Bob Lee, has been the
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$735,000 raised to fund groundbreaking
Ball chair Jennifer Johnson and husband
force fighting development in the storied
research for individuals affected by
Scott Warren. 9 Emcee Chris Gailus
district. In addition to her advocacy, Lee
thanked Ginny Dennehy for sharing her
has opened Chinatown Barbecue and
personal story of love and loss.
Chinatown Vintage thrift shop. She will
Bacchanalia Gala Enjoy a grape escape at the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s signature soiree. A multi-course, winepaired royal repast benefiting Bard on the Beach. vanwinefest.ca
BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S CRYSTAL BALL
soon reopen the iconic eatery Foo’s Ho Ho, and 58 West Hastings, a much-
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s
CHINATOWN FOUNDATION’S CHINATOWN GALA
annual Crystal Ball was another sparkler.
Carole Taylor and Sam Feldman
the Downtown Eastside.
Led by chair Jennifer Johnston, the
joined efforts to revitalize Chinatown
10 Carol Lee and her sister Leslie
black-tie affair attracted 400 guests
by chairing Carol Lee’s Chinatown
sparkplugged the Chinatown Gala and
to the Four Seasons Hotel and raised
Foundation Gala. The third staging
fundraising efforts to revitalize the
$4 million, up from the $2.8 million
saw 700 supporters – industry and
neighbourhood. 11 Talent agent Sam
Johnston steered at her coming out
community leaders, along with newly
Feldman and former B.C. finance minister
party last year. The Beedie-sponsored
elected Vancouver mayor Kennedy
Carole Taylor chaired the third annual
event was buoyed by a royal repast,
Stewart – make their way to the
Chinatown Gala at the Hotel Vancouver.
spirited live auction and heartfelt stories
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for the
12 Joy MacPhail, Vicki Gabereau
of love and loss. Donations ranging from
extravagant multi-course Chinese
and Sarah McLachlan were among
$1,000-to $250,000 flooded into the
dinner and auction. Over $1.1 million
supporters at the Chinatown Foundation
landmark haul; only the second time in
was raised to support efforts to make
dinner and auction.
needed social housing complex on
March 8 The Kidney Gala The Kidney Foundation presents an evening of inspiration in support of kidney patients and leading research. kidney.ca
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AN ECOLOGICALLY MINDFUL HOME STORY | GENEVIÈVE NOËL, DESIGNER, MINDFUL HOMES PHOTOGRAPHY | DANY LAVOIE
THE EXPANSIVE GREAT ROOM INCORPORATES THE KITCHEN, DINING AND LIVING SPACES.
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LEFT AND ABOVE: A STUNNING JUXTAPOSITION: THE BEFORE AND AFTER EXTERIORS OF THIS MINDFUL HOME NORTH VANCOUVER RENOVATION RIGHT: SLEEK GREY MARBLE COUNTERTOPS AND WALLS SET AGAINST SMOOTH AMBER-HUED HARDWOOD FLOORS AND CABINETS CREATE A STRIKING COLOUR CONTRAST BETWEEN COOL AND WARM THROUGHOUT THE HOME
BEFORE DESIGNER NARRATIVE:
u r g o a l w a s t o c r e a t e a n
Inside, we removed walls to create an expansive
urban homestead in North Vancouver
great room, incorporating kitchen, living and dining
to raise our family and prototype a
spaces, anchored by the wood fireplace and island.
mindful, post-carbon lifestyle.
A large sliding-glass door connects to a three-tiered
Although the 1960s bi-level we purchased was in
cedar deck for indoor-outdoor living and a massive
rough shape aesthetically, the structure was good, so
view. We chose natural local materials – Douglas fir
the first decision was to gut and “upcycle” it, rather
and west coast wave marble – for their warmth and
than demolish it and start from scratch. This diverted
authenticity, organized in a clean, uncluttered aesthetic.
tons of waste from the landfill, shaved months off
Connecting to the larger ecosystem was a high
the construction schedule and saved a significant
priority and so we made numerous moves to regen-
amount of money.
erate biodiversity on our lot. In the backyard we
Keeping the same small footprint, we compre-
installed a bio-filtered pond to harvest rainwater from
hensively redesigned the exterior, transforming a
the roof and provide habitat for plants, fish, birds and
very traditional single-family home with atypical
amphibians. The backyard is planted with “bee turf,” a
materials to bring out a simple, essential yet unex-
grass alternative that incorporates many species of
flowering ground cover for pollinators.
“ALTHOUGH THE 1960S BI-LEVEL WE PURCHASED WAS IN ROUGH SHAPE AESTHETICALLY, THE STRUCTURE WAS GOOD, SO THE FIRST DECISION WAS TO GUT AND ‘UPCYCLE’ IT...”
While the backyard was designed to be an oasis of natural calm amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, the front yard, with its abundant sunlight and orientation to the street, is our food garden, incorporating over 500 square feet of raised beds. The garden provides us with local organic food, and brings a regular fresh-air element to our lifestyle and an opportunity to interact with our neighbours. The front and back doors are protected by canopies we designed with green roofs to host native plant communities. The front-door canopy is also home to our beehive, placed strategically to oversee LIVINGMAG.CA
the garden but out of reach of the black bears that sometimes stop by. To optimize our goal to prototype a post-carbon lifestyle, we removed the gas service to the house and replaced the gas furnace with an air-to-air heat pump. On the roof we installed 5.77kW of photovoltaics, which provide 50 per cent of our yearly consumption and help charge our electric car.
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A STRIKING BALANCE A CLEAN, REFRESHING CABINET WHITEWASH WITH NEW COPPER LIGHTING ACCENTS COMPLEMENTS A MORE TRADITIONAL COLOUR SCHEME
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reserving the integrity of this 1920s character
home while creating a beautiful and inviting entertaining space was the ultimate goal for this project. The original layout included a structural wall that separated
the kitchen and dining room, making the space feel closed-off and disjointed. By removing this wall and adding windows in the kitchen,
we were able to brighten up the space and create a large, functional kitchen and open dining nook. The large piece of lumber seen sitting above the dining nook is a family heirloom that was requested to be incorporated into the design. This piece was complemented with a custom exposed-fir beam and reclaimed fir shelves. The “wow” factor in this kitchen and the design feature that is hard to miss is the royal blue La Cornue CornuFé range and tiled feature wall. The tile feature wall pulls colours from the range and wood accents, tying everything together. Our vision to maintain the integrity
us to create a timeless and
classic white kitchen with loads
of character. Details such as the crystal chandelier, antiqued copper mini-pendants, copper
accents and cabinet hardware make this a cosy, classic kitchen.
A DARK-TONED, TRADITIONAL FIREPLACE SET AGAINST CLEAN, WHITE MODERN FRAMING PROVIDES ANOTHER STRIKING COLOUR CONTRAST
• Open up the space to create unity between the kitchen and dining spaces • Create larger kitchen overall and an ideal entertaining space • Preserve the integrity of the 1920s character home CHALLENGES
• Structural wall that separated the kitchen and dining room • Designing within space and workflow limitations • Closed off and disjointed spaces • Incorporating a piece of lumber that is a family heirloom • Adding extra windows to let natural light filter in • Creating a connected kitchen and dining nook
TOP: THE COSY BREAKFAST NOOK ADJACENT TO THE KITCHEN
ABOVE: AN INTRICATELY DETAILED, ARTISTIC MOSAIC CHARACTERIZES THESE KITCHEN TILINGS
• Designing a white, classic kitchen for a timeless look while adding character with unique elements HIGHLIGHTS
• A show-stopping royal blue CornuFé range with a “wow” factor accent tile backsplash • Antique copper accents throughout in the mini-pendants and cabinet hardware to tie into CornuFé details • Custom exposed-fir beam and hood fan to tie in with the heirloom lumber above the dining nook
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SOAK THIS IN
REDESIGN BREATHES ENTIRELY NEW LIFE INTO THIS OUTDATED BATHROOM SPACE STORY | VICTORIA MCKENNEY, ENVIABLE DESIGNS PHOTOGRAPHY | TRACEY AYTON
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h e c li e n t ’ s h ous e was one that was well loved for years but was clearly in need of a re-fresh that focused on a cleaner and tai-
lored aesthetic. The master ensuite was outdated, with materials such as striped wallpaper, oak cabinets and bare-bulb light fixtures, and there was a lack of storage and organization. With an enormous tub that was taking up much of the room, we began the design process with space planning. To create a sense of space, without removing any walls, we relocated the L-shaped double vanity against the back wall. This allowed us to create a centre storage unit for decorative items and a lower bank of drawers, creating his and hers areas. Inside the cabinet, we customized the storage for amenities such as hair styling utensils with built-in power.
A DARKER, OUTDATED MASTER ENSUITE IS TRANSFORMED BY COLOUR, LIGHTING AND REDESIGN
A free-standing tub created much more floor space and allowed us to design a stunning marble mosaic inlay. The toilet was also moved and we added a pony wall for some privacy. The shower remained in the same location but we were able to add a partial glass wall and a built-in bench. Using a palette of white, grey, champagne and polished nickel, the overall feel is light. The marble tile in the shower with accent mosaic strips adds a new layer and ties in beautifully with the floor inlay.
We used a mirror behind the open display
cabinets to reflect light and add interest for the client’s collections. The transitional style matches the
home’s traditional architecture, but also modernizes and brightens the space completely.
THIS SHOWER STALL WITH INTERIOR SEATING IS A REVITALIZING SETTING TO START A NEW DAY
“USING A PALETTE OF WHITE, GREY, CHAMPAGNE AND POLISHED NICKEL, THE OVERALL FEEL IS LIGHT.”
• To create a new floor plan that added storage and display room while using updated materials to modernize the look CHALLENGES
• Without moving any walls or windows, we needed to reconfigure the space to make a “larger” room with extra storage SOLUTIONS
• We reconfigured the layout with the vanity location, toilet location and added a freestanding tub to free up floor space • New upper cabinetry added storage while a pop-up TV opposite the tub gave the client display space and TV HIGHLIGHTS
• The custom millwork in a grey tone sets the stage for a serene space as does the intricate mosaic tile floors
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KISSED BY HOLLYWOOD
A DIVINE BATHROOM RENOVATION BY DEBBIE TRAVIS
THIS SOAKER TUB IS THE DESIGNERâ€™S FAVOURITE PLACE TO END THE DAY.
STORY | LYDIA MCNUTT
HE SECRET BEHIND
every great interior is infusing the space with what you really love. This is what makes a home unique, and truly “yours.” It is also the design philosophy behind the work of BritishCanadian style guru, television personality and entrepreneur Debbie Travis. The self-taught decorator recently renovated a bathroom in her own historic 19th-century townhouse located in Wandsworth, London. One of the last rooms to be completed in the historic home, the master bathroom posed a real challenge: how to bring spa-style luxury to a cramped space? “A successful bathroom makeover, when it comes down to it, is about how it makes you feel. “While I love to bathe, it was important to include a luxurious shower area, too. The way it turned out...is it is a gorgeous place to start the day. But LIVINGMAG.CA
even better, it is an incredible place to end the day, soaking in this tub with a glass of champagne,” Travis said. Bubbly aside, here are a few of Travis’s favourite elements that make this bathroom makeover worth toasting.
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he first thing you’ll notice when you walk into any great bathroom is an EXCEPTIONAL BATHTUB. It’s got to be beautiful yet practical, and proportion
is an important factor to both criteria. For her small bathroom, Travis was captured by the Victoria + Albert sculptural Mozzano 2 freestanding tub. “It worked perfectly because it’s not too high, it’s not too long, and it has this incredible organic shape,” Travis says. The freestanding piece also came out on top in the space-efficient category, freeing up valuable wall and floor area, and creating the illusion of openness in the small space.
What makes this bathroom really stand out is the ARTWORK. While Travis usually goes wild with colour, this time she played it cool with a larger-than-life black-and-white Sophia Loren canvas – an instant focal point. “There's something about this image,” Travis says. “I think it’s her smile.” Travis had this adored image enlarged and printed onto a durable canvas. Aside from being beautiful, the greyscale palette of the image provides the perfect backdrop to make the bright white DESIGNER DEBBIE TRAVIS
bathtub really “pop.”
And because good things come in threes, rounding out the trifecta of Travis’s favourite elements is what she refers to as the "jewels of the bathroom" – the HARDWARE. She selected the Victoria + Albert Tubo 21 wall-mounted tub mixer and the Tubo 20 shower modern, minimal profiles, which are complemented by a LIVINGMAG.CA
high-polished chrome finish, adding sparkle and drama
to the space. Good design can’t be made in haste. “Don’t rush the job,” says Travis of tackling a renovation. “Play with that space over and over again, until you get the image that you want.” FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
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ENTERTAINING FRESH CONCEPTS INNOVATIVE USE OF SPACE AND SHELVING UPDATES THIS
CLASSIC MID-CENTURY MODERN WEST VANCOUVER HOME
FAR LEFT: THE KITCHEN IS THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME
h i s W e s t V a n c o u v e r h o m e i s a n o r i g i n a l , classic mid-century modern design from the inside out, straight to the pool, which in itself is a nod to the iconic Palm Springs vibe. The 2018 Rabbit Lane renovation design lead was Kendall Ansell, founder of Kendall Ansell Interiors, and the challenge was to take this beauty of a property, which had a traditional interior in need of a refresh, to the next level of modernity. Small areas of the home had
been updated, but the main living area is what most needed an overhaul. “We wanted the owner to start thinking about how the inside of the home could match the outside. That
was the thinking behind the redesign,” Ansell remembers. “It was definitely needed, this renovation, and we wanted to do something really different.”
ABOVE AND LEFT: A SEATING AREA RE-DESIGN CREATES A CONVERSATION AREA CENTRED AROUND THE POOL TABLE
STORY | AMANDA STUTT
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The homeowners have lived in the home for over 20 years, love entertaining family and friends, and are advocates of colour and character. Ansell took these factors into consideration during the renovation planning phase. Knowing there is an abundance of entertaining at the home, Ansell’s goal was to make the main area feel like an indoor-outdoor space. This home is U-shaped, with the kitchen at the centre – the heartbeat. “The design direction was [simply] that they wanted what we could come up with that was creative and fun,” Ansell says. “There were a few unknown factors, but we wanted the space to be cohesive and still have that mid-century vibe.” The main space especially needed new seating and lounging designs to facilitate a conversational area near the pool table — a LIVINGMAG.CA
central hub of entertaining activity. The pool
table is the prominent feature in the area, so central that the room becomes a mainstage for billiard room decor. It’s almost as if strolling into the space is an invite to shoot a game of pool, and true FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
entertainers know that the game invokes the spirit of camaraderie, and sparks conversation. The wood tile flooring in the billiard area was installed by Vancouver’s Stone Tile, and light pendants with recycled cardboard come from Graypants Lighting. Recessed lighting marks the main interior, and LED strip lighting illuminates the new modular shelving units. Modular shelving units can be key to renovating spaces — they are in essence attractive, open storage units, they can serve as displays cases and be reconfigured to suit any occasion. From showcasing an art collection, travel finds or holiday decorations, to having the units serve as an impromptu place to rest or refresh a glass when it’s time to shoot during a pool game, the modular shelves are designed to change with the occasion.
the modular shelving is her way to show off treasures,” Ansell says. And treasures, especially travel treasures, are meant to be shown-off, and sometimes just need some renovation design creativity to find a worthy showcase.
LEFT: SEATING AREA DESIGNED FOR CONVERSATION TOP: THE HOME’S EXTERIOR POOL HAS A RELAXED VIBE, SET AGAINST LUSH GREENERY
“The great thing about modular shelving is you can really change it up. For this homeowner,
ABOVE: THE MODULAR SHELVING IN THE MAIN AREA SERVES AS A SHOWCASE DISPLAY FOR THE OWNERS’ TRAVEL TREASURES
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VERRE EXECUTIVE CHEF AND CO-OWNER LIAM BREEN RIGHT: BEEF TARTARE WITH TOAST POINTS
EPICUREAN OASIS THE CITY OF GLASS GETS A NEW CULINARY REDESIGN WITH VERRE STORY | CHRIS DAGENAIS
t reads like utopian fiction: a modern city with global roots, nestled between snow-capped mountains and lapping oceanic waves. On approach, its signature slate sky is at once absorbed and reflected back by towering glass edifices, symbolic testaments to the cityâ€™s status as a place of reflection, a sanctuary in which a deep reverence for the nature that surrounds
it is at all times mirrored by its local culture. Compact but deceptively profound, Vancouver is the jewel box of
the West Coast, containing an untold wealth of storied heirlooms and hidden gems. How can a business possibly capture this identity, one that is made even more ethereal by its rapid evolution from youthful oasis to worldly urban centre? Verre has approached the challenge head on, renovating and redesigning a Coal Harbour space to emulate the aesthetic of what homegrown artist and novelist Douglas Coupland once called our City of Glass. Verre, the French word for glass, is a microcosm of iconic Vancouver design, heavy on minimalist â€“ transparent and reflective materials grounded and warmed through by earth-toned leather accents and splashes of copper and bronze. At the same time, a conversation-fostering,
and-white tiled flooring offer a fond nod to the European influence that most informs the menu: France.
marble bar and black-
IMAGES BY VERRE RESTAURANT
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a corner room at the northernmost foot of Denman, was once home to the second incarnation of the famed Crime Lab. At the fore of the restaurant’s dramatic redesign, which culminated in time for a December 2018 opening, was Vancouver-based firm Fusion Projects, a group that also counts among its clients Sony Pictures ImageWorks, Hootsuite, Cadillac Fairview and commercial real estate giant Colliers International. Verre executive chef and co-owner Liam Breen, a Vancouverite fresh off an extended international culinary sojourn that had him working with industry luminaries like Marco Pierre White, explains that in addition to its affectionate tip of the hat to Vancouver’s City of Glass moniker, his new restaurant’s design supports the jewel box metaphor as well, serving as an elegantly appointed showcase for local treasures and global traditions. Chef Breen’s menu trades on a similarly dichotomous currency, interpreting local raw goods within the language of classic French technique. A launch menu offering of Scallop Crudo was presented in comforting autumnal tones; a Spanish paprika-infused olive oil with a piquant polyphenol kick provided the colourful foundation for impossibly succulent rounds of raw scallop lifted by a zucchini and basil puree. Another inaugural dish featured slow-braised Sakura Pork Saddle, a criminally overlooked cut with unmatched depth of flavour, served here with a dollop of velvety celeriac and pear emulsion, earthy, crispy kale, and fragrant juniper jus. Seated at the bar next to the glass-ensconced wine cellar that is home to some 300 selections of principally European provenance, and protected from the relentless winter rain, it was hard to imagine willing myself back outside once I had drained my cocktail, a bourbon-forward drink with marasca cherry liqueur and chocolatey xocolatl mole bitters. However, just beyond Verre’s front windows lies a 25-seat, Seawallfacing heated patio that I am certain will be prime dining real estate for Coal Harbour in the sunnier months ahead. I was interested to learn from Chef Breen that he had helmed a kitchen at the 5-star luxury Conrad Hotel in Dubai. I can see the
dishes, but also, thankfully, a grounded approachability from his classic
training and local roots. I believe this sort of duality is a key to success in our still-nascent dining market. Visiting the room on a darkening evening, confronted by glowing table-top candles illuminating expansive marina-facing windows, I got the sense that this space has finally found its true expression. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
IMAGES BY VERRE RESTAURANT
influence of this high-end experience in the immaculate plating of his
FAR LEFT: VERRE RESTAURANTâ€™S RENOVATED INTERIOR LEFT: GRILLED PORK SADDLE WITH CRISPY KALE
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FLORIDA IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ICONIC TOURIST DESTINATIONS. WHAT MAKES THE SUNSHINE STATE A STANDOUT IS THAT BOTH TRAVELLERS AND SUN-SEEKING SNOWBIRDS ALIKE FLOCK THERE REPEATEDLY EVERY WINTER, AND STAY THE SEASON TO ESCAPE THE CHILL OF THE NORTH. FOR WESTERNERS, THE DESTINATION IS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH A QUICK TRANSIT AT AN EASTERN HUB, AND THE WARMTH OF THE SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY, BEACHES, CULTURE, CUISINE, AND ARCHITECTURE
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JUPITER BEACH: A PLANET OF ITS OWN THIS OCEAN-FRONT TOWN IS A LAID-BACK ALTERNATIVE TO BUSY SOUTH MIAMI BEACHES
LEFT: THE POOL, BAR AND SAUNA AREA AT JUPITER BEACH RESORT & SPA BELOW: TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE MARKS THE EXTERIOR OF JUPITER BEACH RESORT & SPA, ONE THE OPAL COLLECTION’S FLORIDA PROPERTIES
STORY | AMANDA STUTT
lorida isn’t so much a place where one goes to reinvent oneself, as it is a place where one goes if one no longer wished to be found.” So said Douglas Coupland, one of Canada’s most visible artists. Coupland succinctly
rizes the phenomenon of retired snowbirds from the U.S. and Canada alike flocking each year to spend winter days lit by the perpetual sunlight of America’s southernmost state. About 90 minutes north of Miami, nestled along the largest stretch of secluded beach in Palm Beach County, lies the sleepy ocean-front town of Jupiter, one of this iconic escape state’s hidden treasures. and cuisine and a slightly milder climate make this an attractive alternative to the intense crowds and pulsating heat of
south Miami beaches.
JUPITER BEACH RESORT AND SPA
Laid-back, relaxed luxury, the lure of the southern culture
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ABOVE AND ABOVE RIGHT: BEACH-FRONT DINING, AND AN OCEAN-FRONT SUITE AT JUPITER BEACH RESORT & SPA BELOW AND BELOW RIGHT: THE WINE CELLAR IN THE MAIN DINING ROOM, EXTERIOR DINING AT THE BISTRO AREA
adorning the lobbies, lounges and interior suites.
an opportunity to admire the local art-deco archi-
t i o n for haven-seekers: the majority of the
Jupiter’s restaurants embody old-world
tecture of the waterfront residences and spot
residents of this town are non-native, and its real
charm — and local comfort foods like crab
local wildlife, such as pelicans, sea turtles and
estate market is still developing, making it both
cakes, grouper and southern fried chicken are
the mysterious, endangered native manatee.
a potential residential haven for retirees, and a
served at tiki-torch lit tables on the outdoor ter-
burgeoning go-to spot for tourists looking for a
race overlooking the beach.
quiet beach holiday. Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, one of the
town’s preeminent properties, is located on a pris-
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is equipped with bicycles, and a leisurely ride along the the
The pool and lounge are characterized by white and blue hues, a nod to the perfect, tiny puffy clouds that dot the skyline above the grounds.
beach boardwalk is the perfect lead-in to an afternoon siesta. Lying by the pool listening to a live early-eve-
ning performance by local artists at Jupiter
dunes dot the shores, and gentle morning yoga
courses include Abacoa Golf Club, North Palm
Beach Resort & Spa, the tide lapping gently at
on the beach at sunrise, led by on-site meditation
Beach Country Club and Jonathan’s Landing.
the nearby shore and the sunset colouring the
tine strip of the south Atlantic coast. Natural sand
Pontiki Cruises offers a perfect way to
sky deep pink, is the perfect spot to eat cake
The resort’s architecture is marked by tra-
explore the Atlantic intercoastal waterways with
by the ocean, lost in relaxation, and nowhere to
dition, with rich mahogany wood and marble
its afternoon boat sailings. The excursion is also
experts, is an experience not to be missed.
JUPITER BEACH RESORT & SPA
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BAL HARBOUR: FIVE-STAR SHOPPING
A JEWEL IN SOUTH FLORIDA’S LUXURY TRAVEL CROWN
STORY | NATASHA DALY
a l H a r b o u r i s a h i d d e n g e m a m o n g s t F l o r i d a ’ s l i s t o f luxury travel destinations, and an international luxury shopping destination. Situated in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, Bal Harbour is located on the northern-most tip of Barrier Island, home to the famed Miami Beach. The area distances its visitors from the chaos of the big city and envelops them in soothing white sand beaches that meet clear turquoise waters, elegant accommodations, world-class shopping, art and culture, and culinary delights.
THE RITZ-CARLTON RESORT, BAL HARBOUR, ON THE NORTHERN-MOST TIP OF BARRIER ISLAND.
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THE BAL HARBOUR SHOPS, AN INTERNATIONAL SHOPPING DESTINATION
OCEAN FRONT SUITE, ST. REGIS HOTEL, BAL HARBOUR
THE ST. REGIS HOTEL
sabering is performed every evening to welcome
original pieces including paintings, photography
Entering the Bal Harbour St. Regis Hotel is like
new guests. The ritual dates back to the era
and sculptures. With art as a key focus in its
stepping into a world of opulent elegance. The
of Napoleon, who was known for opening his
design, this extravagant hotel has a gallery-like
Grand Hall, adorned with oversized chandeliers
champagne with a saber in both times of victory
feel and a new piece to discover at every turn.
glistening off of mirrored walls, leads to lavishly
and defeat. It is said he did this to celebrate
The 124 guest suites reflect the artistic influ-
decorated suites, each one with an ocean view.
another day lived and the opportunity to see
ence of the hotel. In addition to the masterpieces
The St. Regis offers enough culinary diversity
what tomorrow would bring. Witness the art of
gracing the walls, the Ritz-Carlton also houses
that guests have no trouble finding something
sabrage in the St. Regis Bar each evening, when
the 10,000-square-foot waterfront Exhale spa
to suit individual tastes. Atlantikos restaurant,
it comes to life as the sun sets, with live music
and fitness studio featuring tranquil spa treat-
with its crisp whites and bold blues reminiscent
and a sophisticated yet playful atmosphere.
ment rooms with ocean views. The Slow Flow
of the Greek Islands, features incredible seafood
Travelling to recharge and relax? The five-
massage is Exhale’s signature treatment and is
creations. If you're in the mood for a chocolate
star, 14,000-square-foot Reméde Spa offers
the perfect balance of pressure and movement
shake and burger à la 1950s diner, you’ll feel like
locally inspired treatments like the Bal Harbour
to help energize the body and release tension.
a time traveller at BH Burger Bar. Old-fashioned
24-Karat Designer Facial, as well as a variety of
On the main floor of the hotel, the new
gourmet burgers and franks, along with a
massage options and customizable spa treat-
Artisan Beach House Restaurant overlooks the
generous offering of craft beers and a vintage
ments. After a morning at the spa, the beach
waterfront, where diners can savour both the
atmosphere will make you feel like donning a
villas are the perfect place to sneak in some
cuisine and the breathtaking view. The soulful
poodle skirt and combing back your hair into a
sunbathing and relaxation. The St. Regis butlers
creations by Chef Paula DaSilva explore a vast
high ponytail. Have a sweet tooth? Indulge your-
ensure that your time in the villa is as carefree
array of flavour combinations that will surprise
self at La Gourmandise, an authentic French
dip pools offer a quiet escape from the busy
patisserie offering decadent desserts. Steeped in tradition, The St. Regis Bal
The Ritz-Carlton’s cabanas with private
Harbour has practiced the champagne-sabering
beaches. If you’re after a day of pool lounging,
ritual since John Jacob Astor IV opened his first
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour is sure to impress
the Pool Bar & Grill serves a list of signature
St. Regis Hotel in New York in the early 1900s.
even the most avid art enthusiast with its 3.5-mil-
drinks and plates perfect for sunny weather.
At each St. Regis property around the globe, a
lion-dollar art collection, featuring over 400
The Ritz-Carlton has executed their vision of
A unique piece can tell yours.
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blending urban sophistication and relaxed, casual elegance with ease. Situated in a central location, guests have the freedom to explore all the Bal Harbour Village has to offer.
THE BAL HARBOUR SHOPS One could be forgiven for mistaking Bal Harbour Shops for the halls of a five-star hotel. Tucked away under the shade of palm trees and lined with fabulous fountains, Bal Harbour Shops is the most luxurious shopping centre in the United States, and is planning a multi-million-dollar expansion. Top luxury retailers bring the latest in high-end fashion trends by the most elite designers, from Rolex
ed-edition merchandise found only in this world-renowned shopping district. As the worldâ€™s most profitable shopping destination, Bal Harbour Shops boasts more revenue per square foot than any other retail hotspot across the globe. Since opening in 1965, the open-air district has had 100 per cent occupancy for decades and maintains a lengthy wait list of hopeful retailers. One of the few family-owned malls left in North America, the Whitman familyâ€™s attention to detail and passion for the property has created a feeling of extravagance that is second to none. Take note, Rodeo Drive!
Choo. Many of the prestigious shops offer exclusive, limit-
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ST. REGIS, RITZ-CARLTON AND BAL HARBOUR SHOPS
and Roberto Cavalli to Versace, Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy
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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH STORY | AMANDA STUTT
early in mechanical lessons when his first car, an older model Austin Mini, had him examining the mechanics under the hood during a few roadside breakdowns.
Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, understands
the technologies under the proverbial hood, how an engine works, and, suited to his role, is a self-professed compulsory “car nut.” Since Müller-Ötvös took the helm at Rolls-Royce in 2010, the company has seen a 400 per cent increase in sales, and in 2018, it celebrated its best year of sales in its 115-year history. The year saw some heavy investments in the Canadian market; Rolls-Royce opened its first stand-alone retail outlet in Canada in
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June, on Vancouver’s Burrard Street.
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“WHEN YOU LOOK BACK IN THE HISTORY OF ROLLS-ROYCE, YEARS AGO, YOU SEE LAWRENCE OF ARABIA DRIVING THROUGH ARABIAN DESERTS IN AN ARMOURED SILVER GHOST.”
TORSTEN MÜLLER-OTVÖS, CEO, ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS
“V a n c o u v e r h a s s e e n q u i t e a n i n c r e d i b l e s u r g e
Müller-Ötvös pointed out the rough, tough terrain is what the brand
when it comes to ultra-high net-worth individuals, and many people
has been used to in its history.
are driving this. The market has developed extremely well for us [over]
“I think it’s been an even better fitting car for the Canadian market – it’s
the last three or four years,” Müller-Ötvös said at the time. “Canada has
the right territory for a 4X4. Some places don’t have perfect roads, and for
become a cornerstone of our North American strategy and a big part of
that reason it’s a perfect fit here [with] weather conditions.” elling air suspension and electronically controlled dampers front and
Cullinan, a new luxury SUV. This was a bold new move for Rolls-Royce –
rear. The SUV epitomizes luxury vehicle architecture, fitted with a stereo
launching into the SUV market, which has been a challenge for other luxury
camera integrated into the front windscreen that scans the road ahead
brands, but according to Müller-Ötvös it was, in essence, a return to the
and adjusts the suspension proactively to optimize ride quality.
brand’s history. “It is, for us, quite a departure – a major departure from the brand.
[But] one important thing many don’t know about, is when you look back
The Cullinan uses a double-wishbone front axle, is fitted with self-lev-
In December 2018, Rolls-Royce launched a surprising new product, the
Müller-Ötvös said the company took their time on the project – six years, to be exact, and that order intake for the Cullinan is already “mind-boggling.” The first deliveries happened in late 2018.
in the history of Rolls-Royce, years ago, you see Lawrence of Arabia
“We took our time because our clear projection was, when we entered
driving through Arabian deserts in an armoured silver Ghost – that was a
the market, we entered the market as the Rolls-Royce of SUV’s,” Müller-
Ötvös said, adding that the Cullinan has an “old limousine” feel.
100 years ago, Rolls-Royce’s models were popular on the Maharaja desert terrain in India, and in the outbacks in Australia and South Africa. The name Cullinan translates to “diamond in the rough,” and while the Canadian climate is far from that of the Arabian desert,
Maintaining traditional marketing models, Rolls-Royce eschewed the trend of virtual reality showcasing when introducing the model to market. “We are true believers in showing the real thing,” Müller-Ötvös said. [With cars], you need to touch, to see, to smell, and feel.”
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OLYMPIC VILLAGE LOFT RENO BRINGS BRICKS FROM THE WINDY CITY
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is cosy and chic, rain or shine. Luu, with her husband Mike Rumsby, took on an ambitious renovation to preserve the heritage feel of their converted loft, while mixing in a modern
aesthetic. It is home sweet home to the couple and their two Boston terriers, Ramsay and Nitro. “We renovated our whole place after we bought it. Mike had a vision for our favou-
ANN LUU, MIKE RUMSBY, RAMSAY AND NITRO
rite space, the living room… it needed a brick wall! He has an eye for the big picture, while I like to focus on the details. Our loft was built on top of the old Maynard’s sourced reclaimed brick from Chicago and the wall makes the space. The floor-toceiling windows bring the outside indoors. The dogs and I cuddle on the couch and watch the seasons change. We hung bistro lights around our patio and they set the
mood, especially on winter nights when we lose light so early. While we are happy
with our place, no renovation is without a few hurdles. The hanging chair under the staircase presented a challenge because we had to ensure the staircase could support its weight. Luckily, my crafty husband rigged up weight-lifting tensor bars and voila, it can hold up to 500 pounds. Ramsay and Nitro hang out in the chair together, so it is a hit with our whole family!” –As told to Bianca Solterbeck FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019
PORTRAIT: THE PET SHOP BOYS, TOP IMAGE: DANIEL P. BLOCH
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