Houzz Tour: Iconic Design Accents in a Contemporary Canadian Loft
Furniture classics from the 50s and 60s mix with cool concrete and white walls to create the perfect backdrop for entertaining in style
Designer Stephane Chamard
Location Ontario, Canada
Size 1,600 square feet (149 square meters); 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Stephane says that when his client purchased the loft home, which is in a former office building, it was a large, open concrete space, save for the bathroom. He designed walls that enclose two bedrooms. The private quarters are up front and run against one wall. The public spaces – the living room, dining room and kitchen – are at the back of the home in an open, window-lined space.
When possible, Stephane selected original vintage pieces to furnish the home. The sofa seen here is new, but the armchairs, lamps and coffee table were around at the time the mythical Draper was launching his ad agency career.
Stephane says he often chooses multiple lamps to light a space, because he prefers the moody look of lamplight and because they bring the illumination to a human level.
One request from the client: no carpet. ‘He loves to have people over for drinks,’ the designer says. ‘I think it is a maintenance issue. It’s much easier to wipe up a concrete floor than a carpet.’
Sofa, Roche Bobois. Armchairs, vintage Womb chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.
Chairs, vintage Cherner. Table, vintage Knoll. Pendant light, LZF.
Discover more about the Cherner chair
Here you can see that the bedroom walls don’t go to the ceiling. Because the client lives here by himself, he doesn’t have the privacy concerns of a family or someone who has a lot of overnight guests. The wall allows the spaces to share natural light.
A vintage Victor Vasarely print – the artist who helped put grooviness into the Mad Men era – sets the design tone.
A collage of Bruce Weber’s fashion photography is a placeholder until the perfect piece of art can be found.
Shelves, Lack from Ikea
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