pied-à-terre is a compact condo on Toronto’s densely populated busy Downtown Toronto Bloor St. corridor, designed for a Hong Kong couple who visit their children studying in Canada on holidays.
Surrounded by a chic downtown shopping & fine dining neighbourhood, & confined in a tight 900 sq.ft. shell, the design responds to the urban conditions through a series of simple, custom design features & moves.
Custom white oak walls and panels enclose & define the entry and dining areas and lead into the main living space which flows freely from dining to kitchen to family lounge. A custom solid oak table is supported on oil rubbed bronze legs and is framed by a bench designed of oak, bronze and leather. The bench flows seamlessly and morphs into a vertical display unit, made of oak, mirror and framed and trimmed sporadically in bronze. The unit becomes a composition in itself and is the main feature of the pied-à-terre.
The kitchen is a tight gauntlet plan flanked in a white palette of Calacatta marble walls and counters. Intense Venetian blue marble walls drape the narrow bathrooms in an explosion of colour blending rich blue, grey & white vein branches & fissures. Original watercolour artwork by Berlin Based artist Marc Bowditch adds an urban intensity in some moments, and introspective calm in others.