In my career as a designer I’ve had an eclectic portfolio of clients from Lords to pro athletes, with spaces ranging from basement apartments to sprawling estates. When professional hypnotist, Asad Mecci, asked me to makeover his dated bachelor pad, I knew I had a new contender for the most obscure.
This 850 square foot loft, in Toronto’s historic converted Merchandise building although dripping with true loft details like concrete ceilings and industrial fittings, was otherwise stuck in the 1990s. The homeowner a performer who spends 50% of his time in the Caribbean each month is as comfortable in a hotel suite as he is at home. When approaching the design style for his own home he very much wanted to create the kind of clean uncluttered elegance you find in better hotels. He also had me watch a few episodes of Mad Man and HBO’s series Master’s of Sex both dripping with midcentury modern distinctly masculine style.
We started by stripping out all of the telltale loft materials of decades past, like the maple flooring, cherry cabinets and smoked glass dividers. A new hardwearing warm but dark wood laminate flooring grounded the space and allowed a strong base for our new palette of rich deep wood, shades of grey and warm white. Pulling the wood onto the fireplace, wrapping all sides in ¼” sheets, stained to match the floor, then flanking both sides with floating bookshelves. As avid reader, we needed a library of sorts, but with this open concept the negative space was as important as the shelves themselves. With that I created book benches, installed low 18” off the floor the majority of his books run creating a lovely band of colour and texture with the bonus of being within reach of the new vintage sitting chair which rests in front.
The kitchen, in perfect condition was ideal for painting. I had the bank of uppers raised to tidy the lines of the kitchen then sent the doors out to be sprayed medium warm grey. New Lee Valley Tools deco cabinet pulls reminiscent of a gentleman’s’ cufflink finished them off. The dark granite counter was swapped for a light bright white composite from Granite Transformations with under mount sink from Blanco. Finally an almost hypnotic fluid glass backsplash was installed in an irregular pattern, dry stacked to keep it tight and contemporary. An IKEA butcher block counter was cut and fabricated in a parsons style for the island and Husky garage storage units slip below adding a fun homage to the raw loft itself.
Dark bronze lighting from DVI, black dining table and charcoal grey sectional sofa add a deep warmth and needed contrast to the warm white used through the space on the walls. The north facing bank of windows was casually dressed with simple cheese cloth, providing the perfectly imperfect softness and creating the most lovely diffused light through the day.
The resulting space, is as polished as it is comfortable. The perfect place for my busy client to take leave in his own hotel style suite at home.