A magnificent view of downtown Montreal serves as the focus in this bright, warm loft-style apartment by interior designer René Desjardins.
The initial space consisted of a large unit assembled from two penthouses. The result is a family home that takes the form of a great rectangle spanning across the full length of the building, with full-height windows that provide an exceptional amount of natural light.
The apartment comprises two zones. On one side, the shared areas: the living room, dining room and kitchen as well as a living area/home theatre; and on the other, the private quarters of the client and his son.
The high ceilings were lowered slightly to accommodate lighting fixtures and conceal the electrical controls for the window coverings. Sheets of fabric combining natural fibres with threads of stainless steel, completely invisible when raised, descend from the ceiling at the touch of a button. In order to maintain the spirit of a loft, the structural columns were simply sanded and painted in the same shades and finishes as the walls.
In the large main room, a great interior wall of white oak stained with a charcoal grey forms a perfect backdrop, maximising the sense of space and turning the focus to the spectacular view and contemporary furniture.
With its countertops of charcoal granite quartz and generous dining room table, the kitchen is functional yet bold. At the other end of the room, couches finished in walnut, cotton and linen are an open invitation to conversation.
The bedroom of the client is in a rotunda facing due east. The suite includes two walk-in closets and a master bath, with heated white Calacatta marble floors.
The son’s quarters are in the style of a boutique hotel. Mostly charcoal, due to the alcove of the bed and the woodwork on the ample storage units, the room has linen curtains and opaque window coverings that can be closed to provide total darkness. These quarters also have a walk-in closet and a bathroom.
Through its clean design, a range of natural hues and many architectural details, the apartment is a great success. Here is a home that speaks of calm and comfort, whilst showcasing the continually changing city beyond.
For more information: www.rdesjardins.com