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Issue 3-4, 2020: The Reno Issue

Did you miss us? After you-know-what forced us to abandon our summer issue, we’re ecstatic that we’re back in print. And really, what better time is there for it? After all, who hasn’t looked around their home recently and thought, “Maybe I ought to change things up.” Plus, a little escapism doesn’t hurt, either. Inside, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, with radically renovated homes by Reigo & Bauer, the design-build gurus at Ben Homes, the audacious AAmp Studio and upstart firm SOCA Architecture, plus features on show-stopping kitchen makeovers, what’s new in bathroom design and sustainable flooring, and so much more!

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2 min.
from lockdown to love

Weird, eh? COVID, I mean. Sheltering-in-place, ordering everything in, the unnerving social interactions. The pandemic put a halt to our New Builds Issue, and it’s been eight months since we last connected. Man, are we glad to be back, full of fresh insight on and fervour for “home.” Technically, Designlines is a shelter magazine, a periodical with a focus on interior design. A “shelter” provides temporary protection. “Home,” on the other hand, is a Designlines mainstay; it is defined as a place where we live permanently, as a member of a household. That word, though, is also impersonal. I thought about this a lot during the enforced time off: how do we so easily commodify houses? Has our nonchalance changed during the pandemic? What will “home” mean moving forward? And most importantly,…

1 min.
one thing

Before you hire a woodworker, do your research. A background check would be smart, not for anything nefarious, of course, but to carefully consider their artistic past. See, many times, woodworkers supplement their earnings with, well, run-of-the-mill millwork jobs, building traditional cabinets and standard shelving units when they’d much rather be crafting contemporary furnishings. If you ask the right questions, your experience with a woodworker – and the resultant project – can exceed expectations. Take this commission Nicholas Hamilton Holmes recently completed, for example. The Hamilton-based artisan was hired to reimagine a focal wall in a home office where a tired fireplace with a heavily moulded taupe surround stood. The easiest solution: replace this with a simplified version. But, with it being one of the first things guests encounter upon entry,…

1 min.
the dl

A Good Look for New Looks Home makeover takeaways from a facelift specialist Clinics need not look clinical, and Rejuuv Medi Spa’s newest outpost is proof. In lieu of out-of-date magazines and dingy plastic chairs, Trevor Wallace, principal of Reflect Architecture, crafted a look befitting a boutique – one with a pair of design ideas that are easier to apply at home than they look. And, situated on a highly visible stretch in Yorkville, it’s an easy spot to stroll by, peer into and see for yourself. The back wall would stand out first. What looks like a sheer expanse of rose quartz is actually a series of large-format printed porcelain tiles from Ciot – a lighter, lower-cost option. The second idea is overhead. The wrinkled effect on the ceiling follows the contours…

1 min.
the latest made-in-to wares

1 Sorted Jamie Wolfond’s 2x2 paper organizer is pure business – and aptly named. Two sheets of metal are folded, soldered and stacked, making for an efficient means to declutter home offices. $160, at Casson Hardware 2 Space Case The Jupiter console is all about the legs. Sand-cast in solid bronze, their organic curves give the impression that it doesn’t stand, but rather floats. The Jupiter low table and desk follow suit. Pricing available upon request, at Stacklab 3 Stickball Why so serious? With a hand-blown glass diffuser mounted on oak, walnut or ashveneered fibreboard, Lauren Reed’s Ball on Plank is a fun way to inject some light into any space. $1300, at Lauren Reed photo of Rejuuv by RILEY SNELLING; portrait by ALESSANDRO CANCIAN…

1 min.
positive step

MARB-ELOUS The porcelain slabs of ABK’s Sensi Up collection mimic the dappled shades of genuine marble. Made with a minimum of 40 per cent recycled material, they include a hint of green, too. From $16.50/sf, at SS Tiles and Stone RECYCLED COUTURE From a familyowned mill in Northern Portugal, Casa Cubista picks up the fashion industry’s castoffs, weaving recycled threads into plush reversible rugs. Available in four sizes. From $125, at Saudade HARDWOOD REDUX Provenza’s Alter collection recreates the splits, knots and other imperfections of salvaged oak and fills them with resin, intermingling the look of natural wood grain with stone. From $8.25/sq ft, at Ciot SAFETY FIRST Italian manufacturer Salis’s Armonico collection isn’t of the moment – it’s of two: the wood is certified sustainable, and it’s coated in an anti-bacterial finish. Available in multiple colours…

1 min.
squeaky clean

MATHROOM DECOR Precise curves meet crisp edgework for a tailored, naturalistic feel in Riobel’s Parabola faucet. Available in black, chrome, polished nickel and brushed gold. From $500, at Taps WITH AGE COMES BEAUTY Launched in the 1960s, the Arne Jacobsen–designed 060A shower head by Vola has aged well. Its newest finish, a matte eggshell white, is a welcome update for the modern era. From $3725, at Ginger’s TRANQUIL TUB Dubbed Mood, Wetstyle’s elliptical bathtub features dual backrests, as well as a shelf just wide enough to lay down a book, some incense or a glass of wine. From $6800, at Roman Bath Centre SET IN STONE With concrete and a varied palette, Kast has sculpted a set of seven colourful basins. Of those, we’re fond of the Elm Mini, a compact, wall-mounted sink with distinctive pinstripes. From…