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Issue 4, 2019: Modern Renos Edition

We get hands on with the city’s top new builds, including a high-performance residence by Altius Architecture and Arriz Hassam, a functionality-packed family home by Sixteen Degree Studio, and six mid-rise developments we’re ready to move into. Plus, Firma’s proposed laneway properties, and a Q&A with the founder of homewares brand Good Thing.

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unique space. creative style.

Condos come in many shapes and sizes. The more unique the layout, the more creative you can be with functionality and flexibility. For example, a 688 sq. ft. plus balcony floor plan at King’s Landing at Concord Park Place in North York is a narrow-shaped layout with boundless possibilities. Here are some ideas and inspiration from Concord’s designers to demonstrate how streamlined condo living is big on style and creativity for personalized enjoyment and efficiency. Expand your thinking • Capitalize on the 9 ft. ceilings in this suite with tall wall units, picture railings, book shelves or hideaway accent lighting for refined style.• Adorn hallways with artwork and feature lighting to guide sightlines and pique interest.• Place mirrors and glasswork in strategic spots to add depth, reflect light and visually expand entire rooms.•…

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Editor-In-Chief Tory Healy Assistant Editor / Digital Editor Sara Cunningham Contributors David Agnew Veronika Aquila Bert Archer Stephanie Calvet Matthew Hague Simon Lewsen Eric Mutrie Scott Norsworthy Amrit Phull Carolyn Pioro Caroline Shaheed Andrew Snow Catherine Sweeney Art Director Cristian Ordóñez Vicky Lee (on leave) Assistant Art Director Kari Silver Photographer Arash Moallemi Digital Designer Marielle Tolentino Director Integrated Production Alessandro Cancian Digital Development Manager Francesco Sgaramella Branded Content Editor Stefan Novakovic Magazines Canada Fellow Sharine Taylor Editorial Director / Chief Content Officer Nelda Rodger Publisher / Chief Executive Officer Sergio Sgaramella Director of Marketing Mahasti Eslahjou Audience Marketing Manager Amanda Beattie Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Galt Administration Olga Chernyak Elena Zaralieva Senior Account Manager Jeffrey Bakazias 416 203 9674 x238 jeffrey@azureonline.com Neil Young 416 203 9674 x230 neil@azureonline.com…

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annual reno issue

A 2018 poll conducted by CIBC found that 71 per cent of Canadians faced with the choice of renovating or moving would opt for the former. This makes sense, both to me and to Stephen “Love the One You’re With” Stills. But whether you buy new or fix up what you already have, for a forever home to make you happy, it must work. I thought a lot about effort while putting together our annual Reno issue – both ours and that of the homeowners we feature. There’s the polished write-ups and the professional photos printed on semigloss paper. At shoots, we hide electrical outlets with plants; we disappear watermarks with Photoshop. Yes, the magazine treatment can gloss over the nitty-gritty, the brains and brawn invested by the homeowners (and their…

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Sharine Taylor What have you done for us lately? My first byline for DL is “Tipping Point,” a story about the Dundas West shop Knife. (p. 104) What did you learn from your visit to the store? I didn’t know that niche boutiques like this one – devoted exclusively to Japanese knives – existed. Speaking retrospectively, my knife skills are probably not as good as I thought, now that I know there are techniques to abide by. I’m looking forward to learning more. Caroline Shaheed What have you done for us lately? I got to be a voyeur in artist Anna Church’s gorgeous and newly renovated Victorian in Riverside. (p. 73) What’s the secret to marrying traditional and modern design elements? Anna’s home has a very organic feel. There are so many curved lines, from the crescent moon sofa…

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hot ticket

Toronto Biennial of Art To Dec 1 The mark of every great city is a large-scale, international contemporary art exhibition. Cue the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art – a free, 72-day event showcasing more than 100 artworks installed at 10 sites along the waterfront between Etobicoke Creek and Ashbridges Bay. Co-curated by Tairone Bastien and Candice Hopkins, the installations are fascinating in their diversity. Imagine a swarm of quivering robotic monarch butterflies by Mexican artist Fernando Palma Rodríguez, programmed to respond to seismic frequencies; feminist icon Judy Chicago’s pyrotecnic land art (shown) at Mississauga’s Small Arms Inspection Building; or an installation and live dialogue by AA Bronson and Adrian Stimson, probing their ancestral ties to residential schools. And to think: this impossible-to-miss art bonanza will return in just two years –…

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one thing

Have you ever seen a time capsule? I have, at last year’s Interior Design Show. At a metre and a half long, the black walnut credenza is broad-shouldered with a cinched waist; its legs straddle an elegant undercarriage. Behind two gliding doors are stacked shelves and a no-longer-secret drawer. Examples of its maker’s exquisite joinery can be found within – David Gruetter hand-picks his planks from local arborists, salvage companies and sawmills; he hand-oils them, too. The credenza is charismatic: before you know it, you’re thinking about where you will showcase it. But while the casegood might be ready to fill now, it was long in the making, taking six weeks of labour and a lifetime of study. Daniel Gruetter left Bella Coola, British Columbia, for Toronto in 2010, bringing with…