MOUSSE AMOUREUX has a double entendre in the home of this chef, and art collector who was gifted "Mousseamour" by renown Canadian artist Charles Pachter as a gift of love, after she also lovingly gifted him a Moose menorah from her Judaic Art collection.
After 40 years in their family home in nearby Cedarvale, it was time for these clients to downsize. Built in 1981, this vintage Forest Hill South condominium had been barely touched in 30 years and it needed to be gutted down to the cement slab and concrete structural walls. Every inch of this 1250 sq. ft. this unit was redesigned and customized for its owners.
Entering the unit, one is saluted by Queen Elizabeth in Pachter's "Queen on a Moose". She is there to lead you into the living room. The entry hall originally had 5 doors, which created a lot of visual noise for a small space. the original standard height doors were removed, and replaced with 8' floor to ceiling doors with a reveal casing detail, creating a sense of verticality, and heightening the ceiling. The linen closet was turned into display niche with storage above and below, incorporating the quarter sawn walnut from the living room and imbuing the space with a felling of luxury. The laundry room door was treated with invisible hinges to disappear and become and art wall and backdrop Pachter's "Painted Flag".
The original galley kitchen was opened up to create one large multi-functioning entertainment area. Custom built-in cabinetry wraps two entire walls of the room from floor to ceiling, not leaving an inch of space unaccounted for. The horizontal grained walnut pulls ones eye across the space as it turns into the backdrop of a the glass display case and then a feature niche displaying the Pachter piece "Decisions Decisions". State of the art LED lighting accents the curated displays which are changed seasonally to feature the artifacts pertaining to a specific holiday. Hidden behind the doors and drawers are the collection's archives, an entertainment center, and all the necessary accoutrements required by the consummate hostess. The white lacquer kitchen area conceals 2 fully integrated sub-zero refrigerator and freezer columns which are filled from top to bottom with jars of chicken soup, tins of cookies, and cakes, ready to be pulled out at a moments notice for a last minute guest or ready to be rushed over to an ailing friend or relative.
The glass and chrome Tonelli dining table can be expanded to comfortably seat 12, and in a pinch 14, by sliding over the table adjacent to the island, which was custom designed for this purpose, and exactly matches the 90cm width of the Tonelli glass and chrome dining table.
The slender arms of the Leolux Holland leather sofa allows for seating of 3 adults comfortably and there's even room for the family dog. The gentle radius on the corners of the Paulo Piva Pyramid coffee table make it safe for small children running around. The Kite arm chairs by Fornasarig are covered in Brentano fabric. The Karastan area rug was chosen from their contract line can handle all the wear and tear of small children and the family dog running around. The neutral Benjamin Moore color palate was selected intentionally to complement the art, and maintain a very calming atmosphere in the space. Sliding glass doors open on to a generous terrace, perfect for outdoor dining. The floor to ceiling glass looks on to the treetops of the ravine beyond, letting the four seasons play as the backdrop to the setting.
Lighting plays an important role in bringing the North facing unit to life. Glenn Boccini from Dark Tools Architectural Lighting personally put his genius touch on the project. Cove lighting was used in all the rooms, including pin spots in the soffits and a German rail system to light the art.
The home office houses catalogs and reference materials pertaining to the owner's collection. hidden behind the sliding doors of the glass and lacquer custom built-ins that pay homage Jean Nouvel. Horizontal lines are used to expand this otherwise intimate space and provide additional open shelving space to display art books, small sculptures, ceramics and carvings,collected from family members and travels. Charles Pachter's "Mooseamour" as well as "Blue Barn Reflected"are displayed prominently in the room. A large wenge desk appears to be floating, and provides lots of room to organize reference materials and make phone calls to check in on family and friends. The black leather sofa pulls out to a bed to accommodate visiting family and out of town guests, and also provides an alternative more intimate seating area to watch TV.
The owner's love of art enabled her to befriend many of the artists and artisans whose work she collected. She gave Charles Pachter a renown Canadian artist a moose menorah, and he in turn gifted her back "Mooseamour" featured in the home office which also served as an archive for catalogs, and a guest bedroom for out of town guests and family members.
The ceilings were raised in both the Powder room and Master bathroom and incorporate LED lighting to create a faux skylight effect. The custom medicine cabinets incorporate shelving for display, as well as lighted mirrors that slide to reveal additional storage. Lost space was recovered from the behind the existing Powder room shower, and was used to create a large walk-in spa like shower experience.
The Master bedroom features a custom designed bed and glass faced bedside tables. The custom duvet cover and pillows were made from J. Robert Scott Meteorite fabric that was originally purchased to re-cover two existing chairs in the living room, that never made it into the final mix. The Rubelli gold satin trim on the bedding and throw pillows create the perfect accent for the satin gold Foscarini table lamps. Jim Dine's hearts adorn the accent wall behind the bed, repeating the theme of love that was always present throughout the home.