Carlton character condo
The approach from the public street to the private condo exhibited traditional craftsmanship and materiality that we chose not to conceal, but to celebrate.
This is no longer a small room for mere food preparation, but a grand open space for sharing and entertaining.
Context + Character
Before And In-process
The unique challenges of condo buildings required us to get creative with plumbing and wiring that was in the demolished walls.
We also carefully salvaged the solid oak baseboard and crown moulding to be re-installed with the new floor plan. With still extra left over, we sent the remaining oak to a custom millworker to create a solid wood bar top and a vanity counter for the bathroom. While the wood was planed down and sanded for these pieces for a more refined look, the original nail holes remain as signs of its past life.
There was significant damage to the plaster walls and ceiling, so we chose to fully remove it and expose the structure instead of cladding with drywall.
Reclaimed + Re-executed
The ceiling-mounted installation was made with traditional tin cornice painted out in a glossy black, and additional salvaged lath pieces spaced 1/2″ apart to allow light to diffuse from above. (LED lights are installed behind the lath).
The posts to support the island are 4×4 solid reclaimed wood, and the bar countertop is made of solid oak left over from the extra baseboard and door trim.
Reductionism + Authenticity
Because sand-blasting can damage the face of softer bricks, we chose to use soda-blasting for a less invasive (and more cost-effective) method. The process is still pain-staking — the homeowner first had to manually chip the plaster off the surface in preparation for soda-blasting.
SAVE AND SAVE: While in some cases it costs significant money and/or labour to reclaim materials and re-introduce them into the design, other times it’s as simple as re-using a couple old pendant lights like these ones we took out of the hallway. All they needed was re-wiring and a coat of black paint.
MODERN DETAILS: Conscious of keeping the space fresh and modern, we balanced ornate details with modern minimalism, as seen in the acrylic countertop reveal and the cabinet hardware.
DAY AND NIGHT: Since the kitchen and dining room will be primarily used for evening entertaining, we created a lighting design that incorporates abundant accent and task lighting to make the space dramatic but still functional. Through the use of zoned lighting and dimmers, the room becomes totally customizable to any situation.
Reflective, textured, and translucent materials were all used to manipulate the play of light in the room.