Urban Glamour #51

Slabs of onyx and marble, a living moss wall and an indoor bamboo garden are just a few of the wow features in this organic-meets-modern home.

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A three-storey house in Toronto, Canada. The basement has two guest bedrooms and a WC, wine cellar, recreation room, home cinema, office and gym. On the ground floor, there’s an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area, as well as a bamboo garden, family room, formal dining room, guest suite, laundry room, storage space and garage. The first floor has three en-suite bedrooms, a library and a master bedroom suite with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area. Plus, there’s a pool outside.

atrium/BamBoo garden

The brief for this home designed by architect, Brenda Izen, for Antonio Tadrissi and his family, was to create a contemporary home that feels warm and inviting and that will grow and adapt as their young daughters get older.

Brenda works for Prototype Design Lab in Toronto, Antonio’s architectural and design firm, which specialises in high-end private homes as well as commercial spaces.

The Toronto setting and the family’s love of nature played a big role in the design. In the heart of the house, a lush indoor garden almost screens a Damien Hirst painting. The bamboo will eventually soar through the double-height space.

Get the look The Rainforest marble flooring is from Crystal Tile & Marble; the wood flooring is Trendtime 8 Oak Smoked Elephant Skin from Relative Space. The floor lamp is from Palazzetti. The collection of designer Barbie dolls, in fashions by the likes of Versace and Oscar de la Renta, top left, are displayed in a recessed cabinet made by Prototype Design Lab.

living area

The house is constructed from three different blocks, each with an exterior cladding that reflects what goes on between its walls – natural wood cladding for the entertaining area; utilitarian white quartz for the garage, laundry and other functional areas

A colourful sofa is the perfect place to watch TV. The wood panelled wall is repeated upstairs in the walk-in dressing room.

The surfaces inside the house are carefully chosen – black onyx to reflect the rugged landscape outside; strong-grained eucalyptus wood in the kitchen to add drama and a touch of the exotic; plus acres of white walls to showcase the owners’ collection of contemporary art. It was important to use natural materials such as wood and stone to connect with the view outside.

Get the look The sofa is from Roche Bobois. The layered wood chair is by Prototype Design Lab. Richard Prince designed the rug for By Henzel. The Seven table is by Jean-Marie Massaud for B&B Italia. The chairs are from MDF Italia. The pendant lights are from Studio B.


Family meals are eaten in the open-plan space above.


Handleless eucalyptus wood units and a living moss wall bring verdant rainforest styling to the kitchen.

Get the look The kitchen units are by Prototype Design Lab. This is the KWC Eve mixer tap with light. The coffee maker is by Gaggenau.

family room

It was important to have big walls for Antonio’s art collection. The low-level sofa is chic but comfortable – perfect for a family that loves to have guests over regularly.

Get the look This is the Groundpiece sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform. The artwork is by Joseph Drapell. By Henzel designed the rug. This is the Fortuny lamp by Pallucco.

first-floor hall

The family home is peppered with quirky artwork.

Get the look The dog sculpture is by Claudio Locatelli.

master Bedroom

The integrated bed and storage was designed to give a feeling of “his and hers”, with two different colours and a delicate flower motif etched into the surface. Concealed behind the wall of cupboards is a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room.

Get the look The bed and cupboard unit are by Prototype Design Lab. Andy Denzler created the artwork.

sitting area in the master Bedroom

This herringbone wall divides the sitting area from the bedroom beyond. The idea was to make the house feel cosy, yet cool, which is why this double- aspect fireplace works so well.

Get the look The oak herringbone wall and neon artwork were both designed by Prototype Design Lab. The Mah Jong ottoman/cushion is by Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois

girl’s bedroom

An oversized upholstered headboard creates a feeling of comfort in the room belonging to the family’s youngest member. Each of the girls’ bedrooms is virtually identical, so there are no arguments about who has the biggest.

Get the look The bed is by Prototype Design Lab.

guest en suite

The tiles were originally planned for the main bathroom, but it was decided the owners might get tired of the look too quickly. Instead, they were installed in the guest en suite, so there is a real “wow factor” when they’re seen for the first time.

Get the look This is the Endimione tile mosaic by Bisazza. The shower is by Kohler. Fired Earth does similar black slate bathroom floor tiles.

See more of Brenda’s work at pdlab.ca

Photography / Matthew Williams

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