Cross-posted from No Mean City, Alex’s personal blog on architecture
I’m following the work of a young collective who call themselves The Practice of Everyday Design. Despite the dryly generic name, they work in the fertile territory where architecture and art intersect. They’ve made a creative design installation – alongside artistic comment on monster-home culture – and now, they’ve renovated a house in the suburb of Mississauga. The program was simple: fix a room over the garage of a sidesplit ’70s house and make it into a peaceful den.
“What was important to them was having ample natural light, lots of bookshelves, views onto their garden, and above all, to achieve a calm atmosphere where they would look forward to retire to at the end of their day,” says TPOED’s David Long. “The clients often mention to us that what they pictured in their minds before they approached us was to have a similar looking addition to their downstairs, a very traditional styled living space with oak furniture, stickley furniture, wood decorative trims, and beige walls.”
It ‘s a tightly planned, Scandesign-influenced space with some lovely craft details – and also playful ones. Hits of electric blue and strategically placed windows provide notes of playfulness and escape, Long says, “to take the edge off the everyday routine.”
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