Airy Live/Work Studio Space in Toronto

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October 25, 2010

In Toronto, a painter accustomed to crashing in his studio created an airy artistic haven with both working and living quarters for a more balanced and polished picture.

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  With broad expanses of white walls and perfectly modulated light, this space is the very picture of an artist’s studio—and it was crafted as carefully as Monkman’s mountain landscape.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    With broad expanses of white walls and perfectly modulated light, this space is the very picture of an artist’s studio—and it was crafted as carefully as Monkman’s mountain landscape.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  In the house’s front room Monkman relaxes on a stool from local retailer Andrew Richard Designs. A new window system draws in sunlight and views of the front courtyard designed by local landscape architect Terry McGlade, the building’s former owner.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    In the house’s front room Monkman relaxes on a stool from local retailer Andrew Richard Designs. A new window system draws in sunlight and views of the front courtyard designed by local landscape architect Terry McGlade, the building’s former owner.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Monkman’s house has a quiet presence, its front half hidden behind a fence of cedar two-by-sixes.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    Monkman’s house has a quiet presence, its front half hidden behind a fence of cedar two-by-sixes.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Inside, white paint lightens up the middle of the building. A vintage Danish dining set and Cloud pendants by Frank Gehry for Vitra define the dining area.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    Inside, white paint lightens up the middle of the building. A vintage Danish dining set and Cloud pendants by Frank Gehry for Vitra define the dining area.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  An Eero Saarinen Womb chair and a vintage floor lamp hang out on the downstairs landing.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    An Eero Saarinen Womb chair and a vintage floor lamp hang out on the downstairs landing.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Skylights provide crucial natural light in the dining area and bedroom.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    Skylights provide crucial natural light in the dining area and bedroom.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  The adjacent extra-wide stairs provide easily accessible storage space; the custom bookcases, made of the same Douglas fir plywood as the treads, follow the rise of the steps to the bedroom.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    The adjacent extra-wide stairs provide easily accessible storage space; the custom bookcases, made of the same Douglas fir plywood as the treads, follow the rise of the steps to the bedroom.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  The bedroom mixes a bed and lamps from Ikea with a deep, luxurious bathtub (an inexpensive model from Neptune). The artworks include original prints by New York artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    The bedroom mixes a bed and lamps from Ikea with a deep, luxurious bathtub (an inexpensive model from Neptune). The artworks include original prints by New York artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Just up a ladder is the green roof, which is planted with maintenance-free sedums and tall grasses near the patio that Monkman tends carefully.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams
    Just up a ladder is the green roof, which is planted with maintenance-free sedums and tall grasses near the patio that Monkman tends carefully.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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