Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto

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August 9, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Toronto loft is both home and art gallery—and the ultimate party house, thanks to two kitchens, a rooftop deck, and no shortage of conversation pieces.

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  At a recent gathering, a reception for the staff and friends of the Ryerson Image Centre, a photography gallery and research facility set to open in Toronto in 
late September, guests mingled on Montague’s 1,600-square-foot roof deck and admired his collection of contemporary art.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    At a recent gathering, a reception for the staff and friends of the Ryerson Image Centre, a photography gallery and research facility set to open in Toronto in late September, guests mingled on Montague’s 1,600-square-foot roof deck and admired his collection of contemporary art.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  “When I have parties, there’s always something to get people talking.”—Kenneth Montague  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    “When I have parties, there’s always something to get people talking.”—Kenneth Montague

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Architect David Anand Peterson designed the custom millwork and shelving in Montague’s kitchen. The stainless steel island is by Bulthaup. The stools are vintage and were designed by Erik Buck. Montague was thrilled to spot the same ones 
adorning Don Draper’s apartment in 
the latest season of Mad Men.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Architect David Anand Peterson designed the custom millwork and shelving in Montague’s kitchen. The stainless steel island is by Bulthaup. The stools are vintage and were designed by Erik Buck. Montague was thrilled to spot the same ones adorning Don Draper’s apartment in the latest season of Mad Men.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  The kitchen takes on a gallery feel. “I’ve got art on the kitchen counter. I really want to 
say to people, ‘Don’t take 
art so seriously,’” says Montague.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    The kitchen takes on a gallery feel. “I’ve got art on the kitchen counter. I really want to say to people, ‘Don’t take art so seriously,’” says Montague.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Shopping Mall Fruit Basket, a painting by Peter B. Hastings, shares space with a special-edition Royal Copenhagen tea set and a photograph by Tokyo-based artist Keith Ng.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Shopping Mall Fruit Basket, a painting by Peter B. Hastings, shares space with a special-edition Royal Copenhagen tea set and a photograph by Tokyo-based artist Keith Ng.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  In the library, Douglas Coupland’s Spectra sculpture sits next to a century-old helmet mask from Burkina Faso.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2011 Naomi Finlay
    In the library, Douglas Coupland’s Spectra sculpture sits next to a century-old helmet mask from Burkina Faso.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Naomi Finlay

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  Montague arranges his objects with a sense of humor. Custom shelves display his collection of salt and pepper shakers.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Montague arranges his objects with a sense of humor. Custom shelves display his collection of salt and pepper shakers.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Montague’s office doubles as a guest room thanks to a Murphy bed that folds out to reveal shelves stocked with design magazines. The painting is Untitled (Corner Rainbow) by Elizabeth McIntosh.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Montague’s office doubles as a guest room thanks to a Murphy bed that folds out to reveal shelves stocked with design magazines. The painting is Untitled (Corner Rainbow) by Elizabeth McIntosh.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Books pepper the apartment, but most are housed in two libraries, one of which is dedicated to art and photography. It also features a Palms lounger by Dutch designer Frans Schrofer and the painting Any Number of Preoccupations by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2011 Naomi Finlay
    Books pepper the apartment, but most are housed in two libraries, one of which is dedicated to art and photography. It also features a Palms lounger by Dutch designer Frans Schrofer and the painting Any Number of Preoccupations by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2011 Naomi Finlay

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  “Gatherings here can be a very rich experience, a dis-cussion around art history, music, food, and fashion.”—Kenneth Montague  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    “Gatherings here can be a very rich experience, a dis-cussion around art history, music, food, and fashion.”—Kenneth Montague

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Conversation Starter
To create an instant sense of warmth and intrigue in the entryway, Montague hung a remarkable artwork by Paris-based photographer Meyer that shows three African moviegoers 
looking upward. Just above it is 
a chandelier from Bocci, designed 
by Montague’s friend Omer Arbel. “That installation is really an encap-
sulation of my interests; it always 
inspires discussion,” he says. 
bocci.ca
tendancefloue.netWelcome Routine
Architect David Anand Peterson designed inset shelving right inside the front door to hold Montague’s bike helmet, hats, and keys. The coat closet, however, is around the corner near the guest bedroom; this allows Montague to immediately escort guests away from the threshold, avoiding crowding by the front door. 
dpstudio.net  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Conversation Starter To create an instant sense of warmth and intrigue in the entryway, Montague hung a remarkable artwork by Paris-based photographer Meyer that shows three African moviegoers looking upward. Just above it is a chandelier from Bocci, designed by Montague’s friend Omer Arbel. “That installation is really an encap- sulation of my interests; it always inspires discussion,” he says. bocci.ca tendancefloue.netWelcome Routine Architect David Anand Peterson designed inset shelving right inside the front door to hold Montague’s bike helmet, hats, and keys. The coat closet, however, is around the corner near the guest bedroom; this allows Montague to immediately escort guests away from the threshold, avoiding crowding by the front door. dpstudio.net

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Hidden Storage
The Murphy bed in the guest bedroom sits behind Montague’s desk, allowing the compact room to function comfortably for working and sleeping at different times. It’s made with customized millwork, Häfele bed hardware, and an Ikea mattress. When it’s open, it reveals hidden shelving.
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ikea.com  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Hidden Storage The Murphy bed in the guest bedroom sits behind Montague’s desk, allowing the compact room to function comfortably for working and sleeping at different times. It’s made with customized millwork, Häfele bed hardware, and an Ikea mattress. When it’s open, it reveals hidden shelving. hafele.com ikea.com

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Going Vertical
In the guest bathroom, a mirror, soap dish, hand towels, and a tray hang 
from a modular floor-mounted Autopole shelf system by Alu. The hardware adds an industrial note to the look of the room and takes up less area than 
a cabinet. The wall and floor are clad in a stone called Indian granite.
alu.com  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Going Vertical In the guest bathroom, a mirror, soap dish, hand towels, and a tray hang from a modular floor-mounted Autopole shelf system by Alu. The hardware adds an industrial note to the look of the room and takes up less area than a cabinet. The wall and floor are clad in a stone called Indian granite. alu.com

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  Art of Lighting
In warm weather, Montague’s parties spill onto the roof deck. To encourage guests to explore, Peterson designed two built-in light fixtures, made from LEDs behind white acrylic panels, that cast a dramatic glow across the sauna’s custom-made wood door, designed by Peterson and crafted by carpenter Daniel Liebster.
dlfc.ca  Photo by: Naomi FinlayCourtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay
    Art of Lighting In warm weather, Montague’s parties spill onto the roof deck. To encourage guests to explore, Peterson designed two built-in light fixtures, made from LEDs behind white acrylic panels, that cast a dramatic glow across the sauna’s custom-made wood door, designed by Peterson and crafted by carpenter Daniel Liebster. dlfc.ca

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Naomi Finlay

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  The floor plan.  Photo by: Naomi Finlay
    The floor plan.

    Photo by: Naomi Finlay

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