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. Courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.
“When I have parties, there’s always something to get people talking.”—Kenneth Montague Courtesy 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. Courtesy 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. Courtesy 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. Courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.
In the library, Douglas Coupland’s Spectra sculpture sits next to a century-old helmet mask from Burkina Faso. Courtesy of © 2011 Naomi Finlay.
Montague arranges his objects with a sense of humor. Custom shelves display his collection of salt and pepper shakers. Courtesy 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. Courtesy of © 2012 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. Courtesy of © 2011 Naomi Finlay.
“Gatherings here can be a very rich experience, a dis-cussion around art history, music, food, and fashion.”—Kenneth Montague Courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.
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.
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 Courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.
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.
ikea.com Courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.
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 Courtesy 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 Courtesy of © 2012 Naomi Finlay.
The floor plan.