A Sophisticated Renovation in Montreal
Interior designer René Desjardins elevated the spirit of a reconstructed 1960s suburban home in Montreal while tripling its square footage. The centerpiece of the addition is a new anthracite "iron lace" staircase, which was loosely inspired by wooden circle motifs found in the house’s original entryway.
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The family who hired Desjardins had two main goals for the addition: It should house their growing modern art collection and provide ample space for frequent entertaining. In terms of aesthetics, "The client wanted something theatrical; I wanted something a little more subdued," says Desjardins. The lacy, laser-cut iron staircase—fabricated by Jean-François Smith of Artisan de l’Acier—was the happy compromise. To camouflage screws and give the piece fluidity, many layers of car paint were applied to the quarter-inch-thick metal.
Floating gypsum walls and a sliding white wall add contrast to the dark steel railing. The balustrade wraps up to the mezzanine level and encloses a loftlike space, surprising for a bungalow, that allows a bird’s-eye view of the living room below. Desjardins sourced all the main furniture pieces from Minotti, including a Jensen armchair and Mitchell coffee table. Spicing up the dark color palette is a striped Spectrum rug by the Rug Company. The designer chose subtle, gallery-like lighting by EKLIPSE Architectural Lighting: LED rails and back-lit niches complement the owners’ art, particularly a painting by Simen Johans.