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Architect Drew Mandel updated a house in Toronto to look modern and cozy. The clients desired a warm material base for the interior so Mandel used American walnut for the flooring, millwork, and staircase. Loire limestone covers the landing below the steps and Calacatta marble clads the kitchen counters and island.
Behind Closed Drawers

To continue the spare lines of the kitchen cabinets, John designed and built an “appliance garage” by cutting up Ikea drawer fronts to build hinged doors that enclose an area beneath the cabinets, hiding a toaster, microwave, breadbox, and electrical outlets.

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Double Jointed

In the downstairs bathroom, John chose a “potwasher” fixture by Encore that’s often used in restaurant kitchens. Its double-jointed arm lets it reach every corner of the custom Corian sink, where all five family members wash up—sometimes at the same time.

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John built a shelf system for the basement when it was Anne’s office; he adapted it to store the kids’ toys when the area became a playroom.
John and Anne love to cook, but with three kids running around at mealtimes, “it’s mayhem in here,” John says.
With its reclaimed-wood cladding, the kitchen is a rough-and-ready backdrop for the family’s tableware.
The house’s open-plan layout encourages the entire family to hang out together, even while partaking in different activities. The durable area rug, made from carpet tiles by InterfaceFLOR, is the ideal base for both reading and playing with trains, as Luka, three, demonstrates.
In the bathroom, the twins take advantage of a custom-built Corian sink and wooden base with integrated step when it’s time to wash up.
With ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease, architect John Tong turned an old Toronto dairy into the ultimate family clubhouse. Photo by Christopher Wahl.
Kids’ Lit

To display the children’s artwork in a fun and flexible way, John designed a four-foot-high lightbox, custom-built by Geron, and installed it above the staircase. The front panel is non-glare acrylic held in place with magnetic strips; low-voltage LED strips provide the backlighting. “We’ll change out the art at least at every holiday and birthday,” says John.

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The Mandayam–Vohra family gathers under one of Workstead’s signature three-arm chandeliers, shown here in its horizontal configuration. Photo by: Matthew Williams
Heath Ceramics hex tile backsplash and counter with copper edge
The backsplash is from Heath Ceramics, the sink is Kohler, and the custom millwork is by Schmidt's Cabinetry.
backsplash wall in the powder room with Heath Ceramics tile and Schoolhouse Electric light fixture
A custom unit with handleless, lacquered doors conceals a small workspace and ample clothes storage.
The kitchen combines varying storage types, from white lacquered cabinets and glass-fronted ones to a floating shelf above the sink. The countertop is Calacatta Caldia marble, and the subway tile that clads the backsplash is from Heath Ceramics.
The homeowners, avid cooks, worked with a design duo and a contractor found on the site. To make the kitchen seem larger than it is, the team decided to place the largest cabinets and appliances near the entryway, with less clutter toward the window.
An updated bathroom features a mix of tiles: Carrara marble tiles on the floor, green subway tiles from Heath Ceramics on the inner shower walls, and white subway tiles from Daltile on the exterior walls. The fixtures are from Grohe.
The Ferry Building shop displays seasonal goods as well as items from some of Heath’s most popular collections. The top shelf here features serve bowls, platters, modern cups, bud vases, and a pitcher from this year’s Summer line in aqua/zest and ocean pacific. Heath worked with chef Alice Waters and designer Christina Kim to create the Chez Panisse line, named after the famed Berkeley restaurant, which is seen here on the second shelf: side bowls, mugs, and café bowls in Jicama, Cardoon, and Forrest. The backsplash is Heath dual glaze tile.
Dimensional tile by Heath Ceramics 
Ornament by MQuan Studio
The kitchen and lofted guest bedroom take cues from urban living—including an apartment-size Summit refrigerator. The cabinets are IKEA and the tile is by Heath Ceramics.
The property is comprised of a succession of buildings that extend from the street-facing entrance. The 1,215-square-foot main house is the last of the three.
Kiyoko Loh relaxes inside a concrete structure, one of three original buildings that occupied the San Francisco property she and her husband, Elliot Loh, purchased in 2012. Working with architect Todd Davis, the couple decided to cut the bunker-like edifice in half and use it as an outdoor dining area that opens to a courtyard.
The kitchen features custom casework by Peter Doolittle, dark-green slate countertops from Hamilton-Schwarzhoff, and a Heath Ceramics backsplash.
The dining room is a more formal setting where classic Series 7 Arne Jacobsen chairs mingle with a contemporary Essay table by Cecilie Manz for Fritz Hansen. The lighting overhead is the same John Pomp Studios pendant lights from the kitchen, here clustered for a more dramatic display.
An eight-foot-high sliding glass door leads to the backyard's ipe deck, ideal for informal gatherings. The bench cushions are custom from Studio Collins Weir and the tables and chairs are from Design Within Reach.
The residents have a particularly strong sense of color and love to cook with their son, so no-fuss finishes likes these blue tiles from Heath Ceramics were an ideal choice. The tiles combine with colorful tableware and custom walnut cabinetry to make a vibrant inteiror.
The roof deck has a commanding view. “We have friends out here in the summer and stay too long drinking wine,” says Bradley.
The bed is from Room & Board.
A sliding door separates the upstairs hall from the master bedroom, furnished with a pair of Donald Judd chairs.
A shallow built-in bathroom shelf.
Heath Ceramics tile continues in the master bathroom.
“We wanted windows and natural light. It’s not quite a fishbowl—we have shades for privacy.” —Eddie Baba, resident.
Tiles from Heath Ceramics surround the new, low-slung fireplace. The white ceramic logs are by Klein Reid; the floor is oak.
Across from the entrance is the main staircase, which leads to the bedrooms.
The living-dining room overlooks the neighborhood and the Bay beyond. The Safari chair was designed by Jens Quistgaard. Michael Thonet chairs are paired with a walnut table by Anthony Marschak for Original Timber Co.
“The house was designed to complement the challenging triangular corner site and its context.” —George Bradley, architect.
The entrance opens into a light-filled hall, with a Marcel Wanders chandelier and a Luna console table by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance.
Architect-sculptor double act Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo’s Melbourne split-level home has a loft bedroom with a clever divider Macleod created out of white weaved engineering felt.
An architect couple uses multifunctional furniture and a hydraulic Murphy bed with secret compartments to keep the exterior walls uncluttered and achieve a clean and lean look in their 650-square-foot Chelsea apartment.
This 538-square-foot cabin overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden in the woods of Norway is designed with four slight levels and natural division of spaces and nooks for living, eating, bathing, and sleeping.
In this 880-square-foot home in the Wisconsin forest, custom curtains by Manhattan Textiles delineate the kitchen and sleeping room from the main space.
Australian practice MUSK Architecture Studio maximized the units of Coppin Street Apartment with flexible floor plans and large sliding doors that expose of reveal some of the bedrooms.
In the Norton family home in London’s Stoke Newington district, Jamie Norton and his sons, Miller, 3, and Ned, 7, enjoy a meal at a salvaged table and chairs found at a local vintage shop. The ceramics are by Richard Batterham.
Sandblasted glass gives the bathroom window a frosted finish and—together with white mosaic tiles and mirrors—brightens the small space.
At the top of the stairs, an Ib Kofod-Larsen rocker sits in the master bedroom
A bespoke flue was manufactured for the wood-burning fireplace to reach the 10-meter ceiling height.

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