A Stunning Penthouse in Toronto

A Sculptural Staircase is the Centerpiece for an Open, Airy Floorplan

A Stunning Penthouse in Toronto | Interior Design by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge | Photography by Evan Dion | Modern Sanctuary | Living Room | Contemporary Living Room | Seating | Staircase | Spiral Staircase
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Evan Dion
10/12/2016

Alessandro Munge, founder of Studio Munge, views interior design as a pure form of artistic expression: “I will use every design element accessible from custom made furniture and light fixtures to unique and relevant finishes to transport people into our poetic design narrative.”

This 4,500 square foot condo, located in the heart of Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market neighborhood, is a magnificent example of how Alessandro weaves poetry into all aspects of his designs. With expansive views, a sprawling terrace and airy interiors, this inspired setting is the ideal home for his clients and their family. Even elements as mundane as bookshelves and a staircase are thoughtfully constructed to enhance the overall beauty of the space.

“We were approached by the clients to re-invigorate the interiors of their condo and applied a sleek, modern aesthetic while maintaining a distinct residential feel”, says Munge. “The interiors feature a soft, neutral color palette accented by sculptural elements and natural material finishes, including a two-way Costa Azure marble fireplace in the main-level dining room, and spiral staircase separating the living and dining areas.”

The clients were concerned that moving to a condo would prohibit them from enjoying the lifestyle they had become accustomed to. Studio Munge integrated the same comforts found in a traditional family home, complete with abundant storage, ample room for entertaining friends and family and a 2,000 square foot terrace that wraps around the entire first level. An open kitchen with an over-sized 5’ x 10’ island leads into the main floor dining room, designed to accommodate the client’s large family.

Most of my designs are emotion based. When a guest enters a residence, the initial burst of emotion is what I’m after.  Alessandro Munge

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The gorgeous staircase is a dramatic element in the heart of the home. It helps define specific living and dining areas while encouraging exploration of each space.

A Stunning Penthouse in Toronto | Interior Design by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge | Photography by Evan Dion | Modern Sanctuary | Living Room | Contemporary Living Room | Seating | Staircase | Spiral Staircase
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Working closely with the clients, our in-house art consultant, Grace Zeppilli, curated a custom art package carefully selecting works from Shelley Adler, Barbara Cole, Joshua Jensen-Nagle and Edward Burtynsky that helped to define each room and add some color to the neutral backdrop.

Above painting by Shelley Adler from her “Making Faces” series.

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 “A spectacular two-way fireplace in the dining room is another focal point; the dark marble unit offers a unique contrast to the soft color palette employed throughout the rest of the home.”

A Stunning Penthouse in Toronto | Interior Design by Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge | Photography by Evan Dion | Modern Sanctuary | Family Room | Modern Family Room | Fireplace | Modern Fireplace | Seating
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This bathroom provides a moody counterpoint to the light and airy living spaces.

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“A second-floor lounge located directly off the spiral staircase behaves as a dual access point to the master bedroom, with direct access to the master en-suite and bedroom.” 

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The library is partially hidden by custom-designed shelving and the main staircase, giving it a sense of privacy while maintaining an open feel.

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The tranquil master bedroom features warm color, soft textures and an incredible view.

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The beauty of interior design is that capacity to transform a human being’s mood and feelings through touch points and spatial experience.   Alessandro Munge

For me, Alessandro’s design creates strong feelings of warmth, calm and an appreciation of beauty. Sanctuary Seekers, what are the feelings you want guests to have in your home?

Meet the designer Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge
Bio:

Alessandro Munge was born to design. Early on, he began sketching designs for his mother’s drapery business, later expanding his visions to incorporate different elements of a room to create a comprehensive and holistic space. His enthusiasm for architecture and interior design grew throughout high school and university, leading him to spearhead retail and hospitality projects for a renowned Toronto-based interior design firm. Alessandro instils the design process with a balanced approach that captures the essence of each client’s vision from both a creative and financial perspective. His international travels, expertise and cultural exposure allow Studio Munge the ability to create and sculpt spaces into distinctive, signature experiences that reflect the essence and vibrancy of their inhabitants while incorporating elements from each project’s architecture, sense of place, history and heritage.

  “I always envisioned a studio that could grow with me, where disciplines were free to think for themselves as long as they were driven by curiosity and passion.“.

STUDIO MUNGE

Founded in 1997 by Alessandro Munge, Studio Munge is an award-winning interior design firm specializing in luxury hospitality projects. Throughout the firm’s history, Alessandro’s creative leadership and entrepreneurial spirit have inspired the firm’s diverse teams with passion to produce exceptional designs. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Alessandro’s global perspective, inquisitive nature and unfailing quest for the perfect solution has propelled Studio Munge to become a global design leader.

Studio Munge is the recipient of numerous international awards and accolades. The firm’s design for Rosewood Hotel Georgia, for example, has garnered a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honor; enRoute Hotel Design Award; International Hotel Award and the 2013 & 2015 Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Rating for both the Hotel and Sense, A Rosewood Spa. Studio Munge has also been recognized by renowned international design competitions including: the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards; Contract Magazine’s Interiors Awards; FX International Interior Design Awards; Hospitality Design Awards; and the IHMRS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.

With projects blossoming in many iconic metropolis such as New-York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Studio Munge continues to grow, forming longstanding partnerships with a global roster of pre–eminent developers, world renowned architects and leading hotel brands. The firm has been lauded for its unique approach to every project, its bespoke design process and the emotive response its spaces inevitably evoke.

Recent Studio Munge appointments include: The Park Hyatt Hotel & Residences Los Angeles for Oceanwide Holdings Co., The Park Hyatt Hotel Toronto and residences for Oxford Properties Group, two Hilton properties in downtown Toronto including Canada’s first Canopy by Hilton, The William Vale hotel in Brooklyn New York, a JW Marriott Hotel on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront and a number of exclusive residential projects in China for Wheelock Properties and China Resources Land. While designing projects for leading hospitality groups such as Hakkasan, NoHo Hospitality Group and INK Entertainment, Studio Munge has also forged exciting partnerships with several of the world’s acclaimed chefs, including David Hawksworth, Julian Serrano, Akira Back and Andrew Carmellini.

What informs your design philosophy?
My extensive travelling is undoubtedly what influences me the most; the contact with foreign culture has had an immeasurable impact on my designs. It allows me to truly understand human nature, the psychology of the mind and what links us all.
Where do you find your inspirations?
Many of our designs are inspired by architecture, art and fashion. I am not sure I can point to one favourite designer but I have always admired Architects with a strong vision and sense of direction such as Tadao Ando and Frank Gehry whom we’re very excited to be working on a multi-tower project in our hometown of Toronto. They have such a great understanding of light and volumes; both artists perfectly materialize the intricate relationship between fluidity and human connectivity.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
My Sanctuary? I really need to find the time to finish my own residence! It’s been an ongoing project for years, a passion project of mine that requires much more attention that I am able to give right now. Hopefully 2016 will be the year.
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