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
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.
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.
“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.”
This bathroom provides a moody counterpoint to the light and airy living spaces.
“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.”
The library is partially hidden by custom-designed shelving and the main staircase, giving it a sense of privacy while maintaining an open feel.
The tranquil master bedroom features warm color, soft textures and an incredible view.
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?