Designed by Martha Franco Architecture & Design (MFA&D)
From the designers:
This high-profile design project was commissioned by a senior partner in an international investment firm headquartered in New York City and his wife, a Montrealer.
The couple chose Montreal as the foundation of a life of international travel while providing a stable base for their children to attend school in Montreal.
As avid art collectors, the couple envisioned a curation of their worldly art aggregation – including works by Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jim dine, Damien Hirst, Francesco Vezzoli, and Canadian First Nations artist Kent Monkman – within the warm embrace of their home’s heritage elements.
The owners have exquisite tastes, and they understand that the dialogue of art transcends the simplicity of just matching colours, says Martha Franco, founder of the firm bearing her name.
“We embarked on the project with that prominently in mind, while defining a distinct character for each space in the home and designing transitions to connect them all together.”
A history of heritage – connecting the past and present
MFA&D specialises in architecture and design within heritage properties, and the stunning turn-of-the-century home presented an opportunity to carry the beauty of the past into the present, while ensuring that the character and flavour of the property’s heritage would remain relevant to the current design.
The undertaking addressed a trending global challenge as design firms around the world strive to find fresh ways to strike a coherent balance between heritage and contemporary design elements.
The 1096m² home includes three main living floors, buffered between an upper attic space, and a storage cellar below.
Gallery windows and vaulted ceilings provide a heritage framework for each of the home’s unique spaces.