The herringbone oak floors in the Musée Rodin, Paris, are just part of the magnificence of the 18th-century Hotel Biron where Rodin once lived. As The Kiss was unavailable, I took the flooring idea back home with me.
Wise craftsmen from Poland, newly arrived in Canada, laid our floor with white oak sourced from Pennsylvania. Then we layered in textures, collaging industrial objects against modern-era design. The metal stools originally belonged to a garment factory. Black leather for the seats and cow hides came from the classic Toronto-based Perfect Leather, one of the last hold outs on King St. West, despite constant offers from condo developers. The length of the marble counter was dictated by a 10-foot slab of Italian Bianco we found from a local supplier. Photographed on a TGIF late afternoon.
When it’s -15 degrees Celsius outside it’s essential to have warming zones inside. The table on castors is part of the 1960s aluminum series by Charles and Ray Eames. Chess set hand-crafted by my talented father-in-law, Bill Terry. And this pair of chairs – found in derelict condition – was collected for their distinct personalities. The old radiator, found on Craig’s List, weighs about 500 pounds. Now we can never move.