This elegant contemporary interior is accented with classic elements reflecting the spirit of the heritage building in which it is located. Topped by an immense terrace overlooking Montréal, the apartment also features large windows with breathtaking views of Mount Royal.
Attracted by the majestic look of the historic building’s facade, the owners of this condominium asked Marc Bherer, president of interior design firm Desjardins Bherer, to work with them on a new layout. As Bherer explains, “It was very interesting because the interior had been gutted and one could see from one end of the space to the other.” Other major attractions for the owners: the spacious condominium has direct access to a 2,000-square-foot private rooftop terrace and is ideally located between urban amenities and outdoor activities.
The design concept is based on a constant dialogue between the building envelope and the interior decor. “To reflect the exterior style, we chose relatively classic profiles for basics like the baseboards, cornices, mouldings, and window frames, then created an interesting mix by adding contemporary elements,” explains Bherer. The palette of neutral colours—warm white, taupe, greige, and caramel—establishes a relaxing, timeless atmosphere. A few touches of blue underscore the elegance of the setting, while colourful artwork and the ever-changing seasonal landscape animate the space.
Several rounded pieces of furniture and light fixtures bring a softness and flow to the living space, and sometimes lead to other areas. For example, the sofa curves toward the primary bedroom, even as it defines the living room. Minimalist furnishings add purity and modernity to the space as they connect various activities, like the long, low storage unit that ties the three-sided fireplace to the television.
The built-in kitchen hood and quartz backsplash centered in the wall of cabinets give the kitchen a distinctive, streamlined look.
The bleached oak floor contrasts with colder materials like the marble surrounding the fireplace and the large glass top on the dining room table. Throughout the apartment, pieces made of leather, velvet, and rich textures create a welcoming, friendly ambience.
All three bedrooms share a similar design, and their walk-in closets feature handleless doors reminiscent of those used in the foyer wardrobe.
In the primary bedroom, the bed faces the changing panorama outside and the television, with its head against the wall housing the walk-in closet. The ensuite bathroom is an integral part of the room as the designer opted to equip it with a textured glass sliding door to maximize natural light.
Photos André Doyon
Bensen sofa and armchairs, Latitude Nord; entertainment unit, Ébénisterie BWA; Ortal fireplace, Foyer Universel; fireplace marble, Les Ateliers Stone Age; Luceplan table lamps, Triede Design; Eureka ceiling lights, Mercor Lighting