Cosmopolitan sophistication

Beige Design

Beaux-arts inspiration, quality materials and finishing, cultivated luxury: Ritz-Carlton residences reflect the image of the century-old establishment on which they find themselves delicately perched. Architects and designers have spared neither effort nor means to achieve the pinnacle of perfection.

This apartment, designed by Patty Xenos, is perfect evidence that one can wed elegance and subtlety. No ostentation here. Rather a respect for, even a surpassing of, the brand standards of the ‘Ritz-Carlton Residences’ brand.

While delivering a unique and timeless style to the residences, Patty Xenos, recognized for her exceptional interiors, has succeeded admirably in paying tribute to the architectural heritage of the hotel, paragon of the Beaux-Arts style. To achieve this, she and her team studied the hotel drawings and archival documents to draw inspiration. Then, each residence, each room, was meticulously planned to reflect five-star accommodation perfectly in sync with the times.

Upon entering, the discerning eye notes the attention to every detail. Custom solutions across the board. The motif of the double entry door in makore is inspired by a stone cornice of the hotel facade. The oval shape of the vestibule, with its magnificent brown marble floor, suggests that of the famous Café de Paris. In addition to the practical walk-in, what particularly impresses in this entrance hall is the feeling of space and the beautiful natural light that bathes the room … just like a grand residence!

In the living room, the designer has created a setting that meta­morphoses with the passing hours. The materials, furniture, and decorative accessories have been selected for their rich textures and reflection coefficient that changes with the play of light. In this manner, the silk carpet and the seat fabric change colour from one hour to the next, the lamps gently allow light to pass through, and the low tables reflect the light.

The reading area enjoys a unique view on Mount Royal. To harmonize and even melt into the extraordinary herringbone walnut floor – another architectural legacy of the building ­a chair inspired by a classic of modern design was selected. In a brilliant touch, the occasional tables in glass contain particles that change colour with the light!

In the kitchen, luxury is conjugated in the future tense. With its lacquered Poggenpohl cabinets (Grolle), the kitchen is a work of art in itself… concealing a multitude of hyper-sophisticated features. Above the white quartz island countertop housing the cook top is a Miele adjustable-height hood. Practical when guests descend on the kitchen. Enclosing the sink, a frosted backlit backsplash is ‘lumino-therapeutic’ as its delicate coloring reflects the daylight spectrum. A brilliant touch. She also thought of frozen toes on chilly mornings, and installed a comfortable heated white marble floor. Looking for the fridge? It’s perfectly concealed, as is the wine fridge on its side (Sub Zero). As for the back door, it gives unto a butler’s pantry, but also a secret corridor allowing hotel staff to deliver anything to the occupants from the hotel’s 24 hour room service. Room service at home. Sophisticated, no?

Beyond the initial impression, Patty Xenos wanted to ensure that all rooms provided a feeling of space. The living room is in perfect harmony with the dining room: both featuring the same rich neutral fabrics, with one in a slightly darker tone, with metallic accents and transparent elements. Between the two, and open on each side, a fireplace, elegantly dressed in marble (Persiano Limestone) with the hearth elevated, allows for a unique view. The ceilings are accented with recessed coffers to render the space more intimate. The moldings, high baseboards, framing, and the eight-foot doors are all inspired by architectural elements of the venerable building.

With its heated Gris de Savoie marble floor, Wood-Mode cabinetry (Grolle), modern bathtub with high performance taps, multi-jet shower, and heated towel rail, the bathroom is a luxurious oasis worthy of five stars. The master bedroom (Fenêtres MQ) is a cozy retreat with its relaxation area, cushioned bed (Flou), and works of art (Painting : Pascale Pratte, Raku : Estella Fransbergen, Galerie MX).

Every room was designed by Patty Xenos with the aim of eliciting outcries of admiration, including the ‘loggia’. Open to the living room thanks to the large glass doors (Fenêtres MQ), it extends the living space and the summer season. The furniture (Jardin de Ville) is specially designed for outdoors and the sub-floor heating removes the drudgery of winter shoveling. As for the view, it is heightened by a glass railing. Who could ask for more? résidences ritz-carlton montréal,residences.ritzmontreal.com

RÉSIDENCES RITZ-CARLTON MONTRÉAL, residences.ritzmontreal.com

The building conversion was effected by Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes, and by leading construction company, Pomerleau.

Photos : Yves Lefebvre

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