The Grand Trunk in Montreal, Canada, is MARK + VIVI‘s latest project. Located in the transitioning neighborhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles, the newly renovated 1,100-square-foot house serves as both residence and work studio for designers Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera.
The exposed structure of the building, built in 1880, supports a whimsical integration of traditional industrial materials and clever, efficient design. Instead of being shipped to the landfill, the salvaged wood from the demolition — including the old framing and floorboards — found new life as rugged yet tasteful furniture, cabinets and countertops.
Steel columns and beams were added to support the existing timber-frame structure. Left exposed and painted white, the new “bones” not only lift but gracefully complement the old.
Pleasantly unexpected antique finds during demolition helped influence the design process of various spaces throughout. Uncovered were old toys, antique tools and vintage enamel signs that now play an integral part in the home’s decor.
“We wanted to create a home that captured the essence and character of a classical 19th century Canadian row house infused with contemporary touches of playfulness and style,” the designers say. What do you think of the outcome? [Photos and information provided by MARK + VIVI Studio]
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