9t the outset, the client had a general sense for the "feel"they desired, and it was obvious they needed a homethat was both suitable for entertaining businessassociates, as well as a welcoming place for family togather. Ultimately, the overriding goal was to create a home that isinspirational, memorable, liveable, and a celebration of lively colour. Through our discussions on experience and taste, our clientexpressed a liking for the colour red. This primary hue is one ofthe most powerful, emotion-evoking colours. It is energizing,stimulating and has connotations of prosperity, joy and vitality.Red is also the warmest of all colours and visually the strongest.If not balanced by another hue, red can easily dominate, and soit was decided that "colour" in general would become theprevailing theme to link areas, with red in various shades beingthe element to provide character and individuality. Good design is subjective but not arbitrary. It is comprised of avariety of elements orchestrated in unison to evoke a mood orfeeling, and it can affect us as strongly as any piece of music. Ithas rhythm, dimension and texture created through the use ofline, space, shape and colour. Colour plays an integral part in anydesign. It can speak loudly or whisper quietly; either way, nothingcan more quickly reveal the personality or character of a spacethan the choice or absence of colour. For example, the living room has a formal tone. Crisp accents ofred are sharp counterpoints to the indigo-blue base colour of thetraditional Qum carpet and Deco-inspired furniture in an ebonizedfinish; the combination of colours is cool and reserved. This play ofblue, red and black repeats itself in the dining room; however, herethe use of much lighter backgrounds creates a starker contrast, andthe red shifts to a darker shade of burgundy. The effect is subduedwith one exception: the Murano glass chandelier, a single staccatonote of ruby red which injects playful, whimsical energy into anotherwise traditionally detailed room. By Alex Chapman, with Neil JonsohnAOriginally built in the 1920s, this Rosedale property maintained itsexisting façade with the new build extending behind the main streetelevation. Simultaneously classic and playful in its design and finish,hallmarks of the project include careful detailing and bold accents ofcolour with a definite progression in palette and tone from the moreformal, public spaces to the relaxed youthful energy in the private areas.
10Alex Chapman - PrincipalAlex's extensive industry experience at the head of Chapman Design Groupare the foundation from which UNION31 grows. He has spearheadednumerous projects including the exclusive Cotton House resort on Mustiqueand the Trump Riverside development on the Upper West Side of New YorkCity. He is recognized for an elegant aesthetic of sophisticated simplicity andthe ability to seamlessly blend genres, periods and cultures.Neil Jonsohn - PrincipalNeil's experience in the design and project management of luxury homes isdefined by an insightful ability to interpret a client's vision with a holisticapproach. He is a graduate of Ryerson's Interior Design program and his workhas been published in the National Post, Azure and featured in Architecture &Design in Barbados. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigiousInternational Property Award for his remake of a historic Rosedale home.Union31.comshades of burnt umber, cranberry and orange play out againstcrisp white cabinetry and dimpled, hand-chipped walnut panels.This marks a further shift in tenor; one that is inviting but also farmore relaxed and open. In its entirety, the home spans four floors including the basementand several bedrooms; however, it is tucked up in the eaves of thetop floor that the project culminates. Home to the exercise roomand an adjacent bathroom, the space is all about energy; acrescendo of vivid lipstick red. This colour dominates, blendingthe angles and softening the peaks. The angular planes of theceiling and walls are painted one colour, and the countertops andfloor are finished in a coordinating solid surface material. Here,the use of white is the splash --the accent that creates contrastand adds dimension. Colour is only one element of good design; however, it can speakvolumes and has a direct effect on our moods and feelings. Forthis home and this client in particular, colour played a dominantrole in the shaping of the final plan by adding structure andcreating temperature. This home makes a statement and is filledwith vitality. It is a fine balance of comfort and understated luxurythat will be enjoyed for many years to come. Good design is avisually complete story; it is not simply about what you look at butrather what you see. ...nothing can more quicklyreveal the personality orcharacter of a space than thechoice or absence of colour.As we progress from the formal public spaces of the house into theeveryday family areas, the colour palette begins to shift, becomingwarmer, and moving away from undertones of blue to earthier redsof scarlet, through russet with variations on value that transitioninto oranges, purples and hazelnut --a casual vibe and a fully reddominant palette. In the den, this change in value makes for an enveloping retreat;fully saturated jewel toned colours set against walnut panelingvisually weight the room, creating an intimate, inviting feel.Echoes of the smooth and detailed finishing found in the front ofthe home are repeated to create a refined quality. Transitioningfurther back into the home to the kitchen-family room, we findsimpler planes and pronounced blocks of colour. ComfortingPhotos by Jac Jacobson Photography