The Financial Post
It wasn’t enough just to throw paint on the wall and call it a day. Seven Haus Design did its homework when it came to Trinity Lofts in Toronto’s east end, the latest loft residence by Streetcar Developments, which is more than 50% sold. The interior designers (and principals of Seven Haus), Jeff Schnitter and Jessica Helps, wanted every element of the unit to matter, and for the whole design to tell a story.
“Trinity is in a great neighbourhood, in Corktown, so the first thing we attached ourselves to was the historic area,’” Mr. Schnitter says of the 530-square-foot model. “We’re very modern, but modern can become very cold and austere and faceless and our style is to be cutting-edge but to bring history back into it.”
Even though Trinity is new-construction, the designers integrated some of the area’s historic components to build on the unit’s loft feel. They were equally inspired by the loft-conversions in 1960s Manhattan, the birthplace of warehouse living.
This inspiration is repeatedly evident, starting with the furniture. Case in point: Under the wall-mounted television in the living area is the custom “junction bench,” a media unit that integrates railway parts embedded into a 200-year-old barn beam. “We literally scavenged these railway parts by walking around the old railway yards in the area,” the designer says.
The bench builds on the local history presented in the space, as does the art, which includes old maps of the Toronto harbour, as well as aged whiskey labels taken from brands once casked in the nearby Distillery District.
Riffing off the original lofts in New York, meanwhile, are factory components such as the polished chrome light fixture in the kitchen, a large polished ball bearing set beside the sofa and, in the bedroom, a stainless steel bed frame. Above the bed is a montage of photos — snooze beneath the “Siamese Connection for Fire Dept!” — a cheeky nod to the Statue of Liberty’s hometown: “We went to New York and ran around and took pictures of crazy street signs — the funkiest we could find — and then put them up as artwork,” Mr. Schnitter says.
The industrial vibe is juxtaposed, however, with sleek, modern elements. The kitchen, for instance, has such vibrancy — it’s topped with an electric tangerine wall that runs above the cabinetry — it would surely eradicate anyone’s cranky morning moods. Orange makes a guest appearance once again lashed on the living room walls and on the scene-stealing sofa. Other upstarts include the kitchen’s moody grey CaesarStone countertops that wrap up to line the backsplash; it’s a trend we’re seeing lots of these days. The glossy white in the cabinetry is reinforced in a trio of stools. And to warm up the stark white, the hardwood floors creep up the walls for an arty effect.
All of it adds to the suite’s modern-loft aesthetic, Mr. Schnitter says. “What we were able to do with this space is really create an authentic loft feel, while remaining fun.”
Suites at Trinity Lofts range in size from 508 sq. ft. to 826 sq. ft. and in price from $310,900 to $486,900. The sales office is located at 625 Queen St. E., Toronto, and open Monday to Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Call 416-690-2988 or visit trinitylofts.ca.