Team DL members single out the defining elements of their favourite structures
“Mosaic tiles as exterior cladding. They’re common in Barcelona.”
Who are you? Anya Georgijevic
What have you done for us lately? I visited artist-architect Miles Gertler (p. 114) in his lush garden studio in Rosedale. It’s an unexpected location for someone who tends to explore more urban environments in his work. He is full of energy, and an exciting new talent in Toronto.
What one object does every house need to feel like a home? Plants are key to warming up a space. Otherwise it can feel like a hotel. I love inventive little arrangements from places such as Crown Flora Studio. “Warmcurvy corridor.”wood. I am all about the AGO’S
Who are you? Iris Benaroia What have you done for us lately? I wrote about a Leaside home by Sixteen Degree Studio (p. 82) that’s packed with clever features: a crafty built-in dining bench, a fireplace that acts as a room divider and deep window seats.
What’s an overlooked material you’d like to see get more play? “Ugly” marble. The green or black variety was huge in the ‘80s. It’s popping up on backsplashes and tables, but I’d like to see someone go hog wild with it – it’s so loud and luxurious.
“A combination of clay and straw, as is used in cob houses.”
Who are you? Terence Dick
What have you done for us lately? I profiled art duo PA System (p. 56). They are heading to India later this year along with a couple of their teenage collaborators from Cape Dorset. I was impressed by the relationship they’ve forged with youth in the North.
What is your favourite urban development in your neighbourhood? The dog zone at Sorauren Park. I spend so much time there. I just wish there were more trees or a gazebo for shade in the summer. It can get brutal in the heat.