ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Everyone, according uber creative Brian Gluckstein, should be entitled to live in a beautiful environment.
And, courtesy of The Art Of Home, his newly published style tome, that glorious sentiment is becoming more realistic for the world at large.
Featuring a distinguished collection of homes that are at once luxurious, chic and livable, Brian’s signature style, as witnessed in his new book, is amply demonstrated via an eclectic collection of aspirational abodes.
From a slick, New York apartment to a tailored, sunny beach house, and from a timeless Aspen chalet to a refined country estate, the thoughtfully conspired nests reveal how to create elegant, personal style.
From the moment we met Brian, some 12 years past (on the set of Cityline, the Canadian morning show on which he’s been a regular for over 20 years) we were immediately taken by his unstinting charm, but above all by his generosity.
After our first meeting, in fact, he invited us for dinner at his magnificent Toronto home, which, for two Scots,at the time new to Canada and its wider design community, was a big deal.
We’ve never forgotten that act of kindness, and his extended arm of friendship, a level of warmth that helped us feel welcome in a brand new city.
Having enjoyed the great fortune of getting to know Brian, over time, that lovely invite, all those years past, makes so much sense.
His success, as we see it, comes from the fact he’s so perfectly comfortable in his own skin, confident in his abilities and at all times inclusive and interesting.
Seriously, there’s no better way to describe the illustrious creative than as a true gentleman.
Little wonder, then, Brain’s career has seen him create highly detailed bespoke interiors for the best part of three decades.
Recognized as one of the world’s top designers in Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Review, and voted Favourite Interior Designer by House & Home readers, Brian’s professional voltage has long since enjoyed an electric ascent.
Since 1999, his ‘Gluckstein Home’ product collection, available at Hudson’s Bay department store, has brought a sophisticated aesthetic to a wider public who lap up his gentle tone on tone approach.
And, of course, his restrained take on luxury, many aspects of which are amply demonstrated in the glossy new book.
And glossy it certainly is. Leafing through The Art Of Home is an absolute joy. As well as a raft of beautifully photographed interiors, the book is studded with riveting anecdotes, inspiring quotes and informative style statements, all of which dutifully reflect the importance of comfort and personal expression through form, function and decor.
It’s fair to say you can hear Brian’s encouraging voice as you pore over his considered counsel, making time spent between the pages an informative journey of discovery.
In short, the collation of stylish residences showcases a perfect insight into the personal style of Canada’s reigning designer king.
And if Brian Gluckstein: Art of Home proves only one thing, it’s that luxury is about enjoying everyday things in an inspired and beautiful way.
Aye, as we see it, Brian’s first book sets a tone to which many other books can only aspire.
Alive with sage advice, blissful inspiration and realistic counsel, it’s your one stop literary shop to an eminently stylish life. Read it and reap!
Brian Gluckstein: Art of Home is published by Figure 1 Publishing and is in stores now.
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