Toronto Receives a Fresh New Approach to Urban Living


An exciting new residential development is underway in Toronto.  This city is growing, and the condo towers will continue to spike the downtown landscape.  Property values on homes have come around quickly following the economic fall.  The reality is the houses that are here, represent all that will exist.  There will never be more free land  downtown for single family dwellings. 

There has been a bit of a sad disconnect happening the past 10 years.  There are two main dwelling styles, condo or house.  a scattering of town houses and for the lucky, a converfted loft.  But for the masses, there are two.  If you want simple living, low maintenance and are willing to sacrifice on the outdoor space and character, you choose a condo.  If you need outdoor space, interest beyond four white walls and the token sliding door, than you choose a house. 

A few years back I found a property with two tiny houses on it, one behind the other on a pre-severed lot.  It was downtown in a cool area and it got me excited!  For designers and architects these odd ball properties represent incredible potential.  I wanted to build two new large properties with a shared courtyard.  Multiple terraces and clean contemporary design.  This represented the building style european cities have been doing for years.

Toronto’s Cecconi Simone has been creating award wining modern residential designs for more than 20 years.  They’re known for their work with developers, designing sales centers and model suites that sell condos.  The business savvy pair of Anna Simone and Elaine Cecconi have decided to take matters into their own hands.  They partnered with Netkin Architects, pulled together additional financing from silent investors and established Blurredge Group, a development company.

Their first project is underway and has been received with the expected acclaimed reviews.  It is precisely what the city lacks. 



Located at 56 Lippincott Street at the meeting point between three vibrant and diverse Toronto neighbourhoods, Lippincott Living is a new eight-townhome in-fill development designed for young and young-at-heart urban dwellers. Distinguished by a sharp modern look, sensible open-concept interiors and design elements that are soft on the environment, these unique, limited-edition residences reflect the wants, needs and concerns of contemporary urban residents.

twoshotsEach 2,000-sq.-ft. Lippincott Living unit is built using an advanced structural system that employs prefabricated components—wood frames and precast concrete—which speed up construction times, reduce waste and provide greater quality control. Each home is a high-performance building designed to withstand the elements and maximize local climate conditions—retaining warmth in winter and cool air in summer—to reduce energy consumption.

waashroom2shotsThe design incorporates “living roofs” that help insulate, heat and cool the home, dampen street noise, and filter air and rainwater.  The group is know for their tireless attention to detail and as is their calling card, all furnishings, lighting, even accessories shown in the model suite can be purchased.  If one prefers, they can simply buy the lifestyle and bring their toothbrush. Pricing begins at $869,000.00

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Fashion House – From Runway to Hallways


I took in the media preview last night for Freed Developments’ new project, Fashion House.  Paying homage to the neighbourhood, Peter Freed’s group created a concept not seen before in North America.  11 of Canada’s top fashion designers have been enlisted to each conceptualize a floor within the residence.

Located on  King Street west at Brant, the development will be erected in Toronto’s Fashion district. This collaboration with fashion designers restores some of the area’s original industry as well as pushing the city’s residential real estate market beyond the traditional.

“I felt that we should celebrate Canadian design, the significance of Fashion District and create a one of a kind building to express this celebration of life, fashion and art” states Peter Freed, founder and CEO of Freed Developments.

Fashion House windows

A 12th, communal space is being held open to a public design competition, the winner of which will be given the same budget and opportunity to implement his or her design.  Both a panel of fashion and architectural experts as well as the online public will judge submissions.

The conceptual design boards were on display last night, giving the flavour for each intended design, but leaving the actualization open.  Each designer pulls from their personal design styles and mediums translating those into installations which will become the inspiration for the common area designs.

I was particularly taken with Andy Thê-Anh red dress and Jenny Bird’s  nest-like applications.  They allowed a glimpse at the sculptural style in store for her space.


Freed Developments has built a reputation as a cutting edge, design based Development Company.   As the real estate market, in particular condo and urban development markets shift and morphe to deal with the times, it will be innovative thinking like this that separates Freed from the pack.  

Participating designers include

Smythe, Jeremy Laing, Beckerman, Jay Godfrey, Greta Constantine, Joeffer Caoc, Mikhael Kale, Shawn Hewson, of Bustle, Andy Thê-Anh, as well as accessory designers Dean Davidson and Jenny Bird.

Pretty is important, so all you bums can keep on a moving…

Here’s the latest product review from Designer Pages…

A lovely little chair.  An example of how sometimes it’s ok to just be pretty.   Let another, less pretty chair hold all the bums.  The tango need not.


Industrial designer Ante Vojnovic’swork “Tango Variation” is a medley of chairs that mimic the the dance form. The theatricality is palpable, and this collection also highlights the savoir-faire of this conscientious designer.  Each chair in the collection is distinctive (for a lack of a better word) however when grouped together, illustrate a beguiling dissonance. The collection’s forte lies in the designer success to bring to the vanguard his irrevocable passion for cultural and artistic experimentation. The fluidity mirrored in each chair contravenes all design conventions and the unique styling is quite emblematic to Vojnovic.

Says the designer:
“I am busy contemplating the inexistant. I found through creativity a way of life, inventing a far away world, I keep my distances, don’t want to fall in the norm. I want that far away world stripped from preconceived ideas of the future or career and without clear outcoming, the be guided by one and only path; mine, no sides taken, no cause to defend but just feel the moment. Mesmerized but the excess, the nonsense and the madness, the neutral bores me. – FromYatzer



Hot Products This Week

As always if you see something you like, or want info on just send me a message.  I will source it for you or direct you to who can.  Enjoy!

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