A Toronto Kohn Shnier Architects Home Features Fun DIY Furniture

A prime example of Toronto’s appreciation for design can be found in the Brookfield House, designed by Kohn Shnier Architects.

The articulate division of space, and the precise use of architectural geometry, artfully creates a rich space of depth and flow.

These qualities assuredly deserve praise, but what I find exciting are the owner's DIY furnishings which take centre stage.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Kohn Shnier Architecture Ltd. and A-Frame Studio

 

Makeshift furniture created with crates, or discarded surfaces, are no longer exclusive to the realm of budget savvy homeowners, or penny pinching university students.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Kohn Shnier Architecture Ltd. and A-Frame Studio

 

 

This creative reinterpretation of materials becomes a sign of design ingenuity, innovation, and environmental consciousness.

Furniture has always been a means for homeowners to express their personal style and aspirations. The furniture found in this home is no exception: the bench seating on the back porch made of wood crates and a plank (as seen above), or the coffee table in the living room, constructed with a cut ping pong table top and boxes (as seen below), demonstrate that the residents use clever design solutions to enhance their space.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Kohn Shnier Architecture Ltd. and A-Frame Studio

 

 

The owners placed iconic mid-century designer furniture next to these DIY pieces, with the goal of distinguishing them from the makeshift furniture created out of sheer practicality.

The endearing creative qualities found in DIY furniture gives the viewers the opportunity to see the world as a place of limitless possibilities.

This openness to potential speaks directly to the philosophy of Charles and Ray Eames, the designers of many iconic pieces found in the home.

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Kohn Shnier Architecture Ltd. and A-Frame Studio

 

 

The coffee table in the study, made of cut glass and discarded wood boxes, is another example of using recycled materials and creating something really neat out of random pieces!

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Kohn Shnier Architecture Ltd. and A-Frame Studio

 


Imagination and resourcefulness are only some of the many extraordinary qualities that can be found in this home.

I hope that you will feel inspired, as I am, to get started on your own DIY projects, as all you need is an idea, some patience, and the willingness to start creating!

Visit Kohn Shnier Architecture for more information on their outstanding work. 

 

Researched and Written by Lydia Chan, Bachelor of Interior Design at Ryerson University

Posted In: Ontario

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