In this episode George is joined by Jennifer Kudlats, founder of Canadian practice Studio A/C. They discuss the Shallmar Residence in Toronto, designed for a family of five, with a serious art collection.
The practice describes the project as a house ‘disguised as an art gallery’ They took inspiration from the artists Agnes Martin and Donald Judd when designing the interiors, including a kitchen island composed of 4 monolithic concrete blocks.
Although it appears entirely new, the house is actually a renovation of a 1950’s property. The entire ground floor is open-plan, with the space divided by floating walls that don’t touch the perimeter and chunky columns that create a colonnade across the middle. The design results in flowing liveable spaces that flooded with ample natural light and perfect for enjoying the artworks.
At the end of the episode, George asks Jennifer the three questions he asks all his podcast guests;
– what really annoys her about her home?
– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?
– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?