We have, as a society, something one might call an inscrutable curiosity about the homes of others. It’s an interest the entertainment industry has identified and capitalized on; our collective voyeurism is satisfied time and again from the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy’s infamously televised White House tour to MTV’s Cribs. In particular, we share a nosiness about the dwelling places of celebrities and royals, public figures and the upper crust. What kind of kitchen does an astronaut have? How does a politician decorate? Where does a Michelin-starred chef sleep?
Well, if you’ve ever been curious about the sort of home a high-profile surgeon occupies, look no further than the gallery above.
Dr. Jamil Asaria is one of Canada’s leading plastic surgeons. He and his wife approached Audax, a Toronto based architecture and design firm that specializes in luxury real estate, to build a home for their family. Audax answered with an unusual proposal: a flat above Asaria’s plastic surgery clinic on Davenport Road, which is situated in a posh area between the Annex and Yorkville, two of Toronto’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The couple appreciated the advantages of this unique proposal and agreed to the conversion of the building’s second floor.
The interiors are largely inspired by Milanese design. Indeed, it’s the sort of space one can imagine being the setting of an Italian editorial fashion photoshoot. Boasting 4,200 square feet of space, this open concept layout is comfortably lavish. The colours, textiles, and finishes work together to create a rich, warm palette. Brass, marble, walnut, and plush textiles create visual interest wherever the eye travels.
The single-floor family home is accessible via a private entrance, and an uber-convenient private elevator provides access directly to the clinic below. The home consists of a formal foyer and dining room, open-concept kitchen and living room, discreet butler’s kitchen, four bedrooms, three washrooms, and an outdoor patio.
Audax designs its own custom furniture, and in the formal dining room, one can find the firm’s Donatello Console. The dining room table is made from rosewood and is flanked by rialto navy Jonathan Adler chairs.
The main feature of the living room is a handsome double-sided fireplace and marble mantle. The sofas and chairs are Restoration Hardware, while the cushions were custom-made for the project.
A breakfast area separates the living room from the kitchen while maintaining an open-concept, airy aesthetic. The kitchen features traditional wall panelling offset by a contemporary walnut and blue laminate cabinetry. A gorgeous Fior di Pesco marble is used as a backsplash and carried through to an integrated island breakfast banquette. An enviable Sub-Zero stove and polished brass hood keep things streamlined and sophisticated, even when it comes to the appliances.
In the powder room, a textured gold wallpaper offsets the gold of an umbrella hex tile on an accent wall. The vanity, made from fabricated marble, is a custom Noir Saint-Laurent piece. Brass plumbing fixtures continue the shining motif of precious metals throughout this space.
The master bedroom features a gorgeous Armani Casa wallpaper, its subtle forest theme evoking a little nature in this urban dwelling. The drapes are a rich Bordeaux red. A walk-in closet features a custom centre island jewellery display. The handles add a touch of glimmer with a satin-finished brass.
In the master ensuite, a burled elm wood wall in a high-gloss piano finish serves as a striking backdrop for the deep soaker tub. It is framed by a Grand Antique black marble, a material used in the double vanity as well.
There’s a distinct appreciation for luxury wallpaper throughout the home; in the office, a Nuvolette Wallpaper by Fornasetti complements walnut millwork and a leathered marble desk. In one of the children’s bedrooms, a Fornasetti wallpaper by Cole and Son adds a touch of playful whimsy.
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Photographer: Erik Rotter