Reader’s home – Kris’ Vancouver penthouse

Posted on Tue, 2 Oct 2012 by KiM

I’ve got a Canadian reader’s home to share with you all today, from Kris: I am an Art Director living in Vancouver and obsessed with midcentury modern design. Vancouver’s downtown westend has a number of amazing low rise buildings built in the late 1940’s that feature a separate penthouse on the roof. I was lucky to find one a year ago that I now call home or sometimes the “Sky Ranch”. My boyfriend Mick and I immediately painted everything white as we always do and began to fill the apartment with a mix of vintage finds like our Eero Saarinen Womb chair and Tulip table along with a pair of original Basket chairs. A few key Ikea pieces round out the mix. Our 500 sq ft rooftop deck is pimped out with Canadian designed Solair chairs in white along with Ikea’s classic Vago easy chair. Windmill palms and my favorite piece – a Weber charcoal BBQ grill – complete the mix. If Vancouver was right next to Ottawa I’d ask Kris to be BFFs. He has a penthouse apartment (rooftop no less), classic midcentury furniture, a large deck, my 2 favourite outdoor chairs…*sigh*.

Ulf says:

Great apartment! Nice mixture. Love the big painting in the living room (the portrait with the dots) – who is the artist?

Absolutely love the mid-century furnishings, but the artwork is really awesome.
I love when the scale of artwork is impactful. It means that less is needed and the overall effect is clean.

KEB says:

The artist who painted the large portrait is Eric Roddy

Most would place the bed against the wall that houses the desk and Mac, but I LOVE this placement (and choices!), of the furniture in the bedroom…just brill! My grandmother has an original basket chair she gave to me when she downsized, which is now home in my tween daughters' bedroom…lucky her and great job Kris & Mick!!

Kara says:

What a great place. I love all the artwork!

Robin says:

Kris and Mick, what a beautiful space. It is so nice to see artwork take a prominent place. Who painted the fabulous yellow and purple painting above the record player?

KEB says:

Robin, we bought that painting a number of years ago at a vintage furniture shop. We are not sure of the artist, but the initials on the painting are LM. It is one of our favourite pieces.

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