Balbek Bureau Designs a Perfect Habitat for a Young Kyiv Businesswoman

The dining area features a Vincent Van Duysen table by B&B Italia with chairs by Knoll. Photography by Yevhenii Avramenko/Andrey Bezuglov. ...

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A custom table with Calligaris chairs and a Karman chandelier defines the dining area; the kitchen cabinetry and stools are custom. Photography b...
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Pallet Wall is a contemporary display solution for a permanent wall, offering unique configurations and made with natural materials. Pallet Wall ...
The custom bar is made of steel, with inset mirrored panels and high-gloss black tile. Photography by PION Studio. When the Polish firm Wier...
Seating from Delo and backsplash tiles by Equipe Cerámicas offer touches of color upon Belarusian terrazzo floor. Photography by Mikhail L...
Zannier Hotels Sonop comprises canvas tents on stilted platforms set amid huge boulders in the Namibian desert. Photography by Patricia Parinejad...
The diagonal geometry of the graphics serves as subtle wayfinding. Photography by James Brittain. Any design-minded student in Montreal will...

IvyStudio Gives a Montreal Dry Cleaners a Parisian Pied-à-Terre Ambience

A chair by Hay sits near a hidden door to the seamstress’s office. Photography by Annie Fafard.

Lugging one’s dirty laundry to the dry cleaners isn’t exactly as glamorous as a visit to a chic Parisian pied-à-terre—but why shouldn’t it be? For Les Nettoyeurs White’s first flagship, a construction just a few years old in a residential neighborhood on the south shore of Montreal, IvyStudio took inspiration from classic French apartments. “The clients wanted the place to feel like a home,” says architect Gabrielle Rousseau, and so the team installed handmade tiles in a herringbone pattern and crafted a 14-foot-high library for White’s eco-friendly products.

A white epoxy floor echoes the branding elements across the machinery. Photography by Annie Fafard.

“With 22-foot-high ceilings,” Rousseau says, “it was a challenge to make the space feel cozy and comfortable.” The solution? “We added suspended globes to give the illusion of a lower ceiling.”

Then the design team hid doors within new molding, integrated a window for the seamstress’s counter, and installed a frosted glass strip to tease views of clothes on their way to cleaning. White’s owners, Audrey Girouard and Guillaume Germain, felt so right at home that they carried on the concept to their factory—the ultimate merci beaucoup. 

Structube chairs create seating areas just off the factory floor. Photography by Annie Fafard.
A custom ladder on a track rests upon handmade ceramic flooring by Seneca Tiles; the custom logo is powder-coated steel in a brass finish. Photography by Annie Fafard.
A Lambert et Fils chandelier descends among Seagull Lighting pendants above a cashwrap in Nero Marquina marble. Photography by Annie Fafard.
The fully-glazed exterior offers ample views of the elegant interior. Photography by Annie Fafard.

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Four Open, Airy Residences Located Around the World

Rural, alpine, and beach houses from Chile to Canada are at one with their remote surroundings. Photography by Doublespace Photography. Firm:...