Canadian Interiors

Tip Top’s condo-lofts all feature high windows and ceilings, providing wonderful, unobstructed southwestern views of the waterfront (rare in this city smothered by chock-a-block towers). And units in the original building are furnished with huge exposed cement pillars and ductwork.

It was at this prestigious address and in one of these airy units that Dan Menchions, principal in Toronto’s II BY IV DESIGN, found himself in 2007, discussing a commission. The owner, a young doctor, was seeking “a personal retreat,” Menchions says. Too busy with his career to fuss over furnishings and fixtures, “he asked us to ‘give him a lifestyle’.”