Living Above the Shop: Marche St. George in Vancouver
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Yesterday's NY Times piece "How to Tell if You're Living an Over-Propped Life" (that, and the discovery of Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table ) has us is wondering if it's possible to be original anymore when it comes to interior design. As Steven Kurutz writes in the Times, "The self-consciously styled home has become almost commonplace, particularly in cities like New York and Los Angeles where creative types congregate. Design classics like Barcelona chairs and Arco floor lamps are now so overplayed that it’s impossible to own them without feeling like a design victim." Perhaps that's why this flat in Vancouver, above Le Marche St. George, appeals to us so much. While some elements are familiar (the Cellula Chandelier in the kitchen, the Acquatinta Suspension Lamp above the dining table), the way the pieces are assembled feels unstudied. Plus, there's a distinct lack of terrariums, mounted deer antlers, vintage typewriters, frame clusters, or other design cliches of the moment. Above: A crystal chandelier adds an unexpected note of formality to the austere stairwell leading to the second-floor apartment. Above: An Acquatinta Suspension Lamp adds a bit of glimmer above the dining table. Above: Tarnished silver plates as wall decor; an unhemmed linen curtain. Above: The floors are left bare, and the furniture is vintage. Above: An Tizio lamp from Artemide adds an unexpected note of Italian style. Above: The palette is simple: black, white, brown. Above: A crystal Cellula Chandelier adds a bit of glamor in the tiny kitchen (and contrasts with the exposed brick wall). Above: The bedroom features an assortment of vintage linens.