It was a former retirement home, a quadruplex on a block of similar buildings in NDG, most of which were in better repair. But Endrée Villeneuve of Vision enVert knew it could be turned into something special, four smart-home condos with flair.
Vancouver-based cinematographer David Bercovici-Artieda is happy that, following a year when so many of his colleagues in the film industry were out of work, some local unions visited Los Angeles to help attract foreign productions.
In a small way, David and his brother, Jacob Bercovici, an American businessman, are doing their own wooing of the industry and have helped Vancouver become more attractive to visiting productions.
What constitutes a work of art, and how does one account for its allure? One could name various criteria – creativity, colour, form, content – but, in the end, it comes down to the artist’s vision and execution of a piece, and the viewer’s appreciation of it.
At his studio within Ciot’s Montreal premises, Igor Marziali deftly handles a martellina to chip at a slab of marble. The simple hammer and hardie resemble the chiselling tools used by artisans during the Roman Empire.
What did you do on your vacation? Chances are that, unlike the owners of this home in the Crescent Beach neighbourhood, you didn’t decide to tear down a house and rebuild it, find a builder, find a designer, go approximately 10,000 kilometres away and leave them to it.
Glamour and sophistication are in when it comes to interior decor, and there are always those who appreciate some retro charm. These qualities define the work of Frederick Watson, who has enjoyed a career that has spanned close to five decades, first as a fashion illustrator, then a fine artist. “I’ve always loved the glamour of the Gatsby era, and of films from the 1930s and ’40s,” says the artist from his Toronto home.
As a managing partner of outdoor furnishings purveyor Casualife, Jill Schwartzentruber has to keep many people’s tastes in mind when selecting stock and advising clients. But for her own recently refurbished backyard in The Beach, Jill got to choose exactly what she wanted.