Fall follies (November 01, 2010)


Ken and Renee Metrick opened up their splendid Toronto penthouse duplex to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the family business, well known for its elegant home furnishings.

1–Design star Brian Gluckstein, who devised the Metrick digs, and his optician life partner Gary Sarantopoulos, owner of Modern Optical on the Danforth.
2–A mass of Metricks: Ken, Elte CEO; son Andrew, a buyer; Ken’s brother Laurence, president of branding agency The Metrick System, flanked by his kids, Ellie and Ben; buyer Renee; buyer Jamie, son of Ken and Renee; and Mary-Ann, sister of Ken and Laurence.


Traditionally, the annual ARIDO Awards dinner — this year held, as in 2009, in the “beaux arts” splendor of the Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place — caps the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada festivities.

1–Shannon O’Reilly, interior designer; with Alan Dalquen, senior interior designer, Stantec, and his wife, Mai Dalquen, event co-ordinator, Ontario Media Development Corporation.
2–Oh what a night: the Liberty Grand, all dressed up for the awards.
3–Cambria crew: Sumnu Kath, brand director; supermodel and “mascot” Cheryl Tiegs; Linda Leatherdale, VP marketing and business development; and Sara Rooney, Canada district manager.
4–Interior designer Anna Simone, principal, Cecconi Simone; with her client, Gary Switzer, president and CEO, Mod Developments, and his wife, Susan.


Dialog is the moniker for a recent merger of several bicoastal architecture and design firms: Cohos Evamy, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden, Mole White, and Office for Urbanism, Dialog has offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. A party celebrating the merger took place at the Burroughes Building on Queen West in Toronto.

1–Jay McCarthy, manager, business development, Ledcor Construction; architect Charles Lau, associate, Dialog; Michael Suljak, general manager, Graham Construction and Engineering; and James Rutherford, architecture project manager, Dialog.
2–Leslie Tuttle and Elizabeth Broxterman, interior designers at Arcade Architecture and Design, flank Noemi Byrnes, electrical engineering consultant at Dialog, and Derrick Nielsen, VP at contract furniture maker Svend Nielsen.
3–Dialog architects and principals, from here and there: Douglas McConnell, Edmonton; Joost Bakker, Vancouver; and Jim Anderson, Toronto.