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Riding Out A Pandemic: Collected Condo

The principle of a place for everything and everything in its place goes a long way to providing the relief that comes with a sense of order. So says Post Architecture principal Gloria Apostolou, who designed this space for a client downsizing into her first condo.

The condo features all the practical elements suitable for sheltering in place: working home office; well-appointed kitchen; and so on. But for the client, it was more important to have all her favourite things — artwork, books, her music collection — around her, helping the new space feel like a home rather than just an anonymous white cube.

Apostolou and team carefully measured and catalogued every piece and designed the space to fit them perfectly, not only in terms of shelving and storage but right down to the wall dimensions, assuring a pleasing composition for treasured artwork and other pieces.

Sliding doors help tailor space to the needs of the moment, such as increased privacy for the home office or opening up the kitchen. The layout is also oriented so that leafy views or interior focal points like art are visible from almost every corner, another important mood lifter. A soft colour scheme of blue-grey, white and natural wood completes the sense of calm.

“Having everything in its place, I feel, contributes to the sense of being a good place to ride out the pandemic,” observes Apostolou. “The organization of spaces and storage eliminates clutter and reduces stress, increases the sense of space, and brings an appreciation of craft into the everyday.”

Photography by Riley Snelling

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