Design Elements & Finishes
Tasked with developing a cohesive design that blended iconic Tudor elements, touches of art deco, flashes of art nouveau, and all the latest in convenience and functionality; the design team was asked to exceed all expectations when bringing The Mayfair to life
To fulfill this vision, authentic materials and finishes were woven together in a unique blend of craftsmanship, ingenuity, artisanal skill and extraordinary attention to detail. The design team incorporated elements that were:
- TIMELESS – Imported Porta Romana “Lartigue” crystal chandeliers and Brian Baxter stained glass doors throughout the home.
- EXCEPTIONAL – Intricate bronzed custom railings and
a handcrafted bronze range hood. Warm walnut millwork throughout, five custom fireplace mantels, and classic imported limestone flooring.
- FUNCTIONAL – Custom glass tiles and imported granite countertops in the kitchen. Indiana limestone quoining, handcrafted copper gutters and downspouts; pea gravel and limestone floor in the wine cellar.
- UNIQUE – One-of-a-kind moulding and baseboard finishes complement the custom furniture; handmade paper wall coverings, and sparkling mini tiles in the games room and wine cellar.
In reaching their goals, the team from Architerior Designs, created a scheme that makes the residence feel curated – not designed – as if the elements fell naturally together.
Inspired by an art nouveau railing in Brussels, the hand-forged bronzed railing in the Grand Foyer is the defining artistic achievement at The Mayfair. The railing follows the curved sweep of the staircase, meaning there is not a straight line in the entire length, and as such the design could not be computer generated. Thus, in a process reminiscent of Michelangelo, the architect/designer had the contractor build and install a plywood mock-up on which he drew the entire masterpiece from a scaffold. A metalwork studio was then commissioned to form each piece directly from the template, and after fittings on site, the entire assembly was bronzed and prepared for installation.
From the formal entry, up to the top level and down to the lower levels, a standard of outstanding flooring is maintained wall-to-wall throughout the entire residence. In the grand foyer, exquisite hand-cut tiles are patterned in a custom design. You then step up to ¾” walnut planks, cut and set to reveal a dramatic herringbone pattern when touched by sunlight.
Natural stone is a highlight in both the interior and exterior designs of this residence. The generous use of Indiana limestone for quoining, baseboards, carved window/ doorway surrounds, custom mantels, and the dramatic wine cellar façade adds definitive character. Imported marble is used in floors, showers and vanity tops – and of course the magnificent fireplace mantel in the study. Tossed travertine is deployed on walkways, the pool deck, casual eating area, and throughout the kitchen. Striking granite is also used in the kitchen and on the wet bar. On the accent wall in the casual living room, natural stone lends solidity and grandeur to the aesthetic.
Unique and exceptional wallpaper plays a key role in The Mayfair’s design scheme. Unto themselves, the wallpapers’ patterns, textures and colour palettes are world class. Each wallpaper is used brilliantly to define and distinguish its room, and the craftsmanship is astounding, owing once again to the incredible work displayed by the artisans.
Baxter’s custom stained glass art adds translucent magic, not only to the doors of the kitchen cabinets, but also to the arched pocket doors between the kitchen and formal dining room. Colourful, contemporary work based in classic design principles brings allure to these areas.
The choice of lighting fixtures in The Mayfair is further affirmation that, in a residence of such quality, it’s the details that tell the story. Beyond the extensive ambient lighting and advanced control system, each of the lighting fixtures was chosen to add magic to the room. The wall sconces in the various bathrooms are intriguing and fun. The ceiling fixtures in the casual eating and living areas – plus the “open filament” sputnik fixture in the wine cellar – add contemporary touches. Further, the imported Porta Romana “Lartique” chandeliers exude elegance and grace in the formal dining room.
The team of artisans who crafted The Mayfair were blessed with extraordinary skill sets, and designing custom furniture was one of these skills. As a result, virtually every chair, table, vanity, and cabinet in the residence was designed, constructed and upholstered specifically for its place in the home. The construction standards and selection of fabrics further define the warmth and charm befitting a residence of this grandeur.