The Grand Tour

This Industrial Loft in Vancouver Was Transformed Into a Paradise for Music Lovers

Falken Reynolds made this old Canadian warehouse into a colorful home with bold patterns
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The dining area features a Steelwood round table from Magis surrounded by Bensen Stax stacking chairs with a Vine pendant from Vancouver lighting brand AndLight hanging above them.Chad Falkenberg

The homeowner stands behind the Field Lounge chair by Blu Dot.

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“When this unit came on the market, I was in Montreal looking at similar listings,” remembers Ian Patrick, a finance professional and hobbyist DJ. “My friends here in Vancouver knew that this has always been my home, and some of them were looking at apartments there on my behalf.” A few days later, he flew across the country to see it IRL and was immediately struck by how sprawling and bright it was. “It was the start of our winter season, but the loft was so radiant and inviting thanks to the massive windows and the light reflecting off the smooth concrete floors,” Ian says.

The 1,200-square-foot industrial space is nestled in a historical building, which was originally built in 1909 by architect Edward Evans Blackmore, in the neighborhood of Gastown. “It is a very central area, which makes for the best access to the Vancouver core,” Ian says. “Stanley Park, the West End, downtown, Chinatown, and the Seawall are all within minutes from my door, and the rest is just a short bike ride away.”

The living room is furnished with a Jan Kath rug, a Breuer Laccio side table from Knoll, a Cassina Cotone aluminum side table, an Area coffee table by Bensen, and a Brio side table from Lapalma. There are plenty of options for sitting, including the endless modular seating sofa by Bensen, the Deep Thoughts lounge chair by Blu Dot, a vintage MP-91 Brazilian rosewood lounge chair by Percival Lafer, a Radii bench from Bensen, and a Cleon ottoman by Blu Dot.

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In 2004, the expansive warehouse was converted by Alda Pereira Design into live-work loft spaces. Ian’s home was then recently furnished and renovated a step further by Falken Reynolds, who kept the brick and wood beam construction exposed to highlight the character of the building. Among some of the most impressive and beautiful features are the expansive great room (which comprises the kitchen, dining area, and living room) with its six large south- and east-facing windows; the kitchen’s steel framed millwork, which was extended with new shelving and tiles to enhance functionality and add visual texture; and the open concept en suite adorned with Hella Jongerius’s Diarama tiles from Mutina.

Originally designed by Alda Pereira, the open concept en suite was maintained and rebuilt by Falken Reynolds with new tiles. The Brix bedside table is from Bensen, the Spacecrafted 11 area rug is from Jan Kath, the Spine counter stool is from Fredericia, the Press mirror is from Umbra Shift, and the ThuThu stool by Patty Johnson is from Mabeo Furniture.

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In the bathroom, the Diarama tiles from Mutina were designed by Hella Jongerius.

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A touch of blue was added to the custom walnut chest of drawers to create a visual connection with the Jan Kath Spacecraft 11 rug. The black clothing rod that hangs from the old growth fir ceiling contrasts with the brass hangers from Bocci / OAOWorks.

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“I love the deep bathtub and walk-in shower that are part of the primary bedroom,” Ian says. “With the work we did… It’s a real treat to wake up to see it. Fourteen different tiles all patterned out perfectly; it’s really stunning to behold.”

Inspired by a New York City-style loft (according to Ian’s brief), Falken Reynolds combined old and new, while introducing colorful accents and bold patterns all around, including in the powder room. “I’m drawn to high contrasts and geometric patterns, and I have a strong appreciation for modern design,” Ian says. “I’m from a digital generation—it’s instilled in me a fondness for vivid colors and imagery. It’s immensely satisfying to inject some fun, contemporary ideas into the space.”

In this cozy nook, the owner likes to read a book or play the guitar. Two Scott Sueme paintings are placed on the brick wall.

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Flanked by the dining and reading nooks, the living room was designed to allow for large gatherings and projector screenings. “A lover of music from acoustic to electronic, Ian wanted a space that could expand and contract for hosting other music enthusiasts,” the Falken Reynolds team said in an email. Several seating options were included throughout, making this home convenient for either work or entertaining.

“All the pieces are so different from each other but there’s good cohesion there too. They fit together in the bigger picture,” Ian says. He particularly likes the hanging lamp above the kitchen table. “It kind of reminds me of Yayoi Kusama’s works, without the polka dots. It’s modern looking but it’s not heavy or jagged; it’s entirely made up of soft curves and spheres.”

A custom cable-supported shelving system by Integrity Woodwork provides space for the owner’s collections of books, music, and artifacts. The Jan Kath Spectrum Pantano rug with Obakki floor cushions, Bocci 57.6 Column lights, and 28.19 copper chandelier create a warm atmosphere.

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Now feeling grateful every day for living in such a personalized and functional space, Ian always trusted the process despite the challenges. “We started the planning for this renovation when COVID-19 wasn’t even a whisper,” he says. “In the middle of the construction phase, everything shut down. Through no one’s fault, there were delays on top of delays and anxieties were rising, but we worked through it. And because the design is good and the work is exceptional, we ended up with something very special.”

The powder room features the Modernist III wallcovering from the Salzburg collection by Jupiter 10.

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