A Peaceful Place – Blue Pie

For many who embrace the Bright Lights Big City hustle and bustle city living, finding tranquility – even at home – isn’t always easy.

But for this Toronto condominium owner, finding refuge was achieved when Reza Aliabadi, founder of rzlbd, created calm and simplicity in this blue and white private retreat called ‘Blue Pie’.

Photograph courtesy of rzlbd

There were some unique challenges in this design conundrum. Physically, the space plan consisted of a quarter segment of a circle for the condo’s entertainment space. Financially and logistically, the design had to be implemented in 4 weeks on a tight budget.

Despite these restrictions, the environment was transformed into a clean-lined sun-washed aerie, resulting in a calming escape in the heart of the city.

Photograph courtesy of rzlbd

Inspiration was rooted in a photograph of icebergs taken by rzlbd, and a piece by Sandra Duba-Shubs called “Back Alley Abstract”. The art provided the colour departure, contrasted with the freshness of a white backdrop to create the ethereal atmosphere.

I love the floor treatment, where the bare concrete was covered with oil based paint, resulting in its watery simplicity.

Sometimes the most simple of solutions can create a big impact.

Photograph courtesy of rzlbd

Built-in furniture – like the seating and office desk above – creates utility and function, blurring the division of space into multi-functional zones for living.

The white on white shelving is useful yet unobtrusive. The painted legs of the chairs and tables unite with the floor, creating furnishings that appear to float.

The built-in dining table references the image of the icebergs that inspired this design.  It’s anchored by the structural pillar, elevated above the floor, reinforcing the floating metaphor.

Photograph courtesy of rzlbd

Blue Pie achieved the design objective, serving its functional objective while creating a peaceful refuge.

Very smart!

Curious to see more by Rzlbd? Check out the Shaft House!

Researched and Written by Sarah Coates, Masters Student of History, University of Toronto

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