For Kelly Cruickshank and Darrell Pfeifer, buying furniture for their new condo, in the Promontory, took a lengthy three years to collect. The couple had been living in a house for many years when they decided to put a deposit on a condo on the 19th floor of the prestigious building in the heart of the Songhees Peninsula. Anticipating their new home for three years while it was being built, Cruickshank and Pfeifer sold their twenty-year-old, mostly traditional furniture and credit Studio Y Design with helping them fashion their new home in contemporary furnishings with a minimalist sensibility.
Realizing this would be their forever home, the couple invested in quality furnishings that would reflect their personal style. Considering the cost of the furniture in their home purchase, the couple furnished their entire condo, piece by piece, at Studio Y Design. Using the Hyper dining table by Calligaris as the jumping off point, they chose contemporary pieces with simple lines that would continue to let the views of the harbour take centre stage.
With dual-side extensions that slide into place in seconds, the Hyper dining table can seat up to ten people. Walnut frame and legs give this table a modern feel while the glass top keeps the space light and reflective. The perfect blend of style and comfort, the contemporary Etoile dining chair by Calligaris adds a softness to the room with subtle curves and rich fabric. The vertical mirror reflects light in the small space and accentuates the high ceilings.
Purchased long before their move in date, the dining table remained in storage at Studio Y Design for at least two years. “They were very patient with us at Studio Y; we were in the store many times looking at the same pieces of furniture and discussing the options. Every few months we’d wander in, buy another piece of furniture, and ask them to store it for us,” say the homeowners. The Italian leather sofa and ottoman offer a luxurious contemporary feel while the tufted seat adds a classic vibe to the clean lines of the condo.
Uniquely designed, the L’Eau bar stool comes in a wide selection of colours and was constructed with everyday use in mind. Sturdy and sleek, the transparent technopolymer seat is easy to clean and adds a hit of texture and colour to the island. The water droplet design of the L’Eau stool echoes the panoramic water view while the low-back keeps sight lines unobstructed.
“We had the opportunity to look at a lot of other furniture stores, but we kept buying at Studio Y because the styles they offer fit with our design goals. Studio Y was also very helpful in suggesting items from different stores if they thought it better suited our needs.”
A perfect space-saving option, with infinite configurations, the modular Inbox wall cabinet system by Calligaris is a versatile storage solution for any room. Used above the buffet as a drink dispensary, the cabinet folds down for convenient access. The horizontal grain of the walnut on the Mag buffet by Calligaris paired with the white glass top provides a fresh modern feel with bonus storage.
Design challenges involved finding pieces that would maintain the view at all times while working with some of the awkward angles in the condo. “The staff at Studio Y were very good at taking their time to listen to our challenges and offered ideas and suggestions from the showroom or from catalogues.”
A lesson in thoughtfully curated design, the foyer boasts vintage Danish, contemporary and modern design in one compact space. Perfect for any entryway, home or office, the Memorabilia Coatrack by Calligaris is lightweight and available in numerous finishes.
The sleek silhouette of the modern Calligaris Element console pairs a beautiful glass top with wood frame for a natural feel. Angular and modern, the console’s simple lines make it a versatile piece for any interior. The adaptable Even bench by Calligaris, with padded leather seat, can be used in foyers, at dining tables, in offices or bedrooms.
Italian made, the upholstered Calligaris Swami bed features soft, timeless lines with a vertical headboard to elevate the cozy factor. As a space saving option, Studio Y suggested the Swami bed with a hydraulic lift storage unit, allowing linens and other bulk items to be conveniently stored below. Paired with the sleek and functional City nightstand by Calligaris, it is the perfect marriage for a comfortable and inviting space.