When Jen Eden of Occupy Design calls to have one of her projects photographed, I never quite know what to expect. She has become the ‘go-to’ designer of display suites for many of Vancouver’s top builders, thanks to her imaginative use of colour and props. No lines of Perrier bottles or giant pine cones in the bathroom. The images below are for a couple of developments in Surrey by Dawson + Sawyer.
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Although I’m not a big fan of The Donald, I couldn’t help but get excited when Merike of Kodu Design asked me to meet her downtown to shoot the presentation centre for the new Trump Hotel and Tower. As usual, Merike did an outstanding job, and although I had to deal with some very dark rooms and backlit walls, we ended up with some great shots, a few of which are here:
We had a nice overcast day to shoot this three-level penthouse. The floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light, which made my job much easier, and allowed me to spend some extra time shooting this sleek, urban home. Huge open rooms surround a floating staircase. A rooftop deck lets you enjoy the downtown skyline which is just a short walk away. And a second, larger deck wraps around two sides of the main living area. Beautifully finished with modern artwork and furniture. A very impressive place. Whitney Lewis can arrange a tour for you.
Some images from a recent photoshoot of the Arbutus Ridge presentation centre. Shot for Trepp Design.
You would never guess that this sleek, modern beauty is tucked away into a quiet corner of the British Properties. Designed by West Vancouver architect Trevor Euley, the open plan home is full of toys for boys: a swimming pool, putting green, mechanic’s garage, covered outdoor living area, and a motorcycle in the front entry. Elizabeth McQueen can give you a guided tour.
This townhouse in Fairview slopes is more vertical than horizontal, but the bold wall colours make it feel friendly and spacious. It doesn’t hurt that the owner has great taste in decor, too. There’s just enough furniture to be functional, leaving lots of space to move around in. Jacky Levi and Jacob Krause have this listing.
I always look forward to shooting a project for Jen Eden from Occupy Design. She always finds unique and creative ways to use a space, and the display suite for Solterra’s Keefer Block is a great example of that. The presentation centre sits at street level right downtown, and faces north. There are no windows and virtually no ambient light, but Jen managed to open it up by constructing an indoor balcony and a huge backlit skyline. That light source, combined with the huge neon sign, and ceiling mounted spotlights as well as flourescents, put me to the test. Several hours later I emerged with a great set of images that she can use in her portfolio to demonstrate her versatility and problem solving skills.
The lobbies of most residential buildings are forgettably drab — you walk through them on your way to the elevator and nothing registers. Not so with the entry to Kenstone’s Sage in the Wesbrook Place community of UBC. The lobby reflects the forest surrounding the building, with huge planks of rough cedar that look like they were painted on the walls with a palette knife. Designer Merike Lainevool of Kodu Design filled the main floor lounge with comfortable sofas and low-slung tables that invite you to sit down and enjoy the reflecting pools that grace the building’s front.
Here’s another beautiful makeover by talented designer Voula Goutsos of Olive Environments + Objects. The Prince George owners wanted a contemporary, downtown pad to spend some of their retirement years in, and Voula filled this Coal Harbour condo with bright, comfy furniture that complemented rather than overpowered the jaw-dropping view.