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The master bedroom - with a view of the Toronto skyline off the deck - in the overhauled one-bedroom, two-level penthouse in the Candy Factory Lofts in downtown Toronto. The home, crafted by Toronto designer Johnson Chou is the pied-a-terre of a successful businessman who also resides in Ontario's cottage country and in London.

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In the spartan kitchen area, the lines of a long, massive black granite island carry the eye forward to the spiral metal stair.

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Situated beyond the stair, near the large south-facing windows of the apartment, the great wooden slab of the dining table seems almost baronial.

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The spare living-room area, for instance, takes the form of a sunken conversation pit.

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The shadowy book-lined study, with handsome shelving designed by Mr. Chou and a heavy desk framed by elephant tusks, is perched a few steps above the living room.

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The foot of the spiral stair touches down on a high platform fashioned from wood and back-lit translucent glass.

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A view into the master bedroom from the ensuite bathroom.

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