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(COURTESY OF Gizelle Lau)
(COURTESY OF Gizelle Lau)

Steven Levy's 'one-of-a-kind' dining room Add to ...

For the past two years, Steven Levy has lived with his new wife, Michelle, in a 2,400-square-foot open-plan loft in Toronto. The fact that the unit has only one real wall – two others are made of glass, making them more like windows – might seem a problem for the senior vice-president of MMPI Canada, a company that produces 60 trade and consumer shows across North America, including this weekend’s inaugural Delicious Food Show (which runs until Sunday at Toronto’s Better Living Centre) and such internationally renowned art fairs as next weekend’s Art Toronto event and The Armory Show in New York: Where to hang his own collection of contemporary art? Luckily, there’s plenty of wall space in the open-concept dining room, where he communes with some of his favourite pieces as well as his mate. “We spend most of our time in this space,” he says, “cooking, entertaining or simply enjoying a glass of wine together.”

The white vase

“I love the simplicity and beauty of this piece, a Seletti vase that we found at the Shop AGO, inside the Art Gallery of Ontario. The one yellow handle is really unique. It’s a traditional vase with a contemporary treatment.”

The wood block

“This we bought at the One of a Kind Show [another long-time MMPI event] It’s made from a local Dutch elm tree that had to be cut down. We thought it was a really great idea to make something beautiful and useful out of something the city no longer wanted.”

The profile

“This is an amazing photographic treatment of artist Kara Walker by Chuck Close. I purchased this from one of our Art Toronto galleries, the Nicholas Metivier Gallery. Chuck Close’s works will also be featured at this year’s Art Toronto event by Montreal’s Galerie De Bellefeuille. Chuck is one of our favourite artists, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing his collection at the show.”

The light fixture

“This sculptural light fixture is one of our favourite all-time functional artistic pieces. It is constructed from 1,000 dead light bulbs and is called The Invisible Chandelier. Castor Design in Toronto made it for us.”

The large painting

“I always find the colours in Stephen Lack’s paintings so saturated and vivid. His social studies and narratives are challenging. He told me this piece represents a hot day in Mexico with a prostitute standing on the corner. He lived and studied in Mexico for many years, so his impressions are quite interesting. I have known Stephen for many decades and he is someone not yet fully discovered or appreciated. He deserves a second look.”

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