For the past eight years, interior designer Alain Courchesne has lived in a two-storey condo in Montreal's Latin Quarter, sharing it with his estate-planner husband, David Hébert. Co-founder with partner Anna Abbruzzo of Igloodgn, a firm specializing in residential and commercial design, Courchesne undertook the renovations on the 1,300-square-foot unit himself, upgrading the main-floor kitchen and two bathrooms. The dining room, part of an open-concept layout that includes a living room and an outdoor terrace, was in good shape. All he had to do, he says, was add a few special personal effects, including art objects collected when he was a top-ranking runway model working for Hugo Boss in Milan and Barcelona. The room is now his favourite place in the house. "The scale is intimate," says the native of Sudbury, Ont., who is presently working on an Igloodgn instalment for the fall edition of Vancouver's Interior Design Show West. "It's very comfortable and private. It's a room where I feel creative."
The bar cabinet
"This is by Fornasetti. I purchased it on my first trip to Milan in 2008. I am now a Milan frequent flyer. Like all Fornasetti peices, this one is numbered and hand painted. I use it to store liquor bottles and glassware."
"It's by Alessi and I use it as an end table for many different things, in both the dining room and living room. It always comes in handy."
The table and chairs
"David inherited this set from his mother and the first thing we did was reupholster the chairs in Jim Thompson raw silk from Thailand. The quality of silk is masculine: refined but coarse. It feels like grass cloth."
The small vase
"My business partner, Anna, gave me this white Moooi Egg Vase by Marcel Wanders, which she bought in Amsterdam during our first year in business together."
The dinner plates
"Fornasetti again, and a wedding gift from Anna. She had them handmade in Milan just for us."
The ceiling lamp
"This is also a Fornasetti in a black-and-white coral pattern. I've used this fixture in so many of my projects that I thought it was time to practise what I preach and buy one for myself."
"I purchased the large print, entitled The Bath of Marquis, while in Russia on a Baltic cruise. The second one, called Rain, was given to me as a gift for my 30th birthday a couple of years ago."
"I love having a carpet under the dining-room table. It feels cozy and soft on your feet. This is by Madeline Weinrib and it's my most recent acquisition. It really completes the space and helps to frame the dining room within the open-concept condo."