Space: Andrew Gibson

October 7th, 2009

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Who are you, what do you do for a living? Just a Toronto guy born and bred. Currently switching from retail management to graphic design. I’ve been in my Corktown pad for over six years now.

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Inspiration for home? Smart and comfortable. I love the no-nonsense look of the German International style, and the warmth of mid-century designers. The house seemed to be telling me that it would look best as a cozy evening place with many pools of indirect lighting.

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Most Cherished item/ Favourite Piece? My lamps. I have several pottery lamps — I cherish them far more than their actual worth.

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Best Deal? A lovely ’70s rosewood/chrome credenza that languished at the old Jarvis Street Goodwill for weeks, before I paid the $35 to take it home. It’s now the entertainment centre in my bedroom.

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Biggest Splurge? An amazing Alessi four-piece Oronda coffee/tea service set in silver/gold by Oscar Tusquets produced in 1983. This piece cost more than any other item in my place, but its sooooo beautiful … if only I could make a good cup of coffee!

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Most Gratifying DIY? Hmmm… there have been so many jobs over the past six years, but I guess I’d have to say the rear deck. I removed the back fencing and strung up some chicken wire, changing it from a gloomy enclosure to an open, airy, relaxing retreat. What would you do differently? New paint colours have been on my mind for a while now. The browns were right at the time I moved in, but after six years I’m definitely needing a change!

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Plans for future? Sell everything, move and start over. I’ve enjoyed these things, and this space. But I want to pass them on to others, and find new things to work with and appreciate.

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Anything to add? Only that if any pieces have caught your eye, please let me know … it’s probably available! Three top picks for sale: 1983 Alessi Oronda coffee/tea service set (sleeve bags also included) — $950; only 99 examples put into production! 1970’s Braemore sofa with Lucite frame – $1000; Zig Zag on Queen St. East has a similar version in brown corduroy for $1795 1970’s Wassily chair produced by Matteograssi – $450; gorgeous cognac leather strapping.

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Thanks for sharing, Andrew!

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  1. That “Balls” print? In the bathroom? Total want. Where did you find that, if I may ask?


    Debbie

    7 Oct 09 at 8:05 am

  2. We have the same Paolo Piva glass coffee table! It’s a wonderful piece.


    Juli & John

    7 Oct 09 at 10:31 am

  3. Oh, this space is lovely. So many great pieces – its fun, masculine, and charming.

    I came SO CLOSE to buying a Paolo Piva table in Palm Springs. I regret not doing it now…I thought it might be too square for my den, but now I think it might have just been perfect. I love them!

    And the Balls print. Rad.


    the brick house

    7 Oct 09 at 2:59 pm

  4. The decor really expresses the warmth of the owner. What a great eye!


    Patricia

    8 Oct 09 at 5:16 am

  5. Hello, I absolutely adore your site and I just had to leave a note for you to say so !


    Pragya

    8 Oct 09 at 1:51 pm

  6. Thanks so much Pragha!


    Juli & John

    8 Oct 09 at 2:08 pm

  7. just passing on the news from Andrew, that the Balls print has already been claimed, sorry Debbie! a close friend claimed it before this Spaces post even went up. and knowing andrew for a while now, i can name quite a few people who have coveted this print. but he picked it up from either a goodwill or a garage sale and the print is by the artist Dennis Green. it is quite an awesome poster, especially ’cause it’s sorta mysterious.


    mike

    8 Oct 09 at 4:58 pm

  8. Love the web-site. Thanks for telling me about it John! Curious about Andrew’s invitation to get in touch about his pieces. Am most interested in coffee table & side tables (re the voids in my home).


    Laura

    8 Oct 09 at 11:17 pm

  9. You can email Andrew at alpine66@hotmail.com


    John & Juli

    9 Oct 09 at 9:37 am

  10. I have not had the chance to see Andrew’s place in several years, which makes this transformation so amazing! Well Done!
    Oh and I love the side tables.


    Tara

    11 Oct 09 at 9:53 am

  11. very interesting blog ! do you know that ”kitka” in bulgarian means ”bunch”, like ” a bunch of flowers” :-)


    Maria & Vincent

    15 Oct 09 at 8:57 am

  12. Maria & Vincent: That’s so funny…I fear for the day when it means something bad. In Finland it means friction but we went with the Ukrainian cat. Why, I don’t know….


    Juli

    15 Oct 09 at 9:06 am

  13. GREAT SPACE – what a great collection of pieces – and I love that he can tie together a 35$ wall unit with a $1000 tea service and make it all look seamless


    Peter

    15 Oct 09 at 1:32 pm

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