home tour with local filmmaker

Sometimes I come across spaces that are so spectacular and so realized that they blow my mind. Rob Pilichowski's home, in a converted car repair shop in my neighbourhood, is one of those places. When I saw his place I knew I had to share it with a wider audience than just here on my blog. I contacted Toronto Life magazine and they agreed that it would make a perfect story for one of their Great Spaces pieces. The full article is available on newsstands now but I thought I would share with you a few photographs of the space today.

About three years ago, Rob, a documentary filmmaker who also dabbles in interior design (he's currently working on a restaurant in Brooklyn) and his father started stripping this four storey loft of all its generic and commonplace features. Out went the pre-fab kitchens and bathrooms (there are four) and in its place went fixtures and furnishing that are full of character and history. There's a definitely a cinematic quality to his loft.

Inspired by the work of Lindsey Adelman, Pilichowski and his father made three of these asymmetrical light fixtures for the loft with the help of glass blower David Thai.

Throughout Rob's loft are family photographs and artifacts of his family's life in Poland before they moved to Canada. He has a collector's eye. Walking into his loft is like opening the door to a large cabinet of curiosities.

All of the walnut furniture in Rob's bedroom was made by his father Roman. Rob says, "he's old school and could build an entire house from scratch."

While I was visiting Rob he told me that he actually has big renovation plans for the loft including moving the kitchen to the second floor and possibly adding an all glass extension to the roof. We'll definitely have to go back for another visit then.



Image credits:
1, 4 and 6 - Michael Graydon
2,3,5 and 7 - Rob Pilichowski