Anthony Lavignasse is an interior design and architectural photographer who first discovered his passion for photography while traveling and taking pictures of cityscapes in London and New York. His passion grew into a business where he now works with a wide clientèle of interior designers and luxury custom home builders in the greater Toronto area. He recently visited this loft as a Tower Trip Toronto correspondent.
The Argyle Lofts building located on the border of Trinity Bellwoods and Little Portugal in Toronto is well known to the members of the artist community who reside in this area.
Originally built in 1873 as the Ideal Bread Company Factory, the lofts were home to many other bakeries, one of which actually baked the first Wonder Bread loaf in Toronto! Flash forward more than a 103 years to 2007, and the factory was renovated and turned into residential apartments.
We had the chance to be given a private tour of loft #311 by real estate agent Jordin Neumann of Right at Home Realty, who himself has been residing in Trinity Bellwoods for more than 10 years.
Some parts of this 1310 sq/feet open concept loft was also customized and finished by Brothers Dressler, who use local, reclaimed, found, ecologically friendly and responsibly harvested materials, working to promote a return to local manufacturing and resources. I immediately enjoyed the minimalistic approach the designers took in decorating this loft. Everything was exactly where it needed to be. This approach left the loft feeling massive and wide open, accentuating the 16.5 ft ceilings.
The large windows lit the loft perfectly and day light was pouring all over the place. Jordin explained that every loft in the building is shaped and designed differently from the next. No two spaces are created the same in this building.
Since our agent lives only a block south from the Argyle Lofts, he was savvy enough of the community to know that the building main lobby has been decorated by actual artists in residence. Every couple of months, the community will allow a new owner-artist to express himself in the main lobby, whether by painting on the walls or creating sculptures and having them displayed through the hallways.