While Jayanti Lal’s Toronto, Canada loft is a study of creativity throughout; it is the laptop station that truly exemplifies the concept of furniture as sculptural forms. All white and no conceivable texture except smooth, the only visual interest is within the shapes themselves – but what shapes! The choice of a Her Chair by Fabio Novembre is a fantastic and controversial sculptural statement taken from a human casting and produced using 3D printing back in 2008 when most people hadn’t even heard of such a thing. Then there are the 3 hands hung vertically on the wall waiting to hold keys, a phone or even a hat. Holding up 1 finger for – well I won’t say – and 2 and 3 fingers for love and peace. Continuing the story is the mannequin herself saying “talk to the hand” while at the same time offering an awesome place to hang a sweater, purse or hat on. All this visual excitement and I haven’t even begun o the desk or wall art!
The desk itself is an abstract expression of 3D cubism – literally. With an angled desk top boasting three drawers supported on one end by two askew cubes of storage and tapered legs on the other, it has a building block aesthetic that continues upwards into the vignette of white framed black and white art of a functioning calendar, a skull, street scene, light display and – you guessed it – a female form. So much to look at, so much function, and yet all white and all smooth. This is white done right. Past the laptop station, the black and white art continues but the room itself morphs into shades of brown via the geometric light pendants and the small bistro table.
The bistro zone consists of a small round table and two tiny stools while a large and powerful combination of three cylindrical pendants is suspended above. The juxtaposition of large lighting against small table throws all the design rules out the window for a fresh and modern reboot. By themselves both the lighting and the bistro set up might look a little lonely but luckily they have company within the black and white photographs on the wall.
Just beside the small bistro set up is the living space and here texture reigns supreme. A stonewall and a plush rug are paired with linen sofas that are layered with pillows and throws while additional small accessories jazz up the group of 3 coffee tables.
The layers of cozy fabrics and accessories against the stone wall created a vignette that allowed Jayanti Lal to leave the visual drama behind – for the moment but the cut out to the kitchen betrays the continuation of dramatic art within a chalkboard wall, and the open doorway offers glimpses to more powerful statement lighting.
The wall cut out is situated right above one of the sofas and appears more like a painting then a void. The chalkboard drawing of a woman peering through the opening entices you enter her domain – and possibly help out the chef.
Leaving the white behind, the kitchen is a feast of black that plays off of the chalkboard mistress. Pops of red via the two pendants are the only source of colour and for an extra jolt, the white dog bowls create a powerful contrast to the chalkboard sketch.
The powerful statement lights that where peaking through the open doorway next to the living room are globes of LEDs for an almost disco effect within the bedroom. Combined with the textured wall and multiple pillows this room is as visceral as the living space but rather then featuring pale lavenders, it focuses are deeper shades of dusk.
The bedroom has a small nook outfitted with a suspension pole of various coat hangers for the homeowners accessories. The nook is kept light and bright – and fun – with two corner lengths of Hollywood lights.
The bathroom reverts back to an all white scheme of marble and porcelain creating interest via the contrasting geometry of the 12″ square marble tiles and the curvilinear lines of the fixtures. Even the stool, rain shower and mirror focus on the round proving that Jayanti Lal’s Toronto, Canada loft is a study of creativity in every room
Photography by Lisa Petrole