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Two projects by Dubbeldam Design

I really enjoy working with Heather Dubbeldam. The two recent projects by her studio where a great fun to shoot. Shooting with Heather is a collaborative process where we discuss, suggest, tweak, argue, lough, compose and recompose before reaching the final shot.

Sky Garden House - This project receive an OAA design excellence award as well as the Architizer A+ popular choice award in the residential  Interiors category. 
From the architect: "Situated on a narrow lot in an older Toronto neighborhood, the Skygarden House provides outdoor living spaces on multiple levels to address the owners’ desire for a better connection to the home’s natural surroundings. The owners used to spend their weekends at their country home, located next to a stream and surrounded by trees so they wanted their new home in the city to mimic this bucolic experience in an urban environment."

Travelzoo Office - this project already received two honoree awards at Interior Design Magazine's MakeItWork awards in San Francisco.

From the Architect: "The design was inspired by travel destinations and modes but also features the dramatic cityscape of downtown Toronto. The conference and lunch-room volumes allude to modes and nodes of high-speed transport such as train stations and airports; the huddle rooms and lounge areas suggest casual destinations such as cabins, parks and beaches. Travelzoo’s brand colours, red for action and blue for tranquility, are combined with touches of bold contrasting colours to enliven the space."

New Client: Cecconi Simone

Last year I began working with one of my favorite Toronto based interior designer firms - Cecconi Simone. The firm, owned and operated by principles Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone specializes in retail, corporate hospitality and residential interiors. Their portfolio includes projects in Canada, United States, Anguila, Italy, the Persian gulf and the Far East.
What I like most about Cecconi Simone's work is the simplicity and the coherence of the spaces they design. I like how the shots simply present them selves to me, with little to no struggle in communicating their design ideas . Below is a selection of projects I shot for Cecconi Simone last year.

ArtShoppe Loft and Condo Presentation Centre

X2 Condominiums

Dekton By Consentino at the Toronto 2016 Interior Design Show

Nova Scotia Assignments

Nova Scotia is one of my favorite assignment destination. Back in the fall of 2015 I was commissioned to photograph three projects there for Moriyama and Teshima Architects. The projects were situated in Halifax and Cape Breton. While I usually work in Halifax once a year, the drive to Cape Breton was a great bonus. Considered to be one of the most scenic routes in North America, the Cabot trail offered many photo opportunities. Yet, my favorite stops along the route from Halifax to Sydney where actually smaller fishing communities off the main tourists lookout points.

And there was some architecture to be captured....