Condo Interior Design Where Modern Meets Zen

This condo combines the western modern and eastern Zen in an ultra simple, warm and fluidic fashion. On the 34th floor of a building at King and Spadina, a 1,100-square-foot condo mimics a traditional Japanese house—as much as it can. Niv Fichman, the 56-year-old co-founder of the film production company Rhombus Media, is a self-professed Japan fanatic. Driven by his fascination, he’s visited Japan at least 70 times in the last 25 years. “Even before my first trip, I was sold, conceptually and aesthetically. I love the attention to detail, the way they maximize space and the way they treat art.” he says. When Fichman bought this pre-build unit six years ago, he hired architect Drew Sinclair of Regional Architects to turn it into an ode to the Far East. ­His goal was to have as few rooms as possible—an idea he took to extremes by putting his bathroom in the centre of the open-­concept space (wooden sliders act as shoji screens when privacy dictates). The bedroom is a traditional washitsu, a Japanese room with tatami floors that serve as a sleeping pad. Fichman rolls and unrolls a futon mattress each morning and evening—something that sounds easier in theory than practice. (Edited from Toronto Life)

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