Friday, October 12, 2012

GlucksteinHome: Canadian Film Center Edition

Happy Friday!  I hope you all are ready for the weekend and enjoying our beautiful fall weather.  With the temperature getting cooler, I found myself enjoy staying in more and trying out new recipes at home (well, more like me "supervising" and Chris trying them out).  Last week I was at the premiere edition of Toronto Life Cookbook event hosted by Toronto Life and the Canadian Film Centre.  The Canadian Film Centre is a charitable organization who promotes and invests in Canada's top talents in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media.

image courtesy of George Pimentel
The Canadian  Film Centre (Windfields campus) has recently undergone a sleek and contemporary kitchen makeover sponsored by Miele (designed by J.F. Brennan), and a redesign of the lobby, boardroom lounge, and executive director's office by GlucksteinHome.  Brian Gluckstein, along with his talented design team, donated their time to design new / revived existing room layouts, select and co-ordinate furniture pieces & overall finishes including carpets, wall + window coverings, light fixtures, as well as the placement of the Canadian Film Centre’s extensive art collection.  The redesigned rooms are completed with paint colours featured in the GlucksteinHome fan deck for Benjamin Moore.  

Here is Brian's design vision for this project:        

“Film has always been an inspiration for me. I look at sets and films, especially from the 30s and 40s, to inspire my design work ... we’re pleased to support the Canadian Film Centre and the arts through our interior design contribution and GlucksteinHome product donation.”

image courtesy of George Pimentel
The lobby is the first of the three spaces you will see once you've entered the Canadian Film Center.  Painted in Stardust (Benjamin Moore 2108-40), this warm grey is the perfect neutral backdrop to accentuate this gallery wall of black and white photography.  Brian selected the streamlined and tailored Spencer occasional chairs and the Antiquity round side table for timeless classic look.      

image courtesy of George Pimentel
On the right of the lobby is this gorgeously elegant boardroom with incredible details to the millwork, a soft, serene creamy and grey palette, a exquisite collection of furniture (Spencer occasional chair, Islington sofa, Antiquity mirrored coffee table, Antiquity end tables) from Brian's furniture line available at the Bay, and these stunning windows with a spectacular view of the beautiful courtyard. Wall moldings and trim are painted in Benjamin Moore Gray Mist (CC-80).

image courtesy of George Pimentel
The executive office is located on the second floor and who wouldn't want to work in this sophisticated office with built-in bookcases on either side of this sensational wood burning fireplace.  I love this super stylish and cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace featuring the Lowell occasional chair and ottoman.  Brian added warmth to the space by injecting rich wood tone via the desk, and side tables (Pinstripe from GlucksteinHome).  Trim, fireplace, mantel and millwork are finished in Benjamin Moore Escarpment (CC-518), how appropriate for such a stately and handsome space.  

image courtesy of George Pimentel
A closer look of the refined detail and elements of this space.  This will be the reference guide to my future home office!  All the donated furniture you see here from GlucksteinHome is available at the Bay. 

image courtesy of George Pimentel
Paint is certainly a major component of these breathtaking rooms and here we have Brian sharing with us his design philosophy and illustrating how he pulls together timeless classic rooms with cohesive color palettes. 

video via the Canadian House & Home
And if you ever wonder what your style profile is, check out this fun "Find Your Style" questionnaire and get to know yourself a touch better.  I found out that I am a "The Manor + Classics" kind of guy.  I have to say the questionnaire is bang on with my love affair with the elegance aesthetics of traditional element and how much I love getting cozy up in front of a fire with a soft cashmere blanket! 

For Brian's latest news and inspirations, follow GlucksteinHome at twitter and facebook.

image via GlucksteinHome

Now let's talk about food!  Featuring 100 delicious recipes from the city's best chefs and bartenders, the Toronto Life Cookbook is on newsstands now.  We were treated with five super tasty recipes at the event and now I can't wait to try them out at home!  

First up is Devilled Eggs by Jeff Claudio of Yours Truly.  With Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise and sea weed garnish on top, I was all over these yummy little eggs!  Best of all, this high-concept dish only requires 20 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook, making it the top pick for my next party.    

image courtesy of George Pimentel
I don't know about you but I have always love mini burgers.  They are so cute to look at and just "easy to eat" when you are at a party without making a mess.  These mini creations are by Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room.  DELICIOUS I am telling you and from prep to eat, all you need is 23 minutes!  I will have to check out The Harbord Room in Annex (for the juicy burger of course) and see this restaurant in person: rumor has it Cory has painted the entire restaurant pink! 

image courtesy of George Pimentel
Here comes Chris' favourite dish of the evening: Chocolate Cupcakes by Sarah Bell and Allyson Bobbitt of Bobbette and Belle.  Top with hazenut buttercream and a square of Lindt milk chocolate, even I can't say no to these little devils.  Yes, these cupcakes are that good!

image courtesy of George Pimentel
Also on the menu were the Risotto with Seared Scallops by Maurizio Verga of F'Ameila and the Oysters Rockefeller by Frank Parhizgar of Frank's Kitchen.  They are A+++ mouthwatering as well.   

The Toronto Life Cookbook is surely a keeper in my kitchen and for you my lucky readers, one of you will take home a copy of this beautifully photographed Toronto Life Cookbook signed by Brian himself!  For your chance to win, simply drop me a comment to let me know what is your "Style Profile" and what is your favourite party food.



Happy weekend everyone!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this lovely post, Tim! It was great to see you at the event. Enjoy the new recipes!

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  2. Totally with you re: mini burgers! Have a top notch weekend, Tim! :)

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  3. My style profile is The Studio + Moderns! My fav party food is bruschetta! erikakomori@gmail.com

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  4. My Style is The Penthouse + Moderns. I would have to say that my favourite party food is dip. There are so many dip variations out there and they can be paired with a multitude of things like veggies or chips so they are my go to app.

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  5. My style profile is 'Studio + Moderns' and my favorite party food are cute cupcakes such as those above:-)

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