Sky is the limit for inspiration

Latest show home by Onni Group is influenced by an eight-storey bridge

By Michelle Hopkins, For The Province

When an interior designer is handed the task of decorating a show home that pays tribute to a most unusual building, she must think outside the box.

That’s exactly what Rachel Martinuk, senior interior designer with the Onni Group of Companies, did.

The furnishings and the decor were inspired by Central’s eight-storey “skybridge” that sits atop two 11-storey towers.

“The extreme origami-like angles of the building were translated into origami-inspired wallpaper and millwork design,” says Martinuk. “The expansive reflecting pool found in the interior courtyard manifests itself in the reflective lacquer and polished-nickel accessories.”

Martinuk adds that in keeping with the uncommon architecture, the folded wallpaper used is quite distinctive.

“Lacquer finishes and cabinetry are also top on the trends list, along with shocks of colour to accent the grey palettes that are so common on the West Coast,” she says. “Examples of this are also found in the artwork and copper pots in the kitchen.”

Martinuk took into account Central’s neighbourhood, the industrial heartland of Vancouver throughout the 1950s.

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