June 10, 2021

Alain Carle Offers a Study in Contrasts in a Montreal Apartment

Industrial meets Midcentury Modern in this Montreal apartment. Photography by Maxime Brouillet.

For a couple in Montreal who wanted their apartment on Nun’s Island to be decidedly different from their country house in St. Saveur, they reached out to local architect Alain Carle to turn their Danish Midcentury vision into a reality. “The black and dark wood paneling and transitional spaces ground the space with an urban sensibility,” Carle, founder and principal of his eponymous firm, shares, pointing out that the majority of furniture was custom made by local craftworkers. “We wanted to implement fewer items with precise execution,” he explains. Carle’s team tore down partition walls to open up the living area, creating intriguing angles and fluid curves that facilitate movement throughout, but they left a structural concrete pillar intact for an industrial touch. With panoramic city views and stark contrasts between textures and color, the homeowners are immersed in metropolitan life from the comfort of their stylish abode.

Carle implemented black walls and window panes, enabling the panoramic views to disappear into the night sky. Photography by Maxime Brouillet.
The designer and homeowners share a passion for Québecoise artists—an abstract painting by Diane Dufresne hangs next to the cashew-hued bookshelf. Photography by Maxime Brouillet.
“The kitchen is redesigned all in black and fades into the space like a shadow, redirecting the look to the other living areas of this space,” Carle explains. Photography by Maxime Brouillet.
The play between light and dark tones continues in the bathroom. Photography by Maxime Brouillet.

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