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Built in 1907, The Imperial Lofts used to be the warehouse factory of the Imperial Tobacco company. The building is a very handsome example of industrial architecture in Montréal, with its tall windows, exposed beams, and concrete ceilings. Coincidentally, the corporate headquarters of Imperial Tobacco company are located not too far away...they're actually just on the other side of St-Antoine street, in front of the old warehouse. Built in 2002, the architects from the firm Gross Kaplan Caviensky, actually designed the Imperial Tobacco headquarters to accommodate smokers. They equipped each floor with atriums so that smokers could pop out for a break as needed. How very Mad Men of them. And I kid you not, this is a true story. All of this to say, the contrast between the two buildings is quite striking, and tells the story of the evolution of the Imperial Tobacco company from the early 20th century to today.
The Imperial Tobacco warehouse was officially converted into a condominium project in 2009 by the Montréal-based developer, Prével. This 750-unit condo project is conveniently located a stone's throw away from the Lionel-Groulx metro station, the Atwater Market, and one of my favourite Sud-ouest coffee houses, le Café St-Henri. I was thrilled for my client with her choice of location and building. She wanted to try something new for a year, and I have no doubt that she will enjoy the urban chalets, the rooftop pools, and the terrasses with panoramic views of the borough this summer.
As we were signing the lease with the listing broker at the kitchen table, we realized that a pendant light in the dining room was missing. The electrical outlet and hook for a chord were already in place, just begging for a beautiful light fixture to be installed. So I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole once again, much like last week's obsession with door mats, only this time searching for contemporary light fixtures for industrial spaces. It turns out that oversized, architectural, industrial metal fixtures are quite the trend right now, and can be a statement piece for any dining room or foyer. All of the pendant lights featured above are available for purchase, and you can click on each of the photos for the name of the designer and pricing.
I happen to love all of these pendant lights. Which one is your favourite? Interested in visiting the Imperial Lofts? Holler at me: firstname.lastname@example.org.