Classic Canadian Rec Room Chic

I came across this photo (titled “Keith & Corey”) in Rudy Magazine (no.31) from Dutch Canadian photog Toni Hafkenscheid and was impressed how it captured a classic Canadian rec room feel (maybe Ontarian, but I’m from Toronto–as is Hafkenscheild–so I always forget there are other parts of Canada)…people who hail from Canada will know what I mean.

The wood paneling, posters, old sofas, (Molson Canadian!!!) beer cans and what looks like acoustic tiling are part of that cultural institution. It kind of feels like a relic, almost archeological in feeling, with the strewn garbage and historic items, like LPs and a ray cathode tube TV.

As an aside, I recently came across London-based architecture critic Hugh Pearman’s review of a recent crop of Toronto buildings by (Liebeskind, Gehry, Alsop & others) which asks “Whatever happened to Canadian understatement?“…the fact is that it’s still there but in Toronto it’s a little harder to find.

3 responses to “Classic Canadian Rec Room Chic”

  1. Is this photo of someone home or from a photo shoot? Either way after looking at this I am going straight to therapy—EBAY. My senses are royally offended.

  2. Gandhi said live simply so that others may simply live. I wonder how many perspectives he took into consideration before coming up with that statement. How does living like this show compassion and enlightment or am I asking for too much as usual.

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