In planning this space for a father and his teenage daughter, designer JC Scott looked locally, creating a truly healthy home filled with unique and luxurious furnishings that exemplify West Coast Urban Contemporary style.
While a picture is worth a thousand words, it doesn’t always tell the whole story. “One of the things that will never show in any photograph, is how beautiful this space smells — or doesn’t smell,” says designer JC Scott. “We have new flooring, new paint and new furnishings throughout and never once were there any odours.”
In refurbishing a condo into a healthy, comfortable living space for a client with chemical sensitivities, Scott used only materials and finishes without harmful emissions and even took steps to create a low electromagnetic field (EMF) environment.
Also at the top of his client’s wish list were high-quality, quantifiable eco-standards, which fit perfectly with Scott’s own design philosophy, as Victoria’s first eco-oriented designer.
“What was important was an absolute knowledge of the entire provenance of the materials that were being brought in,” Scott says. “I knew that if I dealt with local eco-suppliers, I could control all the materials and I could trust the people to be providing a truly safe, healthy, ecological solution.”
According to Scott, this project would not have been attainable until recently. The breadth of local makers now creating sustainable — and luxurious — eco-friendly furniture and finishings means the possibilities are extensive.
“I couldn’t have done this a few years ago and I’ll be able to do even more in a few more years.”
One of Scott’s goals as a designer is to try and push the envelope, particularly with sustainability. Luckily, this doesn’t mean sacrificing style — something this inviting space proves with flair.
Design Specialist: Iván Meade
Text: Athena McKenzie
Photographed by Joshua Lawrence
Interior Design: JC Scott Eco Design
Contractor: Scott Cumming, C2 Construction
EMF Remediation: Katrina Gustavs and Walter McGinnis
Millwork and Desks: Acer Fine Woodworking with Live Edge Design
Cork Flooring (bedroom): Oak Bay Broadloom & Fine Floors
Painting: Gulnar Jamal Painting, using Farrow & Ball paint
Window Coverings: Ruffell & Brown Window Fashions
TV and VisionArt Frame: Atlas Audio Video Unlimited