Self-discovery by designPublished on August 30, 2011

  • Art collector Robert Koyman. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Artwork doesn't need to hang on walls to be well-displayed. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Black and white photographs complement the neutral decor scheme in the master bedroom. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Books in Robert Koyman's condo. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

  • Kingston artist Su Sheedy's encaustic painting creates texture and drama in the sleek living room. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

In a chic downtown condominium building, developed by Charlesfort Developments, Robert Koyman took charge of remodelling his open-concept condo.

By overseeing everything from re-designing the space to implementing the décor, the project gave him the opportunity to connect with himself and further discover his personal style.

It was a process that required time and patience. This allowed Robert the luxury of self-discovery and he learned that time and patience can open the mind to really understanding what you like and don't like. 

The value of patience also applies to acquiring an art collection. When you stop filling space and take the time to figure out what attracts you, it enables the development of an authentic appreciation and thoughtful collection.


Bringing work home

Robert, whose family owns Koyman Galleries, equates his own design evolution to changes within the business. "Taking the time to discover the growth of the Ottawa buying public encouraged the idea of creating a new image for Koyman Galleries," says Robert. "This was inspired in part from the design and renovations of my own condo. I fell in love with the clean, open loft-like concept and noticed just how much the art stood out in this type of environment."

The connoisseur also notes that the art-buying public in Ottawa has become more sophisticated and states that, "their tastes have changed, consistent with what was happening in other large cities such as Toronto." The clean, loft-like feel to their new gallery space is much more conducive to the more savvy Ottawa buyer and a contemporary collection.

Artistic Display

Layering: Layering with a sleek mirror leaning slightly into the artwork adds perspective. A mirror is a clever way to bring the outside in when positioned correctly, or to simply open up space. In a slick condo, the layering effect offers the opportunity to bring more without adding too much clutter.

Stacking: Decorating with interest-based books lets you reveal your passions passively through this subtle technique. Pay attention to size and sequence to avoid the look of piled-up books. The concept is display, not storage, but the idea does offer a clever storage solution for a book collector living in a smaller space.

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