With a background in fine arts, drafting, set design, and merchandising, for the past eight years Corey has run his own boutique firm specializing in kitchen and bath design, which he characterizes as “the two most complicated areas of the home.”
Corey’s bathroom for DXV reflects both his technical design expertise and fine arts training—a blend of practicality and aesthetics that characterizes all his work. “My industrial-chic bathroom is part late-1800s West Coast-Vancouver and part contemporary New York City loft,” he says. “The Landfair sink faucet, from the Classical movement, was the jumping off point—to me it’s a fitting that evokes both 19th-century and steampunk aesthetics.”
Corey was an early believer in the importance of social media for the design profession. “Way back when Facebook in Vancouver was by invitation only, I was asked to join,” he reports. Today his preferred platform is Instagram. “I like sharing job site progress shots,” he says. “It allows clients in general to really understand just how much work any project takes and to see where the investment is going.”
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Like a Vancouver Gastown loft with a hint of New York’s Chelsea area’s crispness. The mixing of structural patterns like wood and marble in play with circles, hexagons, squares, and the twist of a double-helix set in a naturalistic setting with the true West-Coast flair. If you take a look at spaces like Revolver or Old Faithful Shoppe, there is a certain mix of wood, brick, old-world patterns, and a new design aesthetic which became the crux of my inspiration.
The bath became a space, or rather a play, on just the right amount of industrial with the right amount of chic. The wood teak penny tiles are the central element to coordinate the design aesthetic. Mixing structural patterns like the wood grains in teak, walnut, fir, and the floor tile along with classical patterns like a hexagon, half-offset subway, and a modernity twist with a sleek mirror. Warm metals and glass paired with a deco tile in the shower that is a pattern that twists like our DNA. A pairing of warm colours with cold to bring the right balance of natural light and the imagery of a box turned inside out.