House tour: An industrial-style overhaul results in a ‘new’ home

Food is at the centre of Gilberto and Cintia Gaeta’s lives. For the couple – he is Italian, she is Argentinian – cooking and having guests over to their three bedroom penthouse is essential to remaining connected to their cultures and having a happy home. Ken Lee, principal designer of Space Matters, referenced this mindset in his design.

“The couple lived in the penthouse for six years before deciding on a major overhaul. The previous interior style was actually close to the look they had in mind, but I helped design a polished, cohesive version with better functionality,” he says.

Ken used steel reinforcement bars, usually found at construction sites, for the staircase.