When Michael Mavian and Victoria Rumi first moved into their Toronto apartment, every wall was a different color, which they found a bit chaotic. They decided the best solution was to paint the walls white, providing a clean backdrop for their collection of well-worn objects and art. Michael is a graphic designer and fine artist with a passion for collage. Drawing from a rich collection of vintage LIFE magazines, antique prints and newspapers, Michael’s work, as well as his living space, is imbued with an aesthetic that is both nostalgic and contemporary. Victoria Rumi spends her days working as a court reporter to support her true passion, a baking business. Thank you, Michael and Victoria, and thanks to Allie Mavian Buzbuzian for the photos! — Shannon
Image above: The building we live in is actually an old perfume factory, and these are the original floors. Love their character and age.
See more of Michael and Victoria’s Toronto home after the jump . . .
Image above: Our factory lights in the kitchen were originally from Victoria’s father’s antique and wood shop, and the “Bakery” sign was originally from a small bakery in Quebec. The sign was actually bought before we moved in, and it just so happened to fit perfectly in our kitchen — it was meant to be.
Image above: My grandfather was a draftsman, and the ruler, crayon, brush and compass were his. I like to have these around when I’m working. Character and patina are what really draw me to certain antiques. I love the graphic nature of old signs, posters and advertisements. I like being able to see the wear and tear that a piece has and how something has been used.
Image above: The sofas are designed by Mazzoli from Italy; they’re really comfortable, and I love the simple and elegant design. The bike is hung on hooks from the ceiling so it’s really easy to get up and down, and it saves a lot of space.
Image above: This is my studio, where you’ll find me most of the time. On the walls there are some things I’ve collected, some pieces I have made, and some family heirlooms, as well. At the top left is a poster I designed for a typeface I created called “Freedom Gothic,” and it shows the family of weights and how it can be used. The framed newspaper is from when I was in Paris a couple years ago. I picked up a series of them; they’re from 1898–1900. The framed black and white photograph on the top right is by Larry Clark. And the Joni Mitchell album cover is my favorite album design. I really like the monochrome blue.
Image above: The rail crossing sign and the toolbox are both from the Christie Antique Fair; actually, the toolbox is from the 1920s, I believe. I love how graphic the sign is, and the lettering is great.
Image above: Having a small outdoor garden space in the middle of the city is hard to come by. Being able to enjoy it only 4–5 months a year makes you really appreciate it. Victoria loves to garden and maintains a ton of plants on the other side of our patio. We have a great herb garden and lots of flowers.