Studio s - Scavolini

They are “sexy and delicious” says Southam Design owner Penny Southam. But until this year, Italy’s Scavolini, known best for its ultra-cool contemporary kitchen cabinetry and furniture, had Canadian showrooms only in Montreal and Toronto. Thanks to Southam, we can add Ottawa to that exclusive list. When the interior designer got the contract from Scavolini in 2008, she immediately set about finding a showroom space that would showcase the brand to best advantage. “I wanted a raw and loft-like space,” says Southam, who found a 100-yearold building on Gladstone Avenue and immediately set about gutting it and installing six sleek kitchens. The modern displays are now juxtaposed beautifully against the original hardwood floors and rough wooden columns that define the space. Front-room man Denis Villeneuve, who guides shoppers through the spacious retail space.



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