Kevin Chan’s Trade Secrets

The Nivek Remas designer transforms industrial shells into modern marvels

Kevin Chan’s design firm, Nivek Remas, gained a cult following in 2014 after their first big project—a townhouse development in a former government building on Dovercourt—sold out in a single weekend. That same year, he transformed a derelict Bloorcourt boiler factory into a collection of laneway homes that juxtaposed industrial elements (milk-washed brick) with opulent details (skylit master baths with cathedral ceilings). That blend of rustic and modern is one of Chan’s trademarks: he recently painted the interior of a Forest Hill century home in bright shades of off-white and revamped a cold, industrial micro-condo with vintage pieces from Prince Edward County.


His Current Obsessions

Regine Schumann’s neon and black-lit artworks

India Mahdavi and Pierre Frey design sumptuous velvet upholstery in rich colours

Le Labo’s woodsy, unisex Santal 33 scent

The Segment table by Apparatus, with its lacquer surface, resin legs and brass hardware

The vaulted ceiling, wood details and greenery at Le Sirenuse, Joseph Dirand’s Miami restaurant


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