In the centre of a room cradled in cream and candor rests a sculpture of Aztec beginnings. Its ceremonial presence is surrounded by touches of modernity and tradition, imparting a distinctive yet comforting look. This is but one of the many signature approaches of NordSouth Interiors, an international design firm that eagerly moves beyond the predictable and into a realm of unimagined expressions.
For over 25 years, this particular style of startling beauty has transformed residential and commercial properties around the world, delivering dramatic yet elegant interiors to high-profile clientele and celebrities. Founded by designer Stéphane Fréchette and business partner Robert Sauvé, the company first began in Montreal and Miami, and has since expanded to Toronto’s King Street West district. In 2012, the brand will stretch its reach to Mexico. “I know that people are looking for something different and dramatic,” says Fréchette, who splits his time between the four cities. He’ll be in Toronto this January when NordSouth debuts its collections at the prestigious Interior Design Show.
Often referred to as the “King of Eclectic,” Fréchette ensures that his designs fill in the gap that’s left behind by inclusive interiors. He seamlessly blends various styles such as minimalism, art deco and gothic. “I love contemporary but I think it’s too cold on its own, so I mix different tastes and cultures together for a charming, warm atmosphere,” says Fréchette, who handpicks quality home accessories and furniture from various designer hot spots across the globe. He and his team of interior designers and artists are equipped with the vision and experience to transform every room in your abode.
Juxtaposing the simple things that make a house into a home with the grandness you’d find in a five-star hotel, NordSouth’s spaces spill with spectacularly balanced settings with not a replica in sight. “I’m very strong on art accessories and paintings. Everything I put in my décor is original – I never use fake flowers or mainstream prints. I work with artists.”