Marco & Ilse’s Gothic, Industrial Torontol Loft

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Marco Pecota & Ilse Gudino
Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 2,700 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

Imagining what the combined efforts of an industrial furniture designer/horror magazine publisher/film maker and a professional flamenco dancer could do with a boxy mixed-use building couldn’t even come close to the dramatic reality that is Marco & Ilse’s multi-level loft. Especially considering the fact that every inch was carefully planned in a full interior demolition and re-design by Marco himself.

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1st Level – Kitchen/Living Area Pekota Stools (Image credit: Justice Darragh)
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This incredible space is clearly the work of artists in their element, bringing together gothic-romantic pieces with daring industrial and Spanish flavors. Never one to shy away from bold choices, Marco commissioned the hunt for an old Cessna aircraft wing to be hung from the ceiling, spanning two rooms through a cut-out in the wall. He designed and custom built a 5 meter-long steel black squid bannister for the mezzanine library overlooking the study, and replaced the rear builder-grade windows with 1890s Victorian window frames.

Rich, dark textures, colorful accents and an exotic art and literature collection bring a sensual edge to the extra high ceilings, modern and vintage fixtures, and tastefully abundant selection of Pecota’s own industrial furniture designs and prototypes. For a little icing on the unusual cake, the couple added extra tall doors on almost every room, a motorized, rotating walk-in closet wardrobe rack, a vibrant flamenco costume sewing chamber, and — just to make sure that it truly is their urban castle— added a secret room. (Sorry guys, the hidden room is not included in the gallery. If it was, well it wouldn’t be much of a secret now would it?)

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Cozy, industrial elegance.

Inspiration: I was inspired by the Art Deco and mid-century modern eras, as well as industrial vintage furniture and architecture.

Favorite Element: The library, its railing, and the circular staircase.

Biggest Challenge: The entire interior demolition, redesign and build.

What Friends Say: That it is a cool and unique place.

Biggest Embarrassment: The original railing (I designed before replacing it with the squid railing).

Proudest DIY: I designed and general contracted the complete 2700 square-foot build of our home, but the proudest DIY was the 30-foot-long mezzanine library.

Biggest Indulgence: The 15-foot airplane wing in our closet.

Best Advice: Do not be afraid to dream big. Do not be afraid to decide. Do not be afraid to decide to dream big.

Dream Sources: Pekota Design, Metropolis Factory, Metropolis Living, Smash.

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Resources of Note:





• Pekota Stools – Pekota Design
• Stainless Steel Counters – Pekota Design
• White lacquered cabinets – Ikea
• Dancer Sculpture – Joso, 1969
• Cerberus Fish Plate – Joso, 1969




• 52″ round bath tub & tiles – Tiles Plus
• Sinks – Tiles Plus
• Vanity – Forever Interiors


• 1980s Dry Cleaners rotating rack – SMASH


• Pekota Deck Chairs – Pekota Design
• PK10 Aluminum Tables – Pekota Design

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Thanks, Marco & Ilse!

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