AUDAX principal Gianpiero Pugliese with the 60s-inspired tree designed by his firm. Photo: James Bombales
Design-minded Torontonians filled the hallowed halls of Casa Loma last week to celebrate the holiday season and admire an impressive collection of Christmas tree installations created by 10 of the hottest names in design, architecture and fashion.
The Toronto landmark celebrated its 100th birthday this year, having been completed in 1914 to serve as a residence for Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Referencing the mansion’s 100 year history, the theme of the night was “100 Years of Christmas.”
Each of the 10 designers, whose backgrounds ranged from the fashion industry to architecture, designed inspired by the aesthetic of a specific decade. Toronto boutique architecture firm, AUDAX Architecture, designed a tree influenced by 1960s pop-art while fashion designers Dsquared2 went maximalist with their tree inspired by the 2000s.
The $100 per ticket event was a fundraiser for the WaterStone Foundation, a Toronto-based charity and clinic that helps youth afflicted with eating disorders. It was also part of a new push by Liberty Entertainment Group to bring a wider variety of fun and engaging events to the Toronto landmark. The company took over the lease for Casa Loma in January 2014 and has been investing heavily in operational and structural improvements.
Check out more photos of the festivities below: