City Style: Montreal

  • Hotel Le St-James
  • The Ritz-Carlton Montréal
  • Bota Bota
  • The Gualt
  • Maison Birks pearl-and-gold braclet
  • Les Touilleurs
  • Roland Dubuc
  • Quartier des Spectacles 2013 winter display
  • Jingle Boots, 2011, by Maria Hupfield, at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal
  • SIDM
  • Arsenal
  • Phi Centre
  • Underground City
  • Habitat 67
  • Biosphere
  • Casino de Montreal
  • Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
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Canada’s second-largest city enjoys worldwide recognition for its inclusionary design ethos.

To describe Montreal as a North American city with a British background and a French varnish is to oversimplify its complex nature. On this island city where the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers meet, the downtown core is bordered roughly by Old Montreal, with its limestone edifices and cobblestone streets, and Mount Royal, whose elevation determines the height of all new construction (buildings are limited to about 51 stories), with people of more than 120 ethnicities residing in the avenues of the surrounding districts. Residents cling tenaciously to their Frenchness, using the language to protect their Quebecois culture, at the same time as they embrace new urban-design trends—both cutting-edge and quirky—such as digital lighting in public spaces and striking graffiti murals. Montreal was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006 for prioritizing architecture and design that benefit all of its citizens, in manifestations as basic as its bike-sharing system and as overarching as the way it converted the Expo 67 World’s Fair grounds into a multifunctional recreational and residential area that is still well used nearly 50 years later. This collective joie de vivre translates to satisfying discoveries for visitors who happen upon Montreal’s many surprises. 

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The pop-up showcases the designer’s work alongside pieces sourced from around the globe…
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Lladró Niagara Chandelier Gold Chandelier
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Handmade 24-karat gold vase Sieger by Fürstenberg Luna collection
A handmade porcelain vase is one of the highlights from the brand’s new Luna collection…
Photo by Roger Davies
A Southern California couple seeking more space turned to the home’s original architect…
Photo by Mark Seelen
Bringing personal style home is only natural for these three highly individual fashion designers…
Photo by Matthew Millman
Four good friends turned their living-room start-up into an international design firm…
Tomas Maier’s quietly confident imprimatur is evident in new stemware, a Murano lamp, and more…
Photo by Marco Scarpa
Steeped in heritage, the luxury clothier creates beautiful drapery and other accessories…