Montauk Sofa's collection of 30-plus designs takes centre stage in the 6,000-square-foot Gastown showroom

Have a sofa customized especially for you at Montauk Sofa's large Gastown showroom

Walking into Montauk Sofa’s new Vancouver storefront, you’re met with rough-hewn wood posts, exposed old bricks and steel beams in a lofty space that’s in character with the heritage building and historic Gastown neighbourhood and Design District. And it’s part of the company’s esthetic of melding old and new.

“What defines Montauk is the mixture of the traditional with the modern,” says manager and interior designer Ivan Quintana. It’s something that also comes into play with the company’s eco ethos (completely carbon-neutral!), where acknowledging the past is about design and principle.

From the classic cavernous ABC armchair (“We call it the chair for a person, book, dog and a glass of wine,” says Quintana) to the delicate lines of the newer Grace sofa, there are 30-plus pieces in Montauk’s collection. Designed and manufactured in Montreal, each sofa can be scaled to any space, from the compact condo to the palatial.

Also on display is Montauk’s line of objets d’art from European antique markets. Exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces include a French armoire from the 1700s and a giant cast-iron coffee table cut from a reclaimed boiler. All this shines in the new-yet-old space.

The 1800s-era building, gutted and modernized over two years, has been left somewhat raw with minimal embellishments. Again, it’s about reworking the traditional – original brick walls, beams and posts – into the modern, much like the sophisticated sofa collection itself. It’s the Montauk mark.

Montauk Sofa Stand Outs:

Splurge: A statement-making 18th-century French armoire cut from a single solid piece of oak.
Iconic piece: The Tufted sofa, now modernized with crisscross detailing.
Store favourite: Grace, a new sofa line with delicate arms and back.
Our pick: The retro-looking Francis chair inspired by a 1960s piece by Danish designer Wikkelsø.

Originally published in BC Home magazine. For updates, subscribe to the free Home e-newsletter, or purchase a subscription to the bi-monthly magazine.