So, the Ultimate space that designers Munge Leung and Charles Khabouth of Ink Entertainment are collaborating on for the IDS is quite the showstopper. I've had a sneaky look during construction and I can't wait to see it finished, especially since I've heard it'll launch their latest venture - a swish hotel/condo project. Now, this isn't the first time these guys have worked together, within the past year they've made a splash with Ame, the swanky re-do of the Rubino brother's famed Rain restaurant, as well as Ultra (yep, the one with the chickens, more here), and have even re-done Khabouth's own condo.
So, to get a slightly more in-depth take at what's going on I cornered both Charles Khabouth and Alessandro Munge, one half of ML, and asked them 5 quick questions. The first two snaps shows what's what inside Ame (the cocktails are stellar btw), the third is a peek inside Khabouth's condo.[Image: Condo interior, National Post. Portrait, Arash Moallemi/IDS]
Arren Williams: What's inspiring you right now?
Charles Khabouth: My recent trip to paris, France.
Alessandro Munge: My travels!
AW: Is there anything that can drive you crazy when you walk into a space?
CK: Bad lighting or an unwelcoming/unfriendly host.
AM: Low ceiling heights and no natural light.
AW: What's the next thing you have your eyes on for your own house?
AM: Art, and lots of it.
AW: How would you describe your style - personal or design - and has it changed over the years?
CK: I want to say that my look is simple and edgy, though I’ve stopped trying hard to look my best because I just don’t have a lot of time. Now I just wear what’s simple and comfortable – and the result is actually my best look yet.
AM: Eclectic. Timeless. Modern.
AW: What's next on the horizon?
CK: I have four serious projects on the horizon in the near future – but the most prominent and exciting for me right now is a residence and hotel development in the heart of Toronto that will be the launch of a new brand. This brand will represent the ultimate lifestyle in design, comfort, amenities and access.
AM: 5-star hotels worldwide!