In this striking, soaring, black-granite-clad room in Vancouver, there was certainly no lack of drama. Designer Mitchell Freedland’s challenge, then, would be infusing the voluminous space—a private library for the homeowner—with a warm, human touch. “We needed to bring scale, symmetry and detail,” says Freedland.

Mitchell Freedland-designed private libary
Photo: Ema Peter

And so, quiet, careful stainless steel edging was added to the millwork for a layer of refinement, and shelves were lined with a stunning burnt-orange velvet. The fiery hues play off the Gordon Smith painting that takes pride of place on the wall, and subtle under-lighting illuminates the lustrous fabric at night, creating an ember-like glow. “The shelves just come alive at night,” says Freedland.