Blending the old, the new and the unexpected, bachelor and entrepreneur David Barclay makes no apologies. (Not that he needs to.)
Self-described “serial entrepreneur” David Barclay derives great pleasure from exercising his right to individualized style. To wit: placing a gold-plated Philippe Starck AK-47-style gun lamp in the bay window of his 1,900-square-foot Victorian brownstone in Toronto’s west end. “It’s a great way to subtly show people outside what’s happening, in terms of style, inside,” says the founder of Stolen Riches, a new men’s designer shoelace company. In our opinion, nothing about David, including his home and the gun lamp – which is on an automatic timer and has passersby leaving notes inquiring where they can get one – is subtle.Homeowner David Barclay and designer Jessica Cotton of Jessica Cotton Design love the new family room in David’s Toronto home.
Given David’s love of loud modern art and avant-garde accessories, he was surprised to discover that he also had a penchant for antique shopping
when he embarked on renovating and designing his dream home
more than four years ago. “I made up mood boards and my style became abundantly clear: a mix of modern, Victorian and Baroque,” he says.