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You’re looking for a place in the country.
You come across a derelict old building – infested by wild animals and, sometimes late at night, wild teenagers.
You have a choice: get the heck out of there, or look at the place – a massive former canning factory – and visualize what it could become. Cliff Smith chose the latter.
8 years later, the building, surrounded by nearly 4 acres of land in the village of Grafton, Ontario, is a wonder to behold.
It’s home on the weekends for Cliff and his wife, Yasmin. During the week, it’s a showroom for the Vincent Sheppard line of modern furniture Cliff distributes across Canada through his company Augustus Jones Inc.
Photo by Peter Sellar; Vincent Sheppard chairs with Daybed by B&B italia
My husband and I were invited to visit with Cliff and Yasmin
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4 thoughts on “The Canning Factory: Cliff Smith’s Vision”
A project like that certainly requires vision. Amazing!
Gosh what an amazing place! Perfect to showcase art and gorgeous furniture.
For sure! It’s even more stunning when you see it in person.
The wood is divine, and I am in love with the modern, yellow “chair”–it is much more than a place to sit–it is a work of art!