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Why a multipurpose kitchen is the best kind

Paul Rowan is the vice president of design at Umbra, the Canadian housewares company he co-founded 35 years ago. With the help of his wife, Marcee Ruby, a graphics and communications pro, Rowan has made a habit of gutting and rebuilding his own homes. The latest is a three-storey former storefront in Toronto's Riverside neighbourhood.

The couple moved into the circa-1900 building just over a year ago after renovating it top to bottom according to their own design. The crowning glory is a 750-square-foot kitchen that doubles as a conference room and photo studio for Umbra. "It is a room highly conducive to creativity," Rowan says. "We like when we can share it with other people."

To learn more about the kitchen's features, hover over and interact with the picture below.

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