Decorating & Design

February 26, 2018

Look Inside Shoe Queen Sonja Bata’s Inspiring Condo

“In many ways, my home is like an autobiography,” said the late Sonja Bata when House & Home interviewed her for a piece in the September 2013 issue. “I’ve lived a long life and travelled all over the world. Now, my flat is full of these treasures… but they all make me smile.” After the Bata Shoe Museum founder, philanthropist and trained architect sold her Georgian home that she and her late husband, Thomas, raised their family in and lived in for more than half a century, Sonja moved into a penthouse condo in midtown Toronto. “I was very sad to leave our old home, especially the beautiful garden with all the birds. But after my husband’s death, I decided it was time to start a new phase of my life,” she said, as though doing so at the age of 86 were as natural as breathing.

Sonja recently passed away at the age of 91, but her incredible style and contributions to the design industry won’t soon be forgotten. “Good design is timeless — it doesn’t age,” she said. Click through to see where she lived during her later years, and get a glimpse into the life of this inspiring woman.

Author: Barbara Sgroi

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