Category Archives: Great Gardens

How Modern ceramics designers are pushing the craft  Ahead

Lots of individuals consider porcelain as something equally valuable and passé — the type of thing our parents and grandparents used to lock in elaborate cabinets, only to be removed for the many special celebrations (if ever). This perception began millennia ago, with the origins of the craft itself: ceramic arts date back at least 30,000 years (before we lived in towns) with figurines taken for ceremonialnbsp;intentions. read more

A Sizable Brooklyn loft that looks like a  Fantasy

Esther Choi, an architectural historian and Canadian living in new york, found her present Brooklyn loft by heeding the advice of a woman she met at Marfa, Texas, who had jumped to the mountains upon the urgings of her unconscious. “In typical woo-woo style, she leans over to me, looks me in the eye and states with such certainty, ‘Listen to your dreams!'” Choi states, in her finest grizzled, psychic voice. “And then I’d anbsp;fantasy.” read more

How three Canadian creatives designed studios to foster artistry

Steven Andrews

Artist Stephen Andrews divides his time between three Toronto-based studios, devoting his home studio into painting. Andrews’s Victorian home in the city’s Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood offers tons of visual stimulation undergone a renovation by architect Tamira Sawatzky to what the artist calls a “nouveau cabinet of curiosities.” He retains his garden-facing studio with no distractions or unnecessary objects: a purist paintingnbsp;distance. read more

In Victoria, a perfectly preserved piece of Arts and Crafts architecture

‘You know how you dream about where you want to live when you grow up? This is the home I’ve always wanted,” says Tara Hurst of the house she shares with her husband, Michael Zary, and their chocolate labrador retriever, Zadie (after writer Zadie Smith). The Arts and Crafts-style cabin in Victoria’s Gonzales neighbourhood was built in 1913 and has a personality all its own, which the few strived to maintain despite an all-purpose renovation which saw many rooms stripped “to the studs,” Hurst says. read more

There’s nothing crafty about papier-mâché’s contemporary renaissance

Paper, in its simplest form, is flimsy and two-dimensional. When it is layered and hardened, but the substance can become anything: a bowl, a bookshelf, even a seat. Before the age of mass production, it was not uncommon to observe plenty of design objects left in papier-mâché, a craft method of bonding shredded paper with everything from flour to paste to make volume. Now, that technique is enjoying a modern comeback in light, furniture and home accessories, and inspiring other unique processes that turn humble pulp into a significant designnbsp;statement. read more

There Is nothing Catchy about papier-mâché’s Modern  renaissance

Paper, in its simplest form, is flimsy and two-dimensional. When it is layered and hardened, but the substance can become anything: a bowl, a bookshelf, even a seat. Before the age of mass production, it was not uncommon to observe plenty of design objects left in papier-mâché, a craft method of bonding shredded paper with everything from flour to paste to make volume. Now, that technique is enjoying a modern comeback in light, furniture and home accessories, and inspiring other unique processes that turn humble pulp to a significant designnbsp;statement. read more

Buzzy brands on Screen at Interior Design Show Vancouver

‘Wood has historically been the 1 trend linked to the Pacific Northwest,” says Jody Phillips, manager of Interior Design Show Vancouver, and obviously, this trend has developed and expanded. The innovators include Vancouver’s very own 600sq and Studio Corelam, and over their substance connects them. “Designers here have a sensibility that’s all their own,” Phillips says. “There’s an obligation they have to the environment that not every design community has.” But the biggest international design fair in Western North America, with over 250 exhibitors, surely puts over timber on the table. Since the show’s 13th edition kicks off today, Phillips weighs in on some of the very buzz-worthy brands and products. read more

How Shopify’s office Layouts drive productivity

When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and gloomy penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flashy architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard of their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellowish facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter. read more

How Shopify’s office Layouts drive productivity

When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and gloomy penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flashy architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard of their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellowish facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter. read more