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Friday
Mar022012

Omer Arbel

Rising from a gentle slope between two stands of trees is an extraordinary house. Concrete and glass, steel and massive reclaimed Douglas Fir beams. Triangles folding on each other and unfolding on the landscape. Monolithic presence lightened by walls of folding glass doors. It's like being under a cave like overhang. Shaded and cool, protected and enclosed looking out on the world. The weight of the concrete house rising from the earth juxtaposed with waving fields of grass, echoed by the mass of trees. Manmade vs nature. Solid form vs open spaces. All magically illuminated by "glow worm" lights hanging from its cave ceiling. A family house built on rural acreage designed by Vancouver based architect Omer Arbel.

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Tuesday
Feb282012

Ginger 62

I had to feature a commercial project designed by Beyond Beige that I found on their website - a Vancouver nightclub called Ginger 62. This place is HOT!! (Decorating a dressing room with a vibe similar to this would be fabulous!)

Tuesday
Feb282012

Beyond Beige

Beyond Beige is an award-winning interior design firm located in North Vancouver, BC that was founded by Reisa Pollard in 2003. Rocking contemporary designs that are warm, bright and comfortable yet classy resulting in spaces that are timeless. And I must commend them on the use of a fantastic photographer to shoot their projects (it's shocking how many don't).

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Tuesday
Feb142012

From IDS Toronto

I unfortunately missed out on IDS 12 in Toronto this year (and frankly, every year) but was excited when we were sent these photos. Here's a bit of info: We wanted to share these never-before-seen images of the BY Lissoni lounge space designed by Piero Lissoni, featured in this year's Interior Design Show in Toronto. While the year's unofficial theme may have been bright color, Lissoni's lounge made a bold statement with a muted palette.  Defying its usual connotations of cold austerity,  Lissoni used shades of white to create a comfortable, inviting space.  Light streaming in from skylights warmly illuminated white walls and pale oak floors.  Lining the walls were bookshelves playfully filled with book spines turned outward, evoking a wood-like feel, while plum, plush seating beckoned visitors to stay awhile. Love the mostly muted colours, the sofa in the last photo, and interesting take on book placement (cool looking but useless in reality if you want to actually read something in particular).

Thursday
Feb092012

Gauvreau Design

I stumbled upon Montreal-based firm Gauvreau Design recently while doing some googling. They seem to specialize more in commercial projects than residential but I had to share, particularly the kitchen in the first few photos. I think it's brilliant how the stove and fridge are housed in their own built-in sections, and the lighting strip that runs into the hood fan. 

 

  

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