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Marcelo & Magela Take it Outside

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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It's always a pleasure to revisit a home I've blogged about before although in this case it's the outside that's been transformed since my last visit. Marcelo Palacios is a professional landscaper (Landscaping De Sol a Sol) which means that his summers are busy with little or no time to get away with his wife and design partner, Magela, and their two young children. The solution was to turn their own home into a weekend oasis where everyone could play and relax and make the most of summer.

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Anatomy of a Great Garage Sale

Monday, May 14, 2012

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In response to reader requests for a taste of what's in store at the Wychwood Gallery this Saturday I canvased my hoarder/collector cohorts and received these images of what will be on offer. Nelson, Noguchi, Fabricius Kastholm, Robsjohn-Gibbings are just a few of the bold-face names you'll find for sale at the second annual styleNorth garage sale. Fellow decor blogger Tim Lam of Design Maze is joining the party with a first-rate selection of tasteful goodies including the rehabbed Louis chair above, a range of stylish fabric remnants, a starburst mirror, a rattan coffee table base, custom cushions, and accessories galore. Hope to see you there at the Wychwood Gallery, 601 Christie Street (just south of St. Clair West), Saturday, May 19, 9 am - 2 pm.

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I Covetous: Pirwi Design at Fiber Living

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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It felt like IDS all over again when I popped into Toronto's Fiber Living last week and stumbled upon the jaw-dropping work of Mexican design firm Pirwi. Fiber's Ansis Kalnins told me the furnishings had just arrived from Mexico City and hadn't been on the floor for a week yet so what you're seeing here is literally fresh off the truck. Pirwi's designers are focused on sustainable materials and practices and they mix the latest computerized cutting tech with old fashioned hand bending and finishing to craft tables, chairs and case goods that look and feel truly innovative. Constructed mostly of plywood, the designs are skeletal, geometric and absolutely beautiful. Pricey, too, as you might expect from products this cutting edge.

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What’s New, What’s Now at IIDEX/NeoCon

Saturday, September 24, 2011

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While January’s Interior Design Show encompasses residential spaces and applications, IIDEX is much more focused on contract architecture, landscape and hospitality design with lots of trade-only seminars. IIDEX/NeoCon is where designers and commercial buyers come to source the latest materials, textiles, wall and floor coverings, lighting and storage systems. Sustainability continues to dominate the design world with revolutionary materials and new technologies stealing most of the thunder. Think: Material (above) is this year’s showcase of innovative wall and flooring materials made from everything from coconut shells and sugarcane pulp to new polymers, laminates and recycled glass.

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Passing by Toronto's Office & Shop Furniture yesterday I was stopped in my tracks by the window display of the new Pasha Chair from Italy's Pedrali. Where Philippe Stark borrowed an open-armed, medallion-back design for his ubiquitous Louis Ghost Chair, Pedrali goes for the full-on Bergere. What's so striking is how thin and impossibly sexy the molded polycarbonate is; priced at $560 each, the chair is brand new to North America and comes in black, white, clear or smoked with a fabric seat cushion for added comfort. But that wasn't the only thing I was jazzed about at the Office Shop . . .

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