Florence Marguerite Knoll Bassett née Schust was born May 24, 1917 in Saginaw, Michigan. Florence studied Architecture under Eliel Saarinen at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1934. In 1936, she started to explore furniture making with Eliel’s son Eero and the now legendary Charles Eames.
Florence discussing the now infamous Tulip base with Eero Saarinen
Merrick House is a documentation of one of the jewels of West Coast Modern architecture, a home that, as a young architect, Merrick built by hand on the steep wooded slopes of West Vancouver, BC in the early 1970s. The photographs by Michael Perlmutter bring out the wonders of the architectural space and materiality, and the text by Tony Robins explores Merrick’s influences, the many spatial moves he employed and the changes made over time with successive renovations.
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Brussels-based Canadian artist Alex Morrison discusses Brand New Era Social Club (2017), his major public art commission on the facade of the Dal Grauer Substation on Burrard Street, and other aspects of his diverse practice, in conversation with photographer Christos Dikeakos.
We mostly know famous architecture not through direct experience, but through images made by architectural photographers like Ema Peter. In conversation with Mark Busse of HCMA Architecture + Design, Peter discusses the constructed nature of architectural photos, the symbiotic relationship between buildings and photography, and how image capture affects design. She also shares technical insights and experiences from her award-winning career.
Robert and Marieke Burgers have been clients since the mid 1960’s. At that time Niels remembers a young vibrant Dutch couple, full of optimism.
Robert taught us and our design community so much. He was a huge personality, generous, warm and he didn’t suffer fools gladly. A perfectionist, he always was pushing and pressing for better.
His family was his centre and he taught us to treasure that family time above all else.
The first time that I was at the Burgers home, I noticed that they didn’t take the Artemide tags off the Tolomeo lights. Why? It just was that way.
The homes that he designed are big hearted, open and inviting; Marieke’s interior design complemented that with striking colours and brave forms; his gardens are sumptuous and elegant always with room to play bocce or lay out a long table for 20.
There was nothing better than being invited to the Burgers, with Marieke’s delicious cooking and Robert laughing a big belly laugh. Lively discussions and contrasting views were always in order. Sometimes we felt so lucky to be nestled in the luscious garden with an intimate table for four or with many other close friends gathered around the long table in the garden.
We will miss him and will honour his belief to never settle for less than the best.
Still have someone left on your list and not sure what to get them? How about the gift of knowledge and inspiration? Here are a few of our favourites currently in the bookstore.
You know them, they have everything they want already and they really don’t want much. You stroll around malls and boutiques hoping that some unique random object will jump out at you and say “This is what they need!”… trust us, it won’t.
Here we’ve compiled a few items that would suit and delight pretty much anyone and chances are they wouldn’t have thought to have bought it for themselves already.
Time to get all snuggly and warm. Here are a few pieces to help make it all that much nicer.
This one is for the little Charleses and Rays in your life. Though the high quality of craftsmanship may be lost on them, the long-lasting fun will not.