Spain is a country that is home to a wealth of design talent — currently and historically. As someone who works within the design industry, I had to visit Gaudi’s masterpieces when I found myself in Barcelona this summer. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have visited a very special building — Casa Batlló — multiple times. Each visit felt like a new experience as they have been at different points in my life — high school, university, and now adulthood.
For those who are not familiar with Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), he was a Spanish architect based in Barcelona in the province of Catalonia. His artistry was one of a kind. Gaudi was strongly influenced by his passions: his work (architecture), nature, and religion. Seven of his works have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, and Cripta Güell. All of these are located in Barcelona. Continue reading “Oh my Gaudi!”→
The Meeting Table by Peter Cardew Architects, currently on display in our 50 Water Street showroom.
After designing the head office and five stores for the Vancouver-based athleisure company Reigning Champ (2 in Vancouver, 2 in Toronto, 1 in L.A), Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Gold medal-winning architect, Peter Cardew was asked for design suggestions for the company’s library. For this project, Cardew designed a shelving system, a display system, and a Meeting Table which is currently on display in the window of our 50 Water Street showroom.
On June 6th, we welcomed the return of the Japanese Master Craftsmen, Takahiro Yagi of Kaikado (Metal Tea Caddies), Shuji Nakagawa of Nakagawa Mokkougei (Wooden Vessels), Toru Tsuji of Kanaami-Tsuji (Wire Weaving), and Kenya Imanishi of Kagizen Yoshifusa (Confectionary) to speak about their craft and family legacies.
It was our privilege to have Ruth Jones, a master textile artist, design an elaborate window installation for our 50 Water St. showroom in conjunction with the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium held in Vancouver. When you meet Ruth and see the dedication and passion that she has for her work, you gain a new appreciation for the art and craft behind textiles. Continue reading “Ruth Jones Interview”→
Strolling past our Gastown showrooms you will notice our summer window displays are an homage to our inspiration for this season — the artist David Hockney. With Los Angeles as one of his primary muses, Hockney pulls from the Californian palette of bright yellows, greens, blues and pinks. Evoking lush lawns, summer heat and shimmering swimming pools, his fearless use of colour is refreshing and thrilling.
“…If the water surface is almost still and there is a strong sun, then dancing lines with the colours of the spectrum appear everywhere…” — David Hockney
On Tuesday June 5th, we were delighted to welcome award-winning British designer Lee Broom to our 50 Water St showroom. He presented OBSERVATORY, his new stellar-inspired lighting collection and spoke of his latest products as well as his work over the last 11 years.
Ah, Love! The overwhelming sensation of affinity for a particular person or thing felt throughout your whole being. Whether you’re looking to please your loved one with a surprise or to turn up the temperature in the bedroom, here are a few pieces that are sure to tantalize, delight and excite.
A little music to put you in the mood…
Encyclopedia of Flowers, Edited by Kyoko Wada | $85
Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma — encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs, Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.
We’ve all been there… the holidays sneak up on you and suddenly you realize not everyone on your list has been crossed off! Be it for a teacher, hostess or family member, we are here to help with this list of great last minute in-stock gifts and stocking stuffers.
If you are in Vancouver or the surrounding area, place your order for any in-stock accessory by Thursday the 21st and we’ll guarantee that you’ll have it by the end of the week with optional gift wrapping. All online orders over $100 receive free shipping.