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.
On May 10th, Matthew shared his personal journey into lighting, his work and inspiration since he created his eponymous studio in 2013.
Matthew McCormick Studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Vancouver, Canada that produces distinctive lighting and artistic installations. The studio designs, manufactures, and globally distributes McCormick’s own distinctive collections. In addition to creating bespoke, sculptural lighting, all products are made in Canada by a network of committed young manufacturers and craftsmen.
Born on September 14th, 1917 in Innsbruck, Austria and died on New Year’s eve 2007 in Milan. His father who shared his name and profession moved to Turin so that his junior could study Architecture at Politecnico di Torino. The elder Ettore was a traditionalist, his son wanted to be everything that he was not, drawn to bold shapes and colours, often bending and breaking the rules of Architecture and Design. After graduation, Ettore was drafted into the Italian military to fight in the Balkan Campaign, was captured and held in a POW camp in Yugoslavia.
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
We, the Inform Interiors Kitchens & Bath department, were given an opportunity to introduce Patricia Urquiola to a few select members of the Vancouver design community over lunch in our B&B Italia/Boffi showroom during her recent visit. Guests were greeted with a glass of Manciant Cremant de Bourgogne at the Boffi Salinas island in our front window, designed by none other than Patricia.
We are lucky enough at Inform to work with a wide breadth of Architects, Interior Designers and Decorators. All too often though, we don’t get to see where the beautiful objects we procure end up. So we are thrilled when we get to see how the talented clients we work with have created unique interiors filled with interesting and special pieces.
Some designers are tame in practice and personality. Others have edge, strive to be unique and make impressions on whomever they meet. You’ll find Tom Dixon somewhere in-between, comfortably poised in no-man’s land. When you find him there, he’ll make you second guess the preconceptions. He is humble while proud, boisterous but timid, chaotic yet well defined – somehow there isn’t any contradiction. To say that Tom Dixon is a paradox is probably the most accurate description that one could give to him though it’s still far from actuality. He occupies a finite space where intellect and passion are paramount and few external factors hold any creative weight. You have to meet him… did you? He was just here.
Tom flew in on the Thursday before last and went straight to work, not stopping until he flew to LA and did it all over again, two days later. Most highly sought-after personalities might head to their hotel to wash, rest, and go out for an overpriced meal with those that they deemed fit. Not Tom. Tom wanted to go to the scrap-yard and dig through objects long forgotten and like the mad scientist that he is, bring the dead back to life, striving to leave Vancouver a little better than how he found it. This is after all what he attributes as the cause of his rise to fame. __
Currently showcased in our front window is an installation designed by Jakub Zak featuring his selection of pieces chosen for their simplicity and reduction of form and material. Included in the display are Jakub’s Memoir coat rack for Dante Goods&Bads and the Kapital stool collection developed through OEUFFICE, a collaborative design laboratory that Jakub cofounded with fellow designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte. Inspiration for the window was derived from Eli Bornstein’s work which is currently on display at the Initial Gallery.
Lukas Peet’s Rudi light for Roll & Hill & Pots by Benjamin Hubert for Menu