Breaking the rules on lighting placement

Breaking the rules is invigorating, we all know that. Rethink what the chandelier or a suspended light can do to the room before you decide to place it smack where “it’s supposed to be”. Look how successfully it applies to these two beautiful spaces:

Al Fresco Modern Table Decor

Aaaa-almost smelling the summer…a day here, a day there, some would say you feel it in your bones, the non-gradual, rather chaotic back and forth seasonal change that is so typical in Ontario: one day sleeveless, one day parka. The teaser of summer days makes you think of .. Funky placemats The round mats from…

Fixing potlights layout on site

Some of the most important site visits for you to have if you build a new home are lighting and ceiling coordination visits with the designer. As the lighting and ceiling plans go to the contractor, the plans  that are the result of your many hours of work with your designer, figuring out what mood-scenes you…

On Proximity, Space and Light Installations. The Distillery District

Needless to say, beautiful lights at night have a pleasant charm to them.When those lights are designed by artists and architects and placed in the open, the city transforms into a curated exhibit. Few places around the world have light festivals and now we have it too! Out of the ones on display at the Distillery, my favorite…

Sibiu, Transylvania, Unesco – work in progress!

What a wonderful business trip it is when you visit a fantastic city, work with amazing people and eat lots of great food! That pretty much summarizes my recent trip to Sibiu, Romania. Our project there is shaping up quite nicely, here a sneak peek: the courtyard is getting there, probably last to be paved due…

Wellness in Design as a way of life

We all heard of it by now. The Wellness concept has taken over the mainstream and it’s not shy about it. Wellness promotes physical and mental health as key ingredients to great quality of life.  Banking on the importance of a balanced and happy living, it stands for the pursuit of  healthy and emotional equilibrium….

Toronto, IDEX 2015

This year brought focus on materials and textures. Some of the highlights, in no particular order… A curated selection from www.thinkmaterial.ca Intarsia redefined: en.raclima.com/ Shaped, aged glass lights from Eurofase Beautiful cabinetry handles from Richelieu Interesting fridge paneling from Porter and Charles… And the beautiful Fogo Island project

The best 3 of the 2015 Azure Design Awards

Oiseau des Iles, architecture category Sun screening taken to a new dimension from architectural perforation to textured surfaces in this beautiful and airy mixed-use complex in Nantes, France by Antonini Darmon. Metamorphous, landscape category An elegant, nature inspired landscape intervention that was build in collaboration with oceanic engineers and meant to both enhance the shore…

Milan Design Week 2015

One of the most anticipated design events of the spring. From their official site: “Today, materials are viewed not merely as substances that make up objects but as entities worth investigating for their undiscovered potential.” Axo-light lamps – Euroluce: “Materials are getting smarter, the range is expanding, and we’re questioning the limits of use and…

Light it up

Lamps are objects with multiple use. They need to give good light such that we can go about doing what we do evenings and nights or sometimes, on those cloudy days. But not to be forgotten, they do need to look good even in the brightest sunshine. And since we keep them off for as…