Shopping season, getting the essentials and the ones you don’t need

When I shop for clients I never feel distracted. It is completely different when the buying becomes a part of a project. Professional buying applies a filter to browsing that confidently edits, reshuffles and combines the finds with all the other elements of the design, such as room wall colours, flooring finish lights and so forth, that I do not have with me when shopping.

Beautiful objects, the Dyson hairdryer

The power of design is often most visible in product design, consumer goods with wide reach to the public that go far beyond the function they are meant to simply perform and instead, they perform it superbly. Dyson is one of my favorite brands that achieve that. Visible in their retail, the new store at Yorkdale…

A new kind of department store

As much as mom and pop shops, ethnic and local goods shops, small entrepreneurs and design-chic startups pop up everywhere around Toronto, so is a new kind of department store! Muji, to which I’ve been recently introduced by my daughter, has the flavour of a nouveau-urban convenience store mixed with designers stationary, bean-bag lounge chairs,…