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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Condo market broke records in 2012, remains strong in 2013: report

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The latest report from condominium authority Urbanation on the Toronto condo market downplays any concerns about over supply. While 2012 saw a record number of new condominium starts, with developers beginning work on 24,388 units in 104 projects, the ratio of sold to unsold units has remained consistent and “above the long-run average in recent years,” according to Urbanation’s Ben Myers. The number of new condos sold in 2012 was 17,997. This was above the ten-year average (17,139) but down from the “record-breaking pace” of 2011. Myers notes that over-building was a term much used in the second half of 2012. However, his company surveyed developers, lenders and brokers last ... Read More »

A look at some of this year’s Design of the Year nominees

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London’s Design Museum revealed the shortlist for this year’s Designs of the Year Awards, or as they call them, “the Oscars of the design world.” The awards cover Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. A lot of the nominees are British, and last year’s overall winner of the Design of the Year was the Olympic Torch, designed by Barber/Ogersby, a British pair of designers. The  Olympic Cauldron is nominated this year, designed by Heatherwick Studio (and oddly placed in the “Product” category). Nonetheless, the international representation is also big, though sadly no Canadian content that we can find. Here is a sampling of  “Oscar” class design from a ... Read More »

A new look at the old Murphy bed

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Space saving furniture is becoming more and more prevalent these days, and one piece that can really make a difference to how much usable space you have in your apartment is the bed. Why bother  having a large piece of furniture taking up space all day when it’s not being used when you could whisk it out of the way and have the space for some other purpose? The concept is not new. Murphy beds have been around for at least a hundred years. But today they’ve become smart and stylish and really clever. In a children’s room, or a spare room, this model from the UK (available at Resource ... Read More »

GG awards for architecture include 5 GTA buildings

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This year’s Governor General’s Medals in Architecture will be given out at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday and six of the recipients are from the Toronto area. A Toronto firm, Ted Teshima, also designed an Ottawa winner, the Delegation of the Ismaeli Imamat.  The winning Toronto-area  buildings cover a wide range of functions and styles—industrial, civic, domestic, educational and artistic. Integral House The name of this architectural gem functions on several levels: it reflects the interests of the man who commissioned it, a mathematician, and the house functions as both home and performance venue. As the jury put it in its comments about the winning design, it is a work ... Read More »

IKEA wins Gold for kitchen booth at IDS13

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IKEA is always in the news. It goes with being one of the world’s most successful companies, with 325 stores in 40 countries. If it’s not wandering monkeys in winter coats, it’s the founder’s Nazi-era past. Today, at least locally, it’s design. IKEA was given a Gold Booth Award at the 2013 Toronto Interior Design Show that just ended. IKEA described its booth, which occupied 980 square feet, as “Scandinavian Industrial” with a mixture of antique features, warehouse windows, exposed brick wall and a “grand” fireplace. “This year, we have created a design that allows the visitor to step into a space that transports them from a trade show into ... Read More »

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