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Interior design tips, trends, how-tos and features.

Where to buy great design for your home

On your recent trip to the French Alps town of Saint-Martin de Belleville, you stayed at the Chalet la Transhumance, where you were struck by the beauty of the architecture, and by the furnishings. A little chair particularly caught your eye. It was just what you had been looking for, perfect for your study at home,  but you hadn’t seen anything as nice in any of the stores. You asked about it, and learned that it is called the Otto Con Braccioli, the work of one of Europe’s best known designers, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. How does one go about getting one of these beautiful chairs for oneself? Can one contact the ... Read More »

I can’t believe it isn’t sunlight!

One of the mainstays of the home renovation industry is the skylight. Millions of home renovators have installed skylights in light-deprived rooms from the attic to the kitchen to the verandah. But what if you live in a condo or apartment and have a room where you’d like to get more sunlight? An Italian invention could be the solution. Using the latest LED technology and nanocomposites, CoeLux replicates natural sunlight, including the colour temperature of the light and the movement of the sun across the sky. Photos of CoeLux in place show an astonishing level of verisimilitude. From the photos at least, and the website avows that they are not ... Read More »

Canadian honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Biennale

One of Canada’s best-known architect/philanthropists has been named the recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Phyllis Lambert, daughter of Seagram liquor magnate Samuel Bronfman of Montreal, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for “her huge contribution to architecture.” The Venice Biennale chair and director singled out Lambert’s role “as a client and custodian” in the creation of the Seagram Building in New York City, which, they said, “would not have happened” without her. She is also the founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in her native Montreal, a work that “combines rare vision with rare generosity.” The story of the creation of the Seagram ... Read More »

Designer Laarman uses technology to shape the future

Joris Laarman is an Amsterdam-based designer known for his “bone chairs” among other design work, some of which is on permanent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He describes his studio, which is called the “lab,” as “an experimental playground set up to study and shape the future. . . . We want to add cultural meaning to technological progress and show the beauty of how things could work.” Laarman believes that technology must serve people. Laarman is at the forefront of the open source design movement. Their goal is to “democratize design” by making the ... Read More »

LED light is all it’s cracked up to be

By the end of 2014, it will be difficult to find incandescent light bulbs in stores in Canada, except for certain specialty bulbs, like oven lights. The rest, including 40W, 60W, and 100W bulbs, will be gone. We shouldn’t lament their passing. While they were a great invention in their day more than a hundred years ago, they really hadn’t changed much. Their greatest drawback, the one that finally did them in, is their inefficiency: as much as 96 per cent of the power consumed by a bulb was lost as heat, not converted to light. One option for replacing the old incandescent bulbs is the LED. These lights can ... Read More »

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