Lately I have been involved in a couple of renovations of Vancouver condos and I am amazed at how small the spaces can be. Designers are looking for ways to allow spaces to work in multi purpose ways by day and night. This ingenious line of hide away beds from Resource Furniture allows a room to function as a bedroom by night and a dining area, living space, or office space by day. Brilliant and I love it!
This quote succinctly describes my approach to each Interior Design challenge. I like to use these elements in different ways to intimately connect each interior to those who occupy it. For example art can be used as a light source, enabling the colours and textures of the art to mix with the light in a space.
In a renovation of The Riverstone Spa in Winnipeg I used an image from the Courtney Milne collection printed on a backlit canvas from Mediagraph to provide low level lighting in the lounge area. The sound of the waterfall in the lounge mixes with the light sparkling through the water drops on the canvas and the warmth of the fireplace to create a feeling that you are in an indoor garden.
The backlit glass panel from DecoPanel provides most of the light in the sauna rooms of the spa. The rough texture of the image is a dramatic contrast to the smooth yellow cedar walls.
The toilet room doors are made of a translucent resin from 3form that have been printed with a high resolution image. The light inside the toilet rooms filters through the panels into the main area of the wash-room providing light for that area as well.
Yes hiding. I admit it. I do not embrace the outdoors when it is this cold, even though I am sure my prairie ancestors would scoff at me. But I don't care. I am really happy we have so many ways today to numb all our senses to this bone chilling cold. The following are a few of my favourites.
I recently attended IIDEX in Toronto, Ontario and came across this stunning new take on a bent wood lounge chair. I love the layers and the balance of textures! Great design from a budding Canadian Designer.
The designer of this table top used the natural fissure in the wood to create a unique detail and design element, brilliant!
Maple clothing hangers in the form of hockey sticks, it doesn't get any more Canadiana. Love it!
These live edge wood cutting boards are oversized and unique pieces of natural art.
"Dining on natural, reclaimed, organically treated, and artfully crafted wood can help us discover our community with all our earth and each other." - Bill Major, artist
I was really impressed with the creativity shown by Canadian designers and craftsmen in many different media forms at IIDEX this year. The use of organic materials is an ongoing strong trend.