Category: Green Building

A Sizable Brooklyn loft that looks like a  Fantasy

Esther Choi, an architectural historian and Canadian living in new york, found her present Brooklyn loft by heeding the advice of a woman she met at Marfa, Texas, who had jumped to the mountains upon the urgings of her unconscious. “In typical woo-woo style, she leans over to me, looks me in the eye and states with such certainty, ‘Listen to your dreams!'” Choi states, in her finest grizzled, psychic voice. “And then I’d anbsp;fantasy.” read more

How three Canadian creatives designed studios to foster artistry

Steven Andrews

Artist Stephen Andrews divides his time between three Toronto-based studios, devoting his home studio into painting. Andrews’s Victorian home in the city’s Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood offers tons of visual stimulation undergone a renovation by architect Tamira Sawatzky to what the artist calls a “nouveau cabinet of curiosities.” He retains his garden-facing studio with no distractions or unnecessary objects: a purist paintingnbsp;distance. read more

In Victoria, a perfectly preserved piece of Arts and Crafts architecture

‘You know how you dream about where you want to live when you grow up? This is the home I’ve always wanted,” says Tara Hurst of the house she shares with her husband, Michael Zary, and their chocolate labrador retriever, Zadie (after writer Zadie Smith). The Arts and Crafts-style cabin in Victoria’s Gonzales neighbourhood was built in 1913 and has a character all its own, which the couple strived to maintain despite an all-purpose renovation that observed several rooms stripped “to the studs,” Hurst says. read more

There’s nothing crafty about papier-mâché’s contemporary renaissance

Paper, in its simplest form, is flimsy and two-dimensional. When it’s layered and hardened, however, the material can become anything: a bowl, a bookshelf, even a chair. Before the era of mass production, it wasn’t uncommon to see a multitude of design objects rendered in papier-mâché, a craft technique of bonding shredded paper with everything from flour to glue to create volume. Now, that technique is enjoying a contemporary comeback in lighting, furniture and home accessories, and inspiring other unique processes that turn humble pulp into a major design statement. read more

Buzzy brands on Screen at Interior Design Show Vancouver

‘Wood has historically been the 1 trend linked to the Pacific Northwest,” says Jody Phillips, manager of Interior Design Show Vancouver, and obviously, this trend has developed and expanded. The innovators include Vancouver’s very own 600sq and Studio Corelam, and over their substance connects them. “Designers here have a sensibility that’s all their own,” Phillips says. “There’s an obligation they have to the environment that not every design community gets.” But the biggest international design fair in Western North America, with over 250 exhibitors, surely puts over wood on the table. Since the show’s 13th edition kicks off today, Phillips weighs in on some of the very buzz-worthy brands and products. read more

How Shopify’s office Layouts drive productivity

When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and bleak penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flamboyant architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard about their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, together with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellow facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter. read more

How Shopify’s office Layouts drive productivity

When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and gloomy penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flashy architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard of their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellowish facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter. read more

Hermès to offer full range of furniture and housewares at new Toronto flagship

The house of this Hermès Maison collections is located in Pantin, a working-class suburb northeast of Paris which has become increasingly populated by creative industries. Located mere blocks from where the Hermès leather atelier was established since 1992, the airy showroom looks out onto low-rise buildings in stone and brick which are clearly not in the Haussmann style. The distance rather conjures the feeling of an upscale loft somewhere farther afield — East London, Brooklyn, or just a neighbourhood in Montreal. It makes for a compelling setup for the designers and decorators who visit the showroom to see how such apparently rarefied furniture, accessories and objets d’art can exist in everydaynbsp;lifetime. read more

Hermès to offer full range of furniture and housewares at new Toronto flagship


The house of this Hermès Maison collections is located in Pantin, a working-class suburb northeast of Paris which has become increasingly populated by creative industries. Located mere blocks from where the Hermès leather atelier was established since 1992, the airy showroom looks out onto low-rise buildings in stone and brick which are clearly not in the Haussmann style. The distance rather conjures the feeling of an upscale loft somewhere farther afield — East London, Brooklyn, or just a neighbourhood in Montreal. It makes for a compelling setup for the designers and decorators who visit the showroom to experience how such apparently rarefied furniture, accessories and objets d’art can exist in everydaynbsp;lifetime. read more