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Bespoke furniture maker, Jason Klager is inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Jason Klager has never visited Japan but it’s on his bucket list. The custom fine furniture and cabinet maker creates subtly elegant streamlined pieces in beautiful contrasting wood grains. Many designs have a distinct Asian influence: a pierced carving of tree branches resembling lace are all hand-made; brushstrokes emulate swimming koi and hidden compartments all inspire a Zen-like affinity with …

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Vancouver Artisans Make Small Production Pieces Unique

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Imaginative, playful, and a passion for hand-made craft with enduring design describes Vancouver artisans whose unique, small production pieces can be found in the Pop-Up Shop at SwitzerCultCreative and online at Oden Gallery. Their labours of love easily translate into your own conception of what makes a comfortable and luxurious living space in 2018. Ceramicist, Anyuta Gusakova expresses joy through clay …

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Celebrated Spanish Designer, Jaime Hayon “Transforms Spaces Into Experiences”

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

If Jaime Hayon’s day job doesn’t work out, he can always be a stand-up comedian. The charismatic Spanish artist and designer whose international accolades include Time Magazine and Wallpaper naming him in their 100 most relevant and influential creators of our times, is sitting in his Arpa Armchair (for British company, Sé) at 2017 IDS-Vancouver. He’s a headline speaker sponsored …

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Spruce Up Your Home Gym With Star Wars Workout Gear or Frank Underwood’s WaterRower

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Outfitting the luxury home gym is the latest trend on the custom fitness landscape. Forget clunky weights relegated to the garage or basement. Today, equipment is as sculptural as it is functional. But sweating in luxury, as expected, comes with a hefty ticket price. If you’re a fan of Netflix’s diabolical, House of Cards, you’ll recognize Claire’s gift of the …

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A Cathedral Of Art: Bruce Munro Wright

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Bon vivant Bruce Munro Wright’s passion for the arts, entertaining and philanthropy are reflected in his eclectic Arthur Erickson designed Choklit Townhome. What appears to be silver Mylar helium balloons with Mandarin orange streamers left over from a celebratory party, are hanging from the soaring 30-foot ceiling in Bruce Munro Wright’s front room. “Those are actually sculptures by Berlin-based artist, …

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Art By Design Furniture & Lighting By Israeli Makers Are Both Sculptural & Functional

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

When Hagit Pincovici was a little girl in her grandparents’ atelier in Tel Aviv, she remembers the exhilaration of playing with and running between colourful sheets of plexiglass that would eventually be molded into trays, frames and furniture by her artisan grandparents. “When my grandfather left Romania for Israel, he brought the recipe for making plexiglass and I remember it …

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For Canada’s 150th, Disher House Showcased with 13 Iconic Residences in HGTV’s Great Canadian Homes

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Great bones, exquisite historical detailing – even a secret room. A 105-year-old Arts and Crafts estate in Vancouver’s First Shaughnessy neighbourhood was lovingly restored over eleven years. It’s featured in HGTV’s documentary, Great Canadian Homes hosted by Tommy Smythe. It was love at first site for Murray and Val Nunns. The Calgary businessman, former geologist and self-proclaimed “serial restorer,” Nunns …

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Go Ahead, Play With Your Food. Makers Are Experimenting With Interactive Tableware That Brings Back Conversation

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Remember when Mom scolded you for playing with the food on your plate? Not anymore. There’s a growing international trend by makers, designers and artists who are taking preconceived ideas of how Interactive Tableware and cutlery should relate to the user and turning them (sometimes quite literally,) on their heads. Former textile designer, Martin Kullik is one such provocateur. He …

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Romancing the Stone – “Life is Art” for American Luxury Jewelry Designer, David Yurman

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

In Greek mythology, nine muses presided over the arts and sciences. For Renaissance man, sculptor, horseman and jewelry designer, David Yurman, ‘Sybil’ is the only muse he needs. Her name, which means oracle and prophetess, is his wife of 37 years; muse, painter and business partner for 47. When I mention that coincidence to the elegant Yurman, dressed all in …