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

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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 …

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Industrial Designer Tom Dixon Is The Quintessential Rebel With A Cause

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From Bass Guitarist In British Band, Funkapolitan Touring With Simple Minds, Bob Marley And The Clash, To Welder And Self-taught Industrial Designer Imagine a rocking chair inspired by an illustration of a cat’s skeleton (Bolide Chaise, 1988); a sofa, its snaking curve reconfigured from a child’s electric racing car track (Serpentine Sofa 2003,) or light fixture based upon the reflection …

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Architect And Designer Patricia Urquiola: Thinking With Her Hands in Living Color

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When multi award-winning architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola was a little girl in Oviedo, Spain she played with dolls but with one exasperating quirk: she liked to pull their heads and limbs off and look inside. “My sister wouldn’t let me touch her dolls for that reason and my mother has told me, “‘you approach your work with so much …

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Vancouver’s LAMP Is Out Of This World – The 4th Annual International Lighting Competition With a Roundup of (Inter) Stellar Winners

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A cumulonimbus cluster of bubbles cast by Cloud is reminiscent of the cosmic phenomena of a starburst galaxy. The Shield, revolving around the earth, keeps asteroids (or dinner guests) at bay while organic Tear lights up a wormhole travelling through the universe. These are not part of the new set design for television’s Star Trek: Discovery or even a NASA project. They’re just a few of the …

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Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof – A Glittering New Era For Tiffany & Co

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In the opening scene of the 1961 classic, Breakfast At Tiffany’s , an insecure Holly Golightly, (the stunning Audrey Hepburn, pretending to be a wealthy Manhattan socialite in order to nab a rich husband,) looks longingly into the display windows of Tiffany & Co., New York, resolute that one day, she’ll have the independent means to shop there. Fifty-three years …

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IDS-Vancouver Wows This Year With Big-Name Talent And Bright Ideas

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“The Pacific Northwest has experienced a major design boom and we really need to recognize ourselves as world-class,” says Jody Phillips, IDS-Vancouver’s show director. Now in its 12th year, it may be Toronto’s Interior Design Show’s younger sister, but it’s no shrinking violet, annually attracting 36,000 people to view 275 designers, speakers and distributors. “In addition to Vancouver’s hotbed of talent, …

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From Victorian to Sexy, Women’s Tennis Fashion Is Made In Endorsement Heaven

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From corsets and long skirts to cat suits, gladiator boots and cleavage, the fashionistas of women’s tennis have historically made clothing a spectator sport created in marketing heaven. Historians try to tell us that a game resembling tennis was originally played by the ancient Egyptians but it’s difficult to imagine Cleopatra going for an overhead without being toppled by her …

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Daniel Libeskind – “One Day In Life” An Exploration of Music, Design and Space

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Can you imagine concerts held in a moving streetcar, a hospital’s operating room or the apartment building where Oscar Schindler once lived? Architect, Daniel Libeskind with the Alte Oper, will bring together 75 spectacular concert performances in unusual and unexpected venues within Frankfurt, Germany, May 21 to May 22, 2016, and all within a 24-hour period, interpreting One Day In …

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L A M P – Lighting Architecture Movement Project, Sheds New Light On Innovation And Talent

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Gweilo, a family of ghostly apparitions, drapes light in a pooling effect across the floor. Designed by Alex Josphenson, co-founder of Partison Project, Toronto, he is the 2015 winner in the established Category in Vancouver’s third annual international L A M P – Lighting Architecture Movement Project competition announced this week. Chosen from over 90 submissions from 21 countries, Toronto pulled a …

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Jillian Harris – Lots of moxy, taking risks and working like crazy are her secrets to success!

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Like a whirling dervish, Jillian Harris is in perpetual motion. She has just finished taping Season 3 of Love It Or List It Vancouver for the W Network; flew to Toronto to launch Charmin’s Luxury Pop-Up Bathroom at The Distillery Historic District; raced back to her home in Kelowna where she has just completed renovations and is ready for some much needed R&R with main …