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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 News, Trending 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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Once In The Blue Moon of Toruk, Kym Barrett Costume and Make-Up Designer; Time-Traveller

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

As a child growing up on tropical Christmas Island, an isolated and rugged Australian territory dotting the Indian Ocean, Kym Barrett was surrounded by a kaleidoscope of exquisite sunsets, spectacular flowers, lush coral reefs and exotic birds. In fact, it is so far away from other archipelagos geographically, that many species are indigenous to only that island. That sounds uncannily …

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Frank Giustra: How Empathy And Direct Impact Philanthropy Can Change the World

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

“I was devastated. I don’t want to sound melodramatic but what I experienced was so disturbing. What these refugees have gone through is beyond description-beaten by smugglers, living in the worst filth and squalor-it’s unimaginable-and it’s millions of people we’re talking about. Experiencing it first-hand changed my life.” Frank Giustra after arriving at Lesbos, Greece, seeing Syrian refugee arrivals, November 2015. …

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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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The Walking School Bus Brings Literacy App Along For The Ride

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Late for school? No problem, Mom will drive you. Pouring rain and college lecture about to start? Just call Uber for a ride. “Everyday, over half a million students in Uganda walk over 5 kilometers both to and from school to attain an education. These students walk through some of the most unforgiving terrain in pursuit of higher education. I …

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Vancouver, Canada’s 2017 Eco Fashion Week Showcases Style With Sustainability

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

A parade of models wearing elegant eveningwear, strutted down a very untraditional runway alighting on podiums surrounded by a rapt standing audience. One dress recalled the vivid colours of the aurora borealis; another, the veining of the maple leaf with its analogy to branching multiculturalism. An intricately smocked-back sheath with fishtail train mimicked the scales of salmon while another took …