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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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Michael Bublé Out of His Comfort Zone

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

On the line from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé is ecstatic: not about his new perfume, By Invitation launched in New York or the recent release of his latest album, Nobody But Me, or even his behind-the-scenes performance documentary, Tour Stop 148 that screened world-wide for one night only. “My son Noah just made me pancakes and eggshells with maple …

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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 …

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Japan Unlayered: Not Lost In Translation

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Master Architect, Kengo Kuma’s First Residential Skyscraper In North America, Is the Jewel In The Crown of Japanese Exhibition In Vancouver The Japanese philosophy of ‘layering’ in which architecture, craftsmanship and design cross-pollinate to create one lifestyle experience, is illuminated and demystified in Japan Unlayered. The Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver has been transformed into a microcosm of ‘the land of the …

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17-Year-Old Vancouver Student, Wins $10,000 On The Food Network’s Chopped Canada Teen

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

If you can’t stand the heat… you better stay in the kitchen. That’s how Justine Balin won $10,000 on The Food Network’s Chopped Canada Teen The heat under the TV lights and from the industrial gas ranges was sweltering. One competitor had already cut himself badly. Opening the ‘mystery basket’ to discover the first round’s appetizer ingredients of chocolate mint cookies, …

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At Ancora Restaurant, Caviar is the Jewel Of The Sea

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

The ancient Chinese steeped sturgeon eggs in tea before pickling the eggs in brine. The Turks thought “khavyar” originating from the Persian word, “chav-jar”, gave them great power – as an aphrodisiac. And Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond in the 1999 film, The World Is Not Enough, immersed a merchant in a vat of caviar, threatening to drown him in …

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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The 2017 Chutzpah! Festival

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the 17th Annual 2017 Chutzpah! Festival that …

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2017 Trends That Bring Out Our Inner Child

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

If you grew up in the late 60s and 70s you’ll remember that the Bean Bag Chair (knock-offs came in corduroy and fake fur,) were the height of flower-power fab and could be found in every teen’s rec room and college dorm. Flopping into it was no problem – like being swallowed by a giant pillow – but getting up, …

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Industrial Designer Tom Dixon Is The Quintessential Rebel With A Cause

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

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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Cut From A Different Cloth – Vancouver’s Museum Of Anthropology’s (MOA) Textile Exhibition Unfolds Cultural Expression

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Dressed to kill. Wear your heart on your sleeve. In your birthday suit. She’s a shoe-in. He’d give the shirt off his back. Shrouded in secrecy. These clothing idioms date back hundreds of years and yet most are still part of our contemporary English parlance. Perhaps their endurance relates to the fact that since the beginning of time, “from birth …