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Former BMX Freestyle World Champion, Jay Miron Flips Over His Work As Bespoke Furniture Maker

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

It may seem like a surprising dichotomy of interests, but Vancouver’s former Freestyle BMX World Champion (9 medals) Jay Miron explains that his métier designing and making furniture shares similar attributes to playing a professional sport. “You know, they both take an incredibly high level of attention to master, patience and a passion to succeed,” says Jay Miron from his …

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With an eye for contemporary graphics, Iván Meade’s Mexican heritage is at the heart of his prolific product designs

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

“I remember playing with marbles on my grandparents’ tiled floor when I was a little boy in San Luis Potosi, a beautiful colonial silver mining town north of Mexico City,” reminisces textile designer, Iván Meade by phone from his eponymous interior design studio in Victoria. In fact, that memory had such a profound effect on the adult Meade that he …

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Chan Hon Goh – Vancouver Ballet Dynasty Raises The Barre For Dance Training And Education In Canada

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Perhaps her breathless exuberance is partially a consequence of a grande jeté (that’s ballet parlance for ‘big leap’) into a Toronto cab, but Vancouver’s Chan Hon Goh, director of the Goh Ballet Academy is always a force of nature. She’s about halfway through her annual, albeit frenetic, outreach programme giving masterclasses to ballet students across Canada and Seattle. “I keep …

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Hip Locations for Celebrity Spotting In British Columbia

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

With the moniker “Hollywood North,” BC is a great enticement for film production and foodie heaven when it comes to top restaurants in Canada. That combination is a fan’s map to celebrity spotting. But don’t forget to also check-out museums, sports events or bicycling along Vancouver’s seawall like Shania Twain did. You can rely on serendipity or give yourself a celebrity …

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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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Great Okanagan Winery Restaurants in British Columbia

In Food & Wine, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

A visit to a winery usually includes a requisite swirl and sip, but few destinations including those just south of the border are able to serve restaurant meals with your glass of Chardonnay. Okanagan Winery restaurants paired with local menus, stellar reds and whites and unique winery events are a feast for all the senses. Okanagan Winery Restaurants in West Kelowna …

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David Foster, Music Man, Philanthropist

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

After Celebrating his 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, David Foster the multi-talented Canadian takes a big bite out of Broadway Renaissance man, musician-composer-producer, philanthropist and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, David Foster is holding court in the panoramic 6th floor D6 lobby lounge of the DOUGLAS, Parq Vancouver’s new luxury downtown hotel. Dapper and fit, (he’s claustrophobic and never uses elevators …

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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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The Haida Spirit Of Creativity Is At The Heart Of Fashion Designer, Dorothy Grant’s Tsawwassen Home

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Sounds of ferry foghorns roil through the haze across the Salish Sea and over miles of beachfront, a ghostly boneyard of logs and driftwood. Fashion designer and Haida artist, Dorothy Grant is quietly contemplating the spectacular views through floor to ceiling glass across her corner penthouse condo. But her hands are rarely still. “I hadn’t expected to find this place,” …

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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 …