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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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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 Other Side of the Hero Unmasks First Responders

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Have you ever wondered why many television police dramas depict deeply conflicted detectives and other first responders as divorced and alienated from their families; alcohol or drug dependent-even suicidal? It’s not just for the ratings. During and after 9/11 the public was suddenly thrust into the world of first responders when police, firefighters and paramedics had the harrowing task of …

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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 …