Saturday, May 17, 2008

Queen Titania

The elliptical structure of its outer casing, composed of blades, serves simultaneously as a non-dazzle screen, a reflector of the central light source and a heat dissipater. Five pairs of polycarbonate interchangeable filters determine the varying colours of its lamellar body. In fact Titania can be coloured as desired, by a simple movement of the hand to slot the different filters in and out and to give the lamp a “dematerialised” colour - while always maintaining an emission of white light! The spherical counterweight, allowing its up-down adjustment, can be inserted or removed at any time.
$1,040-$1,088 CAN |
Avaliable at :: Robert Sweep Home Furnishings
739-11th Avenue SW Calgary, AB | 403-262-8525


Canadian design firm Thout knows that short on space doesn’t have to mean short on style and has proved the point perfectly with their system of modular wall tiles. Art and function blend seamlessly as utiliTILE cleverly organizes your life. With hooks and shelves that fold out when storage is needed, or flatten when not required, you’ll find a place for keys, phones, coats and mail. UtiliTILE remains simple and elegant while closed but upon opening adds texture and dimension to your space. Perfect for hallway or office, these wood tiles come in several finishes and can be customized to suit your own unique requirements.
Priced from :: Keyed: $225; Hooked: $200; Blank: $90; Etched Blank (with words): $160
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Created by Soren Kjaer in collaboration with furniture Holmris Hansen A/S, this Scandinavian design is an ode to the Mac. Familiar in design to Mac users, Milk comes in a white high gloss lacquer, the same color used on iMacs. The deceivingly simple shape of the desk has been designed to conceal all unsightly wires with its built-in cable drawers and cable exits. An electronic base means that the desk can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button, allowing freedom to sit or stand at your workspace. While the Milk desk can be lauded for its simplicity and clean lines, its landscape is dramatically altered by the addition of simultaneously practical and whimsical boxes. Four compartments on the left hand side of the desk become a tool holder, garbage bin or even fish tank. A perfect place to charge your iPod or hide your candy stash, box lids come in several colors and finishes. The Milk desk makes work more like play and you just might find yourself looking for excuses to get back to the office.
Milk Desk :: starts at $3011Cdn
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Bean Bag Chairs

Fatboy creates these stylish bean bag chairs in a variety of colours including the Marimekko “Poppies” once made famous by Jackie O.
Maremekko prints start at $390, original fatboy prints $325
Available at :: Design House, 1110 mainland street, Vancouver BC | +1-604-681-2800

African Turquoise Ring

Educated in fine arts at The University of Texas, artist Stacey Maddock has resided in Calgary since 1993 and creates each piece by hand out of her home-based studio.
Starting at $70 CAN | +1-403-262-3795

Eclectic Cushions

Based out of her Nelson BC studio, textile artist Marilyn Lee creates unique felt purses, cushions and wall hangings. Felting is a very process­‑oriented medium enabling the artist involvement and innovation at each stage throughout the creation.
Starting at $49 CAN

Dedon yin yang

Matching sculptural chairs, the Yin Yang Outdoor Furniture by Dedon uses a smooth woven surface to accent its sharp clean lines. A sweeping modern lounge chair, the complex curving form has an intriguing elegance. The twin chairs nest together, to create a single circular design. When combined the two lounge chairs face each other, offering personal space while still encouraging community and communication. The idea came to designer Nicolas Thomkins on the Island of Cebu’s beach of Olango.
Each chair is available for $7,333 CAD for the set $14,666 CAD

Ooba Bassinet

ModernKid’s stake in the growing world of design for the design savvy parent is firmly in the modern vernacular. With everything from eating utensils to carpets, this design destination will have your little bundle of joy spitting up- I mean, sitting up – in style. The Ooba is available in maple or walnut and it cleans up nicely.
Starting at $695 CAN
Available at :: ModernKid, 45 Water Street Vancouver BC | +1-604-662-3181

Alder Saddle

An original by Vancouver artist, Brent Comber, this is one of many one-of-a-kind designs crafted from natural wood that are inspired by the artist’s affinity for the Pacific Northwest. Sustainability runs through all of Comber’s work as his design studio sources only natural wood from local sources and the wood is either reclaimed or recycled.
Starting at $3,900 CAN
Available at :: 1657 Columbia Street North Vancouver, BC | +1-604-980-4467

The 14 Series

A pendant chandelier designed for clustering, created by Omer Arbel of Bocci out of Vancouver. The pendants are made of hand-poured, cast-glass resembling spheres of frozen water. The light interacts with the inherent imperfections of cast glass to create unique halos of light. According to the designer, “Cast glass is an organic process, hand crafted and imperfect by nature, so each piece created is unique.”
Starting at $236 CAN
Available at :: Inform Interiors, 97 Water St. Vancouver BC | +1-604-682-3868

Bag Kaku

Designed by Takumi Shimamura, this unique wooden briefcase is crafted from Japanese cedar wood from the Umaji Village in Japan or from press laminated wood (this one floats) and is available in four different colours. It weighs in at 1.8 pounds and if you purchase it from Vancouver’s Inhabit, shipping is free.
Starting at $355 CAN
Available at :: Inhabit, 1188 Hamilton Street Vancouver, BC | +1-604-662-7408

Jumper Keyring

Whimsical design with an aluminum body and wire loop.
Trokia Keyring $20 CAN
Available at :: Madison & Page

Issa Dining Chair

Scandinavian modern meets contemporary Japanese in this superbly crafted Dining Chair from Japan. In developing the Issa line, Japanese designer Noriyuki Ebina pursued a 60’s Danish retro look, but with subtle curves and a refinement beyond that usually found in the Danish originals. Available in both Arm and Side versions, the Issa Dining Chair is hand-built from solid walnut, with leather seat and back. The walnut is finished in hand-rubbed oils and beeswax.
Issa Dining Arm Chair $1,490 CAN
Issa Dining Side Chair $1,260 CAN
Available at :: Kozai Designs of Vancouver | +1-604-677-8166

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