Monthly Archives: April 2012

MY FAVORITE PEOPLE: Darren Austin Hall

I ‘experienced’ Darren Austin Hall (www.innertraditionshealing.com ) for the first time while doing a 40 day intensive yoga challenge. I needed something to positively pull me through the discombobulating winter of 2011 and hot yoga sounded like a great idea. I wasn’t sure what I was in for when I arrived to do a yin yoga [...]

FAVORITE PEOPLE: Gelareh Saadatpajouh

It was our Design with Dialogue holiday get together. On a damp December night this gorgeous, warm presence walked into our hosts’ home. I loved this woman’s style. I had to get to know her.  I discovered her name, Gelareh Saadatpajouh, tickles your tongue when you say it. So appropriate! Gelareh was part of the [...]

FAVORITE PEOPLE: Christine Kim

Christine Kim was one of my top three favourite artists from The Artist Project Toronto. Her technique of pencil drawings, cutouts and collages was infused with such sophistication that I was curious enough to enter in to her exhibit.  Our shared investigation and personal exploration of cultural / psychological thresholds, sacred spaces, Islamic lattice work, [...]

FAVORITE PEOPLE: Kara Springer

My portrait of Kara. As the designer behind the Kaya Birthing Stool, Kara was part of a panel discussion on exploring culture, hybridity and personal identity in design (Wedge Curatorial). This event was in conjunction with American designer Stephen Burks’ Man Made Exhibit at Toronto’s Design Exchange. When Kara started speaking the obsessive note taker [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 6: The L. Style

April 17, 2012 – 12:38 am

How to work African design into your home My wishlist-must-haves of what I would love to bring into my own space and collection. La Creuset’s Tagine Hanging Chair by Egg Designs Black & White Beaded Chair from Snob Stuff (Toronto) Moroccan Leather Pouf from Moroccan Palace Egyptian Pendant Lamps in solid copper from Snob Stuff [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 5: Suzanne Boyd Style

April 13, 2012 – 8:56 pm

Images from “The Objects of My Affection”, O Magazine, Summer 2007 What are home says about us. Former editor of Flare, current editor of Zoomer, journalist Suzanne Boyd is an alchemist when it comes to synthesizing style. Her space is her biography, which is how our spaces should be – the layers of what we [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 4: East Africa

April 12, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Images from”Swahili Time” Architectural Digest, August 2010 Swahili Style?  HAKUNA MATATA! Every day in Lamu I would hear polepole from the locals. They were telling me to go “slowly, slowly!” I felt like I was slowing down but apparently time moves so unhurried on the island of Lamu it seems to go counterclockwise. This foreign [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 3: West Africa

April 11, 2012 – 12:23 pm

Tearsheets from “Au Senegal: Une Maison Couleur Boubou”, Elle Décor French Ed., July / August 2011 Boubou? YUMYUM! West African wax cloth is like a salad made with only the most intensely flavoured fruits. To eyes used to ‘Torontonian black’ it is like finding yourself orbiting in an alternate universe where Ikea and West Elm [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 2: North Africa

April 9, 2012 – 7:01 pm

Maryam Montague and I are design twins separated at birth.  We are cut from the same Caftan cloth. When I saw the images of Peacock Pavilions, Maryam and her husband’s boutique hotel in Marrakesh, I felt at home without even stepping a foot over the threshold. You can sense that with Maryam each décor piece [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 1: South Africa

April 9, 2012 – 3:12 pm

Tearsheets from “In & Out of Africa”, Maison Française, July / August 2011 Brilliant design. BRILLIANT. South African interior design demonstrates the most gorgeous use of texture, dimensionality, and pairing of sophisticated juxtapositions. Tearsheets from “En Afrique du Sud, Le Rustique Chic”, Elle Décor French Edition, July / August 2011 Bookmark on Delicious Digg this [...]