Category Archives: Design

THE CURRENT L. PROJECT: Mixed Bag Mag

Celebrating New Culture for a New World In July 2012 I launched MIXED BAG MAG a blog (soon to become an online magazine) focusing on the transformative power of Culture. My desire with this project is to explore how diversity in all forms, in the context of urban environments, has dramatically impacted design, the arts [...]

GREEN LIVING: My Best in Show Top 5!

Better late than never – Thinking Green at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto. This post was a little slow in coming (it’s been a busy month!) but I didn’t want to entirely miss the shout outs to the people I met and what I loved at the Green Living Show held two weeks ago. This [...]

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: 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

1 OF A KIND TOP 5: Noujica

April 8, 2012 – 1:39 am

Earthy glam attire by designer Catherine Cournoye. For the urbanite who wants some natural flair, Catherine offers apparel that is constructed using “only recycled and organic materials such as leather, cotton and linen.” Her pieces are beautiful, versatile and carbon footprint friendly. Catherine’s collection is augmented with her partner’s Jinny Levesque lovely hand-crafted glass jewellery. [...]

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