Tag Archives: Cultural Hybridity

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 [...]

LUMINATO 2012: K’NAAN, Nelly Furtado & a lil’ Neil Young in the mix

Mary talking to the CBC about why she likes Somali Canadian singer K’NAAN. Last night’s opening performance for LUMINATO is why we may just be on to something here that we can share with the world. Let’s strike while the iron is hot! Last year I gave myself an assignment to start the ball rolling [...]

WHY I LOVE AFRICAN DESIGN PT 5: Suzanne Boyd Style

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

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 2: North Africa

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

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 [...]

STEPHEN BURKS @ DESIGN EXCHANGE

Stephen Burks “Man Made” exhibition at Design Exchange. Image via Design Exchange. STEPHEN BURKS: MAN MADE TORONTO Jan23 – Apr 1 @ Design Exchange FYI!! In Dialogue: Stephen Burks and Company : Feb 10,  6:30pm – 8:30pm Man Made At Work – An Ad Hoc Community Workshop: Feb 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Walk-through [...]