Posted by: abodesignco | 04/20/2009

Tufenkian by Barbara Barry

I have always admired Barbara Barry‘s work & yesterday made my first order for one of her carpets for Tufenkian!  Very exciting.  It’s a beautiful piece that the client is absolutely in love with.

Ms. Barry is well-known in the design community…she’s a bit of a celebrity actually.  Her collaboration with Tufenkian began in the mid-1990s.  Inspired by the distinct textures & striated colours of their handmade carpets, she created a collection that is muted, geometric, and classic modern.  If you are in the market, visit the Salari showroom.

Dots

Dots

Quilted

Quilted

Waltz

Waltz

Galaxy - Client chose this one

Galaxy - Client chose this one

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Posted by: abodesignco | 04/20/2009

Ebony aka Kutest Kitten

I promised to post some pictures of Ebony and here they are:

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Posted by: abodesignco | 04/15/2009

Kitten-proofing your home

We just welcomed a new (feline) member into our home.  Her name is Ebony and she is the most beautiful little lady.  We’ve only had her for 2 days and already I had a couple of scares.  One: she ate a teaser tail toy (or at least I believe she did).  I accidentally left it with her on the first night and found the string it was hanging on all lonely.  She was not sick, thankfully, so I’m hoping it will just work its way out.  Second scare: my husband went out side and left the door cracked open at the exact same time I left Ebony’s room with door also cracked open.  I returned and discovered she was not in her Hide, Perch & Go box (SPCA), and spent about 3 minutes looking for her only to discover she had sneaked back into her box.  It felt like the longest 3 minutes of my life.  After all this I finally googled pet proofing your home and stumbled upon this.  I hope it is as useful for you as it is for me.  Will post some pictures of Ebony when I can get a good shot of her (apparently one of the reasons she was the last to be adopted was because of the colour of her coat – black – which doesn’t photograph very well).  She is a cute one & very playful and loving.

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/14/2009

ThinkGlass…Think Green

We’ve covered concrete countertops and now glass!  ThinkGlass countertops are sustainable.  They are 100% fully recyclable.  No sealants or harsh chemicals are used to produce them.  There are no emissions released and no negative impact on air quality.  They are radon free (compared to granite) and safe for use as a food preparation surface (Certified NSF).  For homes they would gain you 10 LEED points and 23 points for NAHB Model Green Home.

Aside from their green characteristics they are stunning (especially against light) and a unique option for kitchen or bathroom countertops.  Combining function & art, they are practically maintenance free and extremely durable.  They are non-porous, which means they are perfect for Kosher kitchens.

All images courtesy of ThinkGlass.com

They are the most hygienic countertop on the market.  You don’t have to worry about cross-contamination and they are pretty much impossible to stain as well.  And the kicker, if you hate the way fingerprints are left on glass, a textured finish underneath will mask just about any fingerprint as well as common wear & scratches.  You can place hot cookware directly on them but it is recommended that you use hotplates whenever possible.

They average about $200-$300 US per square foot, including cutouts.  And like anything else, custom cuts are extra.

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/13/2009

Lushpad – Modern furniture at a bargain

If you are in the market for some great modern furniture but don’t want to pay an arm & a leg, check out Lushpad.  It is a meeting place for collectors & sellers of secondhand modern furniture.  You can browse furniture by manufacturer, designer, artist, and item type.  On the educational side, you can also learn about the designers by reading their biographies.  As for product knowledge, they provide articles on topics such as how to spot a knockoff.  They are also planning to provide professional assessments of what items might be worth.  So if you have a great piece that just doesn’t work for you anymore, send in a picture and they will give you a rough idea of what it’s worth after their panel of experts have evaluated it.

Many items listed would be considered “pricey” but there are also great bargains for contemporary and mid-century modern furniture.   And if you are already in the market for great furniture, you already know that you should spend a bit more for quality pieces.

Secondhand is not for everyone.  But for some of you, I know this will be a treasure trove so enjoy!

For an extra dose of exploration, also visit Fullhouse Consigments for some great finds!

Finn Juhl Danish Teak Sideboard

Finn Juhl Danish Teak Sideboard

Eames lounge wood chairs

Eames lounge wood chairs

Vintage Rocking Chair

Vintage Rocking Chair

1940s French Moderne Inspired Cocktail table

1940s French Moderne Inspired Cocktail table

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/11/2009

The Meeting at Infinity

I introduced you to Elias Wakan’s work back in February (“Conversational Piece”).  Elias was kind enough to invite me to his open house to view some of his new work and I’m extending the invitation to you (with his permission of course).  If you are able to make your way over to Gabriola (from Vancouver: 2 ferries, then 20 minute drive) it is well worth the adventure to meet with this wonderful artist & get a glimpse of his genius.  The open house is on April 26, 2-5pm @ Drumbeg House Studio – 3085 Mander Rd, Gabriola.  If you wish to attend please RSVP to naomi@naomiwakan.com.  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek…

Two helical pieces intricately threaded together & placed on a stand, which incorporates invisible sliding groves to allow for a total estimated himidity-driven expansion and contraction of 5/8

Two helical pieces intricately threaded together & placed on a stand, which incorporates invisible sliding groves to allow for a total estimated humidity-driven expansion & contraction of 5/8"

Wondering how this all came together?  Visit Elias’ website for a glimpse into his method to this madness.

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/10/2009

Anything but Straight

Once in a while I find myself surprised by amazing talent but rarely do I find myself blown away.  Just yesterday, I was blown away.  It was the combination of talent and creativity that did it.  I don’t want to say too much because the work speak for themself as you will see…Straight Line Designs Inc is a custom furniture design & manufacturing company that is well-known for their signature style & quality work.  Their designs are whimsical and unusual.  Designs that encourage children (and adults) to explore the limits and go wild with their imagination.  They can pretty much custom anything you are willing to pay for.  No idea too crazy.  Just look at what they’ve already done.  Their philosophy: “It’s not what we’ve done; It’s what we are going to do next.”  Now that’s innovation that just doesn’t sleep!  Enjoy…

Latest design, currently on display @ Vancouver Intl Airport

Latest design, currently on display @ Vancouver Intl Airport

Sobey dressers

Sobey dressers

An assortment of crazies

Mrs Pearson

Canned Bench

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/09/2009

Downtown Chic Book Release

New York City–based couple Robert & Cortney Novogratz have been renovating & designing unique & hip homes for families for over ten years. Describing their signature style as a sophisticated but bohemian mix of high & low, new & old, they offer their realistic advice on how to create original, warm interiors with ease. One part practical guide, one part inspirational volume on creating a look for the home, DOWNTOWN CHIC pairs humorous anecdotes about the pitfalls & pleasures of renovation with a treasure trove of decorating tips: how to use both boutique & flea-market finds; how to inject personality into a room affordably; how to decorate kids’ rooms so they appeal to children & adults; how to easily rehabilitate outdated furnishings; and many more. In each of the ten projects featured—which include a townhouse in New York City, a country house in Massachusetts, and a beach house in Brazil—before & after shots document the agony and ecstasy of any renovation project, as well as revealing the design duo’s vision and remarkable ability to see through the most awful of spaces to the amazing home that lies within.  I’m looking forward to its release on April 28!  To pre-order visit Amazon.com.  You can also visit the couple’s NYC-based design firm, SIXX Design, for more info.

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/08/2009

Planet-friendly lumber

If you are buying pressure-treated lumber for a deck, keep in mind that they have probably been injected with powerful pesticides, which contain arsenic & chromium, to prevent rot & infestation.  Ask before you buy!  Enquire about CA-B pressure treated lumber or the other option is Brazilian Walnut, or Ipe.  It is one of the densest exotic flooring options that is also long lasting and rot-resistant.  It also comes as one of the darkest & most distinguished looking colours of imported hardwood.  It’s a great choice for decks because it is low-maintenance, durable and doesn’t come with the problems often associated with composite & cheaper decking.  You’ll often find Ipe in commercial applications as boardwalks, piers, docks, & outdoor benches due to its durability.

Posted by: abodesignco | 04/07/2009

Sakura aka Cherry Blossoms

One of the things I love about spring is the blooming of the cherry blossoms!  And no where on earth is this event as epic as it is in Japan!

Maruyama Park, Kyoto - temporary outdoor restaurant

Maruyama Park, Kyoto - temporary outdoor restaurant

It took a little longer this year for them to bloom (can anyone say global warming?) but they are finally in full bloom all over Japan.

Philosophers Path, Kyoto

Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

Everywhere you go it looks as if all the trees are covered in snow.  It is romantic, ethereal and very poetic.  Parks all over Japan are littered with people celebrating this event with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the blooming trees.  Now that’s a party not to be missed!  Happy blossoming!

Ueno Park, Tokyo

Ueno Park, Tokyo

Sumida River, Tokyo

Sumida River, Tokyo

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