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Lighting Tip : Take Cues From Natural Light

Before electricity light basically came from the sun, fires and candles. To keep us comfortable, we take cues from natural light when putting together a lighting plan. The principle is pretty simple to follow so the next time you’re in a room where the lighting seems off (or you can’t see…) one of these tips could likely solve the problem.

It’s easier to work with the bright light from the sun – which is why we like a lot of ambient light, usually from above, in rooms where people move around as they work: kitchens, craft rooms, offices, work shops.

We gravitate towards the warmth and security of a fireplace. Glowing lamps provide exactly the same effect.

Candles provide flexibility for lighting targeted areas: wall sconces for vanity mirrors (one for each side is best), reading lamps, architectural accent lighting and lighting for art and objects. Just like candles, a few of them dimmed to lower levels make a room feel quiet and intimate.

LED light bulbs emit the same soft light as incandescent bulbs and are available in the same colour temperatures that we are used to. Until we started our relationship with Philips we didn’t realise just how many different LED bulbs were available from candles, to globes and more.

Lighting Tip : Light the Things You Love

Paintings, sculptures, furniture, photographs, books… any favourite thing deserves to be well lit. Great lighting lets you appreciate the things you love more and helps you show them off to others.

We used a series of track lighting for the art wall, a spot light for the console, a small glowing lamp between a clock and camera on the bookshelf and a reading light that casts a highlighting beam on the sculptural armchair and side table.

Since LEDs don’t emit UV light, so they wont’ fade furniture, fabric, art and paint.

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Lighting  clockwise from top:  1 Stubby Stack by Eureka from Living Space; 2 Josephine Mini t by Metalarte from Lightform; 3 Gatto Piccolo by Flos from Inform; 4 America by Metalarte from Lightform; 5 Gregg by Foscarini from Lightform; 6 Miss K by Flos from Lightform; 7 Kelvin F by Flos (discontinued); 8 Inout Out by Metalarte from Lightform; 9 La Dina by Ares from Lightform.

Furniture  clockwise from bottom: 10 X-Base Glass Dining Table by Bensen (disontinued); 11 Torii Chair by Bensen from Inform; 12 Bovist Floor Pillow “Dove” Motif by Vitra from Inform; 13 Sushi Joy Round Stool Version B by Moroso from Inform; 14 Bidjar Enjoy Turquise Rug by Jan Kath from Colin Campbell; 15 Multileg Low Table by B.D. Barcelona from Inform; 16 Partu by Bensen from Inform; 17 Klara Small Armchair by Moroso from Inform; 18 Vitae Stool by Riva 1920 from Inform; 19 Paso Doble Chair by Magis from Inform; 20 Lord Yi Table with marble top by Driade from Inform; 20 1966 Richard Schultz Serving Cart by Knoll from Inform; 22 Canyon Sectional by Bensen from Inform; 23 Index Shelving by Bensen from Inform.

Accessories  from back to front: 24 Apartment Throw by Teixidors from Provide; 25 Plectrum 1 Pillow by Charlene Mullen from Provide; 26 Hex Cushion by Provide Made from Provide; 27 Red Spot and 12 Pillow by Charlene Mullen from Provide; 28 Felt Big Bag by Daff from Provide; 29 Font Clock by Established & Sons from Inform; 30 Culina Paddle Walnut Cutting Board by Geoffry Lilge from Provide; 31 Basketweave Place Mat by Chilewich from Provide.

Paint  Sea Mist Green 2041-50 from Benjamin Moore

          

 

 

Library + Media Wall Video

We live very connected lives and a lot of our time is spent looking at monitors and screens of some type. In an effort to unplug clients often ask us to make their TV disappear so it can be out of site, but still accessible. The German hardware we used for this media wall is extremely discrete and the counterweight mechanism slides the door up and down with almost no effort.

We’re Moving

We are pretty thrilled to be moving into our new office in Japantown at 368 Powell Street. While the paint is still drying and the security codes are being set we are preparing for all the change will mean to designing amazing spaces with our clients. And as a bonus, couriers can bring their bikes right in the front door…

A century ago the building was the Japanese Mercantile Bank – yes, that means it has a vault. For years after the war it was vacant and left to decay. Luckily the structure was built to last and the current owners (a contractor and an architect) chose to reveal the original concrete structure.

We will be two blocks from the Railtown Design District and close to some of the best interior design resources in Vancouver. And having some of Vancouver’s most successful entrepreneurial ventures in the neighbourhood means a great selection of healthy lunch choices (thank you HootSuite and Aritzia…).

Gaggenau New Spaces Magazine

Premium German appliance manufacturer Gaggenau recently published our Mainland St. Bachelor Pad project in their New Spaces Magazine.

The stunning new photos by Vancouver based photographer Lucas Finlay really capture the drama of the space’s raw and polished finishes. A huge thank you to Lucas, Gaggenau and of course a very forward thinking client for a beautiful result.

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Craft & Crafted

When I moved back to Vancouver from Barcelona in 2007 I started sharing a workshop & studio with Jeremy Crowle, an artist / designer friend (it was a dream having the run of the entire four-story heritage building in Gastown…). At the time Jeremy was experimenting with old-fashioned printing presses. His work was a reaction to the pendulum swinging too far in the direction of the synthetic, computer-generated printing that began to feel a bit flat. The pages printed from the old press were beautiful because of their slight imperfections and ink splashes – you could sense that a real human hand had touched each sheet. Read more…

Decorate Gastown 2012

Kelly Reynolds & I designed Christmas installations for a few of our favourite merchants in our Vancouver neighbourhood of Gastown: L’AbattoirSea Monstr SushiRoden Gray & Strada Cycles. Our little contribution to making spirits bright:)

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A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Construction is nearing completion on a project Kelly Reynolds and I designed in Whistler. This get-away “cabin” is getting a complete makeover – the entire site is being stripped back to studs so we could start from scratch.

Communicating our vision for a space can take many different forms. In this case we did simple sketches with a bit of colour to help the client understand how we planned to turn the 350 square foot 1970’s condo they purchased into a clean, modern space with natural materials that will give it more of the “retreat in the mountains” feel they were after (though that one-piece oven / fridge / stove / sink was pretty revolutionary in its day…). Read more…

The Blur Between Furniture & Art

We North Americans often think of furniture as utilitarian and art as something that sits on the wall or sometimes on the furniture. I was reminded that Europeans see less of a distinction between the two at a reception hosted by French rug company Diurne at the Salari showroom in Vancouver.

Marcel Zelmanovitch, painter and designer for Diurne, has reintroduced the art of tapestry. The ancient tradition of tapestries made a brief comeback in the 20th century with Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Le Corbusier and many others but its interest has faded in more recent times. While most tapestries end up on walls they were originally made for floor coverings. Zelmonovitch’s tapestry designs are also available as wool & silk rugs. Read more…