As an ode to my great country I would love to share with you some of the raw design talent that this country produces.
Design Giants & Greats:
YabuPushelberg is a global design icon out of Toronto which specialize in luxury Commercial, Residential, Retail and Hospitality Interiors on a global scale with great projects such as the W hotel in New York, Fin Restaurant Las Vegas, One Restaurant Toronto, Louis Vuitton Hong Kong, Tiffany New York and Trump Residences Hollywood.
Andres Escobar & Associates out of Montreal does luxury Commercial, Multi tenant residential and Hospitality on a global scale from Montreal, New York, New Delhi and Abu Dhabi to Las Vegas. Some of his prestigious projects include Chelsea Club Residences in New York, The Clock Tower Hotel in New York, Siddharth Hotel in New Delhi, Guess Flagship Store Toronto and the Point Zero Head Office Montreal. I had the pleasure of working with Escobar for 3 great years including a 4 month internship.
Cecconi Simone from Toronto also do Luxury Residential, Hospitality, Corporate, Exhibit and Retail. Most of their work is in Canada and includes XIS Stratford Hotel, Indigo Retail, Alfred Sung, Club Monaco, Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom. They are also well known for their TV show and have been featured in many magazines.
Patricia Gray focuses on living and working environments and has had great success in Canada, the US, Japan, Singapore and Africa. She has designed celebrity homes and has a very impressive educational background in all aspects of Interior Design. She is also very well known for her blog.
Jerilyn Wright is an Interior Designer in Calgary. Her firm has been around for 25 years and she has successfully taken over the higher end market with gorgeous projects such as Astoria on 10th and La Caille on 4th.
Kasian is a well know Canadian Interiors, Architecture and Urban Planning Giant. Originally started up in Edmonton they now have offices around the world. They specialize in academic, civic, interiors, healthcare, transportation, urban development, facilities planning and master planning. Some of my favorite Kasian projects include the Calgary Children’s Hospital, Edmonton Federal Building, Bennett Jones Edmonton, Vancouver International Airport station and Epcor Tower Edmonton. I have has the pleasure of working with Kasian since February 2009.
Stantec with its headquarters in Edmonton now has offices across Canada and the US. They specialize in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying and environmental sciences. Some of their best known projects are the Confederation Bridge, Ottawa and Vancouver International Airport, Whistler Sliding Center, Harley Davidson Edmonton, Westin Times Square New York, RCMP Forensics Laboratory and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Please feel free to comment and let me know of any other Notable Canadian Design Firms!
I have a lot of favorite companies for lighting and I am captured by the diversity of lighting design on the market. Below are some of my favorite items from some of my favorite online table lamp boutiques. I hope they provide you with some great inspiration. Let me know if you know of any other amazing table lamp companies!
Zebra can make for a bold and flavorful addition to spice up any room without adding any color.
The great products shown are:
www.zgallerie.com Zack accent chair approximately $750.00 I love this piece for how sharp, tailored and sophisticated it is. Add some red wall covering and a chandelier to have a romantic and invigorating bedroom retreat. OR you can even throw it in the living room with a plush sofa, glass and mirror for a dramatic statement with rich textures and visual stimulation.
www.venfield.com Zebra cubes with nickel nail head- These little stools show how sexy a little shape and some zebra print can make an accent piece of furniture.
www.nibarugs.com Zebra Area Rug – this piece is a super soft cut pile area rug that is perfect to sprawl out over and more cost effective than the real deal.
www.olystudio.com Sophie Chair – The best way to make a Renaissance old world charm room feel more contemporary, exotic and dramatic is to add Zebra Print to a classic piece. Oly Studio did it wonderfully with this Sophie chair. What other animal prints can we throw at this piece?
www.weaversart.com– luxury and texture collide when you make a hide area rug. For the more exotic animal aware maybe consider having www.kylebunting.com make you the same thing in cow hide.
www.olystudio.com Hadley bench- thin, crisp and sleek this piece is so feminine and eye catching. Consider having to of them at the foot of your bed- a his and hers to use only for putting on your fuzzy zebra print slippers!
www.vivariniglass.it Zebra collection- Vivarini has a beautiful glass collection with elegant forms, colors and textures. A great way to add a hint of Zebra without the fur.
www.venfield.com Zebra chair- This is a very well tailored piece and a great example of a way to bring back grandpas old wingback chair. Sit two of these in an entryway or in front of your fireplace for a cozy and inviting conversation starter. What a great way to inspire reading in front of a fire!
www.carinilang.com Zebra Brown- Simple, feminine and subtle this piece is a more gentle approach to bringing animal print into a room. The color makes it quiet but not boring. Great for a living room or bedroom and also appropriate as a wall hanging.
Purple and Violet colours of femininity, strength and power.
Purple induces sleep and relaxation, lowers body temperature and decreases sensitivity to pain. It symbolizes dignity, royalty and ritual. Its best use is in areas of rest, relaxation and meditation like a spa, yoga studio or bedroom.
Violet can sooth serious mental conditions, over-excitement and over-stimulation restoring peace and calm and inducing deep relaxed sleep. Violet symbolizes humility, creativity, imagination and spiritual enlightenment. This color is best in areas of quiet thoughtful activity like a craft studio or reading space.