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[post_title] => Submit to Designlines [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => submit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-23 13:18:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-23 17:18:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://dl.newbox.ca/?page_id=274 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => page [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 29640 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-12-13 05:20:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-13 10:20:10 [post_content] => Does your extended family still outnumber the gifts in your Santa bag? We’ve got you covered. Find that perfect mixing bowl for the baking nut in your life, something special for the jet-set aunt who’s always en-route, and a snuggly pillow for your favourite homebody Shown above: records, speakers by Harbeth and Pro-Ject turntable at Planet of Sound

Deco Barware Collection, $79 at West Elm Cocktail hour was a thing in the 50s, and with these babies in hand, you’ll want to revive the tradition. Classy extra: the marble base.

Aluminum Tumblers, $8 ea at CB2 Staying on-trend with the vintage theme, impress guests with these tumblers in the hottest tones of the season.

3 Tank Champagne Glasses by Tom Dixon, $135/2 at Hopson Grace Does everything Tom Dixon touches turn to gold? By the look of this stemware, we say yes. Cheers, Tom.

4 Carafe No. 150 by Zalto, $125 at Hopson Grace Perfectly cinched at the top, these elegant carafes will help you stage the prettiest dinner party. Just add sparkling water with a few twists of lemon peel. And don’t forget the white wine in vessel #2.

5 Trophy Jigger, $25 at Umbra Calling ‘shots!’ at a party has never seemed classier, thanks to Umbra’s brass plated bar jigger with three shot measurements: 1/2 ounce, 1 ounce and 1 1/2 ounces. Mix away.

6 Candleholder by Jaime Hayon, $280 at Mjölk Give candlelight an industrial edge with this sculptural candlestick holder from Spanish design superstar Jaime Haydon.

7 Vesuvius Serving Cart by Zuo Modern, $408 at Casalife Rose gold, otherwise know as pink, makes an appearance on this chic bar cart that will make trotting drinks around the party a breeze.

8 Classic Tray by Vitra, starting at $120 at Quasi Modo Vitra delivers its signature vibrancy in these prettily printed trays. Spread love, or go the geometric route, depending on the recipient.

Zina Magazine Rack and Record Holder, $40 at Umbra We hear magazine subscriptions are a popular gift this year. Give print media a boost with this cute rack. Oh, yeah, it also stores records.

10 Vices Old Fashioned Glasses, $12 ea at Drake General Store Come New Year’s Eve, you’ll either fully embrace, or swear off your vices. Either way, these glasses should help keep you and yours on-track.

11 Krenit Bowl by Normann Copenhagen, starting at $26 at Urban Mode These stunners will make your guests want to eat anything you put in front of them, if only to see the inside of the bowl more clearly. Give these to the serial entertainer in your life.

[post_title] => A Glitzy Gift Guide for the Emcee Hammer [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => gift-guide-for-party-hosts [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/gift-guide-for-world-travellers/ http://designlinesmagazine.com/where/cb2/ http://designlinesmagazine.com/where/west-elm/ [post_modified] => 2017-12-13 12:48:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-13 17:48:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=29640 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 30086 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2017-12-13 05:15:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-13 10:15:31 [post_content] => Come on pretty mama, let’s go to Aruba, Jamaica or Bermuda this winter. Or, say, the Waterfront? Here’s why: Queens Quay West is the only place you’ll get to see a giant red-coloured bear relaxing in the snow. It’s also where you and your friends can compose a symphony by wandering through curtains of wind chimes, and if you’re a parent, watch your kids tackle a chaotic ‘jungle gym’ constructed from painted bamboo sticks. Plus, as long as your parka stays zipped, this is the vacation spot where you won’t need to worry about your beach bod (not that we think you should worry, ever, about your bod). We’re talking, of course, about Ice Breakers, an annual temporary outdoor exhibition of art installations that will dot the Waterfront between York Street and Spadina Avenue. The competition, which was named for the heavy-duty ships used to break up chunks of ice in the harbour, thus allowing commerce to flow freely into the city, is a collaboration between the Waterfront BIA and Winter Stations. Beginning January 19, see this year’s five winning entries from creatives based in Canada, China and Portugal. Their interactive public art works, seen below, revolve around the theme of ‘constellation’. [caption id="attachment_30111" align="alignnone" width="1700"] 'Winter FanFare' by Thena Tak (Vancouver, Canada)[/caption] With much fanfare, multifaceted designer Thena Tak creates clusters of rotating fan sculptures through which the public is encouraged to meander, and engage with the snow-covered landscape.
[caption id="attachment_30129" align="alignnone" width="1101"] ‘Root Cabin’ by Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson, Public City Architecture (Winnipeg, Canada)[/caption]
From a distance, Root Cabin looks like a pile of weathered wood, sticks and roots. But gaps in the mound allow coloured timber to peek through, inviting wanderers to enter a hollowed, if not hallowed, space that evokes Canadian winter dwellings.
[caption id="attachment_30128" align="alignnone" width="826"] 'Ensemble' by João Araújo Sousa and Joana Correia Silva, JJs Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal)[/caption]
Architects spark dialogue between their buildings and urban dwellers every day, but this piece adds astronomy and music to the conversation. As visitors walk through curtains of wind chimes, they create a beautifully abstract soundtrack for the city.
[caption id="attachment_30130" align="alignnone" width="827"] ‘Through the Eyes of the Bear’ by Tanya Goertzen of People Places (Calgary, Canada)[/caption]
Here’s a rare opportunity to walk across the belly of a bear. Inspired by Ursa Major, also known as the Great Bear constellation, this work uses renewable, recyclable and compostable materials to highlight the way we treat animals. Our cuddly teddy bears, as the installation shows, are also the victims of environmental mismanagement.
[caption id="attachment_30127" align="alignnone" width="850"] ‘Black Bamboo’ by Bennet Marburger and Ji Zhang of 2408 Studio (Hangzhou Shi, China)[/caption] As with beauty, black bamboo’s cubic shape is in the eye of the beholder. Made from black bamboo poles in a free-form arrangement, the installation asks to be climbed and viewed from a far. Depending on the position of the participant, it either looks like a human-made square, or else disassembles into an abstraction. See? We told you this was going to be a great staycation. Ice Breakers 2018 runs from January 19 to February 25, with five installations located on Queens Quay West between York Street and Spadina Avenue.
[post_title] => Staycation: Here's Why We’re Heading to Toronto's Waterfront this January [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => ice-breakers-2018 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-12-13 12:48:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-13 17:48:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=30086 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 30096 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-12-13 05:10:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-13 10:10:22 [post_content] => Hospitals aren’t typically known for their warmth, but Casey House in Toronto isn’t a typical hospital. Canada’s oldest stand-alone care centre for people with HIV and AIDS, the downtown facility has been treating patients with the still-stigmatizing virus and disease since 1988, first as a hospice out of a Victorian-era mansion, more recently in a striking new complex that grafts a second Victorian pile on busy Jarvis Street onto a handsome rectangular addition stretching an entire city block behind it. Designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA), the new hospital encompasses 59,000 square feet over four storeys, greatly expanding Casey’s House’s ability to treat its clientele (it now accommodates both in- and out-patients, some 20 per cent of whom are homeless) as well as its visibility in the city and community. An illuminated, monolithic signpost bearing Casey House’s name boldly announces its presence on Jarvis, just a block west of its original, 10,000-square-foot home. “In the eighties, during the HIV crisis, there was a huge stigma – as there is today – around HIV, and our facility was in the shadows of this community,” says Joanne Simons, Casey House’s CEO. “Nearly 30 years later, we’re making a very bold statement. We’re not hiding anymore.” During a recent tour of the new facility, Simons added: “The new space has made a tremendous difference in the lives of our clients and our staff. It’s therapeutic. It’s not just another building.” How can architecture be therapeutic? In addition to incorporating such elements as a two-storey limestone fireplace in the hospital’s ground-floor gathering space, a warm materials palette (including heavy-duty vinyl flooring that mimics wood) and long, anti-claustrophobic sightlines from one end of the building to the other, lead architect Hariri aimed to give Casey House’s inhabitants, through the building itself, a metaphoric hug. In the history of HIV/AIDS, the hug has been a potent symbol. In the 1980s, Princess Diana famously did her part to destigmatize the disease by openly embracing AIDS patients. At Casey House, HPA says, the concept of embracing animates the new building, its vertical and horizontal planes visually suggesting a hug. The addition, for instance, reaches over and around its Victorian counterpart, an 1875 manse that was sensitively restored with the input of heritage consultants ERA Architects Inc.; it now houses administrative offices (including Simons’) and meeting rooms. The addition’s façade, meanwhile, is an elegant patchwork of various brick treatments, heavily tinted bronze glass (which allows patients to see out but also maintains their privacy) and crust-faced limestone. As HPA describes it, it’s an “architectural manifestation of the quilt,” a memorial device long used by both Casey House and the AIDS movement at large to record the names of people taken by the disease. Inside the addition – and most importantly to the welfare of patients – a central courtyard provides yet another metaphoric embrace. “Beautifully landscaped and alive,” the courtyard, which is open to the sky, is visible from every corridor and in-patient room, allowing direct sunlight into the core of the building on all floors. While a front garden, surrounded by beech hedge, sits outside the Jarvis Street façade, the courtyard allows users to access “life-affirming green, water and light” (in the form of trees, a fountain and sunshine) within the cocooning safety of the hospital’s interior. Other, less visible features also contribute to patient comfort and dignity. Sleek rows of lockers, for instance, provide homeless clients with somewhere to store their medications, while all in-patient rooms have operable windows, different colour schemes and compartments that allow hospital staff to remove their laundry and refuse without entering their rooms. Those in-patient rooms are clustered on the third floor of the addition, while the second level houses therapeutic rooms, including massage rooms and an art therapy studio. Reception, a restaurant and communal areas are centred on the ground floor, while the top level houses a boardroom and other administrative offices. Casey House’s organization and patient-care features were based on a long and rigorous consultative process with both administrators and patients, says Howard Wong, who was on the HPA team and joined Simons on the site tour. Construction was started in 2015, “but the process began in 2007,” Wong explained. “Getting to know the clients, getting to know their needs, took quite a long time. But, in the end, that really lifted the project.”
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World Clock by 11+, $48 at Average Korean design studio 11+ has made a world clock that changes time zones when rolled on its side. Perfect for time zone hoppers and those who simply want to know, “what time is it in Bangkok?”

2 Stanley Dopp Kit Roll, $85 at Labour of Love Hang this chic leather and denim bag inside your hotel room bathroom for easy access to your grooming tools. When it’s check-out time, simply roll it up and go.

Cherry Bomb Socks by Stance, $25 at Good Neighbour While the traveller on your list might not need loudly printed socks at home, these cherries come in handy abroad. Mostly, as ice breakers.

4 Around the World Travel Bag by Kikkerland, $25 at Neat They don’t call it a whirlwind vacation for nothing: sometimes, you need to be reminded of where you are in the world. These world travel bags will help.

Moustache Grooming Kit by Philippi, $36 at Bergo If your jetsetter is also a hipster, this moustache grooming kit is an ideal stocking stuffer.

6 Owl Sleep Mask by Julien & Emily, $30 at Labour of Love This sleep mask is a godsend on long-haul flights, when you’re forced to spend the night at the airport, or you get invited to a spontaneous animal themed costume party.

7 Urban Water Bottle by 24Bottles, $30 at Labour of Love Staying hydrated is just as critical as staving off hangriness on long trips. Give the gift of stylish water with these urban water bottles.

Zip Wink Pouch, $18 at Brika For the traveller who simply cannot resist a souvenir shop, this cute pouch makes the perfect present. There's no better place to store your phone, hotel keys, and new Florida-themed keychain collection.

Salsa Air Suitcase, $645 at Rimowa A multi-wheel, hard case luggage comes in handy when a journey takes a left, or right turn.

10 Where to Eat Pizza by Phaidon Press, $35 at Good Neighbour This might be the definitive travel guide of our time. Give away freely.

11 HFI 580 Headphones by Ultrasone, $289 at Planet of Sound Where would we be without our tunes? Gift these pair along with a mix tape and you’ll land on the good list for many holidays to come.

12 Hanger by TOMA Objects, $20 at Made Design Business class travellers might need to hang a pantsuit or two in the hotel room before the meeting. These wooden hangers have loops for ties, stockings or whatever else you’ll need to cinch the look.

13 YYZ Luggage Tag by Smitten Kitten, $8 at I Have a Crush on You It’s just as easy to lose your luggage, as it is to forget where you come from when you’re lying on beach. Avoid both mishaps with this tag.

14 XYZ Flask by Izola, $65 at Good Neighbour Indiana Jones had one, and now, so will your own adventurer. Fair warning: if you can’t read the letters on the front, you’ve had too much.

15 Utility Pocket Mirror by Good Thing, $29 at Average This is the most indispensible item on our list. Perfect for checking teeth after a leafy dinner, and spying on the European waiters one invariably falls in love with.

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GET THE GLOW: 1. Linear wood fireplace in copper by Town & Country, from $5000 at Igne & Ferro  2. Linnea 3 cement surround in Dove, $2700 at Paloform 3. Gas fireplace with Piet Boon surround by Stuv, pricing available upon request at Igne & Ferro
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This week, we hear from three superstar architects: Vanessa Fong, whose own home Little Portugal is a beautiful union of the old and the new, Robert Kastelic – one half of the celebrated firm AKB – whose restyling of a Bennington Heights bungalow made it flat-out modern, and Luc Bouliane, who transformed a brownstone in Leslieville from boring to impressive from every angle. Here are their top tips on keeping cool during one of life's most trying of times: the dreaded home renovation.  

What is the most overlooked aspect of a renovation, or something that always seems to surprise homeowners?

Vanessa Fong: The term “open concept” and the misunderstanding of how much structural work must be done to an existing house to achieve “open concept”. There is also the ‘snowball’ effect that homeowners often overlook. Removing a wall isn’t simply removing a wall….it also means all the surfaces adjacent to that wall are effected. Robert Kastelic: We find that clients are often surprised by the cost of the “invisible” elements of a reno, such as foundations, underpinning, drain work, electrical and mechanical – the big-ticket items that happen behind the walls and between the floors. Luc Bouliane: In my experience, the aspect of a renovation that is most overlooked by homeowners is the stairs. Particularly in older homes in Toronto, stairs often need to be replaced, which can have serious implications on the surrounding structure and often involves reframing surrounding spaces. If the original stairs no longer comply with current building code, you can run into issues of head height clearance between floors, and new code-compliant stairs often take up much more space than anticipated.

What part of the home should a homeowner never, ever treat as a DIY? 

VF: The more permanent aspects of the house, such as structural work. If you are going to DIY, talk to professionals for advice. Home and Garden shows don’t show you how to do things! RK: Specialized work such as plumbing and electrical are components that you don’t want to attempt to do on your own. Major damage can result from a leak, or a potential fire can result from unregulated work. LB: Homeowners should never try to DIY any of the infrastructure of their home. Cosmetic finishes like tiles and flooring are fine to do yourself, but leave the structure and systems to the pros. This will ensure that your home is sound, safe and properly protected from all the elements.

What is permit or building rule is worth knowing about before committing to a reno?

VF: In Toronto, many existing homes – especially in the downtown core – are already non-conforming to current city by-laws. Doing an addition or a major renovation could trigger variances, even if they are existing conditions to your house. This can add 5+ months to the municipal approvals process, which can make a difference as to when construction starts. That Fall reno could really mean a Spring start after all the approvals. RK: Homeowners should be aware that you can’t apply for a new permit if a previous permit for your home has not been signed off by an inspector and officially closed. We have seen this happen when a client has purchased a new home and did not realize that the previous owner had an “open permit” on the house. The onus is then on the new owner to complete the work of the original permit before being issued a permit for any new work. LB: We've shocked homeowners with the city's regulations surrounding tree protection, removal and replacement. A Tree Protection deposit can reach upwards of $15,000 and a permit is often required to remove trees. Permits can take months to be approved, and could even be denied or require that a tree be placed elsewhere on the property. This could ultimately effect the design and is costly both in time and money.

What should homeowners always, always bank extra time and/or money for?

VF: Scope creep! With renos, there is always the factor of the ‘unknown’. There is always a surprise waiting behind 100-year-old walls. Have a little extra money on hand to allow for scope creep. Also, once you have the walls opened and you are under construction, it’s much easier to put in an extra pantry/faucet, sink, linen closet, etc. as trades are already mobilized. We have clients who always want that extra thing once under construction. RK: Landscaping normally occurs near the end of a project when the construction schedule is compressed and the budget is often exhausted. We recommend keeping a good amount of money set aside and accounting for the extra time needed to ensure that the landscaping is done properly. LB: Homeowners should always bank extra time and money for basement underpinning. The thinking is often, "We're already doing a major renovation, let's increase the basement ceiling height while we're at it", but the work required is timely, costly and complex. After excavation, adding all the required drainage and pumps, shoring, waterproofing and inspections, the cost can be high and add months to the construction timeline. We find that homeowners often underestimate the complexity of the process.

What is your advice to homeowners having difficulty deciding where to spend and where to save? 

VF: Splurge on windows and doors – they are the weakest parts of the building envelope. Having great energy efficient windows and doors can make a big difference on your energy bill as well as how comfortable you are in your space. Save on millwork – it can be replaced (or, with proper planning, be phased in) later more easily without being too invasive to the home. RK: Spend money on the functional items that are used daily such as kitchens and plumbing fixtures. These are the type of things that will cost more in the long run to replace if you don’t buy good quality upfront. When looking for savings, we recommend not over doing it on light fixtures, the cost of which can quickly get out of hand. LB: If homeowners are working with a tight budget and are looking to save some cash, they should consider shopping early and keeping an eye out for sales on appliances and plumbing fixtures. There's huge opportunity for savings there if they're diligent in their search and are willing to compromise slightly on brand or finish. Our recommendations for splurging is always on quality millwork. Millwork makes up a significant part of the design concept and, on top of being difficult and costly to replace, you really notice when, functionally, it doesn't meet your needs.

What is the most hellish moment you’ve had during a home reno? 

VF: The worst: Dealing with crazy un-level floors, where the client did not want to level the floor joists. Everything (millwork, doors, trim, etc.) had to be MacGyver-ed around an unlevel floor. It was a PAIN! RK: Having to cut open a roof to help an exterminator clear out a nest of carpenter ants. LB: Our most hellish renovation moment was during a project where we were underpinning the basement. Pre-construction review of the existing conditions couldn't determine the quality of the soil below the existing basement slab and unfortunately when we opened it up the water below the slab entered the basement. As it turns out, the house is built on a creek and removing the slab breached the water supply. Only after weeks of testing, and back-and-forth with the engineers, were we finally able to devise a solution to deal with the water and finish the foundations. [post_title] => Reno Tips to Save Your Sanity, Money and Relationship, Part 2 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => save-your-sanity-money-and-relationship-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/modern-bungalow/ http://designlinesmagazine.com/mix-masters/ http://designlinesmagazine.com/bouliane-leslieville/ [post_modified] => 2017-12-06 11:23:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-06 16:23:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=29809 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 29636 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-11-29 05:25:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-29 10:25:39 [post_content] =>

Need more design-y gift ideas? Check out our whirlwind wish list for world travellers and our hygge-rich gift guide for homebodies

Shown: New Logica system by Valcucine at Montauk Sofa

Nest Measuring Cups by Joseph Joseph, $17 at Neat They say baking is a science. Leave nothing to chance with these colourful measuring spoons and cups.

Everyday Bowl by Ommo, $64 at Drake General Store They named this the ‘everyday’ bowl because that’s how often you’ll want to mix cake batter in it.

3 Jil Bowls by Philippi, from $44 at Bergo The flashy steel interior makes this bowl ideal for prep and presentation.

4 Strongman Nutcracker by Alessi, $1700 at Studio Brillantine Freshly cracked chestnuts and walnuts are a must-have for the holidays.

Hand Mixer by KitchenAid, $90 at Hudson’s Bay We believe beautiful kitchen appliances – especially in soft pastels – make baked goods taste better.

6 Pieni Unikko Oven Mitt by Marimekko, $25 at EQ3 Gift a handful of Finnish design to your baker-in-residence with this mitt.

7 Fauve Coaster Set by Xenia Taler, $40/4 at Spruce Rad patterns and tropical colours make these the perfect coasters for festive drinks.

8 Crinkle Bowl, $10 at CB2 These bowls immortalize the overlooked design of the paper muffin cup.

9 Beech Spoon, $20 at Spruce A beech wood handle makes the perfect mixing spoon for trendy bakers.

10 Twist 2-in-1 Whisk by Joseph Joseph, $17 at Neat Whip up the fluffiest batters or stiffest peaks with this ingenious whisk that twists into two shapes.

11 Utensil Holder by Ommo, $64 (w/ 5 tools) at Drake General Store Never give an incomplete gift: this utensil holder comes complete with handy tools.

12 Circus Jar by Alessi, $66 at Studio Brillantine A fun vessel for all the homemade treats you’ll score after giving this to you honey.

13 Cha Cha Chas Pineapple Container by IMM, $88 at Bergo Baking magic happens when pineapples come dressed as woodland creatures.

14 100% Trays by Blu Dot, $103/3 at Urban Mode Holiday guests go to pieces for this modular tray that makes serving up cookies and treats easy.

15 Ombré Pepper Mill by Trudeau, $80 at Bergo The ombré effect on this red pepper mill gives it a warm vintage feel.

16 Yukon Serving Board, $50 at EQ3 Give your presentation skills a boost with this Nordic-inspired serving board.

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It's not hard to see the similarities between Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood and Venice Beach, Los Angeles – both populated with ever-present street art, the trendiest in food and drink and all denominations of hipsters lounging in public green space. It was both the approach to healthy Italian fare and the joyful frenzy of L.A.’s art scene that got interior designer Alexandra Hutchison stuck on a California vision for her second venture with husband-chef Craig Harding. Campagnolo, their first, is across the street on Dundas West.

Grounding the restaurant’s design treatment is a mural by local artist Madison van Rijn wrapping four of the walls. Classic brushstrokes fused with the energetic movement of graffiti establish a palette of minty greens, soft pinks and stark whites. The hues are picked up in the Pink Tartan-designed, sailor-esque uniforms worn by servers doling out chanterelles gnocchi and grilled broccolini. It’s all very playful, but Hutchison’s careful layering of tones throughout the space balances the fun with the sultry. Romantic gold wall sconces, for instance, lend a hit of Old Hollywood art deco – apt, considering La Palma was named for a slew of Los Angeles cocktail bars of yesteryear. And modern meets 1950s parlour in the furniture: plush nude chairs balance rollback booth seating and lighten the look of traditional banquets. Stools from former tenant Caffé Brasiliano make an appearance too, refurbished with gold bases and turquoise sustainable vinyl upholstery.

Meanwhile, a white kitchen and bar allows textured geometric cladding, metallic accents and other creative interventions to really sing. “White can be bold, especially in a restaurant,” says Hutchison. “La Palma really became about celebrating the process and creation of art.” Without, that is, allowing the party to get out of control. Even with four walls of paint splatter and a space imbued with different design periods, the clean backdrop keeps things airy and light, so two energies can meet harmoniously halfway.

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