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Originally published in The Reno Issue 2018 as "Urban Update."  [post_title] => Paradise Theatre on Bloor is Returning to its Art Deco Roots [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => paradise-theatre [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-27 16:09:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-27 21:09:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 35331 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2018-11-17 12:41:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-17 17:41:43 [post_content] => Bauhaus Condos King St E & Ontario St Completion: Spring/Summer 2022 From: $499,900 (42 square metres)

Quick take: At last, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe devotees can live in the same ’hood as the TD Centre, the architect’s corporate masterwork. With some of the city’s finest design showrooms as neighbours, finding complementary furnishings won’t be a problem. The same goes for java: Rooster Coffee House’s velvety espresso is steps away.

From the street: Staying true to Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” motto, the architectsAlliance-designed building keeps elaborations to a minimum. The facade, for example, features a grid frame of black steel, which extends skyward past the top eastern edge of the 30-storey tower, evoking an architect’s sketch on graph paper.

Moving in: Interior designers U31, who have also designed Midtown's Line 5 condos, added tiles featuring square geometry and colourful dots reminiscent of the name-sake movement’s graphic symbolism to concrete and black metal surfaces in the lobby. Overhead, a custom lighting grid spans the entire ceiling, underlining the geometric language found in the 205 suites.

Miesian detailing – think repeating geometric modular contours and neutral colours – join edgy, almost three-metre-high exposed concrete ceilings and feature walls in the residences. Built-in stainless-steel gas stoves (a Lamb Development Corp standard) keep dinner on point.

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[post_title] => Bauhaus Condos are Toronto's Tribute to Mies van der Rohe [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => bauhaus-condos [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-12-18 15:34:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-12-18 20:34:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 38747 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2018-11-06 10:02:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-06 15:02:51 [post_content] => It's the season for raking leaves and getting our nests cozy for the chilly days ahead. With comfort and warmth topping our decorating priority list, here are a handful of products that caught our eye from EQ3's 2018 Fall/Winter collection. 1 Olav Rug This snuggle-worthy, extra floofy shag rug in greyish-blue will make you want to stay home all weekend long. From $1000. 2 Garrido Stoneware Made and designed in Portugal, this collection of earth-toned stoneware is perfect for seasonal soups and stews. From $7.
3 Replay Club Loveseat We see this loveseat from the Replay sofa family as the main attraction in a cozy condo or apartment. From $1850. 4 Nomad Basket These handwoven seagrass baskets come in two sizes that are easy to stack and stash in a corner. From $80. 5 Marcel Storage Bed Walnut might be the nicest wood to wake up to on chilly mornings. The best thing about Marcel, however, is that you can customize the storage drawers: choosing to have them on one, or both sides of the bed. From $950. Read our EQ3 Shop Listing for more.  [post_title] => 5 Cozy Finds from EQ3's Fall/Winter 2018 Collection [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-cozy-finds-from-eq3s-fall-winter-2018-collection [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-06 14:17:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-06 19:17:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 37779 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2018-11-01 10:30:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-01 14:30:24 [post_content] => KPMB architect Bruce Kuwabara spent his youth wheeling around Hamilton’s gritty North End neighbourhood on his bike. Today he’s drawing on the port city’s architectural language for Pier 8, a curated mixed-use master development of a historic industrial harbour. [caption id="attachment_37816" align="alignnone" width="1300"]Pier 8 Hamilton KPMB BRuce Kuwabara Omar Gandhi Superkül gh3 A South/West view of the robust development from the lake.[/caption] The KPMB team includes rising studios Omar Gandhi Architect, Superkül and gh3. Each firm is responsible for idiosyncratic brick, stone and steel buildings (think a Bier Hall, snail-shaped community hub, and richly textured residences) that pepper the pedestrian and bike-friendly waterfront community. [caption id="attachment_39055" align="alignnone" width="1300"] The team designated 40% of the site as open space, encouraging residents to spend more time outdoors.[/caption] “With KPMB acting as curator," says Kuwabara, "our collective has designed a series of progressive, modern and ambitious buildings that stand out as individual artistic statements while remaining legible as a whole. We call this coherent diversity.” Originally published in The Reno Issue 2018 as "True Grit."  [post_title] => Hamilton's Pier 8 Rethinks an Industrial Port -- and Master Planning [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => pier-8-hamilton [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-13 11:15:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-13 16:15:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 38494 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2018-10-31 09:00:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-31 13:00:19 [post_content] => A new cafe, wine bar and bookshop on James Street North in Hamilton may sound like an unlikely place to find a curvilinear slab of British designer Max Lamb’s marmoreal, composed of four distinctive Veronese marbles, but here it is. And the more you stare at Synonym Shop’s hypnotic countertop (ideally on a sunny autumn day, as we did) the more it makes perfect sense. “There’s one dark green marble called Verde Alpi from Torino that could be in an ornate home,” explains Ayisha Izmeth, who co-owns the multi-disciplinary shop with her husband, Sid Singh. “It’s significant on its own, but together with the other varieties, it creates an even more striking image.” According to the pair, the same goes for Hamilton's creative community, whose motto is: "we're stronger together.” Young families, artists and freelancers happily shared real estate on the weekend we visited. There was even an out-of-town designer (in tell-tale heavy framed glasses) conversing with the owners about the cafe's museum-worthy furnishings. Think Alvar Aalto chairs, vintage Charlotte Perriand stools and Muuto's Fluid pendants above the bar, from Klaus. Even these designy touches make sense. In Toronto, Sid worked at Avenue Road because it was the only showroom to stock his favourite Oscar Niemeyer chair. As for the terrazzo, the couple pinned it to dozens of mood boards before opening shop. However, turning what was essentially a “napkin idea” into a reality needed another set of eyes. So the couple turned to rising Montreal architecture firm Atelier Barda, known for their spare, elegant aesthetic, to smooth away the rough edges. As a result, the 72-metre-square former art gallery is now defined by curves, archways, and subtle transitions and tonalities. “We appreciate the softness of curves because they lend a more human feel and scale to a project. In close proximity, they respond well to human interactions,” says Kevin Botchar, Atelier Barda’s director.

The beauty, he continues, is how few interventions were required to transform the 100-year-old building into such a welcoming space. (How they accommodated plumbing and electricity in the basement is another story, for another time). “Most of the conceptual effort went into the design of the bar and furniture, as well as selecting ideal finishes such as the DZEK terrazzo and lime plastered walls and bar.”

Luckily, the building had good bones. “Structural brick walls were already present, although some were covered with plaster, so we made sure to either expose or highlight them.” Although the space is mostly white, the brick and plaster lend texture -- a feature not many art galleries allow (the new, industrial-forward MOCA being a glaring exception).

With co-owners Sid and Ayisha acting as general contractors, the team managed to stay within budget. “The simplicity of the transformation in quite important, too. It shows, especially in projects like these where budgets aren’t bottomless pits, that you can achieve a beautiful result with the right effort put in the right place.” A little personality goes a long way as well. One of the cafe's best selling menu items is the synonym roll, which tastes as good as it sounds. In a highly curated space, the puns are always free. [post_title] => How a Couple's Napkin Idea Turned into Hamilton's Loveliest New Cafe [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => synonym-shop-hamilton [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-31 10:53:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-31 14:53:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 37829 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2018-10-25 10:00:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-25 14:00:29 [post_content] => The Toronto Public Library, Teeple Architects and developers TAS and Bentall Kennedy are championing social good in the Junction Triangle at Dupont and Campbell Avenue in the form of a new 14-story mixed-use tower. The project is adding 235 much-needed rental units to the neighbourhood. The brick building will house the relocated Perth/Dupont Branch Library, which was one of the smallest branch in Toronto since it opened in 1977. The 933 square-metre space will introduce new services geared at enriching community life. According to TPL, this will include new spaces for children, meeting rooms, larger collections, programming and more digital services and technology. [post_title] => Teeple Architects Supersize a Tiny Toronto Library [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 299-campbell [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-06 11:15:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-06 16:15:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 38372 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2018-10-21 09:26:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-21 13:26:42 [post_content] => Everyone’s gotta start somewhere. Take Simons, the Quebec fashion retailer that started as a dry goods store in 1840 on Côte de la Fabrique in Québec City — a busy shopping drag once home to heritage moment stars like hatters, furriers, fabric merchants, and tailors. The family-run company now operates fifteen brick-and-mortar stores across Canada and has its own fashion brand. And today, it's sharing a slice of the retail pie (translation: tourtière) with young Canadian makers through an online marketplace aptly called Fabrique1840. Embedded on the retailer’s online store, the collection stocks wares from local artisans from coast to coast. [caption id="attachment_38396" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Delicately tinted plate, bowl and spoon from Quebec based Atelier Marie-Hélène Robillard.[/caption]
“The level of design and craftsmanship in this country is truly remarkable. We want to support these gifted creators to ensure they can make living from their craft and contribute to the local economy,” says Peter Simons. "Canadian design needs to be as celebrated as Scandinavian or Japanese design and we want to help tell that story."
[caption id="attachment_38397" align="alignnone" width="1300"] A rug from Montreal studio Haut Beau styled with made-in-Toronto wood stool and chair by Coolican & Co.[/caption] In total, there are more than 50 studios making everything from ceramics to furniture. Toronto favourites include award-winning lighting designers Anony, furniture whizzes Coolican & Company and Hollis+Morris, plus textile and interior expert Bookhou. "Working with Simons," explains Bookhou co-founder Arounna Khounnoraj, "gives us the opportunity to grow our business beyond our current reach." [caption id="attachment_38467" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Roundabout Mirror and Wall Crate by Allstudio.[/caption] Fabrique1840 naturally carries an armload of talented studios to know from Quebec as well. On our radar is Allstudio, who explore clean, functional designs in metal (think a perfectly spherical tabletop mirror that reflects your visage just so) and HotelMotel, whose uni-sex leather sneakers - with rubber, alligator-tooth soles just topped our holiday wish list. [caption id="attachment_38390" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Jars from Montreal studio Jarre.[/caption] While we're here, Emma Senft's hand-carved spreading knives would be perfect for a rustic grazing table spread, as would the marble-topped vessels for butter, salt and garlic (pictured above) from Jarre. Whether you're shopping or just browsing the collection, one thing is clear: Canadian design rules. [post_title] => Finally, a Canadian Design Store with all the Hygge and Wabi-Sabi We Want (No Joke) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => simons-fabrique1840 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-11-07 13:38:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-11-07 18:38:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 12 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 31607 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2018-02-05 22:10:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-06 03:10:49 [post_content] => Sarah Richardson's most recent HGTV show, Sarah Off The Grid, follows the popular designer and her family as they build a country home in the wilds of Ontario. Going off-grid, however, is nothing new to the veteran TV personality. “When I’m designing something that’s going to be in the public eye,” she explains, “I’ll go and do Pinterest searches to see if my idea already exists, because if it does, I don’t want to do it.” So her signature style - seen in over 250 episodes of hit design programming - embraces more than just up-to-the-minute trends. Instead, she curates oases that people can “actually live in" with neutral toned walls, copious amounts of cushions and judiciously applied accents, such as oversized mirrors or curtains featuring wild botanical prints. At the Interior Design Show, where Sarah Richardson launched two kitchens for luxury appliance brand Monogram Monogram Canada, she talked to us about pizza, soulful design and why comfort and relaxation should always come before trends. [caption id="attachment_31657" align="alignnone" width="1300"]Sarah Richardson X Monogram Canada IDS "At first, I thought about pizza as the ultimate fast food," says Richardson, "but that’s kind of insulting. It’s not a drive-though experience for one – a pizza is something to be shared. So I designed this kitchen with an arching countertop around the central feature - the Monogram self-venting pizza oven."[/caption] What inspired your pizzeria-style kitchen?  “I don’t know how often you would say that supermarket packaging was a source of inspiration, but this kitchen really came out of graphic design." "I think about a can of tomatoes as the foundation of pizza. It’s all about a gourmet tomato sauce, and most people use canned tomatoes. So we were thinking of that green with accents of red, white and black.” "I feel like if you’re going to do IDS, you need to make a splash. It’s an opportunity to put that daring foot forward, instead of playing it safe with a white oak Nordic kitchen with no uppers – it just didn’t seem like the place." Do you have any trend predictions for 2018? “So often trends aren’t something I want to touch on. There seems to be a growing focus towards natural materials, recycling and living well with less. And really curating a collection of well-made pieces that embrace quality and design in equal measure.” “We’re moving away from mass consumerism and focusing on fewer, more artisanal objects. That’s not a trend – but the fact that it’s being considered as one feels like the groundswell towards getting design and most consumers to a place where design is more meaningful." "If you want two words then I'd say: soulful design." [caption id="attachment_31655" align="alignnone" width="1300"]Sarah Richardson X Monogram Canada IDS Sarah Richardson stands in her resort-inspired kitchen. A calming palette of grey and pink is brought together by a SR designed botanical wallpaper.[/caption] What's your personal approach to design? "It’s about using design to help you feel a certain way. It’s about recognizing the fact that the materials you choose and the palette you execute all inform the way you feel when you’re in that space." "As I’ve transitioned back and forth between these two kitchens all week long, I feel completely different in each one. Over here [in the resort kitchen], it’s light-hearted and bright, and then I go to the pizza kitchen, and it as another energy and buzz altogether." "As designers, our discipline is to curate from everything - from the floor to the walls and all the surfaces - and it’s the way you bring each piece together that leads you to the final design. Each of these decisions is paramount – if one changes then the whole feel of it changes." 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