May 26, 2012

Pas de Deux

There are a multitude of design decisions required in the forming of a great bathroom.  Perhaps it is the scale of this room which demands such a heightened process and attention to detail, constituting one of my favourite design exercises.  In this shared master bath we strove to achieve a harmony in performance.  Balancing material, form and appliance, to create a functional space for two, that is also a beautiful retreat.  The bathroom is part of an extensive (gut) renovation to a heritage home, where we created new classic spaces to demonstrate a notion about time-honored quality and style.
The large format limestone tile anchors and bookends all white fixtures and cabinets, imparting warmth to the minimalist geometry.  A series of Vistosi spun glass wall fixtures add beauty light, and a glamourous gesture.
'The basic rules of proportion and scale are unchanging.  They are reinterpreted according to the needs of the time.  I like simplicity and I believe in restraint.  Above all, there should be harmony-of proportion, line, colour, and feeling.  The most important element in decorating is the relationship between objects-in size, form, texture, colour and meaning.  None of these is in good taste in itself but only in relationship to where it has been placed and what purpose it is to serve.'  Eleanor McMillen Brown.  The legendary interior designer's contribution is documented in the book Sixty years of interior design; the world of McMillen.

May 16, 2012

Set Up

Custom steel fireplace cladding
A few weeks ago we installed a lake house project in Naramata BC, I've posted its progress along the way (both here + here + here). Installation days are always gratifying. This one was even more so, having worked thoughtfully with our wonderful client over a 2 year period, to create a very special place for family and friends to enjoy.   Our mantra throughout the process was 'Cabin' (albeit a rather cultivated take). From initial space planning and architectural design, through interior finishes and fittings, we returned to this central maxim. Raising a home to last for generations that is unpretentious both inside and out with a forthright purpose for pleasure.  
Playful light fixtures by, Moooi, Bocci + Foscarini
Selecting furnishing, we ventured to make a place that felt less designed and more of a curated collection.  Accompanying the numerous custom designed furniture pieces, is an assemblage of items that express their plain speaking roots.  Sculpted stools/tables by Brent Comber + Riva 1920,  rocking chair from Gervasoni, E15 dining table with Roda dining chairs, Mater counter stools, lamps by Christian Liaigre, Flexform, Prandina and Porta Romana.
The lake front residence will make it's way to our web site later this summer once art and accessories are in place and the landscaping has taken hold.  Snap shots here, were taken during our 2 day set up.

May 6, 2012


The phenomenally successful Vancouver based company Bocci, produce extraordinary lighting objects.  In a world inundated with contemporary light product, theirs stands apart.  Modern fixtures that recall an ancient or almost primitive representation of candlepower. Creative director Omer Arbel's refined craft objects are imprinted with the hand of man and present humble materials in an honest unrepeated way.  Each form being unique.  The 21 Series pictured here, in photos from our recent lake house project installation.  Shows the delicate porcelain fittings artistically cascading, from a pop up ceiling over the central staircase.  The fixture reinvents itself from every angle and by time of day.  More of this project to follow.
Bocci 21 Series
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