Category Archives: Industrial Design

DOORS OPEN TORONTO—OPENING OUR EYES!

Toronto’s recent building boom has galvanized, as never before those living here to try to understand the riches of design skills and efforts going into all this change. Consequently, the May weekend festival of visits to architectural highlights, called DOORS … Continue reading

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THE PERFECT SOFA–VERY MUCH A MATTER OF TOUCH!

On these pages we usually draw attention to remarkably finished products of design, not being conversant with or privy to the construction of such delights. We recently had the windfall (reminding us of the opportunity to observe the artisans of … Continue reading

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A VINTAGE GRAPHIC TOUR THROUGH NEW CARS & OLD CARS!

Electric cars are on the road right now and we have to pause and savor what a shift they bring our way. As you can see from the beautiful and critically acclaimed example shown here, namely, the Tesla Model S … Continue reading

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THE RISE OF PAIN IN DREAMS—PHARRELL WILLIAMS GETS SERIOUS

Billy Wilder made movies (like Some Like It Hot) and collected modern classical paintings. Pharrell Williams makes songs like “Happy” and collects figurines that could not be called happy. In fact they could be called Surrealist, with all the toil … Continue reading

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PATRIZIA MOROSO—BRINGING MYSTERY INTO FURNITURE

At first glance you might find this an unremarkable glimpse of modern chairs at a design show. But look again, at the details of these two chairs. In the foreground, the chair’s coloration traces (from left to right) an ebbing … Continue reading

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GEORGE BARBIER AND THE NECESSITY OF EXTRAVAGANCE

Paris’ reputation as the center of brilliant elegance was the upshot of a long history of ruthless efforts to, if not obviate a critical mass of rustic obtuseness, at least circumvent it. Versailles and the chateaux of the Loire valley … Continue reading

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NERI AND HU, JOINING WHO’S WHO!

Architects and industrial designers, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, have managed, ever so quietly (in a field not known for its diffidence), to provide us with a fascinating new slant on design’s speaking to questions of innovative cogency. Having been … Continue reading

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT:TORONTO’S RIPLEY AQUARIUM PROVIDES DEEP POETRY!

16,000 water-traversing creatures can affect you in surprising ways. There is their out-of-this-world cadence, configuration and color. And there are juxtapositions galore! 

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HERMES, BEING TOUCHED BY HEAVEN!

For a full week, the Design Exchange was graced by artisans in action and in interaction, from that Centre of the Sublime, Hermes.

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THE INIMITABLE L’ILLUSTRATION!

Whereas now we have the internet to put us into a state of dazzlement about the creative energies of the whole wide world, 75 years ago there was L’Illustration, the flagship of the French fleet of vehicles of visual impact.  

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