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Category Archives: Industrial Design
In the late nineteenth century, Chicago was a vigorous urban centre with many fortunes in the making. But, notwithstanding pockets of audacity in matters of taste, it was, in many ways, still a Prairie town with a critical mass of … Continue reading
The Art Institute of Chicago has been a major world, as well as national, art museum for a long time now. Quite recently, however, it commissioned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, to produce a sculptural installation on the grounds of its … Continue reading
One of the graphic design participants at last weekend’s Ontario College of Art and Design University grad show (quite a mouthful, but also quite a handful) was a bright and charming young woman with whom we spent a while expressing … Continue reading
This month, the Design Exchange in Toronto has dipped into its permanent collection to present a show stemming from an extraordinary focus, among Canadian designers, upon light and sound, in order to evoke compelling aspects of contemporary life. Our first … Continue reading
Here is an art deco toaster. A what?! Yes, even rather workaday home appliances became a mission for the deco imperative. The proportions are exquisite, the metalwork is a joy, the decorative touches are as chic as a prize lighter … Continue reading
Architectural design is something city dwellers tend to be as addicted to as they are to the jolts from their coffee shops. A bemusing and most absorbing instance of this devotion is the proliferation of upgrading tired facades with scintillating … Continue reading
Since the time of cave-dwellers, there has been mural art. Installing imagery on a much-frequented structure has, through the ages, elicited much-needed focus upon what makes life worth living. From caves to cathedrals, the setting would act as a complement … Continue reading
The other night, the owner of one of the world’s great furniture production centres, Giulio Cappellini, gave a talk which he provocatively opened bty asserting that it is impossible to surpass the beauty of 1950s Italian chairs.
On looking over the snaps for last Tuesday’s seminar at the Design Exchange, I find this one unintentionally stands out, as capturing the Beauty and Beast dialogue that occurred.