Category Archives: Industrial Design

MURAL ART: A CALL TO PARADISE

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

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APPROACHING THE SUBLIMITY OF SEATING

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.

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THE PUZZLEMENT OF DESIGN

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.

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NEW THEATRICALITY—IT’S SO BIG!

Throughout its fairly long history, Toronto has been a beacon to those counting on safe bets. Though not altogether a bad thing, it has, until very recently, played out as altogether a boring thing. Capping off a recent plunge to … Continue reading

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MILANO, THE SUPERB CITY

Milano is an ancient centre with an ultra-modern heart. Just as its cathedral is the most stunningly designed instance to be found, its artisans continue to generate all manner of products at a level of instantly recognizable excellence.

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OKI SATO—DESIGNS THAT FLY

Toronto-born, now Tokyo-based, designer, Oki Sato describes his life and the priorities of his inventions as “boring;” but don’t believe that for a second. He does indeed love routine, repeated patterns of activity and bare-bones, infrastructural-salient products. But the intensification … Continue reading

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THE SEAGRAM MUSEUM: A SHORT BUT VERY SWEET DREAM

In the early 1980’s the Seagram Corporation developed a beverage museum on the premises of the first Seagram Distillery, in Waterloo, Ontario. This was a cavernous structure for ageing the spirits, replete with barrels in place as they were in … Continue reading

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PARIS, OF COURSE (First of a series on Paris, and other great cities)

Rue de l,arbre sec (Street of the Dry Tree), the site of the gallows in medieval Paris, and also the site of the once-glorious Art Nouveau department store, La Samaritaine, now shut down (just off the right foreground of the … Continue reading

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HIGH LINE PARK in MANHATTAN

The High Line Park, making an old elevated freight rail line return to life. This being New York, you’re not particularly surprised by the pizzazz.

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THE LONG SHADOWS OF SURREALISM

How often have we described something a bit odd as “surreal”? Usually, in bringing up that word, we are struck by a setting where the parts are seldom seen together. For instance, the recent film, Melancholia, sends us the following … Continue reading

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