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Pantone Colours for 2016

They are here, and they are a dreamy ethereal pallet The Pantone Colours for 2016 According to the Pantone website, this is their inspiration: “The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association. In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that…[READ MORE]

Tokyo Eco House and Building Expo 2015

We were very fortunate to have attended the Tokyo ECO HOUSE & ECO BUILDING EXPO held at the Big Sight convention centre in February this year. There were over 1,500 exhibitors from over 31 countries, the majority of whom were promoting alternate energy sources such as solar panels and small wind turbine generators. Currently in Japan the electricity is supplied by 10 major players: utility companies which have regional monopolies on the generation, transmission and distribution of Japan’s power supply. As a result of the Fukushima disaster, there has been an implementation of a 3 stage reform program. The upcoming…[READ MORE]

IDS West

This year we were again able to take part in the IDS West Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. It was a hectic but fun filled four days of meeting designer, contractors, design students, other exhibitors and many many design aficionados.          At the show we formally “introduced” our new Logo and showcased some of our newer pieces such as the Chesterman bed with under bed storage and our Barcelona desk.       We also had a wide variety of our award winning Koncept Lights, including the protoype of the new Mosso Pro lamp with a built in occupancy…[READ MORE]

What is meant by “Solid Wood moves”??

When you buy a piece of solid wood furniture, you are getting a beautiful natural product, with all of its inherent features. One of these features is that solid wood will expand and contract or “Move”, or at least try to move as its environment changes. Generally you let the wood move. You don’t want these forces building up, as you may get undesirable outcomes, like cracking or warping. This is not something you are going to encounter with furniture using man-made materials like veneers since they are so thin and generally have a lot of glue to ‘set’ it….[READ MORE]

Dwell on Design 2014

This is the first opportunity we’ve had to attend the Dwell on Design show in LA since 2010. Wow, has it grown! There were a number of international exhibitors including the the US contingent. What really struck us was how a common theme amongst the product that we saw, was the ability for customization to suit the client’s needs. There has been a realization that people want to be able to express themselves through every aspect of their lives and homes, not just through their choice of paint, but through their furniture and even their fixtures. Whether this is a…[READ MORE]

But I asked for solid wood furniture, why isn’t the top made of one big piece of wood?

When you look at the top of your beautiful solid wood table, or dresser, or coffee table . . . you’ll notice strips of wood running the length of your table top. The grain is not continuous over the whole width of your table top, it changes at the edges of these strips. This is more noticeable the lighter the finish of your table. In fact if you don’t see these strips, or change in grain pattern, it’s usually a tell tale sign your table is made from a veneer. In virtually all cases, a solid wood top, whether it’s…[READ MORE]

Pantone colour forecast 2015

Are you redecorating and wondering what the colour trends are for 2015? [READ MORE]

Inspiration for a design

On a recent trip to Barcelona we were overwhelmed by the dizzyingly beautiful examples of architecture in this culturally rich city. The incredible organic lines of Gaudi’s designs, in particualr theinterior of the Sagrada Familia cathedral were particularly inspiring. The towering white columns which branched out to support the ceiling, gave the impression of being in a forest. Seeing the stained glass windows through the angled “branches” was like glimpsing the sky through the branches. Angles and shapes which at first glance couldn’t possibly have much structural strength, disproved our initial impressions. This was the inspiration for our Barcelona desk….[READ MORE]

Maison et Objet Show Paris 2014

It was our Spring treat to go to the Maison et Objet design show in Paris this year. We went to check out the upcoming trends, gather inspiration and we even found a new housewares supplier! [READ MORE]