Posts Tagged ‘natural’

Berber rugs from the Beni Ouarain region

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The impulse in Berber rug-making to both interrupt and also loosely maintain a pattern seems unique in traditional textiles. If not unique, then it’s hard to name a tradition that equals Berber mastery of this particular tension. In Berber carpets, especially those produced in the Beni Ouarain region, this semi-controlled disorder is said to function as a talisman against evil and as a promoter of  fertility.

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Cornelia Oberlander lecture on landscape architecture and biodiversity

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Renowned landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander will be giving a lecture Thursday November 18 at the University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. From the site:

The environment is not the same to a landscape architect as it is to a biologist. Cornelia Oberlander, Canada’s premier landscape architect according to the Governor General, joins us to define what the environment means to her.

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Bioéthique – certified in France but founded in my neighbourhood

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This is one of those “these are the people in my neighbourhood” things. I first met Claudine and Kieran when they were fighting to save the little historic Heatley Building on Vancouver’s infamous Hastings Street, near to where we all live. They won, saving not only the building but also housing for many long-time residents.

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Smith House by Arthur Erickson

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

One last Vancouver house by Arthur Erickson. The house was built for and is still owned by the painterGordon Smith and his partner Marion. They have carefully maintained it over the years, in keeping with Erickson’s original design and intention. There’s an interesting article in Vancouver Magazine about the difference between their informed maintenance and the slow degradation of Erickson’s nearby Graham House, which was demolished in 2007.

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“Raw blonde”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Supposedly raw blonde is a trend for 2009. I think that might be me, based on this definition. Warm but austere and at this point pretty pale.

This room somehow manages to be both sensual and monastic at the same time, so perhaps it represents the perfect refuge for a recession.

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Molo

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Just a few blocks up the road from my studio is the workshop of Vancouver’s Molo Design. You’ve probably seen their accordioning softseating or their softwall room dividers which are now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. A few times a week Molo’s unmarked shopfront morphs into a new fantastical environment while they test or photograph new pieces, and I always check it as I go by.

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