The new, sleek Coca-Cola Canadian headquarters sits on top of a former newspaper building on King Street in Toronto, the new space brings together 400 employees. The three storey, 100,000 square foot glass addition is LEED Silver certified and was designed by Figure3, a design firm that specializes in architectural branding and whose past clients include Warner Brothers Entertainment, Umbra and Unilever. The lobby features a Douglas fir panel engraved with the famous Coca-Cola semi-cursive signature logo, one of many wall branded wall treatments. Just around the corner is a wall sculpture made entirely of Coca-Cola bottle caps by artist Raymond Waters, adjacent to that is a grouping of Hans J Wegner’s low slung, wide seat lounge chairs which sit under globular light pendants made from r...
A complete bathroom renovation can be very costly but there are ways of updating your space without spending a fortune. 1. Update your old plumbing fixtures with new modern ones. Rainfall shower heads help to reduce household water consumption while still providing great water pressure.2. Refinish your countertops. There are companies that will come in and reface your countertop with a ¼”veneer of granite, it gives you the look of solid granite without breaking the bank. You can also have your existing laminate countertop refaced with a new laminate.3. Replace plate glass mirrors with stylish framed mirrors.4. Create a feature wall in your washroom, a bold, fresh paint color can go a long way. If there is room in the budget you could create a feature wall by cladding a wall in a ...
This year at iSaloni 2013, Doctsone, a German lighting company premiered its newest light piece, Mr. Boom and Little Ms. Dynamite in Salone Satellite. The company focuses their designs around concrete being the base material, in this installation the concrete aspect is found in Mr. Boom, where concrete was formed to look like an old-fashioned detonator. The ‘detonator’ connects to the LED borosilicate glass tubes which resemble dynamite sticks, otherwise known as Little Ms. Dynamite, through a textile cord imitating a long fuse. You can control the ‘explosion’ of light with the beech dimmer crank found on Mr. Boom or the control dial on Little Ms. Dynamite, and up to three “light bombs” can be connected per ‘detonator’. “Our products stand out due to their concise design languages and f...
The Maxhedron suspension light was designed by Bec Brittain, a talented industrial designer for the New York City based lighting company Roll and Hill. The Maxhedron is a study in material transformation through light and reflection, it is made up of a steel frame that is available in three finishes and triangular pieces of two way mirror. The fixture can be hung vertically and is available in custom sizes and would be a brilliant addition to any room.“… When Maxhedron is turned off, its mirrored surfaces gives it a mercurial quality, being present yet disappearing as it reflects its surroundings… the transformation occurs when Maxhedron is turned on, what was a solid surface becomes translucent, and the lights become a constellation of points,” said Brittain when speaking of the captiv...
Lighting plays an important part in the design of any room, great lighting can subconsciously make people feel more comfortable and at ease, therefore allowing them to thoroughly enjoy the space they are in. Lighting plays a large part in creating the ambiance and mood of a room, it can be used to highlight beautiful architectural details and features while also meeting all functional needs. Here are a few things to consider when designing the lighting for your space.1. Dimmers, they allow for flexible lighting plans that let you control the light in the space depending on the use. They also reduce energy consumption and increase bulb life.2. Know your bulbs and choose accordingly. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are a popular choice, however screw in LED light bulbs have a twelv...
“If my apartment could make me feel the way I do in Mr. Armani’s suits, life would be really wonderful,” said John Mayer in an interview with Elle Décor. The American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and producer had the help of Mr. Giorgio Armani when it came to decorating his 2,500 square foot apartment in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.“After I finally figured out how to behave, and how to dress, I wanted to get the next thing – my apartment – right,” said Mayer, “It’s the last piece of the style puzzle.” After Mr. Armani agreed to help, he set out to create a strong and sophisticated environment for John and that he did. Most of the sleek furnishings in Mr. Mayer’s apartment are from the Armani/Casa collection. In the living room the sofa, armchairs, lamps, cocktail table and...
London based architectural firm Squire and Partners was commissioned to design the leaf-like cladding that covers the façade of a five storey private Mayfair residence in London. The design was inspired by a Virginia creeper that covers the face of a nearby building on Curzon Street, the project took three years to complete. The installation is made up of 4,080 bronzed aluminum leaves that have subtle color variations mimicking Mother Nature. “The east and west portions of the building are finished with a stucco to match the existing Waverton Street façade, with full-height bronze framed windows… A discreet Cotswold Buff brick façade with oak framed windows then faces the more utilitarian Red Lion Yard,” said the architects of the project. The Westminster Planning C...
When you have limited square footage you want to make the most of your space, while there is no exact formula, here are some design approaches to help you make the most of what you have.Using mirrors in a small space can make the room appear larger as it reflects the light, especially if it is placed across from a window.Should your space allow it you can use the placement of area rugs and furniture to create areas and zones within one space.Placing a storage console underneath your wall mounted TV can easily transform a wall into a feature wall while also creating extra storage. Shown, the Ceni side board in cocoa from Bryght.Clear chairs and glass top tables keep rooms feeling light and open.Multi-functional furnishings like daybeds and sofa sleepers are the perfect solution when livi...
Introducing color to your space can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Incorporating color with interchangeable items and accessories gives you the opportunity to update your space without breaking the budget. Here are ways to introduce color into your room without too much commitment.Floor to ceiling drapery can be the perfect pop of color while adding drama and interest to a room while dressing also up a wall.Paint, whether it be a wall or an existing piece, a little paint can go a long way. Even painting just one wall can have a big impact on a room.Artwork can help unify the existing colors and finishes in a room, it can also be the perfect way of introducing new colors to a room.Decorative items like candlesticks or vases tend to pop when paired with neutral tones and lend just...
As a designer one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do I pick a paint color?” It’s a daunting task and there are many things to consider. Here is the thought process I have when I pick a color or colors for a room.1. Find your inspiration, consider the surrounding rooms and the other colors and finishes present within the home, you want the rooms to flow so it’s important to coordinate and choose complementary colors. Sometimes inspiration can be found within items already present in the house.2. When choosing your color scheme, consider everything that will be present in the room - the flooring, the furnishings, artwork, décor and so forth. Use the color wheel to learn how primary, secondary and tertiary colors work together. The look of a paint color can cha...
- Good til the Last Drop
- Budget friendly ideas to help you update your Bathroom
- Boom goes the dynamite
- Light and Reflection
- Light Up Your Life
- John Mayer’s SoHo digs
- Mayfair House by Squire and Partners
- Making the Most of a Small Space
- How to Add Color to Your Space
- How to Pick a Paint Color