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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Victorian Architectural Styles in Toronto, Part One

There aren’t many countries in the world where Victorian styles of architecture have been used and have been preserved to the modern days. Luckily, Canada, due to her strong connection with Great Britain, belongs to these countries and is proud of quite a few cities with wonderful historic neighbourhoods. During the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901, Canadian architects studied the Victorian styles and together with foreign help they build up many communities. Toronto’s Cabbagetown is one of the best examples, since there is still a large number of houses built in this style in this part of the city. Due to the fact that there are eight important ... Read More »

New suite renderings for Ten York from Tridel

Futuristic: a rendering of the new Ten York condo tower coming to York Street and Queen’s Quay. View is from the rooftop pool up at the tower.  Tridel has released more renderings of the coming-soon Ten York condos at York and Queen’s Quay. Some suites have already sold out in the building King of the world. The rooftop pool at Ten York from Tridel (rendering). Pool is on the eighth floor Shore Club Sun Deck.  Living room/dining room in spacious 3-bedroom suite 3A at Ten York (rendering). 3A suites begin on floor 29, with approximately 1,305 square feet. See more images here.     Read More »

Formica at 100: new products roll out next week at Las Vegas builders’ show

The epitome of fifties style to many: Formica tabletops and chrome and vinyl chairs. Formica is 100 years old this year. A new retrospective line of products will be unveiled next week at the Las Vegas International Builders’ Show. The year 2013 marks the centenary of one of the world’s most famous and ubiquitous brands: Formica. The company is celebrating its 100 years “of invention, innovation and design leadership” in various ways, including a Formica Laminate Anniversary Collection featuring twelve new patterns based on the brand’s history. That collection will debut next week in Las Vegas at the 2013 International Builders’ Show. For many, of course, the word Formica instantly ... Read More »

Canadians worst in world for garbage, and we use too much water, energy

Canadians generate more municipal waste than people anywhere else, and we are getting worse, not better, says a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. Sobering news from the Conference Board of Canada: we Canadians are the most wasteful people in the developed world (and we can safely assume the rest of the world as well). We throw away more garbage per capita than in any other developed country. We are also profligate in our use of water and energy. Yet the Board still gives us a C grade, and a ranking of 15 out of 17. Only Australia and the United States are below us in rank. Partly ... Read More »

Designer Oki Sato featured at 2013 Toronto Interior Design Show

Overstuffed sofa from Nendo. Tables and a lighting fixture sprout from between the cushions, changing the spaces between them and creating new ways to use the sofa. One of the featured speakers at the Toronto Interior Design Show next week is Toronto-born Japanese designer/architect Oki Sato. His company, Nendo, has offices in Tokyo and Milan. Its design philosophy is to give people the small “!” moments that make life interesting and rewarding. In the ten years since he established the Nendo office in Tokyo, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the ... Read More »

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