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Whether it’s the home or the office, stage it right and they will come

Home staging has been a big thing in North America for years now, though it has only recently arrived in France, where it is so new it is still called “le home staging.” The idea, there as here, is to make the place look homey enough that a potential buyer will like it, without looking too much like someone else’s home, a sometimes tricky balancing act. (We can’t help but wonder how necessary it really is in a market like Toronto where multiple offers and bidding wars on some very ordinary properties are the routine.) Still, home stagers and realtors agree that a well-staged home can command a higher price. ... Read More »

Companion robot for the elderly debuts in London, but will seniors get it?

Let’s start by admitting that a robotic presence in the home, programmed to remind an older person when to take her medications and when to go for a walk, will not be everyone’s cup of tea. One man’s friendly reminder is another man’s nag. Nevertheless, an Israeli company that specialises in artificial intelligence, along with famed Swiss designer Yves Béhar, believes there is a market for their robot, called ELLiQ. The device was unveiled by Intuition Robotics in London this week at the Design Museum, and it is being marketed as an alternative to the many other robotic assistants already on the market, like Apple’s Siri and the Amazon Echo. ... Read More »

Designers, builders show their best stuff at Buildings Show this week in Toronto

If it’s late November in Toronto, it must be time for The Buildings Show, billed as North America’s largest networking and educational event for the design, construction and real estate industries. The show comprises six different shows, including Construct Canada, PM Expo, the Homebuilder and Renovator Expo, World of Concrete, the Real Estate Forum Toronto, and IIDEX Canada, the latter a co-presentation of Interior Designers of Canada and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). The show includes 1,600 exhibitors, “world-class” keynote addresses by stars like Karim Rashid and Chris Downey (Architecture for the Blind), along with 500 speakers and 350 seminars. It runs from November 30 to December 2 ... Read More »

Toronto’s Underpass Park wins prestigious ASLA Award of Excellence

You probably wouldn’t serve last Tuesday’s leftovers at a dinner party for friends and relations, but they’d be good enough for the family. Waste not, want not, and all that. The whole idea of leftovers is often tinged with a sense of the second rate. But not in the area of urban design, not since Underpass Park was created in Toronto’s Corktown area, and certainly not since the park won this year’s prestigious Award of Excellence, General Design, from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). They thought it was “terrific,” an important example of how to transform “left over space” and knit it back into a city’s urban fabric. ... Read More »

Smart transformable furniture ideas for making the most of your space

Space-saving, multi-functional furniture, also known as transformables, is a great way to make a room appear larger and, more importantly, to increase its functionality. Chairs that tuck into tables and disappear, beds that double as wall units, even a flexible, paper chair that expands into a bench with seating for sixteen—these are some of the ingenious products on sale from the Vancouver-based Expand Furniture, products that will “help you create space you didn’t know you had.” The old Murphy bed concept gets a modern, much more functional treatment in an Italian-designed unit available at Expand. When the bed is folded away, you’re left with an attractive shelving unit, complete with ... Read More »

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