A YEAR IN GRATITUDE

I stumbled upon talented Calligraphy Artist TIFFANY ADAIR at a marketing event for a real estate developer in Vancouver. Praising her work at the event she said my wish was her command. She would inscribe any words I wished onto a round organic made paper, which would be my gift! We were nearing the end of the year and what could be better than sharing my gratitude. Her pen and ink soon flowed gracefully and this was the result! I thanked her, placed the round paper upon a black backdrop at home, feeling blessed and took this photo! Thank you Tiffany! You can make life glow like the moon!

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50 CREATIVE FURNISHING IDEAS FOR THE NEW HOME BUYER IN VANCOUVER - CANADA

50 CREATIVE IDEAS FOR THE NEW HOME BUYER IN VANCOUVER-CANADA

I have put together 50 Creative Interior Design Ideas for the new home buyer and investor in Vancouver. These are some of my favourite collections in Vancouver’s design districts and how to find them.   If there is anything here that inspires you and you need any help and direction - let’s chat!



CREATING A COLOURFUL SPACE

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In my recent project I decided to play with a pop of colours for my client's small entertaining space in the house.  I haven't created some thing this vibrant in a while. Here it is, featuring select collections from Bob Mitchell and William Gold in custom fabrics.  The large painting in the adjoining area is a commission from Hans-Guenter Hoeffken in Berlin, Germany, titled - Colourful Pond! 

SPECIFICATION FOR A BOUTIQUE SOFA

2016 saw the manifestation of a custom made sofa taken from the initial drawing concept to 60 days in the making at a custom sofa and upholstery workshop. A very East-West style not ordinarily found in most furniture showrooms. The design drew inspiration from Nicholas Purcell and the commission went into production at Fabulous Furnishing’s workshop after deciding on the ideal measurements, wood finish and selecting a durable custom fabric.  Several progress visits later here is the final piece viewed from concept drawing to finished product.  Specifying custom is definitely worth waiting for! 

COPPER BROWN AND AQUA BLUE AT THE VANCOUVER HOME AND DESIGN SHOW 2015!

The Annual Home and Design Show in Vancouver’s Convention Center was where all the excitement was in town from Oct 22nd - 25th.  It was an opportunity to play with cinnamon copper, aqua blue and white with a touch of Mid-Century to stage my client’s booth - Safe Pacific Inc. A 10 x 10 foot space, it heralded the warmth and cozy feel of a small space amongst its big neighbours at the show!  A great weekend always, allowing you to engage with the Vancouver Design Community in one place!  

THE LARSEN COLLECTION BY VERZELLONI BRINGS A FRESH APPEAL TO SECTIONALS

Sleek and refined, The Larsen sectional collection designed by Verzelloni Italy comes with a fresh perspective of having a corner ottoman connect the 2 pieces.  Offers a more open feel to the space considering the corner in most sectionals is a waste of seating capacity. Experience the design at Spencer Interiors in Vancouver.  Photo credit Verzelloni.it 

LOOK UP ! MOSAIC DESIGN FOR A CEILING - TAMARA BISTRO

Art on the ceiling is often passed by when designing.  However, it can take center stage in a restaurant because the ceiling is like a huge blank canvas available to play with and introduce something dramatic.  Get inspired by this ceiling mosaic created for the Tamara Bistro in South Miami Beach’s Art Deco hotel - The National.  Tamara de Lempicka, the modernist polish born artist very inspired by cubism was a well recognized painter from the roaring 1920s.  If you are in South Miami Beach do not miss dining here for an ambiance of the 1920s.  The mosaic was inspired by “Young Lady in Green” c. 1927. The original Oil painting on plywood created by the artist can be viewed at The National Museum of Modern Art in Paris.  A nostalgic memory of my yesteryears in Miami Beach’s Art Deco district. 

  

TOIL BEHIND THE GLAMOUR ! Frieze show men at work - Eros Cinema

This magnificent frieze for the auditorium wall can be seen at Eros Cinema in Mumbai if you are watching a movie in the mezzanine floor !  A Grand design to compliment the grandeur of hollywood musicals that were seen in this cinema, including My Fair Lady which screened here continuously for almost a year in the 1960s. The sculptural work depicts the toils of stage set design behind the grand cinematic experience.  Illustrated from my book  Bombay Art Deco Architecture.  

A PLAY OF SYMMETRY AND ASSYMETRY - Lobby floor design in marble

An Art Deco design for a lobby floor of the commercial building (Manekji Wadia Building) in Mumbai.  A playful balance of symmetry and asymmetry containing linear and circular segments for the design composition.  An illustration from my book “Bombay Art Deco Architecture”  

ALCOVE LIGHTING DESIGN - A Streamlined Silhouette

Sculpted into the centre of wall and ceiling for continuous alcove lighting brings a whole new feeling to emphasize design than alcove lighting more commonly designed at the corners of a ceiling.  I am Inspired by the alcove lighting design employed for the Art Deco New Empire Cinema in Mumbai.  An Illustration from my book “Bombay Art Deco Architecture”.  

ART DECO AND THE GLORIOUS AGE OF GLASS DESIGN

This magnificent Art Deco cinema, The Paramount Theatre completed in 1931 is still intact and has been restored to its original glory with gratitude to The Oakland East Bay Symphony for this restoration effort.  Owned by The City of Oakland it has been designated a historic landmark since 1977.  You can still see Classic movie screenings in grand regalia for just $ 5.00 (as of Jan 2015) in addition to Symphonies and Jazz Concerts.  Former President Bill Clinton was also here for a speaking engagement in Feb 2015 !  If you are visiting San Francisco, a trip to this theatre in Oakland is a must. Visit their website for current shows before you go.  A big thank you to Michael Kinerk ( Chairman Emeritus of The Miami Design Preservation League ) for inviting me to celebrate his birthday here and introducing me to the interior design of this architectural masterpiece ! 

 

STEAMSHIP AGE DOOR DESIGN ! New Empire Cinema in Art Deco Mumbai

This entrance door for New Empire Cinema in Mumbai, inspired by steamship age design uses a porthole design carved out in a solid teak wood door and sculpted stainless steel panels to emphasise a wavelike theme for the door.     

FIND EVERYONE ALWAYS IN YOUR KITCHEN ?

Definitely, the kitchen is where everyone likes to gather !  It takes centre stage in your home.  Don’t miss these top 10 Eat-in Kitchen designs selected by HGTV.  They feature some of the best Kitchen Interior Architects and Designers from New York to California.  Treat yourself to a slideshow of their work !  Thank you HGTV.

TROPICAL DECO - Revealed in South Miami Beach Architecture

Discover TROPICAL DETAILS such as these as you walk past and admire the architectural facades of the Miami Beach Art Deco District.  Buildings and illustration from my book “Bombay Art Deco Architecture” contrast similar TROPICAL DECO details in Mumbai’s Art Deco buildings.