My Top Five Interiors to Visit at ‘Doors Open Toronto’ 2018

Doors Open Toronto provides architecture enthusiasts with a yearly opportunity to experience interiors that are not usually available for public access. For May 26-27, 2018, organizers have devised a particularly photogenic theme “Film: the Great Romance.” (link: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto/) While the destination list includes some new opportunities to gather insight into Toronto’s creative film industry, there … Continue reading My Top Five Interiors to Visit at ‘Doors Open Toronto’ 2018

New Life for Old Spatial Experiences

Take a beautiful, historic interior setting, and add a new layer of ephemeral spectacle. The results are challenging, stimulating, and interesting. The recent “Inside Peek” piece posted online in Canadian Interiors features AURA Basilica, a Canadian project by multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory. AURA is a “45-minute immersive sound, light and video projection-mapping experience” that … Continue reading New Life for Old Spatial Experiences

The Real Star of EDIT May Be Hiding in Plain View

On Wednesday I spent the day at EDIT. I toured the main floor exhibit “Prosperity for All” (curated by Bruce Mau) and the diverse installations that surrounded it, such as the “Letters to the Mayor/The Developer” (a Storefront for Art + Architecture initiative presented in Toronto by Partisans Architecture). I climbed to the second floor … Continue reading The Real Star of EDIT May Be Hiding in Plain View

What Comes After EDIT? An Editorial about Design Studies

This summer, an unexpected design installation arrived in my neighbourhood: a series of Bike Share Toronto stations were installed outside up and down the main thoroughfare, linking bike path corridors with community parks, with retail and commercial areas, with residences and schools, and with the western beaches of Lake Ontario. The bikes themselves have a … Continue reading What Comes After EDIT? An Editorial about Design Studies

Getting Ahead of Myself: Looking Forward to a Review of Exhibition Design for the AGO’s “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters”

Yesterday, the Art Gallery of Ontario posted “Designing a home fit for a monster” on their ‘Art Matters’ Blog. It is a teaser for the long-awaited opening of “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters” and it got me thinking again about a favorite topic: exhibition design. Prior to studying interior design, I worked for … Continue reading Getting Ahead of Myself: Looking Forward to a Review of Exhibition Design for the AGO’s “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters”

Getting it Right: an Interview with DesignAgency in Canadian Interiors magazine

In the recent article “Taking on the World” (Canadian Interiors July/August 2017 vol. 54 No. 4), writer Leslie C. Smith provides a condensed interview with the three principals at DesignAgency: Anwar Mekhayech, Matt Davis and Allan Chan. DesignAgency is a renowned Canadian hospitality design firm currently earning international accolades. I have written about their recent … Continue reading Getting it Right: an Interview with DesignAgency in Canadian Interiors magazine