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

The View from Here: Three Canadian Design Events worth Attending This Fall

There are a lot of design events happening in Canada this Fall that have caught my eye. Here are three conferences/expos that I will be attending. The World Design Summit – to be held October 16-25 at the Palais des Congrès (1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle) in downtown Montréal – is a multi-faceted series of design events … Continue reading The View from Here: Three Canadian Design Events worth Attending This Fall

From Parnham to Durham: Feature Interview with Canadian Furniture-maker Robin Speke of SPEKE|KLEIN

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Canadian furniture designer Robin Speke, of Speke|Klein, about the firm’s practice – especially their education at Parnham College in England, the evolution of Speke Klein’s business model, and the links between design, craft and manufacturing. This is an edited version of our conversation. Given that Parnham College’s … Continue reading From Parnham to Durham: Feature Interview with Canadian Furniture-maker Robin Speke of SPEKE|KLEIN

Asking More Questions (About the One Arm Stool)

This month Canadian Interiors has published “One Arm Clapping” by Michael Totzke, a short feature about John Tong’s stool design for The Drake Commissary. (See an earlier version published in the Globe & Mail here:  “Toronto’s latest Drake enterprise has a familiar theme”) While it is a great article, especially in that it features the … Continue reading Asking More Questions (About the One Arm Stool)

Pull up a Chair and Join us!

To continue this serialized essay about how furniture functions as a key design element in DesignAgency’s interiors for The Broadveiw Hotel Café, let’s consider the balance of functional and symbolic design objectives that is achieved in the room’s main dining areas: the café chair dining range and the harvest table multi-use space. The dining areas … Continue reading Pull up a Chair and Join us!