Thoughts about Furniture, Design Practice, and the Matter of Making

I have been thinking about contemporary furniture, design practice, and the matter of making – and recently learned about what sounds like a very promising lecture/event to be held at The Design Museum in London (England) on the evening of Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. (Read more about the event here.) What caught my eye was … Continue reading Thoughts about Furniture, Design Practice, and the Matter of Making

What I’m reading: New Book about the Use of Paint and Colour within Buildings

Patrick Baty’s new book The Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments (Thames & Hudson, 2017) just arrived at my summer studio. It is a glorious 350+ page tome filled with 1500+ images. Wide ranging analysis of the subject stems from Baty’s well-established practice as an Historian of architectural paint and colour … Continue reading What I’m reading: New Book about the Use of Paint and Colour within Buildings

Michael Wolf’s photographs of ‘Hong Kong Informal Seating Arrangements’

One of my favorite on-line sources for critical writing about all sorts of design – from architecture and urbanism to product, fashion, graphics and beyond – is Edwin Heathcote’s “Reading Design” initiative. Heathcote and his team regularly post excerpts from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, mostly texts already published elsewhere. I especially appreciate it … Continue reading Michael Wolf’s photographs of ‘Hong Kong Informal Seating Arrangements’

Reading About Furniture

As part of my summer reading, I’m getting back to books that I have collected over the past year. One of these is Witold Rybczynski’s Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair – A Natural History (2016). When it was first published last summer, Mark Medley interviewed Rybczynski for The Globe and … Continue reading Reading About Furniture

Interesting New Resource for Design History and Theory

This week I was pleased to discover The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design in the ‘New Books’ area from the circulation desk at Humber College’s spiffy new Library. Perhaps hard to see in the shadows of the lower shelf, this recently-published three-volume set offers a credible, scholarly option for design students starting their research on academic … Continue reading Interesting New Resource for Design History and Theory

New Furniture

One evening this week I was invited to the EQ3 Toronto flagship in Liberty Village to celebrate their Summer Sale. I was interested to follow up on the company’s collaboration with 10 emerging Canadian designers launched earlier this year as the capsule collection “Assembly.” Many of these pieces are now deeply discounted and offer a … Continue reading New Furniture

Old Furniture

Boxy and imposing, with synthetic upholstery in two-tone salmon (in impossibly like-new condition!), a brute of a club chair has been kicked to the curb in my west-end Toronto neighbourhood in the midst of an August heat wave. The companion sofa sits beside it. They are old, but not old-fashioned, representing an aspirational design choice … Continue reading Old Furniture