Monday, April 30, 2007

Peacock Extravagance

I was enjoying a meandering stroll the other day through thee lovely Beacon Hill Park, when I came across a gorgeous peacock in full glory. He was a spectacular sight, and stunningly beautiful... needless to say, I was quite flattered! What magnificent birds-de-plume...

(top) Tailfeathers by Aaron Logan
(left) Peacock Feather, acrylic inks and technical drawing pen on illustration board for Natural History Illustrations Gallery
(right) Peacock close-up by David Cote

Handmade card from Vancouver based Flaunt cards
Atelier LZC, handmade silk screen print
Urban Outfitters, jewel tone peacock pillow with ribbon detail
Darrell Underschultz, Peacock acrylic on canvas
Mwah Creations based in Vancouver, print card of pen sketch by Tanis Alexis Laird
John Derian, round 16 inch platter
Publisher Textiles, Peacock printed canvas
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Lavish Collection, Prince of Tales Mug
Jonathon Adler, Peacock pillow
Florence Broadhurst, Exotic Bird fine art
Sanna Annukka

Thee Love Seat

In the vernacular... the epitome of a common piece of furnishing.
The colourful, enchanting and poetic Love Seat made with "amour" tiles, created by Ruth Lodder
Parlez-moi d'amour as I take a seatie...

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Breathing Space

Spring comes and one remembers one's innocence...

Tis a beautiful sunshine-filled day here in Victoria...
Spring is about rebirth, so go ahead and get in touch with your inner child and swing a little swing...

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Culinary Delight

Refreshingly crisp and invigorating kitchen spaces à la talented Anne Coyle

Hipline Design

Totally unique, totally unmistakably extraordinary.

You either love it or loathe it...
eccentric designs by Rasa Baradinskiene for RASA DeSIGN
(left) The Hand Bag (high five!)
Flora (for Contraforma)
Mama (cuddle friendly)
Remade (Granny would be impressed)

I Wish Upon a Star...

I am madly in love with this Vincente Wolf Italian upholstered chair with metal legs, circa 1950s... oh so lush, plush and très magnifique!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Dare to be Digitally Different

A sampling of the effulgent, flamboyant, and spirited digitile designs by Dominic Crinson... (I showcased one of my favourites, the very serene Marmorous shell in a previous post)

The Landscape of Eating

Topoware is the brainchild of Canadian industrial designer Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Karola Torkos of Germany. They create tableware that incorporates the philosophy and geography of landscape in the designs... the result is a dining experience that is graphically *and* topographically fulfilling!

China Set - bowls, salad plates, and dinner plates lined with questions to label your culinary experience: "Are you hungry, very hungry or done? Are you modest or greedy? Do you have a mom/dad or child portion?" Tablecloth- defining your personal space at the dinner table, this hand-sewn tablecloth draws a subtle pattern around a person Placemats - made of layered wood, defining what comes first and where cutlery and tableware should be placed.

Orange and White Delight

Beautiful spaces full of life, light and vigour... a la Living at Home

A Moment with Nature

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems"
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Make way for ducklings...
Mama duck and her babies at picturesque Beacon Hill Park downtown Victoria
Image by Nancy Wilson

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tara Murray

Unique works of art and design by Canadian talent Tara Murray. She is a graduate from the University of Calgary and recently obtained her masters degree in Industrial Design. I love how her work exudes a sense of sustainability, nostalgia and humour...

Doily Chair- recycled walnut chair frame adorned with linen doily
The Canadian Plaid Tea Cozy - a rural icon of the Great White North, a black & red lumberjack tea cozy appropriate even for traditional hightea in Victoria
Take Note - handbag storage and display made of an oiled walnut plane and reused architectural plotter paper tubes