Author Archives: Renee

Response to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic

We hope that you, your loved ones and those around you are safe and in good health. Effective today, March 16, 2020 our showroom will be temporarily closed in order to help slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus except … Continue reading

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Simon Johns: Living Design Through Nature

By Laura Goldstein If furniture designer, Simon Johns ever decides to retire, he can convert his rustic home and studio outbuilding near the shores of the picturesque Missisquoi River in Southern Quebec, into a charming B&B (filled with his nature-inspired … Continue reading

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A Vancouver – Made “Supernatural” Gift For The 92nd Academy Awards Nominees

By Laura Goldstein It’s not just an Oscar that the top 25 Nominees at this year’s 92nd Academy Awards may be displaying in their living rooms. Vancouver glass designer, Jaan Andres created his luminous one-of-a-kind Supernatural Bowls, for the coveted … Continue reading

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Acquiring furniture and other home furnishing items from a local business that supports makers in your community has some important benefits, particularly in this time of climate emergency. It helps the makers develop their talent and keep working in their … Continue reading

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TIMELINES: A New Exhibition At SwitzerCultCreative Traces the Passage of Time In Blown Glass By Jaan Andres and Through the Lens of Vince Hemingson

By Laura Goldstein Like icicles dissolving into an imaginary landscape, Jaan Andres’ blown glass Crystal Curios are alive with movement: while ridges of sediment have built up at a glacial pace over eons of time, the patterning in Coded Bowls … Continue reading

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SkLO Studio: Seeing Sculpture In A New Light

By Laura Goldstein As graceful as a multi-tiered necklace, orbs of suspended light compose a chandelier’s planetary system of handblown Czech glass. And in a single lighting pendant, an abstract drop of dew is captured in multiple layers when the … Continue reading

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ARTISAN: “We Have Known Wood Our Entire Lives, From the Forest We Played In As Children”- Fadil Ćostović, Co-Founder

By Laura Goldstein Many entrepreneurial partnerships seem to begin serendipitously. Fadil Ćostović, a craftsman with a well-established family wood production business for over 60 years in Tešanj, Bosnia was constructing furniture and all the wood interiors for a summer house owned … Continue reading

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ZANAT Goes Back To The Future Producing Contemporary Furniture With Historical Wood Carving Techniques

By Laura Goldstein “There’s an emotional appeal to our brand and not just because our family has been producing hand-carved furniture since 1919,” says Orhan Niksic CEO and ZANAT co-founder, from his factory/showroom in Konjic, Bosnia. A former senior economist … Continue reading

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With His Heritage of Makers Going Back 500 Years, Calgary Furniture Designer, Sumer Singh Innovates For the Future

By Laura Goldstein Talk about pressure to succeed! When you come from a long line of artists, poets and authors, an engineering degree alone just didn’t cut it for Calgary’s Sumer Singh. His passion for the arts dictated his continuing … Continue reading

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Juxtaposing Wood and Acrylic Elements, Kirk Van Ludwig Brings Drama Into The Home

By Laura Goldstein Fashion rather than furniture has long been known to make political statements. But for Victoria-based designer/maker Kirk Van Ludwig of Autonomous, his Constantinople Table Set began as a metaphor for modern times:  “Constantinople (now Istanbul) was an … Continue reading

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