Space Oddity

 

 

Some designers are tame in practice and personality. Others have edge, strive to be unique and make impressions on whomever they meet. You’ll find Tom Dixon somewhere in-between, comfortably poised in no-man’s land. When you find him there, he’ll make you second guess the preconceptions. He is humble while proud, boisterous but timid, chaotic yet well defined – somehow there isn’t any contradiction. To say that Tom Dixon is a paradox is probably the most accurate description that one could give to him though it’s still far from actuality. He occupies a finite space where intellect and passion are paramount and few external factors hold any creative weight. You have to meet him… did you? He was just here.

Tom flew in on the Thursday before last and went straight to work, not stopping until he flew to LA and did it all over again, two days later. Most highly sought-after personalities might head to their hotel to wash, rest, and go out for an overpriced meal with those that they deemed fit. Not Tom. Tom wanted to go to the scrap-yard and dig through objects long forgotten and like the mad scientist that he is, bring the dead back to life, striving to leave Vancouver a little better than how he found it. This is after all what he attributes as the cause of his rise to fame. __

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Art al Fresco


Equestrian statue of Ranuccio Farnese by Francesco Mochi, in Piazza Cavalli, Piacenza

 

Everyone can feast on Italy’s al fresco banquet for the soul

 

In Italy, art is definitely not confined to the museums and the churches. It is everywhere. A house opposite the church od Sant’Eustachio in Rome, more or less round the corner from the Pantheon, in the very heart of the city, still retains quite substantial elements of the frescos applied to its façade by Taddeo Zuccaro in the second half of the sixteenth century.

 

Most of the al fresco art that surrounds one is sculpture. In our health and safety/conservation-fixated age, the idea of masterpiece taking their chance in the open may indeed seem foolhardy, but the fact is that they have survived remarkably well over the centuries. It is true that three pieces were broken off the left arm of Michelangelo’s David during an anti-Medicean rebellion in Florence in 1527, and rescued by two young artists, Giorgio Vasari – of Lives of the Artists fame – and his friend Francesco Salviati. More generally, however, the sheer weight of large-scale marbles and bronzes means they are hardly likely to be pinched by even the most determined thieves. On the contrary, the most common reason for any such disappearances is a forgivable desire to protect such works from the elements.

 

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Father’s Day

Enough with the ties and socks already! That lawnmower still works just fine, he said so himself. Your Dad is cooler than you think, get him something that he not only deserves but that he’ll actually want. Even though he may not know who Henning Koppel or Isaac Reina is, he recognizes master craftsmanship, he know what top grade leather feels like, and you better believe that he knows how to perfectly sear a rib-eye on a top-of-the-line grill.

Here are a few gift ideas that he’s sure to love.

 

Cufflinks from Skultuna

$95

For over 400 years Skultuna has produced fine metal objects of the highest quality for both everyday use and for special occasions. Always with that same sense of quality, function and design Skultuna today creates tomorrow’s antiques. They have a vast range of cufflinks that any dress shirt wearing guy would love. From bicycles to Jolly Rodgers, royal and presidential emblems to simplistic minimalist shapes. There’s bound to be one to suit your dad.

 

 

Wolf BBQ

From $6,350

With Wolf BBQ grills, as with every Wolf product, you can count on quality construction and exceptional performance through years of outdoor cooking. Wolf BBQ grills are sculpted in double-wall stainless steel, precision-welded so they will not rust or hold water. Each of the four gas grill models comes in natural gas or LP, and can be built in to your outdoor space. Optional carts are available for the 30″, 36″ and 42″ models.

 

 

Eat Like a Man: Guide to Feeding a Crowd

$41

Ok, so the Wolf BBQ isn’t in the budget. This cookbook is the ultimate resource for guys who want to host big crowds and need the scaled-up recipes, logistical advice, and mojo to pull it off whether they’re cooking breakfast for a houseful of weekend guests, producing an epic spread for the playoffs, or planning the backyard BBQ that trumps all.

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Inform Cooks | Burrata & Olive Tapenade Crostini

 

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Arne and Carissa, Inform’s Kitchen & Bath designers, are back again to share another simple yet delicious recipe. This Burrata & Olive Tapenade Crostini is sure to be a hit at any small gathering. If you missed their previous post on how to make fresh pasta from scratch, you can check it out here.

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Multidish by Maxime Ansiau for Seletti

This dish is perfect for sharing with friends and family. The homemade Crostini is a terrific base for the lush, bold flavours of the Olive Tapenade & it’s all balanced by the delicate creaminess of the Burrata Cheese melted overtop. You can even impress your guests with these fun facts…

Tapenade is a very old recipe. Then named Olivarum conditurae, it appears in Columella’s De re Rustica, written in the first century. Cato the Elder ( 234-149 B.C.) includes a recipe for Epityrum, an olive spread very like a tapenade, in chapter 119 of his “On Agriculture.”_

The word burrata means “buttered” in Italian. Burrata is now considered an artisanal cheese and maintains a premium product status even after it became more widely produced and available in the ’50s. This wasn’t always the case; it was once considered a by-product, a useful way to use up the ritagli (“scraps” or “rags”) of mozzarella in cheese factories throughout Italy.

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2016 January Sale | Staff Picks

Our January Sale is in full effect, many of our display models are significantly marked down, up to 70% off. Here are a few of our favourites but there are so many more – send us an email for a list of the included pieces or for more details on any of the pieces below.

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Dragonfly Chaise by Roberto Lazzeroni for Flexform

The Dragonfly brings simplicity and comfortability together making an harmonious seating solution for any home.

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Fly coffee table by Antonio Citterio for Flexform

Marble top and low-profile steel legs. Simple, beautiful, functional and built to last a lifetime.
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Young Professionals Scholarship Fund

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Application Deadline: September 9, 2015

The IES Young Professionals Scholarship Fund supports the attendance of students and emerging professionals at the IES Annual Conference.

A minimum of four awards (one from each of the Society’s Regions) of $1,000 each will be granted each year to emerging professionals (individuals working in the lighting profession for five or fewer years) and students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies or enrolled in a graduate program. All awardees must be a member of the IES.

The grant will offset some of the costs of travel and lodging; the conference fee will be waived.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who show evidence of a commitment to the lighting profession, leadership abilities, and potential for future involvement in the IES.

Click here for more information about qualifications and to apply.

 

ABOUT THE ILLUMINATING ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

IES is the oldest and largest educational and scientific society in North America devoted to lighting. Since 1906, the IES has sought to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public. A broad variety of programs, including publications, conferences and seminars, have been established to accomplish this mission. IES publishes and distributes the finest lighting literature authored by committees with the most experienced minds in industry and academia today. Visit the official IES website for more information.

Inform Cooks

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As Kitchen designers, we not only love creating new kitchens but love creating within the kitchen too – a passion that transcends from our work into our everyday routine. The term “Heart of the home” greatly applies to us.

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We decided that we’d share a simple, delicious recipe with you.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with pasta from a box but fresh pasta can elevate a simple dish into something special and memorable. It’s also dead easy and only takes a couple of minutes to whip up. Here’s our “Pasta Fresca per Inform”, serves four.


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Knock-Offs, because “The client can’t afford the real thing”

 

Should Interior Designers specify a knock-off (furniture, lighting or any other item) because “The client can’t afford the real thing”

Take a minute to think about this: What was your most amazing project? The one that comes “Top of Mind” within a split second of me asking you that question. Ya, that one. That restaurant or bar, that amazing home, workspace or retail store. The one project that you are most proud of and is featured all over your web-site, your portfolio and your social media. It even got published in….

OK, now, imagine you’re relaxing one Sunday morning, coffee in hand, browsing your favourite design magazine and there it is. Yup, there’s a bar in__________ being featured that is exactly the same as the one that you designed for your client. The exact same floor plan, the same flooring, the paint, the seating, the tables, every single light fixture as far as the eye can see. It is an exact “replica” of what you created and it is already the most popular bar in all of__________. A raving success.

“Wow! How dare they! Those were my ideas. I spent weeks working on that concept. What kind of a person would do that?” Well sorry, but there is nothing you can do about it. It’s not like they broke the law or anything….They’re really sorry, but………….”The client couldn’t afford an Interior Designer….”

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2014 Gift Guide | No. 3

Dear Tibor timepiece by Tobias Wong

Tobias Wong was known for creating design pieces that always provoked thought and conversation. He was a brilliant designer and a dear friend to Inform.

His homage to Tibor Kalman is no longer in production, you will not find this piece elsewhere. We have a very limited supply of these incredibly special, signed pieces.

$95
Available in-store

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Fin Utensils by Still Design

Designed in Vancouver, Fin is ergonomically designed to bring a more pleasurable cooking experience. These utensils are shaped to provide a firm and comfortable grip that minimizes stress on the wrists. Each piece has an individual magnetic wall mount with an adhesive backing for easy access and organization.

From $65
Available in-store

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