One week per year Eindhoven, Netherlands hosts Dutch Design Week where the world of design takes focus on the once tiny town. During this week, the visitors outnumber the locals, lasting professional relationships are born and many designers’ dreams of growing from ‘aspiring’ to ‘recognized’ come true. I knew nothing of Eindhoven before visiting but as soon as I arrived, I felt comfortable. It has Design coursing through its veins.
Eindhoven is roughly 1.5 hours south of Amsterdam by train. The city has a practical, industrial vibe thanks to the rise of industry initially centred around tobacco and textile. The city’s industrial sector grew significantly with the rise of lighting and electronics giant Philips, which was founded as a light bulb manufacturing company in Eindhoven in 1891.
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We’ve all been there… the holidays sneak up on you and suddenly you realize not everyone on your list has been crossed off! Be it for a teacher, hostess or family member, we are here to help with this list of great last minute in-stock gifts and stocking stuffers.
If you are in Vancouver or the surrounding area, place your order for any in-stock accessory by Thursday the 21st and we’ll guarantee that you’ll have it by the end of the week with optional gift wrapping. All online orders over $100 receive free shipping.
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Planning a family vacation, travelling on business, escaping on a romantic weekend or road tripping with friends? Here are a few travel essentials for you and for the jet-setters on your list.
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Charles Eames once stated, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” The items compiled here are definitely a sum of their meticulously executed details. With several things in common — innovation, functionality, timeless style — what design maven wouldn’t love to receive one of these wrapped with a bow?
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A love and appreciation for design starts early. Being surrounded by and interacting with beautiful, well-designed items can have a lasting impression that one carries into adulthood. Here we have selected items that will inspire and tickle the fancy of the creative-types on your holiday list — young and old.
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Good design in the kitchen or behind the bar matters. Whether you are entertaining friends and family or shopping for the foodies on your list, here you will find a selection of our favourite thoughtful, well-design goods for this, the season to eat, drink and be merry.
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On October 26th, we hosted the launch of the latest in the SALA Modern House Series, Copp House by Adele Weder with photography by Michael Perlmutter.
In 1950, a young Vancouver architectural apprentice was handed a small house project that his boss was too busy to take on. The apprentice, Ron Thom, took the simple plan and rectangular foundation that had been roughed in, and transformed it into a groundbreaking work of architecture that gained national fame. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, but using local wood and paying careful attention to its verdant oceanside setting, Thom created a landmark for the new architectural movement known as West Coast Modernism. The client, Dr. Harold Copp, was himself a trailblazer, the first head of the physiology department in the University of British Columbia’s new Faculty of Medicine and a research pioneer. Generously illustrated with both vintage and contemporary architectural photography, line drawings, and photographs of the architect and residents, the Copp House is the story of a cultural landmark on the shores of Vancouver.
Hygge, Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. In recent years it has been described as a defining characteristic of Danish culture. Here are some of our favourite pieces to help you feel the Hygge this season.
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