Monthly Archives: February 2012

INSPIRATION: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Designed by Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, the interior of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona is a shining homage to Barcelona’s own rich artistic and architectural legacy.

Antoni Gaudi’s modernist monuments that give so much character to the surrounding cityscape are obvious reference points for Urquiola’s beautiful and organic approach to the interior aesthetics of this midcentury bank turned hotel.

Scrupulous perfectionism and a curated synthesis of fluidity and geometry define the space inside, and nowhere is this more cemented than in her choice of lighting and furniture (much of which she herself designed). Choosing from Foscarini (including her own design – the Caboche), Flos, Metalarte and Marset, Urquiola shows her taste to be outstanding the whole way through.

Hotel Entrance walkway
White Foscarini Twiggy floor lamps and Flos Spun floor lamps adorn the lobby, photo via



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JOB WELL DONE: Black + Blue Restaurant designed by Box Interior Design

Metalarte Josephine Table Lamp at the Reception, photo by Heather Merenda


Box Interior Design recently designed the newest edition to the Glowbal Group Restaurant  family, Black + Blue. The specialty steak restaurant opened in October 2011 in a two storey space on Alberni St. with a dark and opulent interior.

Nemo Chocolite Table Lamps line the Central Bar, photo by Heather Merenda

The black and gold Metalarte Josephine wall sconces and table lamps are a great fit for this modern day steak house but our favourite fixture placement in the space is the use of the Nemo Chocolites around the large central bar.

Bars can feel a little like uncomfortable public seating at some restaurants, but the small Chocolites at Black + Blue create a sense of intimacy for all those sitting around it. 

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BEST OF: LED Wall Sconces

Roll & Hill | Odds and Ends LED Wall Sconce – Aquafresh, designed by Jason Miller
Flos Lightspring Single and Lightspring Double LED Wall Sconce, designed by Ron Gilad
Vibia Alpha LED Wall Sconce in White by Ramos & Bassols
Marset MOMA LED Wall Sconce by Christophe Mathieu

Metalarte Tequila LED Wall Sconce, designed by Mario Ruiz

JOB WELL DONE: Union31 designs Picasso Sales Centre in Toronto

Picasso Sales Centre in Toronto, designed by Union31,  Photo by Zach Hertzman


Photographer Zach Hertzman took these photos of the Picasso Sales Centre in Toronto, designed by Union31, highlighting the creative use of the Nemo Crown Chandelier and the Metalarte Triana Floor Lamp in the show suites.

Visit Union31 to see some more of their great projects online.

Nemo Crown in Picasso Sales Centre Toronto, Photo by Zach Hertzman

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MEDIA: Marset Pleat Box in WALLPAPER Magazine

Attention to details is no where more necessary than in the world of design, where the novelty and the intricacy of the smallest details set one product and one company apart from the rest. Marset is a company that has embraced detail in every aspect of their business and this has earned them accolades in such design publications as Apartmento Magazine, and last month in Wallpaper Magazine.

Their piece in Wallpaper  profiles Xavier Mañosa, who’s ceramic Pleat Box pendants for Marset we’ve written out here before. It’s exactly this type of collaboration with such young, craft-centric artisans and designers that differentiates Marset’s collection, and indeed what makes it so notable.

Read the article and check out their full line up of new products below….

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INSPIRATION: Metalarte Copacabanas at Nandos Restaurant in Spain

Metalarte Copacabana in Nandos Restaurant in Badajoz, Spain

Metalarte‘s Copacabana bronze pendants and floor lamps, designed by Jaime Hayón, illuminate this beautiful Spanish restaurant in the city of Badajoz. The informal swag of the Copacabana cords add a touch of informality and playful imperfection to the otherwise clean and uncluttered interior.

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NEWS: Secto Design at the Stockholm Northern Light Fair 2012

Secto Design Booth at Stockholm Design Week 2012, Photo courtesy of Architonic


Secto Design started off their new year exhibiting at some of the best furniture, lighting and product design tradeshows in Europe, amoung them, IMM Cologne and this week, in Stockholm at the Northern Light Fair, part of Stockholm Design Week. Secto Design’s sculptured wooden lamps, designed by Finnish Architect Seppo Koho have slowly grown to be the favourites of architects and designers worldwide.  Secto Design’s lamps are made from Finnish birch slats connected by rings of aircraft plywood and hand made by highly skilled carpenters in Finland.

This year at the Northern Light Fair, they debuted two brand new products (one of which can only be partially seen in the picture above). The first of these is the linear Ovalo Pendant, an addition to the Ovalo series of wall, table and floors lamps already in production.

The second is the Kontro Pendant, described by Secto Design as, “the one most suited to the general lighting of a room … its lightsource is a round energy saving lamp”.  In addition, Secto revealed that they are going to launch a fourth finish – a walnut veneer finish. Can’t wait to see that up close.

Pictures of Secto Design’s Kontro pendant and collection at the fair below…..

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