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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NEWS: Stockholm Furniture Fair / Northern Light Fair 2012

7 – 11 FEBRUARY 2012

“The design event of the year for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design”

“On 7-11 February it will be time for the 61st Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, the world’s largest and most important meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Some 740 exhibitors from 31 countries will gather at Stockholmsmässan to display the latest products within furniture, lighting and textiles for both the home and public environments.”

NEWS: Castor Debuts DEADSTOCK Collection

Castor’s Deadstock Record given out to guests, photo courtesy of Mocoloc0


Designing lights, throwing parties AND running a successful restaurant and bar – what don’t these guys do with style?

Brian Richer and Kei Ng, founders and designers of Castor Design Studio based in Toronto launched their newest collection of lighting entitled Deadstock during the weekend of IDS at their restaurant Parts & Labour. They showcased their newest pieces alongside some of Toronto’s talented local bands for a good night of drinking and moshing in the basement of Parts & Labour.


Photo by Ivy Lovell (Check out her amazing shots of the bands and the party here.)


Expanding their exploration of reclaimed industrial parts, each piece in Deadstock uses “discarded forgotten materials to form considered, elegant products with a purpose”. Behold, photos of Castor’s new


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This newest modular ceiling fixture from Vibia is definitely one of the most stand out fixtures of 2012. Envisioning lighting that is both light source and art installation is becoming a common theme in Vibia’s new product line. Designed by Ramone Esteve, this voluminous fixture consists of four modules in different sizes and heights that connect to one another to offer a wide range of geometries.

Brilliantly enough, the R&D team at Vibia have kept in mind the difficulties of managing multiple power sources and junction boxes and have engineered the Link to require only one electrical connection to power up to 8 Link sections per configuration. On top of that, they’ve made it compatible with dimmable, energy efficient fluorescent lamping, which makes its use in residential environments all the more appealing.

The Link also creatively plays with the trajectories of light that emit from each piece, depending on your configuration, allowing you to create indirect ambient lighting.

The idea of having such an architectural piece be so totally customizable actively involves us in designing the piece for ourselves, which makes this piece all the more interesting.

Click below for more photos on the charcoal grey or matte lacquer white modular Link system.

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