Design: The Sea Urchin

In addition to furry furniture, morrocan poufs and blankets, decorative urchins are invading homes across the country.

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via Vanilla Extract

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Erica Cook via 6th Street Design School

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via Interior Collective

 

This is a design trend for those who want a permanent reminder of beachy living. The form and texture of these urchins are so interesting that they’re sort of just hard to resist. Am I¬†right?

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small silver plated sea urchin, $20

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large silver plated sea urchin, $45

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7″ white porcelain sea urchin box, $35 (gold version¬†is also awesome)

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round box with sea urchin, $99

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urchin burst on a stand, $140

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vintage sea urchins print, $245

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silver plated sea urchin on stand, $95

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Michael Aram sea urchin candle, $99

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Regina-Andrew Design stacked sea urchin lamp, $159

The Friday Five: Bathrooms

I love the variety of design in the bathrooms that I’m featuring in today’s Friday Five.

1. The tendency is toward vintage in this bathroom’s design. The art-deco chandelier, the simple mirrors, and the marble counters make this bathroom a winner from top to bottom.

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via Sojorner

2. This bathroom is modern, modern, modern. The artwork, the shower faucet system, and the floating sink and toilet make this bathroom sleek and clean.

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via Emmas DesignBlogg

3. Exposed plumbing is one of the things that I’m attracted to in this bathroom. The simple oval sconces seem to add an industrial feel to this space.

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via Desire to Inspire

4. Shimmer and shine through the use of glass doors and walls makes this bathroom modern. The hard-edge tub and the simplicity of the stand alone faucet are two of the many elements in this space that make it stand out.

09-MH0509_ALPER_35Chicago residence by Dirk Denison Architects, via Desire to Inspire

5. My favourite feature in this bathroom is actually the window because it reminds me of France. I love the addition of the antique scale and the simple light ball fixture over the sink. It’s a little bit rustic and a whole lot of calm.

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via 79Ideas 

Happy Friday!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Design: Queen’s Human Media Lab

I am so happy to share the news of the Queen’s Human Media Lab designed by Karim Rashid because not only am I happy to shine the spotlight on Queen’s (I did my Master’s there) but I’ve been a fan of Karim Rashid for quite some time and I just love that he did his part to increase the hipness factor at Queen’s. The Human Media Lab’s sleek modern space offer a nice contrast to the traditional stone buildings that make up the¬†majority of the buildings on campus.

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The Human Media Lab is located in Jackson Hall and the almost 2500 square feet space  includes a workspace, office, kitchen and corridor. The space is coming up to its one year anniversary in May. The space was designed by Karim Rashid and his team (including Camila Tariki, Evan McCollough, Kamala Hutauruk, and Juliette Hyunju Lee).

From my perspective (aka the perspective of a professional student), I love that the workspace includes a large meeting room for collaborative tasks, pods for individual work. The curved walls and windows are a stark contrast to the typically linear styles that are in traditional buildings.

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¬†windows at the Human Media Lab, Queen’s University

The Human Media Lab concept, Karim says, “is an open space with work stations that allow a flexible, interactive space where digital and physical can merge to shape and experiment and inspire. The design also allows the offices to close off to afford intense focused work”. Intense focused work – yes!

This space is so futuristic! There’s an interactive display with gesture technology. What does this mean? It means that people use in-air gestures to move objects around the wall-sized display screen. In addition, when people in adjoining cubicles are looking at each other, the translucent glass between them becomes transparent for communication. How does this happen? Two words: eye trackers. Cool!

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¬†Queen’s Human Media Lab, Kingston, Ontario

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The Workspace

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Kitchen

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Office

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Photos courtesy of Jessica P. and Tre C. at Karim Rashid. Many thanks for your help.

 

The Friday Five: Dining Rooms

Just because Family Day is over (an Ontario holiday), it doesn’t mean that family feasts need to end. Any day is a great day to gather around a gorgeous dining table and share a meal with family and friends. While my cooking skills still need to be refined (I’m working on it – trying out some of my mom’s recipes and putting the Gourmet cookbook to work), I do think that food really does have a way of bringing people together. It’s just a major bonus if your dining room is as inviting as the food you’re serving!

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spoonstudiolouvrier2L’Ouvrier restaurant in Toronto, via Desire to Inspire¬†(not a home dining room but still a fabulous and inspiring space)

Kate Horseman’s Vancouver condo, via House & Home

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!