What Design turns YOU on?

You have landed on this page either because you subscribe to my blog, you’ve been directed here by Twitter or Facebook, someone forwarded you the link, or you were surfing and got beached here by accident.  Whatever the reason, first let me say, “Hi, happy to be connecting with you.”  Second, your visit is especially welcome because this particular blog is about  you, specifically, your interest in design.

Here’s the situation:  I am going away for a week to help run a three-day conference in Mont Tremblant.  It is a lot of work, but incredibly rewarding in that it involves many of the things I love: people, rooms, ideas, and design (more about the conference in future blogs).  But, while I am away I am asking for your input.  

If you are like me, and millions of others, every day you see design objects, decor, storefronts, graphics, commercials, or art that blows your mind.  Or, at the very least, it makes you do a double take.  Well, what I’m asking you to do is send me an image (just one!) of something that really spoke to you this week design-wise.  And, design as we all know, isn’t limited to what goes in a living room or on a business card.  It’s literally everywhere!  Whatever reaches me by Monday the 19th of September will be considered for inclusion.  Sound like a plan?

Here, for example, are my own examples of the week:

Two clients sent me ‘inspiration blogs” to help me understand their design sense and passion.

1.  Website one:  Crystal sent me this one:

Click on the image and be inspired, but not only by the beautiful designed spaces, but also the stunning website.

2. Website 2:  Another client, Robyn,  sent me a beautiful site named “You are the river”. (click on it – see for yourself)

It’s a very simple site created by a woman who blogs and posts about things that strike her as beautiful.  She has wonderful taste and there is little on this site that didn’t impress me.  The pic above features Patrick Townsend’s Orbit chandelier light which, as it happens, I placed in another client’s dining room and which I intend to include in my new kitchen.

3.  Postage!

Have you seen Canada’s new Signs of the Zodiac stamps?  Anything other than the queen’s gracefully aging head or another representation of our world-famous fauna would, of course, constitute an improvement, but these are especially delightful.  Apparently there is a bit of controversy around these…folks complaining they are ugly and stupid.  Just shows to go you, as we used to say.

While we’re on the topic of the nation’s mail system, I am also fond of their newly designed Boxes:  cleverly designed using postal codes, from top to bottom!  Serendipitous moments like this on my travels though town put a smile on my face.

4.  Artist Deerheads made out of wool

My pal next door Stephanie sent me a link this morning through twitter to this fantastic artist:


Rachel Denny  Antler Buck, 2008, Wool, thread, antler, polyurethane foam, wood, 34″ x 26″ x 22″

5:  Fashion + Text:  

Finally, my friend Thaddeus suggested I purchase the Alexander McQueen catalogue that accompanies the show at the MET “Savage Beauty.”  According to him, the exhibit’s in the top 10 shows that changed his life…and he’s seen his fair share of shows!  As he suggested I ordered the book.  Our ‘on-line’ source says it was shipped today.  I look forward to sharing my feedback with you once I have the book.  My friend Craig went to visit the show and attempted to shoot a pic for me, and posted it on facebook and as delighted as I am with the attempt, I need to see the book!

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010). Dress, autumn/winter 2010–11. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Alexander McQueen (British, 1969–2010) Dress The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10 Black duck feathers Courtesy of Alexander McQueen Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen “Spine” Corset Untitled, spring/summer 1998 Aluminum and black leather Courtesy of Shaun Leane Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

 So, please email me ([email protected] ) your image,  your link or your photograph, whatever it is… I’ll compile them all into an article and I’ll share your ideas in an upcoming blog!  

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