Design

People to Watch

Substance and the best soirées—Blackbook Lifestyle By Pam Dillon Stepping from the bright late-afternoon bustle of downtown Ottawa into the calm cool opulence of Zoé’s Lounge at the Chateau Laurier is an unmistakable step up. A glance around reveals the gleam of chandeliers, the purr and clink of a...

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Ingrained in his soul

For bespoke furniture-maker Thom Lockwood, it’s all about the grain. It’s that satisfying moment — the eureka moment — when a tabletop has been sanded to a satiny smooth finish and then oil is applied.

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Marches to her own beat

Allison Fisher has turned Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health into a beacon of hope By Janet Wilson Photo by Michelle Valberg Imaging Trailblazer, community builder, storyteller. These are just some of the words used to describe Allison Fisher, the much-lauded executive director of Wabano Centre...

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Artful Living

The National Gallery’s Marc Mayer brings  the same intensity to solving a home-renovation problem as he does to lecturing about art By Peter Robb Marc Mayer grew up in a working-class family in Sudbury. His mom, Madeleine, was a legal secretary. His father, Gilbert, a salesman, amateur actor...

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Mad for Modern

Ligne Roset store offers furniture with personality By Janet Wilson Known for its slouchy, ultra-modern sofas, pops  of colour and quirky lighting, France-based  furniture maker, Ligne Roset, has found a new  home in Ottawa. Strong supporters of the top-selling brand, Monika Durczak...

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Design watch

Stay ahead of the style curve with inspiring trends and tips for your home By Henrietta Southam In honour of our country’s sesquicentennial, there is no better time to shine a national spotlight on uniquely Canadian designs and artists. We break down eight trends with a focus on sustainable...

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Personal Reflections

Painter-designer Zoë Pawlak unveils collection of mirrors By Janet Wilson Canadian artist Zoë Pawlak doesn’t just make decorative mirrors.  She offers windows into a person’s soul. A longtime landscape and figurative artist, Pawlak has been branching out into the home decor business and...

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Decidedly modern

Ottawa architect Rod Lahey has built a reputation designing contemporary homes like his own: filled with light, clean lines and plenty of space for an eclectic art collection By Sheila Brady Photography by James Park Rod Lahey is in a reflective mood, musing over a lengthy career that has changed...

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ALL ABOUT KARIM

Ottawa Art Gallery  to host major retrospective on prolific designer By Paul Gessell The Garbo is a trash can. It is perhaps the best-known of the thousands of functional, esthetically-pleasing objects, many with sensuous curves, created by Karim Rashid.he vase-shaped, plastic object is called...

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Marching to her own beat

Ottawa designer and style maven Henrietta Southam finds inspiration from fashion, art and decor By Janet Wilson Taking a sip of a frothy café au lait at the Union Street Kitchen Café, a haunt located near her New Edinburgh home, Henrietta Southam waxes poetic about her budding interest in...

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