Archive for April, 2016

19th Century Bordeaux home

By iadmag

A 19th-century home in Bordeaux acquired a new modern spirit when it was remade for the contemporary needs of a family of seven.

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Neighbourhood Guide: Rosedale, Toronto

By SIRC

Rosedale is a refined, established enclave with fine gourmet shops, manicured public spaces, and stylish boutiques. Located midtown, the neighbourhood is bordered by Yonge Street on the west and Bayview Avenue on the east, the leafy Rosedale Valley Road to the south, and the railway tracks to the north. Here you’ll find a mix of young professionals pushing their offspring in strollers and established families who’ve set their roots in the community for the past few decades.

Places to Shop

WANT Apothecary

Photo: Ben Rahn, courtesy of WANT Apothecary

Source: Neighbourhood Guide: Rosedale, Toronto

Design News: a shape-shifting yacht, a traditional upholstery technique gets an upgrade

By iadmag

Studio Dafi Reis Doron has taken a traditional upholstery technique called capitonnage and upgraded it in this lounge sofa entitled Lignes de Capiton. [Design Milk]

The Evo 43 yacht features a shape-shifting design with a cockpit that transforms through a smartphone. The deck space expands to an impressive 270 square feet and the cockpit includes lounge chairs a platform that takes passengers from the dock into the boat. [Architectural Digest]

Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Manchester was recently opened by Lord Foster and the Duchess of Cornwall. This cancer retreat is meant to provide a home away …read more

Source: Design News: a shape-shifting yacht, a traditional upholstery technique gets an upgrade

The 10 Essential Parts of an Effective Real Estate Listing

By SIRC

There’s an art to producing an effective real estate listing, and it consists of various parts. These parts work together to attract qualified buyers, demonstrate transparency and professionalism, and show the home in the best possible light. It’s truly a holistic approach. Use these 10 must-have elements as a checklist to ensure your listing is working most effectively for you:

Building Name

For a condo or apartment building, include the building’s name if it has one. That’s especially important for a prestigious building, where name recognition is a selling point. It will also help people searching online to …read more

Source: The 10 Essential Parts of an Effective Real Estate Listing

Toronto architect Paul Raff’s contemporary sun-lit home

By iadmag

As cities’ housing stocks age, what type of architecture will replace homes that just don’t merit a major renovation to make them efficient and comfortable by today’s standards? With its flat-pack geometry and sleek finishes, this midtown Toronto house offers one unconventional answer. A coherent, cost-effective example of contemporary urban housing, it demonstrates the latest building technologies and modern lines, while expressing enough familiar qualities to fit its traditional community.

Built on a 25-foot-wide lot in a gable-roofed, red-brick neighbourhood, the house replaces a century-old home that was dark and leaky beyond what the new owners considered reasonable repair. Incorporating standardized …read more

Source: Toronto architect Paul Raff’s contemporary sun-lit home

Copenhagen’s waterfront cradled by The Crystal

By iadmag

The Crystal, a free-standing addition to the Nykredit financial services building in a waterfront area of Copenhagen, appears as a transparent geometric form that rests on a single point and a single line and otherwise “floats” above the ground. Designed by architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the structure is supported with a rhomboidal framework just inside the façade that obviates the need for pillars.

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Dream Homes: Five Beautiful Eco-Friendly Residences

By SIRC

From construction and materials to everyday energy use, homes can have a significant impact on the environment. Increasingly, homeowners are opting for features that help reduce their ecological footprint. These five eco-friendly properties across Canada prove that you can find a home as sustainable as it is beautiful.

Cherryvale Farm, Prince Edward County, ON

Dream Homes: Cherryvale Farm, Prince Edward County, ON

By Lindsay Vermeulen

In Prince Edward County in Ontario is Cherryvale Farm. Spanning 146 acres, the property has the potential for a variety of uses, including a hobby farm, vineyard, relaxing corporate …read more

Source: Dream Homes: Five Beautiful Eco-Friendly Residences

Design News: Angela Sum’s structural bags, D&G fridges and a smart table

By iadmag

Project Runway alumni Angela Sum launched a collection of timeless fashion pieces that are functional and surprising. The collection, āsum, features draped bags constructed from linen and leather, mimicking sculptural elements and inspired by the freedom prevalent in the dream world. [Design Milk]

Museum of Modern Art has announced it’s closing its architecture and design galleries for renovations. Led by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the spaces will be restructured into two galleries. [Dezeen]

Dolce & Gabbana have collaborated with smeg to craft a limited edition series of 100 refrigerators. In celebration of Sicilian culture, …read more

Source: Design News: Angela Sum’s structural bags, D&G fridges and a smart table

The World’s Most Liveable Cities: Vancouver, British Columbia

By SIRC

Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities, most recently placing third on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveable cities list. The Greater Vancouver area has a population of about 2.3 million, making it Canada’s third largest city. So what makes Vancouver such an attractive place to live? There are a variety of contributing factors, including plenty of outdoor activities, the ease in getting around, and a thriving creative scene.

A few of Vancouver’s popular neighbourhoods include: