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Richard Gray, Christopher Shannon, Decoy (UK), 2013. Courtesy Richard Gray If you're into fashion illustration, you'll love the newest book on the subject from Thames and Hudson. Menswear Illustration, by Richard Kilroy, is the first up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary menswear... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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British heritage brand Aquascutum returned to London Collections: Men under the creative direction of Nick Ashley, and as expected the clothes were smart and gorgeous. The youthful jackets and coats were the standout pieces with their refined tailoring in casual... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Each of the 45 bedrooms at the Kings Head comes with its own unique period and architectural features There are hotels that make for a nice stay during your city break, and then there are hotels that are a wonderful... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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A small, midcentury workshop in Montreal's Mile-Ex district has been given a new life as a stunning contemporary home to a designer, his two boys and their dog. The conversion is a project by Atelier Moderno who recomposed the modest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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The first Men's International Woolmark Prize judging presentation was a different backstage experience, in that there was not just one look being styled for the hair. Five finalists were selected from 60 designers from 21 countries, and so each had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Emmanuelle Moureaux's fourth building for Sugamo Shinkin must be the happiest bank on earth. The French architect is known for her vibrant colour palette and this time it's reflected in the cubes - some housing plants and trees - that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Meet The Kopparberg, the coolest holiday sweater I've seen. It has a festive flair without the kitsch and its graphic Scandinavian design makes it one you actually want to wear outside of Christmas parties. I got mine in December and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Che Guevera. Nothing looks odd here, actually. Israeli illustrator Amit Shimoni created his series, HIPSTORY to get us to reflect upon our leaders, our society and ourselves. Reenvisioning political icons such as Vladimir Lenin and Winston Churchill as hipsters elicits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I've been pretty reliant on night treatments for the past couple of years; they offer the hope that when you wake up and look at your morning face in the mirror you'll be delighted rather than horrified. I was between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Happy 2015! I don't know about you, but I am glad to leave 2014 behind and am looking forward to a fresh start. One that hopefully includes a new kitchen that is not just siting in boxes in my old... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Ladurée will always be the go-to for Marie Antoinette-inspired pastries, books, decor and for a while now, cosmetics. No matter how minimalist-leaning I've become, all it takes is a visit to their magical website, or one of their boutiques or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Montreal just became an even cooler place to visit. Until February 1, 2015, locals and visitors can view and be a part of two new installations, Prismatica by RAW Design and Fascinoscope by Lüz Studio, selected by the juries of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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My Christmas wishes to you come in the form of a very charming film depicting the Christmas traditions of one of my most favourite countries, Sweden, as they were practised in 1940. It appears to be American produced, complete with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Nikon F. Nikon Corporation, 1959 You can learn a lot about a culture by observing the objects it produces, and that is the point of the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, running until January 18 at Centre de design de... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Who knew Bjork was a star before the Sugar Cubes? Our favourite Icelandic singer appeared on TV in her native country at age 11 to perform a reading of the nativity story, and the video has been recently rebroadcast by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Colour plays a role in creating a relaxing bedroom; however a harmony of warm tones and textures can have a soothing effect at bedtime. By 180 Degrees. Photo from Houzz A survey of 2,000 UK adults revealed that the bedroom... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I was invited to have a peak at Habitat's SS15 collection and now I can share it with you! I'm always excited to see what new things Habitat has created to freshen up our decor each season. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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This living room design allows for an easy transition from season to season. By Brad Ford ID As the seasons come and go, our decorating needs change to reflect the time of year. In the summer we want our home... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Photo credit: Alain Denis Photography Plasticase, the Montreal-based company that makes specialised plastic cases for industry such as medical, electronics, tools, military and law enforcement, has now collaborated with Météore Design to create the Nanuknano to offer a hard-wearing, protective... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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My Sunday mini brunch: Free-range egg fried in organic coconut oil, topped with brie on a BFree Multiseed Bagel and served with sliced mango. I eat meat and eggs, and as far as I know, I don't have any major... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Wallpaper in Tessella BP 3604; woodwork painted in Great White, estate eggshell; table painted in Dayroom Yellow, estate eggshell Now here's a good excuse to talk about Farrow & Ball. Ramacieri Soligo, a leader in Montreal’s ceramics industry, has introduced... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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This year I've decided to put together some holiday gift recommendations that are genuine, personal favourites of mine. It's a way to support the individuals and companies - many of them independents - who make truly great products that also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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For the past six weeks, one side of our kitchen has been barricaded nearly to the ceiling with boxes of appliances, cabinets and cabinet carcasses, and it will be that way until the new year at least. It's a long... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I admit, I have never really been on top of the full-on body beauty routine. My focus in the shower is making sure my hair is fully conditioned before getting out, and I tend to just forget the extras like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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If you're looking for a way to make a difference this holiday season, you may want to consider this #WinterWarmer campaign from Casserole Club, a meal-sharing project that puts you in touch with an older neighbour who you can bring... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL