Archive for ‘Art’

March 14, 2011

Vein by Tanja Soeter

Located in the Amsterdam, Tanja Soeter is one of the trendsetters in the new era of digitally generated consumer products. Soeter finds her inspiration from the simplicity of everyday life and also looks to architecture, typography, colours, words and structures of nature. Tanja’s latest creation, Vein, is a leaf-shaped candle holder that casts an intriguing glow. Please visit Soeter’s website for more examples of her work.

March 9, 2011

Upside Down House

Located in Szymbark, Poland, The Upside Down House is a project by Polish philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski. More than just a tourist attraction, the house is meant to be a statement about the Communist Era. The house attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year, many of which complain of dizziness and mild seasickness after being in the house for only a few minutes. Add one more reason to the list of why I should visit the homeland!

This is not the first nor the last house of its kind. Have a look at a few others around the world here.

March 7, 2011

Andres Verheijen – Flower Engineer

Check out these amazing floral creations by certified Master Florist Andreas Verheijen. Verheijen works as a freelance floral designer in The Netherlands where he was born and raised and returned to after living in Great Britain for over a decade. Verheijin dabbles in many different areas including events, editorial, exhibitions, education and what I find the most interesting – flower engineering. On his website, Andreas describes engineering as

“an ongoing project and is initially about creating flowers and not about arranging them. Apart from being proposals towards new varieties, the engineering series should primarily be seen as a laboratory towards shape, colour and texture in a broader sense than just the flower industry.”




I could look at Verheijin’s website for hours. It is pure eye candy! Ch-ch-check it out!
























March 3, 2011

Mahan Zaeri – Art and Fashion

Mahan Zaeri has been drawing, painting, and creating since before she can even remember and it shows. My favourite pieces, “In Motion”, and “Into the Cosmos” (both sold and not to me… sigh) are just full of bright positive energy just like the artist herself. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mahan and learning a little bit more about what inspires her. Mahan does look to outside influences such as fashion and interior design but it is really all about setting and being in the mood for her. When inspiration sparks, Mahan blasts the XX in her Vancouver apartment/studio and gets to it. Being somewhat of a self proclaimed perfectionist, Mahan reworks her pieces until they feel is just right. And if she doesn’t think something is perfect? Watch that back alley where she has admitted to put some paintings to rest and watched as a lucky someone walked away with them! Look for Zaeri’s work showcased around the city and be sure to check out her website.

Mahan’s latest venture is Lillian Rouge, her spring/summer 2011 clothing line which will be hitting Vancouver stores soon! Zaeri describes her line as ready to wear, transition pieces that most importantly, Mahan would wear herself.

I really look forward to seeing what she will come up with next. Mahan says that she is excited to continue challenging herself, trying new techniques and mediums, and to keep showing us all just how creative she is.

February 23, 2011

Live The Language Videos

Please do yourself a favour today and watch these videos! Commissioned by EF Language-Learning school, these 4 amazing videos definitely have me wanting to fly across the world and soak up some culture and fun! What a great way to use typography. I think Barcelona is my favourite… No Beijing.. I mean London…. Ok, ok, its Barcelona. More at art director Albin Holmqvist’s site.

February 8, 2011

Daisy Tea Strainer by Michael Aram

My friends and family know me oh so well. I was given this GORGEOUS Michael Aram Tea Strainer from my future brother-in-law (oops, does that jinx my future marriage??)

Aram is an American born artist who, now is fully set up in New Delhi where he focuses on old metal working traditions. Each piece is full of life and reflects Aram’s versatility.

Make sure you check out Aram’s website for he has many more creations which a simply candy for the eyes!

February 4, 2011

The Hanger Chair by Philippe Malouin

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The Hanger Chair. I must say this is a pretty clever little design by Montreal born, London based designer Philippe Malouin. Philippe studied industrial design (a man after my own heart) in Montreal. Freelancing for english designer Tom Dixon moved him to London where he now has his own studio to practice a more experimental approach to furniture and interior design.

Please take a moment to look at Philippe’s website (my other favourite is the Dervish Lamp). I first learned about Phillipe on another cool blog called Travails.

February 1, 2011


History lesson: June 13, 1885 – A blaze swallows all of the newly incorporated City of Vancouver in The Great Vancouver Fire. Only 4 short days later buildings began to appear again from the ground up, over $6000 was raised for new fire fighting equipment and a population of 1000 started to rebuild their Vancouver.

Put to practice during the Olympics on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, artist  Isabelle Hayeur wanted to remind us of troubled times past and present with Fire to Fire. The photo above is a still shot of the video installation created with video projectors and blu-ray players. For more stills, please go here.