Today’s Track – Lauren, Men I Trust

This song has been in constant rotation as I’ve been traveling around Europe this week. A mellow yet slightly uptempo tune that gently reminds me “I can’t stay forever”… Lauren – the single – by Men I Trust, 2016.

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Le Bleury

I’m delighted to have discovered these exquisite works by Montreal designer Elizabeth Laferrière. Elizabeth “creates still and moving images that encompass her poetic, sensitive and spontaneous vision through typography, collage and video.” In this project, she took on the branding and promotional pieces for Bleury, a progressive vinyl bar in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. C’est merveilleux!

Web Le Bleury Biz Card Le Bleury Poster 1 Le Bleury Poster 2 Le Bleury Poster 3 Le Bleury Poster 4 Le Bleury Poster 5 Le Bleury Poster 6 Bleury_affiche_juinjuillet_maq2

Jennifer Graham Ceramics

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I did fairly well shopping-wise during my last trip to Canada, having procured only one foolhardy item (really, when will I ever learn to stop buying shoes that don’t fit? I have taken multiple oaths to that effect, but the sensible notion doesn’t seem to stick). My most prized purchase, though, was a lovely porcelain cup by Toronto-based ceramic artist Jennifer Graham. Using a limited palette and hand built forms, she creates richly textural artifacts with an organic sense of rhythm and contemporary aesthetic.

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In the Zone

Visited a very cute shop in Montreal a couple weeks ago that I thought was share-worthy. Zone is a Québec-based chain of 5 stores that has been selling decorative home accessories since opening their doors in 1980. The vibe is modern-lite (think: Canada’s answer to the UK’s Habitat), with a variety of housewares, furnishings and home accents at quite reasonable prices.

Zone Maison Storefront

Zone Beauty Shot Montreal

Carlos Shower Curtain, $28 CAN
Carlos Shower Curtain, $28 CAN
Carved Vase, $28 CAN
Carved Vase, $28 CAN
Boda Accent Chair, $135 CAN
Boda Accent Chair, $135 CAN
Bird Ottoman, $158 CAN
Bird Ottoman, $158 CAN
Bollywood 4x6 Rug, $210 CAN
Bollywood 4×6 Rug, $210 CAN
Chalet Table Lamp, $65 CAN
Chalet Table Lamp, $65 CAN
Circle Bedding Queen Duvet Set, $228 CAN
Circle Bedding Queen Duvet Set, $228 CAN
Indigo Bowl, $11 CAN
Indigo Bowl, $11 CAN
Clea Set of 4 Placemats, $22 CAN
Clea Set of 4 Placemats, $22 CAN
Filament Pendant Light, $132 CAN
Filament Pendant Light, $132 CAN
Morgan Cushion, $58 CAN
Morgan Cushion, $58 CAN
Tower Set of 3 End Tables, $445 CAN
Tower Set of 3 End Tables, $445 CAN
Indira Table Cloth 60x90, $75
Indira Table Cloth 60×90, $75
Treela Waste Can, $16 CAN
Treela Waste Can, $16 CAN
Macie Cushion, $49 CAN
Macie Cushion, $49 CAN

Today’s Track – Lofticries, Purity Ring

I’m in Montreal and Toronto this week, traipsing through the scene with my colleagues in search of inspiration, while attempting to keep warm and avoid coming into direct contact with snowflakes. This calls for a big dose of Canadian synth-pop, that’s currently on “repeat” endlessly on my iPod. Lofticries by Purity Ring from the album Shrines, 2012.

Purity Ring Shrines

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