NEW IN DESIGN
ORGANIC, ORIGINAL AND OBVIOUS by Meaghan Clark
it’s only month two of 2005, and how many of us have forgotten or abandoned our New Year’s resolutions to live better, healthier lives? Speaking of which, is it possible to take organic, safe and healthy products past the kitchen and into the living room? Will it be difficult? Expensive? Time-consuming?
WARM, TASTY TREATS
Loolo Textiles (think “100%,” as in organic, and visually morph it into the name “Loolo”) will do it for you. Accent pillows, blankets and floor cushions that are beautiful, soft and “warm-fuzzy”- inducing (in more ways than one) are coming to Toronto this spring. Imagine a gorgeous watermelon-pink blanket draped over that blank sofa of yours, and imagine how peacefully you’ll sleep knowing it’s made from organic yarns and is completely biodegradable. That’s the double warm-fuzzy factor. “It’s impossible to live 100 per cent sustainably, but we need to take it to a level that makes a difference for each of us and hopefully makes a difference to others as well”, says Joanna Notkin, creator of Loolo Textiles. Notkin recently showed her latest creations at the Interior Design Show held earlier this month, and will soon have her products at various Toronto retailers. New this year will be large floor cushions filled with Saskatchewan-farmed, pesticide-free buckwheat. You can also pick up all her products in three new delectable shades of meringue white, watermelon pink and chocolate brown.
WHAT A DAY FOR A DAYDREAM
You know that feeling you get from lying on your back in soft grass, watching the clouds change their shapes and drift past for what feels like hours on end? There’s a way to bring it home – literally. Bakerygroup, an Ottawa-based studio/workshop, recently presented a new prototype light fixture called Cloud, also at the 2005 Interior Design Show. Best suited for larger, open spaces with tall ceilings (lofts, warehouse spaces), these acrylic-and-plastic fixtures are custom designed, and no two are alike. They’re blown into a mould rather than sculpted, and this unconventional process dictates the final form of each fixture. Other fixtures are also available from Bakerygroup through www.bakerygroup.com.
NOT JUST FOR KIDS
Another exhibitor with something new is Grenville Design, whose bold, colourful wall hangings consist of digitally printed designs on cotton sateen, stretched onto four wooden frames. These large-scale configurations are available in eye-popping designs such as Dots & Poppies, Dragon, Jacobean, Ideal Conditions, Box Cars and Candy. Think of them as portable wallpaper that can be hung side by side horizontally, in the shape of a square, vertically or however fits your space. If you’re game for something on the not-so-subtle side, contact Miriam Grenville directly for more information on how to purchase her work at www.grenvilledesign.com.
BOY, DIRT, CANDY: ONE OF MANY INNOVATIVE NEW WALL HANGINGS FROM GRENVILLE DESIGN