NEW IN DE­SIGN

OR­GANIC, ORIG­I­NAL AND OB­VI­OUS by Meaghan Clark

NOW Magazine - Toronto Living - - Front Page -

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

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