Skull Design for Halloween

m2jl studio publication Ottawa Citizen

It's been so busy I haven't got time to update this blog as much as I would like to. Not to worry, I have tons of things to write about. I might have to shorten the posts though. (All in due time). In any case, one of the reasons I've been MIA is that I started to write for the Homes section of the Ottawa Citizen a couple months ago, which is really neat. Above is a scan of the latest article I wrote. Check out the Homes Section of the Saturday, October 30, 2010 edition. There's also a great article from Sheila Brady about a really neat modern home from local architect Andrew Reeves.


The William : Neat Cooktop Concept!


Creating a Warm All White Kitchen

For the Audrey Kitchen, I was asked by my clients to come up with ideas to help them see how they could modernize their eat-in kitchen. One of their artwork inspired me to create an all white concept as shown on this inspiration board.
modern white kitchen minimalist inspiration board IKEA

Avsikt frosted glass and aluminum wall cabinets (1. IKEA) and Abstrakt base cabinets in high gloss white (7. IKEA) would help keep things light and a nice warm porcelain tile floor (12.Sarana Tile) would add a subtle contrast. For the countertop, a Blanco Maple quartz (10. Silestone) would also warm up the space and Erin Adam's large offset mosaic tile (11. Ann Sack) would add great texture. The sleek Purist Primary Pullout Kitchen Faucet (3. Kohler) would be a perfect complement to their stainless steel appliances and an almost invisible fan, the Glide under cabinet (9. Elica Aria Nuova), wouldn't distract from the cabinets.

The bar would be lighted by Naple pendant lamps (2. Zone Maison) and Bertoia barstools would provide great seating without blocking the view. For the table I would use a round Saarinen dining table (4. Knoll) with the translucent Tobias chairs (5. IKEA) under the really neat Ten Tales pendant lamp (8. Nuevo)

oak poster typography map manhattan, toronto vancouver, great lakes

Something as simple as a map can inspire the design concept for a space. My clients has a really neat typography poster of Manhattan. I believe it's an Ork Poster. I really like its simplicity and cleverness and think it would look really nice in a warm white kitchen. There's also enough space to add a couple more of these posters. Unfortunately, there are only two Canadian cities available right now: Toronto and Vancouver. It would be neat to have a couple more for cities such as Montreal and Ottawa.

source: IKEA | Sarana Tile | Silestone | Ann Sack | Kohler | Elica | Zone Maison | Knoll | Nuevo