Design for Zen and now

Restaurant conversion space promotes good health A RESTAURANT SPACE in Montreal, Que., has been converted to foster refreshed bodies and peaceful minds. Design agency ISSADESIGN was mandated to develop the Evolution Wellness Centre in a decades-old, non-descript building in the Nun’s Island neighbourhood to accommodate a yoga studio and physiotherapy clinic. According to Marie Eve […]

Revisiting a popular format: Installation Q&A

It has been over a year since I did a Q and A column, and the questions keep coming. So, here are some recent ones that I’ve been asked, or are based on situations that I have run into. Q: What problems do you see most often in “click” floating floors? A: This category continues […]

Dining with saints

Ostentatiously humble dinner partners Recently, I was having dinner with a colleague in Sweden, and our conversation turned to dinner companions. I like having dinner with people who make things, and, as it turned out, so did she. We agreed that we actually prefer it. There is something about these kind of people that we […]

Social media

A new workplace policy to enforce Social media has had a profound impact on our lives and that impact has extended beyond our personal lives and into the workplace. Just a few years ago, social media was considered a leisure activity and distraction to be avoided at work. Today, organizations use social media to further […]

Installation communication

Setting realistic expectations can help installation teams For all of my 41 years in this industry, there has been deep concern for the shortage of qualified installers, and the situation is more serious now than ever. Retailers are frustrated by slipshod installation jobs, or we have customers feeling the floor covering they purchased is not […]

Secret recordings

Proactive workplace policies make sense The proliferation of mobile devices and related technologies has made it easier and more common for people to surreptitiously record private conversations. Even in the workplace, recording conversations is on the rise; people are frequently slipping their smartphones into their pocket and turning on their recording apps before the start […]

Low tech country living

Eastern Townships house fits landscape THE HATLEY HOUSE NEAR MAGOG, Que., sits up a dirt road out in the country amongst rolling hills, its high-pitched gables so typical of the area displayed proudly. The architecture firms Pelletier de Fontenay and François Abbott Architecture, both of Montreal, collaborated on the three-winged house. According to Yves de […]

Hand-me-down

Design solutions don’t come from a shelf “She’s long, she’s tall, she’s six feet from the ground, She’s tailor made, lord she ain’t no hand-me-down” … from Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 4 We usually now use the term hand-me-down when we are referring to something that has been used and is now being recycled, like children’s […]

School with a view

St. Lawrence River provides backdrop METIS BEACH INTERMEDIATE school in small town Métis-sur- Mer, Que., serves approximately 90 English-speaking children from Matanie, Mitis, Matapedia and Rimouski Regional county municipality. Established in 1829 on the south side of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, the school setting provides spectacular views of the water and nearby […]

Waterproof floors

Don’t oversell and don’t under-test I was planning a writing evening after work and thinking about my column that would address some issues related to concrete moisture concerns in floor coverings. Coincidentally, I started my day on a conference call with several people from my company. As we were reviewing a variety of flooring products […]