Polygonal space study

THEN-AND-NOW: Montréal restaurant amplifies Japanese vibe FOR THE NEW ISAKAYA KINOYA pub restaurant, the Jean de Lessard — Designers Créatifs design firm chose to explore the orthogonality and the verticality of space. The morphology of the narrow two-story premises located on Bishop Street, in Montreal, Que., lends itself perfectly to it. Principal designer Jean de […]

Setting expectations

Advance planning and site visits help clear the air I recently did a pre-installation walk-through representing two different flooring manufacturers on a hospital project and it was worthwhile for everyone involved. These conversations about how the job goes down help to set expectations for the floor covering team, the owner, architect and/or the general contractor. […]

The service of seeking and deciding: Design?

What is design? A dictionary will advise us that it is related to intention. This may take the form of both material and immaterial aspirations. As an example, I may have designs on my neighbour’s property, in which case I want to acquire it. Or I may have designs for my neighbour’s property, in which […]

Your estate plan

Proactive tool for the future The current global pandemic has brought estate planning considerations to the forefront. Many individuals are worried about their health, family and finances during this time of uncertainty. The urgency to have appropriate estate-planning documents completed is more prevalent now than ever. It is important to be proactive. A well-informed estate […]

Music drives design

Nightclub lifts Montreal neighbourhood USING ONE ART FORM to describe another is a curious business. Design inspiration can come from anywhere, and Montreal, Que.-based architect Patrick Blanchette, turned to playing an electronic dance music track repeatedly to zero in on ideas for the interiors of the new Minéral bar/nightclub in Montreal. The starting point was […]

Trouble shooting

Sometimes it’s more than the flooring As I have done before, I’d like to share photos of some recent flooring installations I visited, and hopefully the problems I saw can help our readers to avoid these types of situations and help their customers avoid them as well. In some cases, troubleshooting goes beyond just the […]

Review or regret

Pay attention to employment contracts MANY EMPLOYERS RELY UPON standard form employment contracts, believing that they are sufficient to meet their specific hiring needs. However, employers should have experienced employment law lawyers regularly review their employment contracts, to ensure that the terms are valid and enforceable. The recent Court of Appeal for Ontario decision, Waksdale […]

Hindsight and foresight

Designers think ahead. Why can’t politicians? I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT foresight, especially as it seems so lacking in these unusual times. And hindsight. They seem to be linked. Hindsight is the parent of foresight, isn’t it? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it is how the philosopher George Santayana put […]

Jenga-style living

Intertwined urban town homes TAKING ITS CUE from the Jenga wooden block game, Toronto, Ont.,-based design and development company Baukultur/ca recently completed the construction of two new-build town homes integrated with sustainability in mind. With 25 feet in width available, according to architect Felix Reicher, it was necessary for the project, called zero79 (after near-zero […]

Acclimation

Important in the summer also! For floor coverers, the way we work in very cold or very warm weather is a detail that is often forgotten and, if not handled correctly, can lead to problems. We hear talk about “acclimation” and most often think of the cold weather months. However, I’ve seen as many, if […]