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 […]

Creating beauty

It’s still in style in a brutal world Some people desire to create beauty. It’s as simple as that. Not only do they want to have beauty in their lives, they feel that they can create it, edifying both themselves and others. This seems to be something embedded in our human nature, unequally distributed in […]

Tracking beneficial owners

New record-keeping requirements In case you missed it, you may be surprised to find out that the Canada Business Corporation Act (the “CBCA”) has recently been amended on a couple of occasions to introduce new record-keeping requirements. As part of the global movement to enhance beneficial ownership transparency in an effort to curb money laundering […]

The Joy of Design

My take on the ultimate how-to manual Lately, I’ve found myself busy being a designer. It seems that I should describe this as working, but it actually feels more like playing. That might be more accurate, as there isn’t likely to be any remuneration downstream, but it’s still essentially the same activity that paid my […]

Contracts and Covid-19

Understand obligations during pandemic disruption As Covid-19 continues its rapid spread throughout the globe, it brings with it unprecedented disruption to every aspect of our lives, both personal and business. While our health, undoubtedly, remains our number one priority, Covid- 19 is also bringing about momentous interruption to our businesses. Government restrictions, travel restrictions, cancellations, […]