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THE CENTRE OF THE ACTION: One Bloor condo project at the heart of Toronto’s urban vibe

The right location can make a property highly sought after. That explains why the units in One Bloor, a condominium project under construction at Toronto’s ground-zero location of Bloor and Yonge Sts., is selling fast. “It’s one of the most significant sites in the city,” says Christopher Wein, president of Great Gulf Residential, the company building the 76-storey building.

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Get on the bus for Circuit Index-Design Montreal

Aimed primarily at design-industry professionals, the idea is to celebrate design in a relaxed setting, the event features many presentation and networking opportunities. “It will also be a great opportunity to discuss ideas and, of course, get as ense of the vast range of excellent products available in Quebec,” says Cindy Couture, Index-Design’s editorial and brand director.

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The PACKPLAY exhibition at UQAM Centre de Design

          MONTREAL — Goodbye to packaging that is bulky, superfluous, non-recyclable, illegible, and unopenable. PACKPLAY at the UQAM Centre de Design celebrates user-centred packaging. Organized by UQAM School of Design Professor Sylvain Allard, this exhibition offers an approach to packaging that puts users and their needs at the centre of the design process.  At the intersection of graphic design, environmental design and industrial design, successful packaging design must take six facets of user needs into account. It must be responsible, practical, functional, seductive, informative and dynamic. PACKPLAY presents the best projects from universities studying and teaching this approach to packaging design...

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Trend Talk: Texture in upholstery, drapes and cushions

          One easy way to liven up any decor is with pattern and texture in wallpaper and fabrics for upholstery, drapes or cushions. The classic combination, of course, is a solid-colour furniture piece with patterned fabric on cushions or accent chairs. Over the past few years, there has also been a tendency to incorporate strong, bold colours into rooms (think neons, bursts of yellows and oranges), but now they’re getting softer in tone. As for patterns, what the experts are predicting in 2015 is florals, metallic accents, geometric shapes and mosaics. There are still big, statement-making designs, of course, they’re...

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Montreal Fashion Week

Festival Mode & Design is taking over the heart of downtown Montreal this week, showcasing and celebrating the work of designers, tastemakers and up-and-coming creators. Activities include fashion shows, live creative sessions, design showcasing and musical performances. The full schedule of events is enough to make any fashionista or design enthusiast flock to the nearly 50 shows, and Groupe Sensation Mode — the organizing and production force behind the fashion — is anticipating over half a million visitors this year, making it the biggest fashion fest its kind in North America. It will be held at Place des Festivals from Aug. 20 to 23. To start...

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Collections We Love: Prandina

      Iluce Concepts lighting + design is thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian supplier of a fabulous lighting collection by Prandina, Italy. The Prandina creative philosophy has a criteria of simplicity and formal precision, functionality and lasting quality, that have enabled the brand to gain a recognized position in the international market. This collection works as a great balance to any interior, but is especially perfect for commercial and hospitality spaces. All of the designs are available in various color finishes of the glass.   Follow @iluceconcepts for all the latest lighting design trends on Twitter....

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This Weekend: Taste of Toronto

    The inaugural edition of the Taste of Toronto food festival is happening now at Fort York. Featuring celebrated chefs, rising stars, tasting menus, courses and restaurants, Taste is all about cooking, loving — and, of course eating — the best of what Toronto’s culinary scene has to offer. While the Taste festivals started in London 11 years ago and has grown into 22 cities around the world, Toronto was the first Canadian destination to adopt the foodie goodness. The restaurant-focused event show off Toronto’s diverse eating scene  to the anticipated 20,000 foodies that flock to it. Starting the Canadian Taste fest...

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Mirror Mirror, from Vintage

    Coming exclusively to Canada through Iluce Concepts lighting + design, these beautiful hand-crafted mirrors from Vintage are sure to make you want to look twice.   The San Giorgio (first slider) offers a balance of fused traditional and futuristic design elements. Featuring both natural and black mirror, it features bevelled edges, acid-etched detailing and diamond-cut inlays. Saint George, the knight himself, is also given tribute on the upper shield— an iconic tradition widespread in Venice, where this piece is sourced. The Accademia (second slider) was manufactured on the island of Murano — the traditional capital of Venetian glass craftsmanship. Boasting detailed trims, bevelled...

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Secret Garden

  It used to be that the front of the house was where the action was, where people sat on their porches or verandas or stoops and greeted the world as it passed by. Then we all migrated to the backyard, which is still the prime outdoor space of a home — except at this triplex in Outremont. Here, the front yard is perforce where it all happens, because the backyard is not much more than a parking pad…   For the full text and photo gallery, get your copy of MontrealHOME Magazine today or subscribe now. ...

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