Design

New ways of seeing.

What was once a fishing camp, situated at the confluence of the Metis and the St. Lawrence rivers in Quebec, is now home to one of Canada’s most imaginative gardens. In 1926, Elsie Reford began converting an estate left to her by her uncle George Stephen, the founder and first president of Canadian Pacific Railway.

Portfolio of design.

The utter abstractness of a Mark Rothko canvas or the shocking sparseness of a Donald Judd installation may seem like odd inspiration for a modular kitchen system. Minimalist art, after all, is by its very nature impractical. Our cook spaces, on the other hand, have to perform a multitude of hard, fast, and often messy functions.

Walk the globe.

Cross continents in a few strides with rugs from Four O Nine, an architecture and design company co-founded by Andrei Zerebecky and Lukasz Kos.

Colour therapy.

Gone are the days where the only options for your shower were on and off. While a necessity, showers often become perfunctory. The Aquabrass Cura shower system, however—available at Ciot—makes daily cleansing a luxury.

Summer heat.

Balmy summer nights conjure up images of bonfires by the beach, s’mores aplenty, and camping trips, with stories told around a roaring fire. Toronto-based company Paloform brings these activities home with its modern fire pits for the backyard.

Patio season.

With another season of alfresco dining upon us, promises of picnicking, barbecuing, and entertaining over a cocktail on a choice patio await. As such, this is the ideal time to revamp your outdoor living space and ensure all is in order for hosting throughout the summer months.

The Haas Brothers' "Beast" collection.

At 29, Los Angeles–based Nikolai and Simon Haas (fraternal twins) have made their shared name by doing custom creative construction. Their “Beast” series is on display at Design Miami until June 22, 2014.

Kiln envy.

The original mid-century modern pottery house, Heath Ceramics, hasn’t strayed far from its roots over the past 66 years.

Big ideas.

Bjarke Ingels, with his reputation for challenging the traditional conventions of architecture, is set to make his mark on Canadian soil.