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Copenhagen 2015

Mar 13, 2015

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Downtown Copenhagen

 

This past month I was lucky enough to visit a few colleagues over in Denmark and spend some time experiencing the culture, landscape and total buzz for design. I was smitten; the colours of the buildings, the patterns in the streets, the happy people. I always had high expectations for Denmark but it met and exceeded every one of them and I truly can’t wait to go back.

 

One of my colleagues took me through downtown which was flooded with cafes, local fashion and quaint design shops. We could’ve spent days browsing in this one area. We climbed The Round Tower, built in the 17th century, to gain the best view of the area and on the way up we stopped into the Library Hall which was exhibiting a collection of artwork from various artists – photographers, painters, graphic designers, textile designers, architects, poets, musicians, etc.. Below are a few photos I snapped, along with an excerpt from author and composer, Benedicte Nordin, who curated the exhibit The Game of Masks.

 

The Round Tower

 

The Game of Masks 

Or did you see the leaves of sage

Turn into wings against the sun of springtime

And fly away like butterflies

Like owls –

Or maybe like an angel –“

(From “Déguisements”. Benedicte Nordin. 2013)

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“As human beings, being the directors of our lives, we experience moments of happiness forgetting ourselves. Working with understanding and being understood, with sharpening expression and impression. Blood seeping from our nails, we insist. We insist. And we forget ourselves. Trying to capture the translucent moment of transformation, the nano-second where the statement, the music, the poem, the picture rip off there masks. For a long time having been in the process of being replayed to a state of frenzy, deleted, rewritten, tumbled, seemingly immovable. In the blink of an eye we become time-travellers on the little miracle ship of revelation moving from one state of being to another. Smoothly.”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“It’s as simple as it’s complicated. No more disguises. The masks have fallen. The last piece of the puzzle has been put into place. But what happens now? A little angel from chaos passes by and in a jiffy turns the box upside-down. Think again!”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“Off we go. Solving new riddles. Looking for the perfect. Once more, we must go out there meeting the mirrors. Once more we are participating in the game of the masks and its jolly, irresistible dangerous game. Do we know each other? Do we know ourselves? Is the man the mask? Is the mask the man? We know so little about each other. And we know so little about ourselves.”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“The World is a Stage. True. A stage with innumerable possibilities.

Scary and redeeming.

Like the mask.

Copenhagen the 5. of December 2014.”

Benedicte Nordin.

 

View from The Round Tower

 

Rose Coloured World

Feb 27, 2015

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A lot of my time is spent roaming the Asia-Pacific region visiting quite a few countries and spending time with the talented individuals that construct many of our Casegoods and Accessory products. Aside from visiting all of my friends and overseas colleagues, I am the most excited when I have the chance to visit our ceramics supplier in Indonesia.

 

Ceramics are tricky to produce. Any small cracks or air bubbles in any one piece can wreak havoc (and cause a mini explosion!) when a large batch is fired. To help check for these imperfections the team we work with produces all of their pieces in shades of pink to highlight these potential imperfections. When speaking with the production manager he mentioned that as soon as they started leaving these pieces pink morale went up and productivity soon followed.

 

It’s hard to say for sure if this delicate hue was the sole cause of these heightened spirits but visiting this place it’s hard to see how it wouldn’t brighten anyone’s day. If Prada‘s f/w 15 collection is any indication –  all us girls might soon be traipsing around in two piece pink suits. I can’t wait.

 

Until then – here are some photo’s from my visit with our supplier earlier this month.

 

 

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Chinese Nap Culture

Sep 29, 2014

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This September was my first trip to China. While I saw and did many fascinating things, including the Shanghai Furniture Fair, one of my takeaways from the whole experience was the Chinese people’s impressive ability to nap. Anywhere. On more than one occasion, my afternoon meetings revolved around waiting for people to finish their naps before we could discuss business.

 

For whatever reason, it had never occurred to me that napping was such a crucial part of the day. So I started looking into it and the amount of content I found on this topic was incredible. Supposedly during the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party would force their employees to take naps every afternoon. The amount of research showing positive results after 20-30 minutes of rest post-lunch had me convinced. This brief period allows our brains to recharge and for those of us in creative roles, that is particularly important.

 

As mentioned, I attended the Shanghai Furniture Fair. We walked through hall after hall of chairs, tables, lighting, sofas, etc.. However, one of the times I found myself most comfortable was in the hall of office chairs. They have specifically designed office chairs to support this nap culture. They have not only an ergonomic back and seat which we’re used to in North America, but the most ergonomic neck and head supports with padded extenders which come out from under the seat to put your feet up. We laughed but this was like the Rolls-Royce of office chairs for the Chinese people.

 

Among all my research, I found a website (http://www.sleepingchinese.com/) which is simply a collection of photographs taken in Shanghai by a German photographer. Enjoy!

 

Catching some z’s at a playground in Shanghai (photo: http://www.sleepingchinese.com/)

Catching some z’s at a playground in Shanghai (photo: http://www.sleepingchinese.com/)

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