Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Chapter 1 - Predictions 2020
Come to the show! Sunday, January 19 at the beautiful and historic, best part of Toronto - the New Toronto - the Assembly Hall. The building is accessible and features great amenities. Will have hot coffee and Costco muffins [because they are the best deal]. I will do a lot of the talking, but I aim to have a discussion too. SO if you got questions - come on in!
The Assembly Hall is a beautiful location, historic location, right by the lake, absolutely stunning hikes, strolls and walks. You can ride the TTC new Red Rockets all the way practically to the front door.... that how easy and convenient it is. If you drive, that's ok too - I know the commute is the only option sometimes - PLENTY of street parking on Lakeshore [check if paying required, may not be].
Peak Furnshinings is directly tied to all these ideas:
Which way is Design going?
What are good SKILLS to have?
What does PEAK Furnishings mean for me?
What is the future of work looking like?
How did Canada won the CLIMATE CHANGE lottery AND how we can CAPITALIZE on it?
All these questions present opportunities for growth. All these questions come with certain subset of skills that are needed.
Lots and lots to talk about.....! Do Come!
Sunday, November 17, 2019
[picture shows 2 shallow SEKTION boxes joined together; both boxes feature VEDDINGE doors; two custom side panel clad in a vintage Italian laminate - DIAFOS - cover the sides and mimic two legs in a victorian style; please note that the piece is still missing the top cover]
[picture shows 2 examples of Peak Furnishings phenomenon - 2 floating credenzas based on the SEKTION box clad with custom side panels; credenza in the background features dark brown SEKTION boxes with green BODBYN doors and gold metallic sides and top; credenza in the foreground is made up of 2 white SEKTION boxes with white VEDDINGE doors and pale, sea-foam green side panels; both credenzas have fake legs in the Victorian style]
Chapter 1 - Can you see the potential of this concept?
Look - same box system, SEKTION - but a completely different look and vibe. Yes, I am reusing the form for the legs - but that is beacuse I just love that shape! I think it works amazing with lots of box sizes - as demonstrated.
I mean, I - or YOU! - can take that box and make it look like anything I want. The sizing of the boxes is absolutely stunning. The selection of doors is incredible - all installed according to instructions and come with a 25 year WARRANTY - advantage you! This is the portion where you save money.
Next step is where you blow your budget - how do you make it look like a million dollars.......?
You hire me! hahahaha!
Nah just kidding, I am quite affordable, and remember - bulkiest parts of the project is where the savings come out of.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sometimes in this line of work - Design - you have to exhibit 'professional spontaneity'. Sometimes you have to be able to go with your gut feeling that tells you that 'THIS IS IT' - if you miss this, it will never happen again.
I occasionally stumble upon people and things that really captivate me - there is a range of certain attractive qualities. Of people I take note, and usually check out their websites, follow their social media, attend their shows, etc. Materials I buy - I think it is a sign of experience if you are able to see just the material and given it's qualities and presentation give it a form and a function - because that is precisely what furniture design is.
I remember the first time I was captured by ABET Laminatti products - they specialize in surfaces. Italian and still made in Italy, their products have been used by greatest names in furniture design and are emblematic of certain movements - if you see it, you know it. So it was with particular delight that I received a call from Hernan, who recently told me - 'Karol, I've moved up in the company, just so you know,' because I always call in and ask for him directly, anyways, he is always on the look-out for something special and out of the ordinary. He calls me up and says that I got to come down and see it for myself and excited I went.
What I saw just blew my socks away! - A rare, famous last pressings! This stuff doesn't exist anywhere except on recently auctioned off POSTMODERN pieces by the likes of Sottsass and the rest of the Memphis gang. I grabbed everything that Hernan had - in my opinion, from a design standpoint, as a furniture maker - these sheets were priceless. It was the last chance to do anything with them - be creative, make with with them, maybe re-interpret something! Absolutely limitless.
Those green IKEA BODBYN doors triggered it all - it just went so well with the gold. It is kinda of an interesting HIGH-low combination - Ikea SEKTION boxes are the cheapest as boxes go - still great quality! The sides and top are as extravagant as you can get - a combination of hard to do curves [labour- $$$] with precious, hard-to-work with materials. The design feels so rich, but the functional core of it is so common and accessible.
I named this piece 'Queen Meghan' - yes, after that Meghan. Apparently, the wife of prince Harry experiences quite a bit of bullying from the British public because: a] she's a divorcee, b] she is an American c] she is a woman of colour. I also read an opinion that '6 immediate members of the Royal Family have to die for her to become the Queen,' and that was the only reason why Harry was allowed to marry her. You know what I say, as a Canadian and still under the rule of monarchy?' GOOD! I cannot wait for her to become the queen - there I said it.
[To be continued]
Friday, September 20, 2019
Picture shows a wall mounted vertical storage, attached to a horizontal floating credenza. The boxes, SEKTION, feature white VEDDINGE doors. All exposed surfaces are clad in panels - some are white Forbatra, some are HAMMARP, solid white oak slabs. Floating shelf was fabricated from the offcut leftover from cladding - optimized usage of material. There is a single puck light OMLOPP paired up with a digital remote control - system was designed to be expandable, with new lights installed with ease, if wanted. The design features a single drawer face, however there is an additional hidden MAXIMERA drawer behind the visible drawer face.
CHapter 1 - Colour Lights Cabinetry - it WORKS!
Firstly it works because it is CHEAPer - that's right, the cost is ALWAYS the main driver. I go to these fancy multi-million dollar homes and of course I know EXACTLY the reason why I am there - they want a good price on their cabinetry. The challenge is always how to put it nicely together. If I can create a design for you and set you up for success than you can do stuff like this yourself - SAVE MONEY.
Or I will design it in a way that offers great flexibility - any additional work can easily be done by the owner - new options and new fittings come out all the time. Your design, your built-in is never static - it's flexible - that is one of my absolutely favourite aspect of IKEA Hacking - you can get every part of your project from IKEA.
Ok, so that was cost and DIY accessibility - what are the other advantages?
It works marvelously in small and super small spaces - I assure you that IKEA has a solution for absolutely every space, you just have to be creative [**or hire me **]. What if I can't find a solution that will work for me at IKEA? - you are doomed. You will have to go out there and spend a million dollars on a practical and very nice solution.
Imagine that the guiding principle in any housing sale is to convince you that you can fit in that space. My intent is not only to make you fit in that space, but make you thrive. I think about everything, I imagine all of life's little and big events [babies are a major driver of renos!] and I run them thru the use of cabinetry. The example above - the couple needs dramatically MORE storage in their living space and they want it modern and flexible. They've got their personal preferences and likes.
HEY! You know what the best advantage is of floating storage? This is IKEA Hacker PRO level tip here, hahahah!
**You can put baskets underneath for storage when you got a baby! They go away when you don't need them and the place is back to modern again!**