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Belzberg Architects have designed the Toronto Residence that recently won a 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence award.

Description From Architect:

Designed for a large double lot in a premier neighbourhood in north Toronto, the project’s ambition is split between providing a space that can take advantage of the site’s abundant natural features and also serve as a hub for a growing international family. Large portions of glazing along with clean lines and simple volumetric proportions underscore the client’s interest in creating a space with an effortless flow between interior and exterior; in a climate that is not always conducive to this type of habitation. The interior layout of the house has been carefully crafted to provide an informal and inviting space with an understated sophistication. The architecture and landscape design at the front of the building have been choreographed to allow for an abundance of natural light and a feeling of airiness without sacrificing privacy. A simple, yet enduring material palette blends plaster and zinc cladding with various natural woods and stones.







Photography by A-Frame/Ben Rahn & Stephen Elphick

via Contemporist

Previously: Beech House In Toronto

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Pop Up Shop Tomorrow!!!


Meet us at the Roots Store at 100 Bloor St & Bellair from 12-6pm tomorrow (Saturday, June 29th), to pick up your limited edition ROOTS CANADA x 1 LOVE T.O. t-shirt (just in time for Canada Day)!!! Roots is also offering an additional 25% off any regular priced Roots items for that day with the purchase of our exclusive t-shirt.

If you missed last year’s Pop Up Shop, watch the video below to see what to expect for tomorrow…

Photo by Anil Hanasoge and Megan McLeod.

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Last year we released our first ever collaboration with Roots Canada as part of our “Show Your Roots” campaign. The limited edition Roots x 1 LOVE T.O. Canadian Flag Vintage Heather Grey T-shirt sold-out within a few hours.

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ll be releasing a brand new version of our Canadian Flag t-shirt on Saturday, June 29th (just in time for Canada Day). You’re invited to join us for a 1-day-only pop up shop at the Roots store located in Yorkville – 100 Bloor St & Bellair, from 12-6pm (get there early).

Roots is also offering an additional 25% off any regular priced Roots items for that day with the purchase of our shirt.


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Beech House In Toronto


It’s been awhile since our last architecture & interior design post, but I was back on 1 of my fav sites the Contemporist, and I found another Toronto project – “Beech House”. The house is on Beech Avenue in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood and exemplifies a simple, modern design by Altius Architecture. Take a look at the photos below to get a better idea of what this house is all about.





Photography by Jonathan Savoie

via Contemporist

Previously: 360 Winnett House

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PRIDE kicks off next weekend, June 21-30, with events happening all around the city, celebrating the social and cultural diversity of Toronto and our acceptance of all people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

It’s with great pleasure that we announce our first ever 1 LOVE T.O. PRIDE T-SHIRT!!!
* Orders must be placed by Monday, June 17, 2013
* T-shirts will be made available for pick-up during the week of Monday, June 24th, just in time for the parade!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toronto’s Triangle Program, Canada’s only LGBT high school.

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gsus sindustries – A/W 2013


The gsus sindustries A/W 2013 collection is distinguishably Russian inspired. The decor in the gsus Toronto showroom for this season really feels like a living room in an antique Russian home. There are literal representations of Russian architecture seen throughout the collection, like on the Kremlin sweater, where architecture is used as a print slightly creating a fresh ombre effect.

gsus considers their clothes to be “made by instinct” which explains the surprising yet refreshing contrast in textiles on their garments for the Fall including neoprene, leather and army print pocket details. The seemingly random doses of bright red, green and yellow really compliment the militant nature of the whole collection.

From waxed denim to turquoise sweat-pant-jeans gsus is serving up a lot of exciting must-haves for next season!



Posted by Jessica Franklin

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Doors Open Toronto


The 14th annual Doors Open Toronto is back this weekend, May 25-26, with more than 150 buildings of architectural, social, historical and cultural significance. This year’s theme is “Creators, Makers and Innovators” and features many older buildings that have been redesigned, re-invented and re-purposed into modern 21st – century spaces.

Here are just a few featured buildings on our list to see. For a complete list CLICK HERE.

Native Family and Child Services

Riverdale Hub

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

For more info: toronto.ca/doorsopen/2013

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Toronto Fashion Incubator


A crowd of 700 media-buyers, celebrities, friends and families were on the edge of their seats when the Toronto Fashion Incubator chose the winner of their very prestigious, New Labels prize. The incredible reward included $25,000.00 from Philanthropist, Suzanne Rogers, a feature in Flare Magazine and the opportunity to design an exclusive collection for Target Canada. This night would change someone’s life.

TFI was born in 1987 when the fashion industry was the second largest industrial employer in Toronto. A committee called the Fashion Industry Liaison (FILC), dreamt up the idea of an incubator to encourage business growth and promote the art of design and fashion. It reached new highs in 1989 when TFI was dubbed an official incubator, the first of its kind in the world. They work closely with those looking to start up a business in fashion and guide them towards success, providing vital connections, exposure and skills.

We watched four, carefully selected and immensely talented labels walk the runway: Sarah Stevenson, Paria Shirvani, Christopher Paunil and 7/31. The impressive judging panel included Editor of FLARE Magazine, Miranda Purves and TFI President and Fashion Designer David Dixon just to name a few. The audience also got a glimpse of some behind-the-scenes footage from each designer before the runway debut; an unimaginable amount of blood, sweat and tears was clear. With hearts pounding, the judges announced the winner: Sarah Stevenson.

Her delicate yet sexy and sophisticated F/W 2013 collection captured the attention of the masses from the get-go. She credits Dutch Still Life paintings from the Baroque era as her inspiration which was noticeable in the impeccable design details, fabric choices and structure.

Her ear-to-ear grin said it all but she added, “I am so thankful to the Toronto Fashion Incubator for organizing this competition for emerging Canadian design, and for providing myself and my three fellow designers with this incredible opportunity…thanks to my family and friends who are here. Thank you for believing in me and encouraging me not to quit!”

Photo by George Pimentel

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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