"In the dining nook adjacent to the kitchen, there is a Bocci 21 light and a vintage table. I love thinking about how these things will travel with us for many years, like companions. Aileen and I have a strong relationship to objects: They are a tactile diary of our lives. The interesting thing about our home is not the structure itself, but the way it has become an intimate part of us. The most sustainable thing we can do as architects and designers is to make spaces and objects worthy of a lifetime commitment. Then [the objects] can have five, six, ten lives instead of half a life."
Granville Bench by PWL By mixing native materials (the wood) with urban flair (the metal), PWL Partnership’s Derek Lee led the in-house design of new street furniture for Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. The benches’ raised arm rests provide resistance from skateboarders, but also a provide a variety of gathering options. All-metal chairs in the same form as the bench provide smaller options that can tuck in where the benches might not fit.
Olympic Village by PWL A mix of street furniture designed for the Olympic Village in Vancouver offers swiveled chairs (all comforts of home right on the waterfront!) with oversized white loungers. Both get plenty of use by people looking to either relax or take in the urban waterfront sites on the newly designed boardwalk.
A softwall is a freestanding and expandable partition made of fire-retardant paper and textiles, from the Vancouver-based firm molo. The softwall's honeycomb structure allows the material to expand from its compressed form to up to 15 feet long. If you're looking for a translucent divider, the white version will do the trick. For something moodier and more cocooning, the opaque black version, dyed with bamboo charcoal, is an appealing variation.