Friday, December 12, 2014

attica holiday gift guide

We have a curated collection of wonderful gifts for you to give this holiday season, and as well througout the year. Whether you're looking for something big or small, for the design aficionado or for your Mom (and who says they can't be the same person?), we have some great ideas in store for you! 

Festive Trees 
Our Scandinavian-inspired holiday ornaments are made from high quality poplar wood. Add festive cheer to your holiday decor, and then easily flat pack away! $1.95 to $52.95.

 
Eames Coasters (Museum of Modern Art Design Collection)
Each of the four clear acrylic coasters in this set displays a different chair originally designed by the influential team of Charles and Ray Eames: the 1948 LaChaise, the 1951 Wire Side Chair, the 1956 Lounge Chair and Ottoman, and the 1946 Molded Plywood Chair with Metal Legs, all of which are featured in the Museum’s collection. The durable coasters have the look of glass, but won't break or crack and include rubber feet to protect surfaces. $29.95 ea.


Robot Alarm Clock
These fun, retro styled robot clocks have moveable arms and legs! Available in black, red & white. Requires AA batteries (not included). $43.95 ea.

EQ3 Coast Cheese Board
Made from natural white marble with grey veining, this material is ideal for serving cheese. The natural surface keeps food cool.$19.99.

Toast It Coasters
Developed by an up-and-coming Brazilian designer & architect, these ToastIt Coasters play on words, shape and materials. Eight slices (coasters). $13.95/set.

Coonley Napkins (Museum of Modern Art Design Collection)
These three-ply paper cocktail napkins feature imagery adapted from art glass windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Coonley Playhouse. The windows are featured in the Museum’s collection and were displayed in Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000, an exhibition mounted by the Department of Architecture and Design in 2012. Set of 20. $6.95/set.

Well Traveled Tumblers
Raise a glass to your favorite city with the Well Traveled Tumblers. This set features four drinking glasses, each decorated with an abstract street grid graphic from one of the world’s biggest cities: London, Rome, New York, and Paris. Ideal icebreakers at your next cocktail party, these tumblers are a must-have for the globetrotting host.

 
Toro Acacia Wood Cheese Slicer
Richly grained, this natural acacia wood serverware collection makes an attractive display of fruit, appetizers or decorative objects. This fun board is styled to look like a piece of Swiss cheese; it also comes with a slicer so you can cut and display your cheese on the same board! $44.95 ea.

Acrylic Angle 6 Bottle Wine Rack
For a clean, contemporary look, this wine rack oozes simplicity and style. $79.95.
  
Climbing Man
Our popular Climbing Man from Global Views definitely keeps the conversation going. This unique, eye-catching piece can accent any living or office space. Animate your wall for just $99 ea.

Reallite Candles
Flameless battery operated smart timer candles made with genuine wax in Canada. No dripping, no smoke, no mess, no heat, no worries! $45.95 & up.

Starter Personal Appetizer Set
A set of 4 polished ceramic appetizer trays each float a removable stainless steel bowl at the end. $59.95 ea./set.

Sail Away Sculpture
A cast iron sculpture perfectly depicting the graceful art of sailing. Finished in a bronze patina. $449.

The Thymes Gingerbread Collection
Spicy cardamom. Crystallized ginger. Golden amber. Fresh ground cinnamon. A delectable holiday tradition! 

Dwell Studio Paloma Throw
A stone floor in India inspired the inter-locking pattern on our Paloma throw blanket. Our designers married this graphic design with a sophisticated palette of black, white and smoke for a beautifully graphic throw that is endlessly chic. $129.

PicNik Duo Kitchen
The Picnic Duo Kitchen is a two in one kitchen and dining area. Your little one can prepare delicious meals using the included pots and pans and then serve it up on a plate in the dining area. Comes with 3 wooden spoons, one casserole dish, a frying pan with a fried egg, an oven mitt, salt and pepper shakers, plate, glass, cutlery and a stool. $199 ea.

Wobble Chess Set
Motion is added to an otherwise still game. A concave landscape stabilizes freely quivering chess pieces, creating a lively interaction between board and pieces. $249

Bank in Form of a Pig
Part of Harry Allen’s Reality series, the Bank In The Form Of A Pig is cast from a pig that died of natural causes. The bank holds up to 10,000 in dollar bills.$249

Indoor/Outdoor 2x3 Skinny Stripes Mat
Designer Sandy Chilewich's fleet of innovative and versatile placemats and floor mats are designed to connect with modern, everyday life. The Skinny Stripe mat blends slim bands of color for an alluring pattern that gives a sense of movement from a distance, and appears striped when up close. Made from extruded yarns, the mat features a tufted texture that appears as though it was looped, giving the mat added visual interest. A strong vinyl backing makes the mat an excellent choice for high traffic areas in the home as it prevents slippage, and the exterior is mildew and mold resistant, making it usable on outdoor patios and in basements. 2'x3': $75

Satellite Bowl (Museum of Modern Art Design Collection)
Striking in both its simple design and visual impact, the Satellite Bowl would be a dramatic centerpiece on your table. A circle of lacquered wooden spokes, ingeniously pinned together, twists open to form the unique bowl. The original concept is an answer to the designer's quest to arrange a group of uniform spokes into the simplest geometric form. $66.95 ea.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

question objects at attica


As the first contemporary store in Atlantic Canada, Attica has been promoting modern Canadian design since it opened its doors almost twenty years ago. We first became familiar with the design sensibilities of Tim Antoniuk when he was a member of the team behind Hothouse Design. Years later, Tim now has branched out on his own and formed Question Objects, a limited production craftsman-based business in Edmonton, Alberta.


Tim's first three collections are inspired by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness: leaf, landscape and arctic.

leaf


landscape


arctic



Friday, November 28, 2014

omar gandhi: harbour heights residence

We went to hear Omar Gandhi talk this past week at NSCAD University about his career to date in architecture. I sat there during his presentation, and felt grateful that he chose to use his talent in Nova Scotia, touched by his honesty and humility, and enamoured by his body of work and modern design sensibility.

One of Gandhi's most recent projects is situated on the western side of Cape Breton Island, nestled atop a hillside adjacent to the Inverness Harbour and MacIsaac’s Pond. In this naturally romantic setting, the cedar clad minimalist gable overlooks the town of Inverness and the critically acclaimed Cabot Links golf course.





The project as described by Omar: "From the main road the home is presented as a single storey with a perpendicular garage. From the opposite side, falling down the hill is second storey of modern glass and crafted cedar cladding. The entrance is on the second level along with the main living spaces, which include the living room, dining room and kitchen. The main stairwell is flanked by two storeys of glass. The lower level includes the bedrooms and family room. The master bedroom is bumped out from the primary linear gable massing and is clad on three sides with glass, giving it the ultimate view. The children’s rooms are finished with bright playful colours which radiate from the mature modern cedar form of the house. The living and dining rooms are separated by a change in level and a central hearth. The fireplace chimney extends upwards through the grand space of the cathedral ceiling.

The exterior cladding is composed of western red cedar in three forms – shingles on the roof and upper level and two widths of boards on the lower levels."






On his design philosophy: "We believe that walking the site together is a natural place to start. Not only do the people involved get a chance to know each other away from the confines of an office, but we, more importantly, see the rise and fall of the land. The land is the essential element and has a story of its own. Long before we discuss interior design, we discuss the landscape and how architecture could enhance it. If the land needs to be cleared, we discuss how we can save or restore its natural beauty. If there is an interesting natural element, like an outcrop, we confer about incorporating it into our plans. We learn where the sun rises and sets in relation to our vision.  In walking and talking, client and architect become the first two links in a strong chain."

Furniture from Attica: the Alexander sofa, Studio side table, and New York chairs.

Furniture from Attica: the Alexander sofa, Studio side table, and New York chairs.

Venice stools in Kiwi from Attica

Furniture from Attica: the Alexander sofa, Studio side table, and New York chairs.

Furniture from Attica: Studio side table and New York chairs

Project credits: PROJECT CREDITS:
LOCATION: Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
PROJECT STATUS: Completed Summer 2014
CLIENTS: Allie Barclay and Ben Cowan-Dewar
DESIGN: Omar Gandhi, Peter Braithwaite, David Greenwell
INTERIORS: Jill Greaves Design
CONTRACTOR: David MacLean and Sons
STRUCTURAL: Joe Janega Engineering
Photos by Greg Richardson

Saturday, November 8, 2014

living on the edge: the vega collection

New at Attica is the Vega dining table, bench and buffet by Nuevo Living. Made from solid seared oak with featuring a live edge, the Vega collection adds a sophisticated, modern look to any space.


The metal legs provide a mid-century flair, and combine beautifully with the rustic nature of the planked wood top.

Partner your Vega table with the Vega bench, either on one side of the table with chairs on the other side and ends, or use two benches with a chair on either end of the table.

The simple design of the three door buffet highlights the live edge feature by placing it at the bottom of the doors.

Visit Attica to find out more about the Vega collection and other Nuevo Living products.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

the making of "breaking bread": attica creates a modern art & pop culture dining room at dine by design east

Breaking Bread - a dining display by Christopher Joyce and Suzanne Saul from Attica for Dine By Design East 2014
It's hard to believe that after all of these months of planning another Dine By Design East (DBDE) has just finished! This year marked the second annual DBDE, presented by East Coast Living Magazine. As co-founder with the magazine and Halifax decorator, Jonathan Legate, it's very gratifying to see the close of another successful event, which brought together so many talented designers and chefs, and so many wonderful volunteers. Our combined efforts mean that we're able to help send more design students to study at NSCAD University through the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We thought for our booth display that as we're NSCAD graduates, and because we're creating a dining room environment that helps to send someone to NSCAD, our intent would be to immerse the diner in modern art and pop culture. One wall is a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein, the other Andy Warhol, and the floor plays homage to Jackson Pollock. The wall made of burnt toast features Miley Cyrus, who is a current pop culture icon.

The back wall we dedicated to Andy Warhol, and instead of the 32 Campbell Soup cans he first exhibited, we decided to use 18 canvases to allow some breathing space as we had two large murals on the flanking walls. For fun, we made up our own names for the soup with Canadian East Coast themes, like "Cream of Fiddlehead", "Acadian Chicken Fricot", "Mussel Bouillabaisse" and "Moose Stew". 

Our most time-consuming project was to create an 8x10 mural inspired by pop artist Roy Lichenstein, who was known for his high impact, iconic graphics, and whose work often parodied comic book imagery. While his finished pieces look simple, we didn't really realize what we were in for! The most challenging aspect was producing the dot pattern. We experimented with spray painting and rolling paint over a template, but had problems with bleeding. All that was left for us to do was to roll up our sleeves and apply one dot at a time! Needless to say, it took many, many hours to do.

I must say that we were having many moments of anxiety working on this large mural. We were so worried that the woman in the mural was going to look like she had a bad sunburn, as we were unsure of the scale that we had chosen for the red dots of her skin. 

It wasn't until the black paint was applied that we were able to relax, as it seemed to magically tone down the redness of her skin. What a relief! For the text, we changed the original to say, "Oh, Jeff...I love it, too, but...it's not local".

 Next came the Miley Cyrus toast wall. My mom kindly helped us by spending eight hours drying out the bread in the oven and laying it out on tables to dry. Gluing the bread to panels was more difficult than we thought, as many of the pieces broke and had to be replaced. Also, some of the bread slices were a little squished so they were unusable.


Chris used a small blow torch for the fine shading on the face. With just a couple of days before setting up our booth display, and with still much to do, there wasn't much room for error!



Lastly, we were on to our Pollock inspired floor. With seven colours, and four and a half gallons later, the drip painted floor was done. We were skeptical, however, that the paint would be dry in time to set up our booth display.






Although we still think we need a few days more to recover from the intensity of it all, we had such a great experience. When we create an environment, we like to feel connected to it, and one of the best ways we know how is through having real art in the space, combined with great design!