prince edward island

Paulistano and Locksta

Meet the Paulistano chair. It was born in 1957 in Brazil, but only made available in North America in 2006. I spotted it on the Interwebs a while back and marvelled at it's simplicity. I love simple design. Just enough. Not too much. Design that looks like utility. And then, just a few weeks ago I spied it on the floor at the Design Within Reach showroom just a few doors down from the office. I dared to sit in it. Oh my. It is so unbelieveable comfortable. It is also astronomically expensive. What you see above is a 17ft long piece of steel bent into shape and welded in one spot. The sling style seat is made of canvas. The price as shown:

US $1,062.50

OK, take a breath. Now, I've been at this game a while. I've learned what goes into great design and quality materials and construction. I've seen cheap knock-offs and the real deal up close and personal. I get that not everyone can afford originals (I am mostly one of those people). But I gotta say, I just do not get the price of this thing. It's a chunk of canvas and a metal bar. I recognize it as an architectural wonder, but still isn't the cost associated with that mostly tied to prototyping. I mean, once you've figured out the angles (which they did in 1957!), how complicated can it be to make? More. Than. A. Grand???

And just FYI, it comes in two different metal finishes - black or white, and in several different fabrics: 10 different colour/finish combos for an outdoors version, 4 combos of the indoor version and 4 versions in leather (the leather ones ring in at $1,317+).

Safe to say I will never own a Paulistano.

Meet the Locksta easy chair. It is a newborn, just in at your local IKEA (of course). It has a steel frame, which comes in several pieces and requires assembly using screws. The fabric is polyester. It comes in these other two colours:


Locksta price as shown:


So, I'm thinking it's time for an IKEA hack: spray paint the steel frame white, have a new white fabric seat made (frig, I could even make it myself using the provided one as the pattern). Conservatively that hack would bring the investment to $80.

I see new chairs for the PEI cottage in my future because (confession) the white faux bamboo ones we have are murderously uncomfortable and must go. 

Flights are booked for the long weekend in May - YTZ to Halifax and then road trippin' it to the Island. So 'cited.

recent acquisition: village pottery leaf

I'm pleased to introduce you to my new leaf plate. I bought it this weekend at The Village Pottery in New London, PEI, but it now lives in its new home on my coffee table in Toronto. We were lucky enough to spend 5 spectacular days on the Island recently. It was so wonderful. I have much more to tell you about the trip. If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you already know I microblogged the heck out of the trip. But back to the leaf. This lovely thing is the work of Suzanne Scott, who is better known around the social media world as The Potter's Daughter. It was great to meet Suzanne and to see all of the wonderful handmade pottery in the shop. Despite the fact that I seriously need to be in purge mode rather than acquisition mode -- I could not resist. I suppose my leaf could be for sushi or an appetizer or something. But for me it's that perfect little objet that every stylist needs to put on top of a book. In this case Else de Wolfe: A Decorative Life - such a pretty book, and a very interesting biography of one of my design gurus. But again, I digress. Here are a few more snaps of the Village Pottery.

I chose my piece from the wall of green. I think they should just call this the Wall of Margot.

The yellows -- a close second fave for me. Such a delightful mellow buttery colour. Suzanne makes her lace pieces by pressing a piece of lace that belonged to her grandmother into the wet clay. Sweet.

A two-tone mix that is Suzanne's current favourite.

I believe that coffee and tea taste much better in homemade pottery. These are massive and gorgeous and beautifully displayed in an old post office pigeon hole cabinet.