LOOP BY FEDERAL

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Wouldn't this bike rack is such a wonderful idea especially for the streets of Ottawa or any street as a matter of fact? The loop was designed by The federal an award winning Ottawa based design company, the same company who made the Maple knife Set. I really love it when creatives come up with a better solution to an every day product & the loop is a perfect example of that. 

"Cold powder-coated steel? No! This bike rack concept brings a new perspective of fun and excitement to the city streets. Gone is the large steel structure in favour of a flexible, durable rubber. We wanted to explore a way in which we could bring these everyday street objects to life. This concept gives way to many layout and form possibilities for an object that it typically very straightforward. The rack features a steel base for easy anchoring into any surface, consistent with current installation methods. The main body is a durable, UV resistant, strong but still flexible rubber with two internal high-strength steel cables. The cables provide a security measure equal to existing products on the market. "

- The Federal

OTRA DESIGN

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I just came across these wonderful light fixtures that were designed and made in Montreal by Julie and William Ferrero Darnajou of Otra Design. Shortly after graduating university they decided to create a studio through a joint desire to be part of a sustainable development approach. In a consumer society and waste no longer meet the current challenges, the design opens a new approach to design more environmentally friendly products. They even make jewelry too! you can check it out here

D'ANGELO

I am stuck on the new album that was just released by D'Angelo called Black Messiah my favourite track in Really Love and this is what I will be listening to for the new few months. If you love it buy it. 

 

STOP STRESSING

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Yes I know it's the holiday season and many of us are nervously wondering around looking for gifts to purchase. I have decided that I'm going to make most of my gifts, it's something I use to do when I was in college but stopped for some strange reason.

I remember when I was a kid I purchased a card for my mothers birthday, as I was handing it to her she asked me if I had made the card myself. I paused and said no, she said "Thank you, but I would have prefer it if you had made it".

Yes that's my mom for you a straight shooter, she is a maker and one of the most creative people I know. 

Maybe you can make or do for your loved one just as long as you don't add more stress to an already stressful season. 

Happy Friday, see you on Monday!

HOI BO

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I wanted to share one of my favourite bag designers with you. Every time I visit Toronto I have to go to the Distillery District and a visit to Hoi Bo is always at the top of my list. I cant even begin to tell you all the reasons why I love her perfectly crafted pieces, but you can just take a look for yourself right here.