New Spaces

Not only are we extremely close to opening our new space in
the Exchange District... we have moved our blog.

All the content from this blog has been moved to our new
address on the web. We will leave this blog up as a byway
to ...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mmmmm, Mywalit

Have you ever beheld a cacophony of color so delicious you've wanted to taste it?

Have you ever encountered a leather product so sensually soft, so lithe, that you wished you could have bedsheets made from it? 

Satin? Meh.

Now combine the two experiences and you have Mywalit. Purses, wallets, accessories and bags you want to live with. 

The high standards of the good people at Mywalit are easy to see by simply handling a piece. Folded, double stitched edges. Carefully selected color combinations. Beautiful linings. Thoughtful inclusion and placement of compartments.

It is immediately obvious, both visually and to the touch that there is a stringent demand for exceptional standards throughout the entire process - from design to finished product. What makes the quality demands perfectly clear is the back story...

Hides are selected from Japan where there is the assurance of better quality and are free from the physical damage which can occur from ticks and barbed wire. German chemicals, renowned throughout the industry as being of the highest quality, are used in the tanning process. Hides are then dyed at a progressive tannery which employs a larger number of smaller drums in order to provide a wide range of color selection. Smaller batches also allow for greater quality control and color consistency.

Does knowing these details make the Mywalit selection of products more desirable? Well, it certainly explains a great deal. But I think the only thing one needs to do is to simply handle a piece. The moment I touched one I fell in love.

If you stop in at our House, we'll share the love with you and let you fondle a bag. I won't even be too jealous if you insist on taking one home with you.

Mywalit at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

On The Rocks

Love the complex flavours of a single malt? Enjoy a rich, smooth whiskey? Hate when the 'rocks' melt away and dilute that fine spirit? Then you, my friend, need these...

Whisky Rocks.

Designed by Andrew Hellman, Whisky Rocks are sweet little cubes of cool comprised of Vermont soapstone. Soapstone is food safe and soft, so it won't scratch your glass. Store them in your freezer in the muslin bag, pop three in a glass, allow your beverage to chill for five minutes and enjoy!

When you have enjoyed that last drop of perfectly chilled elixir simply rinse the stones off and they are ready for cold storage.

Ice melts. Whisky Rocks! You know you want them..... Take Me There!


Objects of Desire

Nick Foley, as much as I can learn about him, is an Industrial Designer located in Brooklyn, New York.

His portfolio as shown on Coroflot (a terrific website for finding inspiring new design by really talented people) centers around three incredible lighting projects and one whimsical origami project.  All lights shown are prototypes only.  It was just over a year ago when I first saw them and I've been searching since then, from time to time, to see if they've been picked up for production.  So far they remain prototypes.  Should that change, I'll be sure to let you know!

Cube Lights...

utilize rare earth magnets to connect the blocks which can then be arranged in a myriad of shapes.  

Precipitous is a six foot tall lamp, lit by white LEDs, which was inspired by " Bioluminescent deep-sea creatures, falling water, and (as always) a desire to transform light from transient to tangible."  The lamp "fills itself with light" as it is turned from off to dim, to bright.  There is a video on the website which demonstrates the effect however the plug-in on Coroflot will not load for me.  

I would love to see all of Nick's lighting go to production.  His designs are fresh, playful and entirely unique.  The one I wouldn't hesitate to line up for - overnight - in a storm - in January - (in Winnipeg) - is the Pear Light....


A hand forged hollow steel tree is the charging station for urethane pear lights. The pears are 'attached' with rare-earth magnets allowing them to be plucked from the tree. They will remain illuminated for over an hour.

I'm smitten.