April 28, 2016 

I am never disappointed to step outside my office at Yonge/Summerhill to take a look at the beautiful architecture Toronto offers. In particular, The University of Toronto which stretches wide across the city and it holds several architectural landmarks. The majority of the buildings throughout University of Toronto exemplify Romanesque or Gothic Revival in style but you will also find Tudor architecture as well as Modernist examples.   

The main building's south entrance of University College at the University of Toronto

Look at the details of this decorative arch over the entrance of this University of Toronto building. It was built somewhere between 1856 and 1859 by architects Frederic Cumberland and William Storm. The design of this building portrays the Romanesque-Revival style beautifully. 


The Convocation Hall in The University of Toronto

The Convocation Hall in The University of Toronto

The circular shape of this building is certainly inspired by Greek and Roman Classical Architecture. One of its most pronounced features are the exterior columns seen above. These columns are a cross between Doric and Ionic columns, ancient Greek architectural styles.


The Andrews Building in the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus 

This sculptural stairwell in the interior of one of University of Toronto's buildings was designed by architect John Andrews. He constructed this GTA landmark in 1965 before going on to design the CN Tower! It very well exemplifies the Brutalist architecture era in its style. 


Trinity College at the University of Toronto, chapel ceiling

The Gothic architectual design of this beautiful chapel on the University of Toronto campus was designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who is known for his designs of Liverpool Cathedral and the famous British red telephone boxes. 


Max Gluskin House on St. George Street at the University of Toronto

This photo showcases University of Toronto's modern expansion of a Victorian and Georgian building on campus. The $15-million dollar renovation was recently done to expand the department's period building with a contemporary glass-enclosed hallway and three-storey addition. 


These are just a few of the beautifully crafted buildings at the University of Toronto - I suggest heading to the campus for a very worthwhile architectural tour!  

April 21, 2016

This April my fellow Cosentino Trendspotters and I had one of our new patterns featured in Metropolis Magazine. The Trendspotters: Cheryl Kees Clendenon, Interior Designer Pensacola, Fla., Christopher Kennedy, Architect Palm Springs, Calif., Denise McGaha, Interior Designer Dallas, Drew McGukin, Interior Designer New York City and Steffany Hollingsworth, Interior Designer Santa Fe, N.M. and I met in Spain last fall to brainstorm ideas which resulted in the Etchings Series.


#15 is the new products that we created called Etchings "Ink".

As an invited member of the 2015 Silestone Trendspotter program, we came up with our own design and colour for the Silestone “Influencer Series” that was debuted at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. We met in January 2016 and our trip to the show included a panel discussion moderated by Elle Décor’s Carisha Swanson. 

With our goal of bringing something new, exciting and versatile to the market we developed this unique colour by combining two of Cosentino’s products – manufactured from shards of Dekton cast in Silestone. The design is offered in two colours, Aquatint (soft light-blue) and Ink (black), featured in Metropolis above. 

These two materials combined in a single product (Silestone quartz surfacing & Dekton ultra-compact-surfacing) are extremely durable and they are a beautiful graphic pattern fit for a range of kitchen and bath surfaces.

Also, see below a bedroom I designed with fabric walls similar to our Etchings Ink and one of my inspirations.

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