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'Twas a Dark and Stormy Night... November 03 2014

The nights are getting longer everyone! I hope you were able to change your clocks back without getting "If I could turn back time" by Cher stuck in your head, or at least remembered before you had to leave for work this morning.

With the days being so short (and the weather being so wet), many of us are passing on the idea of going outside after work and opt for the warmth of a cozy living room, or kitchen, or an underground library if you're Batman. I find when the nights are long that it's a great time to get personal things done like art projects, organizing, cataloging your dog's extensive toy collection - things that you normally wouldn't have time for. For me, it's a great time to get writing done, but like any great writer I require the preliminary procrastination of setting up "my space" so I feel comfortable enough to stare at all the nice things around me when I get a block (which is quite often). It's a moody and contemplative kind of month, especially with Starbucks constantly reminding us that Christmas is two entire months away, and I like having a space that reflects that. I've taken a some of my favourite pieces from the store and have compiled a list of a current dream space, perfect for the month of November. 

 

Bronze Antler Candlesticks

Modern and rustic, these babies are the perfect accompaniment to a big glass of wine and the yellowed pages of a well-loved classic - or they'd make a great replacement candlestick in the boardgame Clue (they're heavy!). Cast from real whitetail deer antlers, they look strikingly beautiful in any room. 

 

Owl Lamp

The owl is an ancient symbol of wisdom and intuition, and if that's not enough to inspire you, they are known to be very cute as well. This ceramic light casts a warm glow and won't eat your trail mix like a real owl would. 

 

Workman's Lantern

Okay, so lighting is important to me. Nothing sets the mood to write like lots and lots and lots of candles. This lantern in particular has a nifty hinged door, allowing you to insert any candle you'd like. 

 

Batle Studio Graphite Sculptures

 
 
various shapes, click here for details

Now this is a writing utensil. Batle studios from San Francisco sculpts graphite and seals it in a way that never rubs off on your hands, only onto paper. The beautiful and intricate designs come in different sizes, and every box is signed by the artist who sculpted it. It's a great gift for someone who has everything, as each of these are one of kind. 

 

Midori Traveler's Notebook

No dream writing room would be complete without something to write on! Made in Japan, the Midori notebook has a vegetable-tanned leather cover, with replaceable and various notebook inserts. The leather is meant to last and take on character the more you use it. 

 

Ok, the scene is set. Now to get over this writer's block..

-Lauren

 

Bronze Antler Candlestick - $72-$85
Owl Lamp - $165
Workman's Lantern (round) - $65
Batle Studio Graphite Sculpture - $22-$82
Midori Traveler's Notebook - $59.90

If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries. 


New Show October 29 2014

We're proud to bring you, 'Some Assembly Required'
 
“Joining pieces/people together to make a whole”
 

Evoked by the spirit of holidays, the Vancouver Design Bureau presents Some Assembly Required, a design exhibition that considers the question what makes objects or people a whole. A limited edition of nine new projects will be on display and for sale from November 12 to January 2015. Participating designers redefine the meaning of coming together by creating products that facilitate the act of assembly. These acts range from joining pieces of home goods to gathering people, thoughts or values.

 
Join us
Wednesday. November 12. 2014 
from 6pm-9pm for drinks to start the assembly!
 

Participating designers:

Henry Sun
Jennifer Ku
Rowan Liivamagi
Espiritu Design Studio 
Studio Faculty
Kriza Borromeo & Matthew Kim
Andrew Siu, Jeffrey Liu, & Roberto Vestri
AIM Handmade: Angel Dawn & Mark Dawson
Window Display Designer: Nicanor Santillan
 

As always, everything in store, including exhibit work will be for sale throughout Opening Night. 

We hope to see you here!

 

xo 

Caroline, Daniel and the walrus team

www.vancouverdesignbureau.com 

Spirals, twists and zigzags - Oh my! October 22 2014

A new collection from one of our favourite jewelry designers has just arrived and oh boy am I excited to tell the world about it!

 

First off, let me tell you how it all begins. In the words of Carl Sagan, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

Maybe we don't need to go that far back, but hk+np have a really interesting story. Hiroko Kobayashi (hk) and (+) Neil Prakash (np) met in 2005 while apprenticing in Vancouver at the office of Nick Milkovich Architects Inc. Hiroko graduated from the architectural program at Nihon University in Tokyo which she followed with an internship in the office of Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects. Neil is a registered architect with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and a graduate of the architectural program at the University of Manitoba. The two fell in love and eventually, into business together. 

 

hk+np, an architectural jewelry design studio, pulls inspiration from the same principles that influence their architecture. 

"Architecture for us is about the dignified composition of material, light, space, and rhythm. Our jewelry is an attempt to express and explore these elements in silver. We strive to create pieces that are understated and timeless. We emphasize design integrity and exemplary hand crafted quality as integral aspects to our work."

Each piece is made from .925 sterling silver, and each series of jewelry they produce focuses on minimalist and classic forms. To top it off, the seem to breathe poetry into everything they do, as seen in this blog post about their Infinity series. 

"As a happy coincidence, both of our mother’s were born on the same day. We designed the infinity pendant to mark the occasion this year. The idea for the infinity series arose while gazing over English Bay towards the horizon. For us, the horizon extends beyond the bounds of our imagination, as limitless as the night sky. At night, over these waters, the moon peaks out from behind the city to illuminate the bay. All of the phases on full display replacing the memories of the lunar calendar that hung on Hiroko’s wall when she was little. While the idea of infinity arrives through our imagination of places beyond the horizon, the lunar series unites the present with our reflections on remembered things."

We can't contain our fondness of this couple's work. They have an amazing attention to detail that begins with multiple models of each potential piece, before finally sending the final decision to a small metal-working business in Niigata, Japan. Niigata is known for their exceptional metal work and the craftsmen that create their jewelry are no exception. All of their jewelry is hand cast and finished to perfection.

We currently have select stock from their Infinity, Lunar, Q, Twist and Zig Zag series as well as their newest collection - Spiral. They offer three different finishes in certain pieces: Mirror (polished, high gloss), Matte (honed, non-reflective, micro-bead blast application), and scratch (satina, texturing technique consisting of a series of tiny parallel lines). These pieces are truly works of art and a timeless addition to anyone's jewelry collection.

-Lauren


 

 

 hk+np jewelry from left to right:

Infinity pendant - $230

Twist pendant - $170

Twist bangle - $300-$330

Spiral pendant - $240

Spiral earrings - $280

Zig Zag earrings - $300

Twist earrings - $180

Q ring - $200

Lunar earrings - $280

 If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries.