Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ANGLEPOISE 1228 - MODERN TASK LIGHTING FOR ANY OFFICE SPACE





Sad but true, summer is quickly coming to an end. The kids are back at school and that feeling of productivity and regeneration is settling in. The idea of productivity got me thinking about the iconic task lighting company, Anglepoise. This UK company has been in production since the 1930's... if you think about it, that's a lot of task lighting that has inspired a lot of productivity!

The first Anglepoise task lamp was produced in 1931 by the companies founder George Carwardin, an automotive engineer. He developed a mechanism by which opposed springs combined could affect a unidirectional constant force on a pivoted lever counteracting the pull of gravitation. In other words, when the lever moves, it will stay exactly in place. This seamless mechanism is still used in all of the Anglepoise collections today.

A personal favourite collection of mine would be the Kenneth Grange 'Type 1228' series (available in both a desk lamp and floor lamp). Kenneth Grange is responsible for some of Britain's most iconic designs, such as the Kodak Instamatic and the London Taxi. The Type 1228 (developed in 2003) has all of the functions of a traditional Anglepoise but the design itself is far more contemporary. The translucent colourful plastic shades create ambient lighting and inject an electrifying shot of colour into any workspace. Easy to maneuver, these lamps can be turned any which way for optimal use. Available in mid green, granite grey, ice white, minerva blue, carmine red and daffodil yellow. These task lamps are sure to help launch you into productivity mode this fall.

For more information, please visit our website www.providehome.com or email us at www.providehome.com

Posted by Megan




Sunday, September 7, 2014

ZUZUNAGA TRANSFORMS THE DIGITAL INTO GRAPHIC HOME & LIFESTYLE DESIGNS
































Zuzunaga is a boutique design studio that creates unique, high quality fashion accessories and home interiors products.

Provide has been proudly representing Zuzunaga in our showroom and online for several years now and we often have the pleasure of catching-up with Cristian and Pedro (the co-owners of the company) on our travels – we recently saw their latest offerings while attending NY Now, a premier Interior Design show held twice a year in New York City.

Both "Bitmap" and "Roots" are striking, new collections of blankets, scarves, apple product covers, carpets and more that have been getting a substantial amount of interest from the press. The rugs Cristian Zuzunaga designed for Brintons have been shortlisted for the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2014, in the Best British Pattern category.

Inspiration for the collections comes from the digital world – the resulting designs are highly contemporary and dynamic, while the hand-crafted modes of production soften their overall look and make them highly appealing. Famous for their use of colour, Zuzunaga offers these new designs in a wide range of colour combinations and styles. From the bold and the bright, to softer pastel hues, there is something to suit everyone's personal style.

For more information on Zuzunaga, please contact us via our website at:
www.providehome.com

Posted by David.




Sunday, August 24, 2014

METALLICS SHINE AT NY NOW



































Robert and I have just returned from an inspiring trip to New York City where we had the pleasure of attending NY Now, a leading design and home interiors show for trade professionals.

At the show, it was great to reconnect with some of our current suppliers, who where there showcasing their latest collections and to discover new products from other small boutique brands and independent designers. Both Robert and I felt like our time at the show was very productive as it had an abundance of home accessories that felt fresh and right for Provide.

Metallics have been a strong element in the design world for awhile now and it appears to be still going strong. We saw metallic finishes being offered as options on existing designs as well as appearing on products that are just being released.

Chilewich (top) is now offering their BouclĂ© placemat in a gold like finish called Gilt – we love the texture and the sophisticated look that this can bring to table settings.

Danish brand Stelton (second from the top) has long been on our radar and now the timing seems right – for autumn 2014 they have unveiled a variety of accessories for the table and home in stunning metallic finishes.

Finell (third from the top) is a recently launched housewares and accessories brand producing products that beautifully balance function with a modern sensibility. They work in a variety of materials – a standout piece is their Angle folded metal dish in stainless steel.

Brooklyn based brand, Fort Standard (bottom) has recently arrived in our showroom and is turning out to be a very successful part of our offering. So we were excited to meet them at the show and to see their latest designs including the architecturally inspired standing bowls in the new copper finish.

Now back in Vancouver, Robert and I are sorting through all our notes, photographs taken and catalogues gathered from the show – we will be placing orders over the coming weeks and are excited to fill Provide with beautiful new designs for the fall and winter season.

For more information and for any special orders, please contact us at www.providehome.com.

Posted by David.






Friday, August 15, 2014

MUD AUSTRALIA – A HAND-MADE TABLEWARE COLLECTION WITH A MINIMALAST AESTHETIC




While in New York this week, David and Robert visited the Mud showroom to hand select specific pieces from their collection.

Founded in 1994 by Shelly Simpson, this handmade collection combines clean lines and a large range of colours and pieces to mix and match. The end result is a product that combines a minimalist aesthetic with an artisan finish. Made from Limoges porcelain (which is a hard paste porcelain that has been around since the 1700's), sourced directly from France. The deep colours come from the pigment being added throughout the porcelain body, a clear glaze is then hand brushed to the exterior of each piece to create a 'stone-like' surface.

Handmade in Sydney, Australia by professional and in-house ceramicists, this collection evolves seasonally with the addition of new shapes and colours. Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, these dishes provide a timeless alternative to mass-produced ceramic design. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Instagram for Mud's arrival.

For more information, please give us a call at 604-632-0095 or send us an email at info@providehome.com

Posted by Megan


Sunday, August 10, 2014

DAZZLING NEW FALL 2014 CHILEWICH COLLECTION






 Provide will soon be showcasing the dazzling new Fall 2014 Chilewich collection in our showroom and online. This new show stopping collection features elegant golds, sophisticated jewel tones and stylish metallics.

In every photo-shoot Chilewich produces, Sandy Chilewich chooses objects from her growing collection to enhance her textiles and express the mood of the season in her tablescapes. She also collaborates with some of our favourite designers such as Martha Sturdy and Rina Menardi to showcase the luxurious autumnal aesthetic this collection exudes.

Wanting to "lift gold out of it's comfort zone", Chilewich has created gold tones which are more accessible for a wider, less formal range of interiors. The jewel tone basketweave placemats display an intricate sequencing of metallic colour gradations. And lastly, in the new 'Metallic Fringe' placemats, Chilewich has incorporated customized yarn. The yarn feels like natural linen, although the look exhibits the muster of metal. Overall, this collection is both modern and right on trend for this fall season. Keep and eye out on our Facebook page and website for the collections arrival.

For more from Chilewich, please visit our website www.providehome.com

Posted by Megan