Monday, April 25, 2011


Provide has just received some beautiful lighting from Brooklyn based designer, David Weeks. While unpacking the desk lights, three where immediately sold to devoted admires of the David Weeks Studio Collection.

The Leda desk lamp (pictured at top), casts a bright, focused and adjustable light ideal for reading and writing. A custom-made shade paired with a subtlety curved stem make for an elegant and unified composition. The Leda is available in Black and Ivory at Provide and in Orange and Pewter by special order. A similar shade is also available in a one arm and two arm sconce (in Black or Ivory) by special order.

Provide is very proud to offer the David Weeks Studio Lighting Collection – for more styles visit the David Weeks Studio website and for more information call Provide at 604.632.0095. We are happy to work with you to quote on specific styles and for shipping and delivery to Canada.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Monday is our last day in Milan and we are reflecting on all that we saw this past week and without a doubt what left the biggest impression was the Zona Tortona. Located in the south west of Milan, The Zona Tortona was filled with a staggering amount of temporary exhibitions and installations during design week. We were amazed by the creativity and the innovation on view - many buildings we entered, transported us through sound, lighting and visuals to unexpected places. It was so impressive and so large, we returned for a second day to experience more. Some of the highlights are pictured above with exhibitions by Toshiba, Samsung and Cannon.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


While walking the halls of the Milan furniture fair, Robert and I discovered a huge array of beautiful product – but we also realized that scale was everything. It really was impressive seeing the size of the "booths" (if you can call them that) of some the big brands. Above are just a few pictures that I took and the one that really made the biggest impact (with a great sense of playfulness) was Kartell. Kartell's space was massive with various built-up structures and signage that paid reference to advertising from a bygone era. Of course the graphic designer in me was thrilled to see the dimensional typography all creatively assembled – very cool!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Yesterday, Robert and I took the trip out to the fair grounds where the Salone was in full swing. It was our first time to the show and it was quite overwhelming approaching the entrance (among thousands of people) to the vast complex of buildings. We decided to head straight for a familiar face – Rina Menardi in hall 16. To our delight, Rina has introduced some stunning new designs and colours to her collection. Above are just a few pictures of the beautiful pieces that we instantly placed an order for. In our first stop at the show, both Robert and I knew our trip to Milan was an immediate success.

The rest of the day was spent viewing impressive displays by some of the most important brands in the industry – It was truly inspiring. More to come...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Our first full day in Milan for Salone del Mobile was spent walking the streets viewing showrooms and special exhibitions within the city itself including a Wallpaper installation at Brioni, Skitsch and B&B Italia. The highlight was without a doubt the designers assembled by Rossana Orlandi at her concept store in the south west of the city centre. Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a multi-level, multi-room complex of buildings and outdoor spaces that are worth the trip to Milan in itself. On view where designs by Jamie Hayon, Bocci, Muuto and Jasper Morrison, just to name a few.

Tonight is the Bacarat party and whatever else we can squeeze in. Tomorrow is day one of the show...

Friday, April 8, 2011


We are just days away before Robert and I leave for Milan to attend the 2011 Salone del Mobile. We are very excited to see the show and what great timing as we are introducing a new accessories collection from Italian artist and designer Nadia Pignatone. Nadia will be showcasing her beautiful work at Moroso's stand in Milan and we will be sure to stop by. Above are some images of our order in Nadia's studio just before it was shipped to us here in Vancouver. Come into Provide to see these unique pieces for yourself – each is wheel-thrown porcelain and decorated with graphic cutouts of rare, vintage kimonos. Absolutely stunning!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Heath Ceramics has just introduced their new limited edition seasonal collection and we at Provide are anxious to place our order. Inspired by warm-weather hues, the 2011 Summer Seasonal collection focuses on two yellow glazes, one glossy and one matte. As well, a soft white is mixed in on sides of serving platters, cups and vases that reminds one of sandy shorelines. The Spun Vase (bottom) is made in a limited quantity of 150 where the top layer of the glaze is stripped away with an etching tool to reveal the glaze beneath.