I could wax poetic about Vancouver, B.C. ...the art, the food, architecture, the people, the quality of life... all world class and all noteworthy, but Capilano Suspension Bridge Park took my breath away. High pedestrian suspension bridges and boardwalks weave you through the boughs of 400-800 year old pine forests, lichen gleaming and mist on the rise, it is a sensational experience any day of the year. I trekked the treetops in teaming rain on an unusually cold day, and still the beauty eclipsed the weather.
This shapely brass and steel cake server is a gorgeous handcrafted accoutrement for dessert. Each piece by Mitsuhiro Konishi is hand crafted in Gifu, Japan. The tone of the brass handle will range from light to dark caramel tones as the patina develops with use.
Canadian made in small batches in the dreamiest scents, Woodlot's handmade, vegan and gluten free soaps are the perfect way too usher in calm in this new year. Essential oils mixed with olive, coconut, and avocado protect and nourish your skin while scents like Amour, Cinder, and Recharge are deeply aromatherapeutic.
When I was in graduate school for photography at Yale School of Art in the late 80's Steven Shore was the name on everyones lips. At a time when classic modernist photography had already given way to new color photography and post modernism was in quick ascent, Shore's iconic color images were a through line in the landscape of the medium. I loved his work for its quirky cultural critique but his images resonated most because of his sensitivity to light, something that was at the core of my own practice. MoMA just mounted the first retrospective of Shore's work, certain to impress with a collection of images spanning forty years. Exhibit runs through the end of May.
This eponymous clothing line led by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran is a collective, independent design project , bringing together a team that is united by a shared work philosophy, with clothing at its core. Gorgeous knits in the most cult worthy colors and pants cut with impeccable detail, the collections are designed and developed in the Marais district of Paris nearby the 28 rue de Poitou historic shop but luckily for us we can find all their wares stateside including collaborations with Uniqlo at a wallet friendly price.
Just over the US/Canadian border and close to the capital city Ottowa, Rideau Lakes boasts some of the most gorgeous water front, nature hikes, and towering cliffs in the region. Three hundred and ten miles of shoreline excluding the Rideau Waterway (a Unesco Heritage Site), form the backbone of the local economy where farming and tourism flourish throughout the year. An easy five hour drive from New York City and you are transported into what feels like deep wilderness one day or quaint small town living another bookending a perfect get away,