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Interior, graphic, and industrial design, along with other visual delights found on my global journeys.

Design North America The Arts
Art on the Street – NYC II
February 23, 2017
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Art on the Street – NYC II
New York street art is a high turnover business. New walls appear and disappear as fast as developers can tear down old buildings and replace them with shiny new ones. Not to mention the threat of other artists painting over your work, and legal walls being rotated through murals to keep the urban landscape fresh. […]
Design Latin America
Colours of Rio Carnival
August 11, 2016
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Colours of Rio Carnival
I was hoping the 2016 Olympics would signal my return to Brazil. It’s been five years since my first Rio Carnival experience and I would like to go back and party like only Brazilians know how – with music, colour and drama, that doesn’t stop for a tropical deluge or two. I’d like to sip […]
Design Travel
My Favourite Five Podcasts for Travel & Creativity
July 28, 2016
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My Favourite Five Podcasts for Travel & Creativity
In the last two years I’ve become an avid podcast listener. Okay a podcast addict. I love to multitask, so learning through podcasts as I exercise or cook dinner feels super productive. They’re also great entertainment on flights, a source of valuable travel tips and inspiring stories from other creatives. Best of all, most of them […]
Design North America
Wine by Design – Niagara On The Lake
June 2, 2016
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Wine by Design – Niagara On The Lake
Who hasn’t chosen a bottle of vino based largely on the label design?? When faced with a wall of wine at the local liquor store and not much of a clue – I certainly have. This past weekend Sir James and I took a leisurely drive to the U.S.-Canada border to witness the thundering cascades […]
Design North America
Art on the Street – New York City
May 19, 2016
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Art on the Street – New York City
What better place to experience street art than its childhood playground, New York City. Beginning not far away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first graffiti migrated to NYC in the 1960’s, and rooted itself in street gangs marking their territory. Early writers tagged subway cars and these moving canvases made the work visible around the city, […]
Architecture Design
Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
May 12, 2016
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Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
Kawara, traditional roof tiles of Japan, not only keep the rain out, they have personality, meaning and spiritual symbolism. You cannot travel to Japan without noticing the tidiness, attention to detail and deliberate use of design to improve the look of dull and everyday objects to create a beautiful living environment. Whether it is a carefully […]
Design Latin America
A Catalogue of Cuba’s Classic Cars
May 5, 2016
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A Catalogue of Cuba’s Classic Cars
Need I explain why Cuba’s classic cars are so cool? I’m not even a “car person” and I could sit in a street-side bar for hours, mojito in hand, watching this living museum of automobiles parade by. You see this is particularly unusual for me. I come from a family of motorsport enthusiasts. My father is a mechanic, who […]
Design North America
Art on the Street – Philly Edition
March 17, 2016
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Art on the Street – Philly Edition
This post is unlike others in the Art on the Street series, because this Philadelphia street art is legal! Most of Art on the Street series features urban art, some legal walls like Wynwood Walls and Hosier Lane, but most could be sprayed with labels like “graffiti” and “vandalism” to a point. The Philly edition is different, […]
Architecture Design Nature
Textures of Tokyo
February 11, 2016
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Textures of Tokyo
While Tokyo’s colours are subdued when compared with many other parts of Asia, the city is full of wonderful forms and textures. I recently spent two weeks discovering autumnal Tokyo. From the wandering around imposing stone walls of the Imperial Palace, to sitting down to a bowl of tender tuna sashimi at the Tsukiji fish […]
Design North America The Arts
Art on the St. – Miami
January 21, 2016
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Art on the St. – Miami
If there is a street art heaven, this might be it - Wynwood, Miami. Wall to wall splattered, stroked and sprayed with luminous colour in countless styles.
Architecture Design North America
Hemingway’s Home or Pfeiffer’s Palace
January 13, 2016
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Hemingway’s Home or Pfeiffer’s Palace
Behind every great man there is an equally great and probably more stylish woman, and for author Ernest Hemingway this was certainly true. If they had named it Pfeiffer House no one would come. It would have long ago been sold and converted into a guest house like many others in Key West. The Spanish […]
Architecture Design Style
2015 Duende Readers’ Favourites
December 3, 2015
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2015 Duende Readers’ Favourites
As the year draws to a close, I will be packing my suitcase and heading to where the sun is shining on new inspiration. If you are fortunate enough to put your feet up over the silly season and are looking to catch up on some reading, may I suggest you begin with the Duende […]