Thursday, March 5, 2015

Inside the studio: Lori Harrison

Toronto based designer and maker Lori Harrison has a keen eye for observing things worn and weathered, as she is able to see the beauty and patterns created through the natural process of decay.  Lori’s experimentation began 15 years ago when her natural inclination to be creative pushed her to start experimenting with screen-printing at home. Lori who’s background is graphics, marketing and branding has always been interested in making and what started as a desire to create furniture and pieces for herself has grown into a successful business. 

Behind all of Lori’s pieces is a strong sense of narrative. Most everything in her line has been inspired by a photograph of something she has observed that links pattern, texture and narrative together with a specific time and place. From these initial images she designs everything from furniture pieces to paintings to home accessories.

The patter on the Venice cushion (above) was inspired by the peeling paint on a wall that Lori encountered on one of her travels. "The wall of a seaside home is returning to its elements. Peeling stucco and a scatter of lights and darks. The manufactured wall, relaxing into the sun, sand and salt, rediscovers randomness."

Lori’s carefully handmade pieces can be found in exclusive stores across Canada including Hollace Cluny, Pavilion and Cocoon Furniture in Toronto.

Written by Krista Ross for Escapade.  All photos courtesy of Lori Harrison

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

At home: Toronto designer Lori Harrison

Toronto based furniture and textile artist Lori Harrison's home has a clean modern aesthetic with a strong emphasis on natural prints and textures that are the signature of her eponymous line. Fresh, bright and marked with contemporary clean lines, the space feels airy and spacious despite for a small condo. Warm woods, rich textiles and small splashes of colour really bring the space to life and make it feel warm and inviting. Touches of Lori's own work are found throughout her home with her own textiles, (her handprinted pillows are a favourite of mine!) as well as pieces from her own artwork and furniture. Lori's belief that our homes and our lives should be filled with beautiful, meaningful things definitely comes through. All of the components work together cohesively to create a feeling that is relaxed and approachable yet still refined - understated, modern elegance. 

Stay tuned for an interview with Lori tomorrow and a further insight on her work and process. 

See more of her work and purchase her textiles at

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Decorist Showhouse by 30 Collins

Calm, soothing, comfortable... three words that immediately come to mind when seeing the Decorist Show House by 30 Collins and New York and LA based design firm founded by Nicole Heininger and David Corbin. Designed completely in soft neutral tones and light coloured woods, the space has a very light, bright and airy feeling, with a nod to bohemian  and mid century modern details. This is a great example of an all white space looking very warm and approachable, through using several shades of white, cream and beige and accents of soft grey. Natural wood and brass accents add a bit of extra warmth that make the space really glow. 

All photos: 30 Collins