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Go Beyond the Surface: October 2014

Design Ideas for Wall Surfaces

Force of Nature by BYU Design

Dinner by Design is a very cool exhibit at IDSwest that involves three dimensional dining experiences by local and international designers.

We supplied shou-sugi-ban, or charred, wood siding for Bob’s Your Uncle Design‘s dining space. Wow! We love the space (shown in photo above). Entitled “Force of Nature” the powerful dining room was dramatic and sophisticated.


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Our Top Five at IDSwest 2014: from Fashion to Furniture

There’s always so much to see at IDSwest; good thing we’re there for many days so we get the chance to see it all!

Our top five this year is a varied list that includes LED lighting, fashion accessories, pet homes, wine storage and custom furniture – all of it equally inspiring!

bo by mansouri bow ties

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In the Works: Canada House in London and St. John’s College in Vancouver

We’ve been busy working on some very cool projects, locally and internationally!

The first is the revitalization of Canada House in London, United Kingdom. Designed by Stantec, Canada House is the High Commission’s new home that will consolidate Canada’s diplomatic activity in the UK in a single, central location on Trafalgar Square.

We supplied our exclusive Ollitecture architectural panels for the rounded bar in the in-house cafe. Made in Vancouver from upcycled cutoffs of skateboards, the colourful 1.5″ x 6″ wall tiles will be installed vertically. We can’t wait to see the install!

Ollitecture Architectural Wal Panels, Supreme

Another exciting project is the renovation of St. John’s College, a graduate residential college at the University of British Columbia. Working with the boutique design firm 34F Design Inc, we supplied our reclaimed boat wood wall tiles. The 13.5″ x 13.5″ wall tiles will be used to create custom headboards in each of the 14 units.


Stay tuned for photos from both completed projects!

Amanda Forrest on CTV Morning Live

Celebrity interior designer Amanda Forrest was on CTV Morning Live to talk about some of her favourite finds at IDSwest. We’re super excited that some of our eco-friendly wall surfaces made the list.

Amanda Forrest on CTV Morning Live

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We’re Off to China


Metropolitan Hardwood Floors invited us to China to tour their manufacturing facilities. We couldn’t turn down the opportunity to check out how one of our products is made, so we’re off to China!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for live tweets from our trip.

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