Canadian design team creates intelligent housewares
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Article content Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu have been asked for ages about creating a line of home goods.
It’s a reasonable question for the internationally famous Canadian design partners. Having reached the pinnacle of luxury residential, hospitality and commercial design, surely a houseware line would be logical? And given their expertise at the high end, a collaboration with a partner like Limoges or Herms would also make sense. It’s a safe bet either would be delighted to have them.
Instead, they took another route, turning away from the upper upper to create departo a line of understated, finely detailed furniture, ceramics, linens, metalwork and glassware that’s functional, portable, versatile and affordable: a stoneware coffee cup is $20, a cast iron candlestick is $60.
Prices hermes berkin replica under 50 dollars
for single pieces top out at $657 for a folding bench made out of ash legs on a steel structure with leather handles, with a canvas seat.
Article content The through line is that every detail has a purpose, which Yabu thinks users will discover through a thousand tiny tells: the coffee mug that’s wide enough to hold soup and designed to cool it at a good pace, stackable bowls with grabbable half moon lips that also fit together for a centrepiece or serving station.
Little details like rounded legs on hanging tables mean fewer scuffed walls. Photo by Supplied Chairs, benches and tables fold easily and can be either hung on a wall or tucked under an arm. Nothing needs to be assembled, and no special screwdrivers or fasteners are involved. “I was not sure the world needed another high end coffee cup. Besides, a Herms mug is pretty clear about its message from the start. There is a more interesting challenge in a departo mug, which will grow on you, because so much thought has gone into it.”Story continues below
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Article content The studied sparseness and deep thoughtfulness of the design came in part from their experience working on micro hotels. “We saw everything being reduced in scale. With condo living and urbanization, we just don’t have the luxury of space anymore. And that’s endemic around the world,” says Yabu.
Pieces are described as essentials for global nomads. Photo by Supplied At the same time, he says, people are losing interest in amassing possessions.
“They’re more nomadic: they want to experience, to travel. When they come home, they can reminisce over coffee in a beautiful departo mug, rather than blowing it on a Paul Smith mug that will mean they have to wait longer for the next trip, the next journey.”
That ethos is reflected in the name, which references Yabu’s love of Japan’s elaborate department stores. “In Japanese culture they think it’s cool to adapt English words but they like to shorten them. Department store becomes departo. You look at the word and see “depart”, “art”, “go”, “to”. They all evoke going places.”Story continues below.