- 9:21 am - Tue, Jul 10, 2012
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For the 2012 Canada Blooms Garden Festival, Toronto-based landscape design firm b sq. Design Studio turned 105 standard-sized (48” long x 40” wide x 5” tall) pallets into a garden area featuring planter boxes planted with herbs, a water feature, and a 12-foot-tall playhouse with a “roof deck.”
Recycled wood pallets were chosen as the primary material for this feature garden as they were a commonly available material that everyone recognizes but only as an industrial object. Our challenge was to take this common element and make it into something beautiful and interesting that could be dismantled after the show and then returned into the commercial market once again to function as shipping pallets.
For more new uses for pallets, check out the archive here.
- 9:41 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
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Toronto is one of my favorite North American cities. Even though I haven’t lived in Toronto in more than 15 years, I’ve made several return visits, for business and pleasure, and enjoy keeping tabs on what’s happening there.
Over the past several years, I’ve noticed a handful of examples of creative reuse around town, particularly in restaurants and bars on the west side.
One such restaurant, Parts and Labour, designed by Castor, features lamps made from fire extinguishers (pictured above) and burned-out fluorescent tubes (shown below); bar stool bases are former truck springs. (photos by Lorne Bridgman, via zagat)
North of Parts and Labour, at a more recently opened place called Kitch, the bar’s constructed from wood reclaimed from a 70-year-old bowling alley. Salvaged stereo speakers are also part of the decor. (photo via Toronto Life magazine)
My brief roundup also includes Bar Neon (pictured below), where original ceilings were exposed after sections of drywall were removed during renovation. There, drinks will be served from an old shipping container (still under construction, from what I gather), and bathroom floors are inlaid with pennies. (photos by Gizelle Lau, via Toronto Life magazine)
Are there other examples that I should know about (and visit)?
- 9:13 am - Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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In Toronto, several people who work together in a group known as “The Art of Reuse” open up pop-up thrift shops in different locations every six months or so, selling merchandise — many items one-of-a-kind — they’ve handpicked (or “curated,” as they say) from thrift stores around metro Toronto.
The group aims to “re-invent thrift shopping and the connotation it comes with, whether that be negative or positive,” by creating “well-branded, aesthetically pleasing” shopping environments with merchandise priced at $50 or less.
The temporary stores are “meant to cater to both the fashion conscious and the frugal customer alike.”
In The Globe and Mail, Katharine Scarrow reports:
“It’s never been about generating cash quickly, but raising awareness about thrifting and teaching people about sustainability,” says [group member] Courtney [Eastman].
In the six months leading up to [a store opening], the group spends four to five days a week, fanning to three to four shops a day, scouring each one for roughly an hour at a time. That’s roughly 480 hours of picking (and ultimately ditching) piles of clothes and accessories leading up to the main event.
More: In Pictures: Pop-up thrift shop draws a stylish crowd - The Globe and Mail
- 2:43 am - Sun, Jun 5, 2011
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Toronto has an abundance of planter boxes along its streets. Unfortunately many of them have been neglected and have become makeshift trashcans void of any actual plants. Fortunately, Toronto is also home to artist Sean Martindale, who had the vision to beautify the sometimes crumbling cement planters. Having received the Toronto FEAST Project Grant, he recruited 17 other artists, designers, and gardeners to complete his project, “Outside the Planter Boxes.”
Contributor Martin Reis used Legos to cleverly patch some of the planters. Find more photos on his website.
- 4:32 pm - Mon, Aug 23, 2010
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Sign up for BIXI!!! http://toronto.bixi.com/index.php/frontend/news
Bike sharing rolls out in Toronto: An estimated 80 docking stations will be installed in the city’s central core in spring 2011.
Noteworthy (and admirable): the promotion of Bixi gift certificates to businesses to purchase for their employees.
(Personal note: As a veteran of several Toronto winters, I’d be inclined to discount the subscription rate from November-March, the less-desirable months for cycling!)
Earlier bike-sharing posts can be found here.