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URBAN LAMPSCAPES OFFERS UNIQUE DESIGNS FOR CONDO, LOFT & HOME DWELLERS AROUND THE WORLD

I’d like to welcome new client URBAN LAMPSCAPES and introduce you to their stunning customizable range of lamps with street-art inspired designs and colours. www.urbanlampscapes.com/SLIDER X6b (1)A couple of months ago, I met Charles Ezerzer, CEO & General Manager and his co-founder, Artistic Director Joe Ponciano when I attended the annual Toronto Interior Design Show and was stopped in my tracks by the collection of art/lights in their booth (below)…..DSC07961…I found their lampshades intriguing and edgy – perfect for the urban loft dweller or condo resident! They even showcased flat wall lamps that look like illuminated posters.DSC07964DSC07965I was hooked on Toronto-based Urban Lampscapes products and quickly set up a meeting to chat with Charles and Joe to discuss introducing them to my interior designer and decorator friends as well as share their lighting concepts with all my artsy-fartsy friends (of whom I have many!).  I recently suggested that Charles offer some insights into his company’s concept and design esthetics so here’s what he told me:

What inspired you to create the business Urban Lampscapes?
I think it takes more than a single moment to compel someone to do something unusual and risky. For me, one of those moments was as I sat in yet another airport waiting for my flight home with my best friend, Joe Ponciano (Urban Lampscapes’ Artistic Director), when I realized we had been traveling together for more than 20 years wandering along the backstreets and main thoroughfares around the world in search of our shared passion: street art. Between us, we had shot over 20,000 images at that time. With him being the more talented photographer with an eye for details and myself being more creative and design-motivated, I thought we should share our work and mutual passion within a business infrastructure so we started implementing our customizable lamp business in 2014.IMG_1599IMG_1377IMG_1632Instead of simply offering a set standard series of lamps and shades, why did you feel it was important to offer customizable DIY lamps for you customers?
We could have simply offered a set range of lampshade designs and we may do a limited line in the future, but for us we’ve learned how different people’s tastes are, especially when it comes to art. We want to give each customer the same experience as if they are buying a print from a gallery except this serves a dual purpose; art piece / designer lighting.gallery_aw100025_tb_1Who are your customers?
Urban Lampscapes’ primary customers tend to be individuals who like to express themselves, be creative and look for different unique accessories to fill their homes. We’re seeing lots of downtown condo and loft dwellers across a broad age range – teens to the groovy 55+!IMG_3324ABOUT_2Do you think lighting is an under-utilized décor accessory?
With today’s new technology and energy-efficiencies, it has become more important than ever to ensure that one is contributing to a greener world. With LED lighting becoming more affordable and reliable, home illumination is being re-thought and better designs are emerging. Urban Lampscapes materials and designs are specifically made to take advantage of LED technology. Remember, lighting directly impacts how you set the mood in a space so it should be given considerable thought.gallery_aw100018_fl_1gallery_aw100183_tb_1You attended a trade show in China last month (April) – were you inspired by any local street art there?China is one of the hardest places to find street-art because as soon as it goes up, a fresh coat of white paint is immediately applied over it. It doesn’t mean we didn’t get any great images but it is harder to find. As for design, it’s always inspiring to see what creative style is being combined with traditional style to create something new. (below, Joe & Charles @ far east trade show).IMG_1508IMG_1640IMG_1578IMG_1644Do you have plans for other int’l travels to discover new street art?
We are always on the go, adding to our collection and discovering new works that push the limits of street art and the boundaries of creativity. Below, here’s Joe posting in front of a wall hoarding during the recent China trip.IMG_1665 (1)Do you ship your lamps to customers around the world or just in Canada?
Yes, we ship all over the world – we make our lamps dual voltage so they can work anywhere. All you have to do is log onto to our website, choose your base shape & size, your shade design & size then click-click-done! Easy as sitting on a park bench and texting with your Smartphone!computersWhere do you see the business expanding in the future? 
Currently, we’re happy to work with customers who want their own photographs or artwork, and have also been asked to start offering our work as prints, especially by corporations looking for corporate gifts or incentives which is all in the works. We’ve previously undertaken customized work for corporations and will be expanding our commercial trade division as well.

Want to learn more about this exciting new concept in art~lighting? Visit www.urbanlampscapes.com/ and browse through their catalogue.try this

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COME STROLL THRU TORONTO’S “INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW” WITH ME

Now in its 18th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design to the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre (Jan.22-24). With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers & leading products, IDS is not just a fair — it’s a total design experience.  http://www.interiordesignshow.com/

Now you know what the show is about, let me be your virtual tour guide – I spent a few hours strolling through the aisles today courtesy of Mark Gleberzon of MJG Gallery, viewing the latest styles of interior designs, furnishings, home accessories…and really cool stuff I wish I could afford! Let’s get started….20160122_120010Arriving at the top of the escalators, we’re all presented with totes, magazines and the official show program. I always like to start at the east end of the giant showroom, then work my way towards the far west end. Thank goodness for comfortable sneakers and Dr. Scholl’s arch supports. LOL !20160122_120034My first stop was to say hi to Joe & Charles at the ART2LIGHTS booth (below) showcasing groovy light fixtures incorporating fab art with the form & function. Check out their cool lights…  http://art2lights.com/DSC07961 DSC07964 20160122_120517DSC07965Just a few aisles away and tucked around the back, I discovered the beautiful display from Kitigan.com, an organization that cultivates Aboriginal arts. On display were various artists’ works including beadwork, carvings, jewellery, home decor, moccasins…. DSC07976 DSC07979 20160122_121442The Weavers Art exhibit (below) offered stunning floor coverings in all manner of texture, design and colour. I ran my hands over all the rugs and carpeting, feeling the sculpting and woven images. Lush, luxurious and so beautiful. www.weaversart.com 

DSC07995 Here are a few more booths ….was lovin’ all the wooden chairs and mid-century modern & shaker influences.20160122_122023 20160122_121214 20160122_121237DSC07990Every year, the folks at Urban Barn put on a fabulous show and again, their room vignettes stopped me in my tracks!  www.urbanbarn.com   Just look at all the great accessories and furnishings…don’t ya just love the wee piggies and that sexy little mermaid?DSC07999DSC07996DSC08001DSC0800220160122_122733Farrow & Ball originates from the county of Dorset, in England. They are craftsmen in paint and paper, and they certainly have a great sense of whimsy as you can see by the herd of beasties populating their booth below. Check out their fashionable colour range at www.farrow-ball.com (their Toronto showroom is at 1054 Yonge).20160122_125014 20160122_125056 20160122_125106Flamingos! Is this Miami? The ladies of Digital Print Specialties & South Hill Interiors blew my mind with this super fab booth showcasing their large print format designs and stunning furnishings and accessories. Check ’em out yourselves online at www.digitalprintspecialties.com  and www.southhillinteriors.com DSC08003 20160122_123056Found him! Meet Mark Gleberzon of MJG Gallery – he kindly provided the guest passes for my photographer Gabriella and me. Mark was not only showcasing his own artwork but also other artists he represents like Ian Busher whose giant moose is featured behind Mark (I have one of Ian’s smaller works hanging on my wall at home that I purchased from Mark last year).DSC08014 DSC08020Sharing Mark’s space was Zenporium.com custom design furniture using “guilt-free” wood that is reclaimed, salvaged or responsibly harvested (below).20160122_123839 20160122_123856Texas-born sculptor/now furniture designer Peter Glassford welcomed Gabriella and me into his booth where I just had to try his unique “Laredo Chair” (pictured below). Surprisingly, it was one of the most comfortable chairs my bottom had test-driven all day! Peter has partnered with a Guadalajara-based firm to hand-craft his unique sculptural pieces. Check more of Peter’s designs and his story here: www.peterglassford.comDSC08030 20160122_135042I wanna know who that lady in a lab coat is and what she’s doing here….any suggestions?20160122_122124The Caviar20 exhibition was intriguing and artfull; the multi-coloured acrylic sculpture looked gorgeous in the bright lights. I just loved this wooden bench carved to look like tufted upholstery. Thanks, Gabs, for all the photo snapping.  www.caviar20.comDSC08034 20160122_135557 20160122_135431So much to see at IDS but oh my feet were aching…..time to head home but not before a few more random shots:20160122_121905 20160122_121938 20160122_124442Don’t forget, the show runs only this weekend (Jan 23 & 24) at the MTCC in Toronto so come on down…. www.interiordesignshow.com 20160122_124438