Art Deco and the Cocktail’s Influence on an Era

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Article by Lindsay Rose-McLean

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rt deco is a term applied to a popular aesthetic movement that was prominent in parts of Europe, Britain, and North America between 1910 and 1939. It was introduced on a grand scale in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris, France. Close associations with both decorative …

A Passage Through Time And Space: The Hall in Victorian Row-house Architecture

Ground-floor hall of Mackenzie House Museum in Toronto

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Article by Lindsay Rose-McLean

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s a gateway into the home, the front hall serves to convey an important first impression of wealth, status, and aesthetic taste. Nowhere more consciously constructed was this
impression than in typical row-house architecture of the mid-Victorian period. Also referred to as town-house, or terrace architecture, row housing was a popular solution of the …

A Toronto Gem: Gustav Hahn and the Spadina Billiard Room Frieze

Gustav Hahn’s billiard room frieze for the Austins’ home, Spadina, in Toronto.

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James Austin S. Thompson

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hen albert and Mary austin returned to toronto after living in Winnipeg for
fourteen years, they decided to commission a local artist to design and execute the interior for the billiard room at Spadina, their home, located at the Davenport Road hill. The billiard room frieze at Spadina was an early commission for the …

the tall narrow canvas of William Grit Laskin

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Article by Judy Donnelly

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illiam Grit Laskin is one of North America’s pre-eminent luthiers and inlay artists. Since the early 1970s he has built beautifully-crafted guitars, and pushed the decorative element of the instruments by developing a unique inlay style, highly personalized to reflect his customers’ lives and interests. His craft has earned him accolades, awards and clients …

print in context

Berries print

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Article by Chloë Catán

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orking from her studio in Toronto, Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson has built a hugely successful brand of colourful prints on clothing, shawls, home furnishings and children’s wear. Founded in 2001, the collection is now carried in stores all over the world such as Barneys, Holt Renfrew and Liberty’s. After attending Parsons School of …

Lyle and the moderne

John M. T-Square

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Article by Glenn McArthur

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ohn M. Lyle was one of the pre-eminent architects of the first half of the twentieth century in Canada. He was acknowledged by his peers as a leading architectural spokesperson, one who worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the profession through his teaching, writing, curating and lecturing. Moving to Toronto from New York …

Flat Motifs: The Eclectic Designs of the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Vaudeville Sets

Peacock Set

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Article by Chloë Catán

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hen the Ontario Heritage Trust1 took on the ambitious project of restoring the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres twenty years ago, they were fully aware that this initiative would save one of the world’s last surviving double-decker theatres. What they were not expecting was to stumble upon the largest collection of original vaudeville …