Make & Give: A Book Launch

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Here at Swipe, we’ve always considered ourselves on the fringe of the craft movement. Steph Hung and Erin Jang are pretty well in the middle of it. Their mutual love of making gifts for friends and family resulted in their brand-new book, Make & Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day. Creative, fun, thoughtful, cute but not cutesy, and very nicely designed (which, let’s face it, we always like), it’s a bit of bright and cheery all wrapped up in nice and easy.

On Wednesday 22 October at 6 p.m. we’ll be launching Make & Give in the Urbanspace Gallery right next to Swipe. There’ll be cookies, craft demos with the authors, a Q&A, books to buy and more. (And did we mention cookies?)

Swing by and join us!

Urban Acupuncture:
A Book Launch

Visionary Brazilian architect, urbanist and politician Jaime Lerner has received substantial recognition for his environmental and transportation initiatives and his work relating to the improvement of human settlements. Former president of the International Union of Architects (UIA), three-term mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, and twice governor of Parana State, he played a leading role both in the urban reinvention that gave Brazil a name for urban planning, socio-environmental programs and public transportation, and in the social and economic transformation of Parana.

We’re excited to be hosting the launch of Urban Acupuncture, the first of Jaime Lerner’s books to be published in English, on October 20, 2014.

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By examining “pinpricks” of change – small interventions that bring people together and spark interest and action among the citizenry – Lerner invites us to re-imagine the true building blocks of vibrant communities in a discussion of “urban acupuncture.”

An RSVP to this event buys your ticket to ‘An Evening with Jaime Lerner’ and your copy of the book Urban Acupuncture.

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Jaime Lerner will be available for book signing after the presentation.

 

 

The New Black. And the Other New Black.

If you happen to have read our original post on the revolutionary Mutewatch, you’d know that this design-conscious timepiece is not only a sleekly styled, conversation-worthy accessory, but also a practical everyday wristwatch, complete with alarm, timer and USB-charging port. Plus a touchscreen interface and glowing, on-off LED display. And while we might trumpet about the perfect synchronicity of form and functionality, it can’t. Because it’s mute. Silent. Noise free. Even in alarm mode.

For the last six months it’s been available at Swipe – the only Mutewatch retailer in Canada – in Poppy Red and Charcoal Grey. Both bold, both beautiful.

So what’s next? (Drum roll.) Enter Svart. This special-edition black (svart) Mutewatch comes with geometric gold detailing and a kaleidoscopically inspired gift box. Created in collaboration with Swedish artist Jesper Nyrén, it draws on the connections between shape and content, nature and architecture: “I have started with thoughts about time and repetition,” explains Nyrén, producing a design “based on crystalline shapes that are repeated, mirrored and shift in different colours.” Just released, it’s gorgeous and ultimately giftable.

And if you’re pining for basic black, but ornamentation is not your thing, no need to worry. Another new addition, Pure Black, has also joined its red and grey siblings in the classic Mutewatch.

All four styles can be purchased at Swipe. Quantities are limited, so call or email to secure yours.

Mutewatch (Poppy Red, Charcoal Grey or Pure Black): $299.95
Mutewatch Svart by Jesper Nyrén: $329.95

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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or email us at info@swipe.com.

Fido Come Home! (The Great Swipe Dog-Tag Drive)

If you’ve shopped at Swipe over the years, chances are you’ve seen one of these. You’ve likely got one or two hiding in your wallet, or lurking at the back of a drawer. Maybe you’re one of those hoarders (we know you’re out there) with a box full of them under the bed. Or a vaseful on the mantel. Or a sparkling array still attached to last year’s Christmas tree. (They come in red and green, as well as blue, silver and gold.) Wherever they are, we want ’em back.

Only a finite number of these shiny little suckers were ever made. And we are almost out. At the end of the leash. Scraping the bottom of the dog-tag barrel. So we’re putting out the call: round ’em up; hunt ’em down; flush those dog tags out of hiding and trade them in at either of our stores – Swipe Design at 401 Richmond, or Swipe DX at the Design Exchange.

They’re just like cash, only better, because they’ve got our name on them. They never expire. You’ll enjoy the sweet-tasting goodness of getting something for nothing, and we’ll get the chance to pass a bit of dog-tag love on to even more of our loyal customers. And if they happen to be attached to your dog? Well, bring Fido too.

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