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Occupational Therapy for Out-of-work Birthday Clowns

Umbra Balloona Confetti Stool

? 2006: Natalie Kruch cdnmapleleaf

22-year-old Natalie Kruch designed this colourful, whimsical stool composed of 500 deflated balloons hand-tied over a wooden frame in 2006 while studying industrial design at the University of Alberta. Umbra approached the young designer about a production version but, although the product was featured in Metropolitan Home magazine in the summer of 2008, it quickly dropped out of production due to unsupportable manufacturing costs. Now Umbra has reintroduced the piece having found a sufficiently undervalued labour pool in Indonesia.

$299.95

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So Canadian … Bet They Piss Maple Syrup

Red Canoe Canadian Heritage Brands T-Shirts

With a fresh take on the souvenir t-shirt, Red Canoe offers high quality pre-washed T’s that celebrate iconic Canadian graphic symbols, from the CP Beaver to the signage along the Trans-Canada Highway. Each comes with a gift bag featuring a classic chocolate-box painting of a Nelson Eddy-esque Mountie.

RCAF Roundel (L, XL or XXL & Child’s 3 or 6)

As a Commonwealth country, Canada used standard British markings on all of its aircraft until just after the end of WWII, when in 1946, a uniquely Canadian roundel was developed incorporating a maple leaf.

Canadian Pacific Beaver (L, XL or XXL)

In 1886, one year after the “last spike” CP adopted the beaver as its corporate symbol, adding them to a lettered shield that had previously served a the company’s logo. In 1946 the beaver was simplified and the familiar modern script-style lettering introduced.

Trans-Canada Highway (L, XL or XXL)

The Trans-Canada Highway is the world’s third longest national highway, with the main route spanning 7,821 km. The system, approved by the Trans-Canada Highway Act of 1948, was officially opened in 1962 with its distinctive white-on-green maple leaf route markers.

Avro Aircraft (XL only)

Avro A.V. Roe Canada Ltd., established in 1945 in Malton Ontario, manufactured aircraft for the RCAF, but is most famous for the design and development of the CF-105 Arrow supersonic interceptor jet (finished in late 1957) and scrapped by the Canadian Government a year later.

Adult styles / sizes: $34.95
Children’s styles / sizes: $21.95

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Local Design, Local Material, Local Manufacture

Swipe celebrates the return of legendary Canadian ceramics designer Koen De Winter. A long time Design Director at Montréal based Danesco, De Winter finally has an extensive line of his own in active production. Here De Winter and Atelier Orange succeed in the technical challenge of fusing local clay stoneware with porcelain elements during firing in order to create a beautiful contrast of material and colour. The line is dishwasher and microwave proof and is hand-produced in Saint-André-Avellin, Québec, Canada.

Lemon Press with Base $32.95
Oil / Vinegar Bottle $45.95
Small Mortar and Pestle $35.95

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, De Winter studied ceramics technology in Belguim and Holland in the 60′s. Prior to emigrating to Canada in 1979, De Winter’s designed several lines for the Danish housewares manufacturer Rosti, some of which remain in production today. As a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal and President of the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers, De Winter has made a significant contribution to the establishment of industrial design as a rigorous profession in Canada. Having previously won the Design Canada Award, De Winter was, in 2005, honoured with Flanders Design’s Henry van de Velde Career Award.

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A French kiss – LIP watches are back!

French industrial design is under-represented here at Swipe. Not because we don’t try, mind you. It just that with the Euro the way it is we have to be careful how much European product we offer. Nothing wrong with $400 teapots as such, but that’s not what we are trying to do here. And so when compared with the sublime beauty of Scandinavian design, the lyrical recklessness of the Italians and the formal rigour of Germans, French designers seem to come up short. French industrial design has a history of stars and comets. The comets come and go and leave you wondering what all the fuss was about. The stars dominate thoroughly. Give that France is the largest net exporter in the E.U. you’d expect that the public here might know the name of even one French designer aside from Starck.

So we’re glad to be able at least to represent last generation’s star in the Swipe firmament with these extraordinary watches by Roger Tallon. Tallon, most notable as the designer of the TGV, visited us at the DX soon after the inaugural journey of the Eruostar linking London and Paris. His work for LIP in the seventies was contemporary without being merely fashionable. I spent the next 15 years wading through the debris that results from a canned search on E-Bay for “LIP” and “watch” (think Barbie lip-gloss/watch combos) trying to get my hands on one of Tallon’s watches, without any luck. Recently American watch manufacturer Nixon has done quite well for themselves with suggestively similar designs. Now (maybe a couple of years too late?) LIP has finally relaunched the series ($325 to $595).

Arguably, the most famous of these is this iconic Aluminum cased Chronograph, originally designed by Tallon in 1973, as part of the Mach 2000 series. The design is easily recognizable with its protruding multicolored crown and chronograph controls set inside the negative space of the asymmetric aluminum watch case.

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