Lady Gaga, Sex in the City, Jason Statham: MYKITA Eyewear Love

MYKITA SS11

Various MYKITA Eyewear: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jason Statham, Booka Shade, Lady Gaga - Photos c/o http://www.mykita.com

Founded in 2003 by Moritz Krueger, Philipp Haffmans, Daniel Haffmans and Harald Gottschling, the avant-garde German eyewear manufacturer MYKITA has become a favourite amoungst big name celebrities the world over.  Renowned for their unique designs, genius collaborations, and patented screwless and solderless hinge technology – these handcrafted glasses are truly works of art.

At downtown Toronto’s Josephson Opticians, the two co-founders of MYKITA gave It’s All Style To Me a guided tour of their products.  “We originally thought of using our names, but then the company name would too long,” joked CEO & Creative Director, Moritz Krueger.  Designer & Co-Founder Philipp Haffmans continued, “MYKITA is derived from the word MY associated with the eye and KITA, which is a common abbreviation for the German word Kindertagesstätte.”  The firm’s first office was a former day nursery, so there you have it.

The MYKITA product range is absolutely incredible.  Especially when you take into account that all of their eyewear is handcrafted.  With so many options, I could see why Lady Gaga couldn’t pick just one pair.  Optical collections included COLLECTION NO1, DECADES, LITE, COLLECTION NO2, LUXE, and MINT.  My personal favourite is the MYKITA COLLECTION NO2 line – more specifically, the HANKS and DRIES models.  As for the sunglasses, I couldn’t focus on anything outside of the collaborative pink scuba mask inspired Bernhard Willhelm and black utilitarian Rad Hourani sunglasses.  New for SS11, another pair of Mylon material favourites – the Romain Kremer collaboration in white and yellow, inspired by protective eyewear.

Josephson Opticians

MYKITA Eyewear Preview at Josephson Opticians, 60 Bloor St West, Toronto - Click Here For More Photos

Josephson Opticians is hosting the MYKITA Trunk Show on Tuesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 24th from 11:00AM-6:00PM.  Both Moritz Krueger and Philipp Haffmans will be present to answer any questions you may have.  For more information please visit www.josephson.ca.  For event photos please visit the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.

MYKITA Founders

MYKITA Founders - Photo c/o http://www.mykita.com

MYKITA Celebs

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Interior Design Meets Fashion: Glenn & David Dixon

Dixon House

Design by Dixon House - Glenn & David Dixon

Glenn & David Dixon

Toronto-based interior designer Glenn Dixon, is well known from his work on television including the W Network’s, “Take This House and Sell It.”  In 2009, to celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday, Glenn was commissioned by Mattel to develop a home line of furnishings and accessories to promote the occasion.  His work has been profiled in many magazines and he’s been a guest on several television and radio programs throughout Canada and the USA.

His brother David Dixon, is a fashion designer who had apprenticed under Alfred Sung in 1995, before establishing his own line in 1999.   Rejecting the more common approach of radically moving from one trend to another, David has a modernist openness towards emerging fashion design preferring the quiet elegance of simplified and modern silhouettes.  It must be working because he’s garnered a loyal following among film and fashion celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and others.

Four of Canada’s most creative siblings came together at this year’s Interior Design Show, to transform one 600 square foot space each, into a unique statement of design.  The Dixon brothers’ 600 square foot Room of Wishes, is a harmonious juxtaposition of Glenn’s pizazz-filed interior design and David’s elegant minimalist approach to fashion.  Light, softly diffused by hundreds of paper cranes hanging from the ceiling, provides serene illumination to an interior that is contemporary, gender neutral, with an air of Classic Chanel to it.  The L-shaped sectional is replaced with a more inclusive and space-saving C-shaped one, complemented with a round rather than square coffee table.   Their creative collaboration goes beyond the project for IDS11.  If fact, they’ve recently embarked on a joint venture – an interior and product design (furniture) company called Dixons House.

Glenn was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule at IDS11 and give the followers of It’s All Style To Me a quick interior design tip.  Below is the IDS produced background video of Glenn and David talking about the Sibling Revelry challenge, followed by Glenn’s message to It’s All Style To Me:

Opening Night: Toronto Interior Design Show 2011

IDS11

“All You Need Is Love,” was the theme of last night’s 13th annual Interior Design Show Launch Party and industry, media, local celebrities, and anyone with enough love to fork out $55/$60 for entry were rewarded justly.  The interior design aficionados, all eager to get an early jump on the latest in home and commercial design, braved the queues to pack the mammoth three hundred thousand plus square foot North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  The conference centre pulsated to the beats of DJ JJ Flores, as free samples of double-macaroni and cheese pasta, ice cream, chocolate drizzled waffles, pretzels, and Zaza espresso provided the fuel to navigate the maze of over 300 exhibits.

Timothy Oulton

Timothy Oulton, UpCountry

One of the highlights of the opening night was a chance to get an early look at First Seating, presented by Plan B, Vitra, and Swarovski Elements.  First Seating is an auction of 20 retooled iconic Vitra Panton Chairs by Canada’s leading architects, designers, and stylists that include Bruce Mau Design, Cecconi Simone, Greta Constantine, Karim Rashid, Katherine Newman and II by IV, all in support of Casey House.

Attendees also had a chance to preview the Sibling Revelry creations.  Four of Canada’s most creative siblings:  David & Glenn Dixon, Jason & Lars Dressler, Sarah & Theo Richardson, and My & Thien Ta-Trung, partnered up in transforming a 600 square foot space into their own unique statement of design.  I spoke with celebrity television interior designer Sarah Richardson, who explained that in addition to the time and space constraints of the project, there was the added challenge of reverse engineering the design of the space by starting rather than ending with key design pieces such as the Rich, Brilliant, Willing lamps.  Theo Richardson, who is one third of design studio Rich, Brilliant, Willing, provided the primary-hued designs, which became the inspiration for the brother-sister team’s overall vision for each of the rooms within the 600 square foot space.

Sarah and Theo Richardson - Sibling Revelry

Sarah and Theo Richardson - Sibling Revelry

The show runs between January 27-30, and includes a debut Canadian lecture from internationally acclaimed designer/architect Jean Marie Massaud.  Massaud will talk about his experience working with Chanel and Dior, as well as his award-winning collaboration with Glas Italia.  American Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne (UofT Graduate House, Toronto and Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles) will also be there, as will British-born designer Michael Young (PSi Tower, Hong Kong).  Celebrity guests to include Sarah Richardson, Steven & Chris, Massive Change’s Bruce Mau Design, famed industrial designer Karim Rashid, Toronto’s 3rd Uncle, and the local fashion design stars of Greta Constantine.

Too many to list, I’ve gone ahead and posted my top picks on the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.  The show is open to the public on Saturday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m and Sunday January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You can purchase your tickets online, or head down to Front Street and buy them at the door for $22.  For more information please visit the IDS11 website at www.interiordesignshow.com.

Toronto Interior Design Show 2011 Preview

Interior Design Show 2011

IDS11 Designs by: Zenit, Andrew Richard Designs, Brothers Dressler, Atelier 688, Wheeler's Studio, 18 Karat, Jean Willoughby

Celebrating its 13th year, Toronto’s Interior Design Show kicks off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre next week.  Shauna Levy and her team have curated an exceptional roster of trail blazers from across Canada and around the globe to headline the event.  Highlights of the show, which will run between January 27-30, include a debut Canadian lecture from internationally acclaimed designer/architect Jean Marie Massaud.  Massaud will talk about his experience working with Chanel and Dior, as well as his award-winning collaboration with Glas Italia.

American Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne (UofT Graduate House, Toronto and Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles) will also be there, as will British-born designer Michael Young (PSi Tower, Hong Kong).  Other attractions to include the Sibling Revelry Challenge, where Canada’s most creative siblings will partner to transform 600 sq. ft. spaces into unique designs and the Casey House fundraising campaign involving the auctioning off of customized Vitra Panton Chairs.  Celebrity guests to include Sarah Richardson, Steven & Chris, Massive Change’s Bruce Mau Design, famed industrial designer Karim Rashid, Toronto’s 3rd Uncle, and the local fashion design stars of Greta Constantine.

They’re anticipating over 300 exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors this year, so it promises to be a great show.  I’ve thrown some of the designs that I’m looking forward to seeing in the montage above.  For more information please visit the IDS11 website at www.interiordesignshow.com.

Apple MacBook Eco: A Greener Shade Of Black

Apple MacBook Eco: A Greener Shade Of Black

MacBook Eco & Nike Piezo Cross Trainers

As we get ready to usher in a new decade, we can’t begin to imagine what technological goodies will be in store for us.  After all, this decade introduced us to revolutionary life-changing inventions such as iPhones, iPods, iPads, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, HD TV, Blu-Ray, 3D films, etc.  MacLife Magazine has been reporting on Apple‘s plans for 2011-2020, including a new laptop in the works called the MacBook Eco.

Slated for release in 2015, Apple will be looking at a greener shade of black to replace their whites and silvers.  Painted jet black, these will be the greenest laptops to date.  MacBook Ecos will be coated in black solar paint made of nano-sized dye-sensitive cells and titanium oxide that will have the ability to look cool and charge the very laptops they coat.  This paint harnesses up to 40% of the sun’s energy, which is almost twice as effective as traditional photovoltaic solar cells.  Nice, but if you’re stuck in Canada, Scandinavia, and/or trapped behind a dark Matrix-like cubicle for most of your waking hours – solar power quickly loses its allure and viability.

The smart guys at Apple have thought this through, so in addition to solar power, they will also utilize the kinetic energy of your footsteps and your keystrokes to power the MacBook Eco.  Working in collaboration with Nike, they’ve designed Nike Piezo Cross-Trainers which contain piezoelectric pads in the soles that will charge the Eco.  Your footsteps will stimulate an asymmetrical array of crystalline cells to produce an electrostatic potential that will be converted into radio waves and transmitted wirelessly by radiofrequency to charge your laptop.  The same technology will line the bottom of the MacBook Eco keyboard channeling your every keystroke into raw laptop battery charging power.

Sounding all too Star Trek or Star Wars for you?  Look for greener electronics to be huge in the next decade.  Especially once they start pushing more corporate and even personal carbon taxation down our throats.

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