Design

RANDOM DESIRES: What we love, where to find it, and sometimes why

Modern Nostalgia

Bold blooms rule! Finnish design house Marimekko showcases its iconic poppies, wild waves, and other bold mid-century-modern prints at a fall-winter in-store pop-up at fashion and home retailer Simons in the Rideau Centre. Look for the iconic designs on everything from backpacks to scarves and tableware to shoes. The selection rotates monthly, so visit often for your Nordic design fix.

Hard to Find

Illustrator, educator, and artist.
Is there nothing Anthony Tremmaglia can’t do? Seems not. The busy creator is looking forward to his first exhibition at Galerie Annexe in the Ottawa Art Gallery. Hard to Find is a series of acrylic and charcoal paintings chronicling the existential question “How did all this come to be?” Tremmaglia explores love, loss, and jealousy in seven works imbued with layer upon layer of symbolism. Each viewer will appreciate these works in relation to their own life experience. The exhibition opens January 10, 2019.

Piecemeal Art

Populace debuted in 2017 on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of Nature, a sculptural art installation by Hilde Lambrechts featuring 9,000-plus ceramic roses, feathers, fleurs-de-lis, and birds, elevated on steel rods. In honour of Canada 150, the feathers represented Indigenous peoples, roses the British, fleurs-de-lis the French, and birds the immigrants to Canada. The sculptures reappeared last summer outside the Royal Canadian Geographical Society HQ on Sussex Drive, reconfigured as a giant compass. A piece of history can be had for $20 through populace2017.com, with proceeds to the Ottawa Guild of Potters.

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