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Editor’s Message

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FEATURE HOME

Kadenwood: The most elevated community in Whistler

A RETURN TO TRADITION

First and Foremost

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HOLIDAY MUST HAVES

Our not-so-secret holiday wish list

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IDS West director Jody Phillips on connecting the broader community with design

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LIGHT & RAIN

Cirque de Soleil’s creative director dishes on the inspiration behind the designs ON THE TOWN WITH FRED LEE

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Design

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HIGH JEWELRY

Toni Cavelti and Karl Stittgen: Vancouver’s jewelry design royalty

History

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TRADITIONALLY UNEXPECTED

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver celebrates a storied past


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TWG TEAS

The haute couture of high tea experience

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HOLIDAY CHEER

Holiday feast wine pairings

Travel

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ARIZONA ADVENTURES

From Tucson to Scottsdale

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A nearly chauffeur-driven experience

My Favourite Room JAMIE BANFIELD’S TIMELESS DESIGN

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A RETURN TO TRADITION As the season changes again, and we head into the chillier weeks leading up to the holidays, the Vancouver Living team is proud to present our latest issue, themed “a Return to Tradition.” We even have a classic holiday turkey recipe, courtesy of our Epicure writer Natasha Daly’s grandmother — along with wine pairings, of course. As this issue’s stories unfolded in their special way – as they always do – we were amazed at how Vancouver’s history came alive on our pages. Join us as we visit Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s opulent ballroom on the 80th anniversary of the property known as the “Castle in the City.” Explore the architectural icon’s storied past, in which a colourful cast of characters, including Roy Rogers and his notorious sidekick, Trigger the horse, and a legendary guest who has inhabited the hotel for decades without paying

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a cent for her stay, emerge. The Queen Mum even makes an appearance, cutting the ribbon on opening day in 1939. On the theme of royalty, four decades later, Queen Elizabeth II visited Vancouver, only to be adorned with gold and jewels by one of our city’s legendary high jewelry designers, Toni Cavelti, who, with Karl Stittgen, built a design castle still inhabited today by the industry’s intrepid artisans. As always, we wish you the best of the season, and hope the stories we were able to tell, with the help of our talented and valued contributors, capture your interest and spark your imagination.

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Contributors LAURA GOLDSTEIN ARTS Laura was an arts publicist and writer in Toronto for 22 years before moving to Vancouver. She’s a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail’s design section, Westcoast Homes & Design and Canadian House & Home. A highlight of her career was covering the Royal Tour in Vancouver in 2016. lauragoldsteinwriter.com TONY WHITNEY RIDE Tony Whitney is a veteran B.C.-based writer who has specialized in the luxury products market in recent years. In addition to fine watches and haute horlogerie in general, he covers luxury automobiles, SUVs and motorcycles, luxury yachts, business jets and all things that epitomize the luxury lifestyle. He’s fortunate enough to have had “hands-on” experience in all these areas over many years of worldwide travel.

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BIANCA SOLTERBECK DESIGN Bianca Solterbeck has spent the last decade working in entertainment and lifestyle television for Shaw TV Vancouver, cutting her teeth as the Olympic reporter in the lead-up to the 2010 Games. The Leo Awardnominated writer is best known for producing, writing and hosting the luxury real estate series, Dream Homes, which ran for three seasons across Western Canada. In her spare time, the Carleton University grad and boat nerd can be found enjoying the West Coast from the water. @biancasolterbeck

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FRED LEE ON THE TOWN A society columnist for the past 15 years, Fred covers Metro Vancouver’s vibrant and everchanging social landscape. The social butterfly joins Stephen Quinn every Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition to share all of Vanhattan’s A-list happenings, red carpet parties, must-attend galas and fabulous fundraisers. When not gala-vanting or globetrotting, Fred is the director of alumni engagement at the University of British Columbia, among other philanthropic roles. @fredabouttown

NATASHA DALY EPICURE Natasha Daly is an Okanaganbased travel, wine, and food writer, as well as an award-winning screenwriter. A former Royal Canadian Air Force Lieutenant and flight attendant, Natasha continues to be inspired to travel the world, bringing her experiences to readers. With a passion for storytelling through film, Natasha can often be found tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop working on her newest screenplay, indulging in the drama of creating. Hoping to add her voice to the growing number of strong female writers emerging in film today, Natasha is excited to see what the future holds as her films make their way through film festivals world wide.


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INFLUENCER: JODY PHILLIPS THE DIRECTOR OF VANCOUVER’S INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW LEADS A LIFE WELL DESIGNED

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very year, Vancouver’s Interior Design

the direction has gone more mainstream.

Show (IDS West) evolves as it attracts

“I want to grow Vancouver’s design appreciation

larger crowds at the Vancouver Convention

and literacy. I look to the general public and try to

Centre, and every year, director Jody Phillips

engage with them,” Phillips says. “I’m hoping that every-

steers the popular event into new territory, all the while

one can find something of interest there, whether it be a

ensuring the show stays on solid ground.

product, or just an idea.”

Phillips, in her sixth year as director, creates all the

With an inclusive and hands-on approach to pro-

programming, themes and direction while engaging

gramming, Philips has supported forward-thinking

with the local and international design communities

initiatives at the show, placing Vancouver and the larger

along the way. This year, foot traffic numbers logged in

region on the international map, making IDS West the

well over 38,000 and “Design DNA” was the theme.

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audience than just the interior design community, and

“I’ve seen the event grow, but I’ve also seen the city

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ABOVE: IDS DIRECTOR JODY PHILLIPS SPEAKS TO REPORTERS ON THE EVENT FLOOR


grow. It’s been a really interesting five years for the city of Vancouver,” she says. Philllips attributes the success to the IDS team. “I don’t do this alone,” she says. She also acts as an ambassador of Pacific Northwest Design around the world, and has curated and installed exhibitions profiling local works in Eindhoven, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York City. Philips grew up on North Shore, and has her roots planted firmly in fine arts, painting and textiles, and has been active in the design industry since university. She put herself through a fine arts degree at the University of British Columbia by working as a gallery assistant, after taking a studio program at Capilano University. Phillips lives in East Vancouver, but spends most weekends in her family’s off the grid cottage on Hollyburn in West Vancouver. All of her interests are creative, and she takes joy in cultivating the burgeoning garden at her East Vancouver property. This year, the garden harvested a large garlic crop, and the property boasts blueberry bushes, fig

ABOVE: “LAS PALMAS” LANDSCAPE PAINTING BY PHILLIPS

trees, assorted herbs and brussels sprouts. In her personal time, Philips paints mostly landscapes,

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and laughs that while she likes to begin paintings — actually finishing them can sometimes be challenging. The married mother of three children is grateful for an “exceptionally supportive” family. “I don’t keep my work separate from our lifestyle — it’s very much a part of it,” she says. “It’s a huge juggling act, with seven, 11 and 13 year-olds, but we balance it by doing tons of stuff as a family.” She is part of the women’s leadership circle at Vancouver Board of Trade, which she considers a “passion project,” and plans to expand her role as an influencer, aiming to lead by example. Phillips is also engaged in local philanthropic partnerships, and IDS this year showcased The Sense of Place exhibit, which features 14 original artworks by UK artist Emily Frost. Commissioned by IDS Vancouver, and available for puran award-winning local education program that uses film

students with design, and encourage them to explore

and video to engage students on issues of homophobia

the craft.

and bullying. And as IDS director, Phillips played a big part in that. Phillips believes it is important to nurture creativity in students, and the Sense of Place Exhibit aims to connect

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LIGHT & RAIN CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S LUZIA TRANSPORTS ITS AUDIENCE INTO NEW REALMS OF MEXICAN FOLKLORE AND FANTASY

ABOVE AND RIGHT: THE LUZIA STAGE IS LIT UP BY BOTH THE PERFORMANCES AND THE TECHNOLOGY


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n the stage, a running woman propelled on a concealed treadmill has metamorphosized into a monarch butterfly; her spectacular gossamer wings beat the air, readying for a near-impossible 3,000-mile journey.

“She represents the migration that monarch butterflies make from

Canada to Mexico each year,” says Patricia Ruel, creative director of Cirque du Soleil’s surrealistic show Luzia, a theatrical production by Daniele Finzi Pasca and Julie Hamelin. “It’s just one of many Mexican themes we have reinterpreted into what I refer to as ‘magical realism’ commonly found in Latin American fiction,” she explains. “The idea was not to use Mexican clichés found in tourist brochures like mariachi bands, but to connect with myths and folklore often based on the Mayan calendar, the sun and the moon.” “Mexico is a very matriarchal society and Luzia is filled with strong women characters. That’s why I really pushed the designers to come up with such striking imagery,” Ruel laughs.

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B o r n i n Q u e b e c , R u e l , w h o s e h u s ba n d i s from

Light (luz in Spanish) and lluvia, rain, are integral themes

Guadalajara, has lived in Mexico but also has fond ties to

throughout Luzia. For the first time under the Cirque Big Top,

British Columbia, as the couple honeymooned here.

a computer-controlled rain curtain showers down on many

Flute in 2017 and for the multimedia nighttime mythological production, Vallea Lumina in Whistler.

death-defying moves throughout the show. “Mexico is a land of extremes – from arid desert-like areas, cooler mountain terrain and spectacular ocean and beaches to

Ruel’s designs for many international productions as well

massive downpours in the rainy season,” says Ruel. “It was quite

as props for Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas productions of Kà and

a challenge for us to find a way to capture clean, warm water,

The Beatles LOVE, combined with her passion for Mexico to

store it in a basin beneath the stage that contains 6,000 litres

make her the natural choice to oversee every aspect of Luzia.

and re-cycle it in each city of the tour.”

“I wanted to incorporate the emblematic colours of Mexico

As anyone who has seen a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza

into the show. That vivid blue of artist Frida Kahlo’s house in

will attest, next to the high-flying acrobatics, it is the sumptu-

Mexico City and the bright pinks of Mexico’s flowers,” Ruel says.

ous costumes that really transport the audience into realms

“Each tableau is characterized by a different colour.”

of fantasy.

In one scene, an acrobat encased in what appears like a giant

The Mesoamerican concept of “nagual,” in which the spirit

hula hoop, rolls among the agave plants silhouetted against a

of an animal lives in and guides all human beings from birth,

brilliant yellow sun. In another, a singer wears a dress studded

is evoked by a menagerie of performers with exotic humming-

with 98 flowers that magically bloom, turning from white to red.

bird heads, a crocodile playing the marimba and a half man,

The invention is one of hundreds developed by Cirque’s MATT BEARD

of the 44 acrobats and performers who carry out seemingly

technology C:LAB, at the head office in Montreal. Each petal is outfitted with a computer-programmed tiny motor, adding about 20 pounds to the garment.

half iguana who all seem to cross-over into daily life without a care in the world. Luzia runs under the Cirque Big Top in Vancouver until December 29.

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A set and prop designer by trade, she was the scenic designer for Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of The Magic

ABOVE AND LEFT 44 ACROBATS AND PERFORMERS CARRY OUT MIND-BLOWING ACROBATIC MOVES THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.

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4 Paying it forward, Obakki Foundation’s

Addressing the evolving needs of libraries

authors Alice Kuipers and Yann Martel.

Treana Peake hosted her second annual

in our community, gala chair Jennifer Clarke steered the sophomore edition of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s

Nov 6 Harvest Gala Chinatown Foundation’s biggest night. Proceeds from the Hotel Vancouver fundraising dinner to go towards animating and preserving the historic neighbourhood. ChinatownFoundation.org

Beyond the Book Gala. Fronted by celebrated authors Bill Richardson, Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers, the Odlum Brown sponsored charity dinner drew more than 250 guests to the literary luau staged on the newly

PEAKE PERFORMANCE Clothing designer and philanthropist Treana Peake reprised her White Envelope Gala in West Vancouver. Peake, along with her musician husband Ryan Peake of Nickelback, welcomed 200 guests to an intimate garden party and concert benefiting

White Envelope Gala. 5 Musicians Barney Bentall, Jim Cuddy and Shawn Hook performed at the intimate garden party. 6 Artist Jessica Sturdy Anderson and Obakki Foundation board member Hemsa Fipke helped raise $400,000 for South Sudanese refugees.

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VanOpen tennis tournament has been a

to empower thousands of women in Bidi

staple for tennis fans wanting to see the

Bidi, Uganda – the world’s largest refugee

sport’s up-and-coming stars. From Milos

Central Children’s Library.

settlement area – who have been displaced

Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, and Maria Sharapova,

1 Beyond the Book Gala co-founders Dana

by civil war. The gala was named as a nod to

these celebrated players all got their start

and John Montalbano flanked party emcee

the anonymous person who annually slipped

at Hollyburn Country Club, the venue host.

Bill Richardson.

Peake and her mom a white envelope full of

Society doyenne and tournament chair

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money each year to make ends meet. The

Carlotta Lee once again led this year’s

librarian Christina de Castell welcomed 250

event reportedly raised more than $400,000

week-long efforts – the 17th edition with a

guests to their annual literary luau.

to support economic initiatives.

$200,000 US purse. A party with a purpose,

expanded eighth and ninth floors. Following the David Hawksworth-catered dinner, attendees opened their hearts and wallets in a spirited live auction with proceeds to support the renewal and expansion of the

Nov 22 Crystal Ball Jennifer Johnston will steer the 33rd edition of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s flagship event. BCCHF.ca

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the North Shore tennis event also benefited

15-day celebration. Proprietors Nico and Karri

Catherine Atyeo’s CLICK Foundation, a

Schuermans led the civilized debauchery. It

community-based volunteer-run organization

included an exclusive dinner featuring some

supporting the lives of inner city kids in the

of the Crosstown eatery’s famous alumni,

Lower Mainland.

and iconic dishes served over the decade and

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a half, as well as a massive outdoor Beatty

tournament chair Carlota Lee welcomed

street block party, pig roast and waffle fest.

tennis enthusiasts to her annual Odlum Brown VanOpen Tennis Tournament. 8 Taking in the court action were tennis fans Darren Moscovitch, Shelina Esmail and Steve Kennedy. 9 Sidelined with an injury, Canadian tennis player Rebecca Marino enjoyed the festivities from the Hollyburn Country Club grandstand.

10 Nico and Karri Schuermans marked their restaurant’s 15th anniversary with a special alumni dinner, throwback menu and massive street party. 11 Meat & Bread’s Frankie Harrington and

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Chambar celebrated its 15th anniversary.

to raise a glass to the venerable restaurant

The restaurant’s name alludes to the moment

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ELEVATED LIVING IN WHISTLER THIS DRAMATIC KADENWOOD HOME IS AN ODE TO LOCAL WOOD


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October 2010 on the basis of constructing

development,

Whistler

the gondola that would connect the commu-

Creekside, was that it would be one of the finest

located

high

above

nity directly to Whistler Village by the end of

and most luxurious mountainside communities

the year.

in North America, and the concept sold well in the early 2000s.

Setting out to ensure that promises originally made to homeowners were kept, Ecoasis

But the infrastructure process was halted

completed all of the roads and onsite infrastruc-

when the original owner, Intrawest, struggling with

ture and began selling the properties in varying

a burden of debt, was subsequently acquired by

degrees of completion.

New York-based hedge fund, Fortress, in 2010.

The gondola, a critical transportation line,

“They had stopped infrastructure construc-

and exclusive to Kadenwood residents, was com-

tion, they had stopped the gondola construction,

pleted by Christmas 2010, marked by an opening

LEFT: THE INSPIRATION FOR THE HOME IS DERIVED FROM THE LONG, LINEAR SITE — WITH A CLIENTDIRECTED MANDATE TO PRESERVE THE FOREST SURROUNDING THE STRUCTURE

they weren’t selling land, they were just kind of

ceremony attended by homeowners, Whistler

stalled,” Dan Matthews, CEO of current owner

Blackcomb CEO Dave Brownlie and Olympic gold

Ecoasis Developments, remembers.

medalist Ashleigh McIvor.

Ecoasis, which also owns Vancouver Island’s

“There are these assets that are gems, but

ABOVE: THE WARMTH OF WOOD IS CAPTURED IN THIS OPENCONCEPT KITCHEN

Bear Mountain community and Hawaii’s Hualalai

have become distressed, and we try to find them,

resort, bought Kadenwood from Fortress in

and we have been lucky.” Matthews says. >>

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A COZY FIREPLACE, COMFORTABLE COUCHES AND A STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEW MAKE THIS A LIVING ROOM OF DREAMS

“WE USE A DIGITAL INFORMATION MODELLING SYSTEM, WHICH ISN’T JUST A PRETTY PICTURE TO SHOW WHAT IT’S GOING TO LOOK LIKE.” — ARCHITECT DON GURNEY

“We use a digital information model-

out community is substantially complete, all the

ling system, which isn’t just a pretty picture

lots have been sold, with some home construc-

to show what it’s going to look like, but we

tion currently underway.

actually put all the structure, all the lighting,

Linear Residence on Heritage Peak was

all the mechanicals, in that 3D model, and it

constructed as an ode to local wood, and the

becomes the basis for our drawings,” Gurney

project took on the challenge that building on a

says, adding that the process enables an

long, linear lot would present.

understanding of the building before begin-

The home’s architect, Don Gurney, principal

ning to build, with the knowledge that the cost

of North Vancouver’s Openspace Architecture,

of building mountainside homes can go

remembers tight measurements that would

sky-high. Gurney says the inspiration for the home was derived from the site needing a long,

ting the sharpie pen to paper. Taking the concept of Building Information

linear building. This presented a double-edged

residences,

challenge, because the client also had a clear

Openspace built the context within the com-

mandate to preserve the forest surrounding

puter before beginning the build, but the

the structure.

Modelling

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process was executed to the very end.

the success originally envisioned; the ski-in-ski

need some digital ground control prior to put-

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Today, Kadenwood has turned out to be

into

single

family

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Openspace innovated by positioning the central entrance at the back of the house, located by the garage door. “You’ve got rooms that are strung out one after the other, and circulation along the side, so what we did was put the two-and-a-half car garage at the back of the house, so you can access the house from the back,” Gurney says. Openspace also created a dramatic entryway from the side, leading to a stunning foyer next to a grand staircase. The main materials used were locally sourced fir beams, and smart wood products. “Our Whistler homes embody a lot of wood in these buildings — we live in the land of wood, and when people come to Whistler they want to feel the warmth of wood,” Gurney says. This classic beauty measures in at 5,372 square feet of interior space with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two living rooms and dining area, and 1,405 square feet of exterior balcony with hot tub space — all oriented towards capturing Whistler’s iconic peak and valley views. The interior design was a collaboration between the original homeowner and Terry Doyle Interior Design, with the landscape architecture by Tom Barratt. “It was was a tricky site, and we managed to get some drama in there, within a well maintained budget,” Gurney remembers. Linear Residence is essentially a micro-view of the Kadenwood macro-vision. “The community has become quite a success — it’s thriving and LIVINGMAG.CA

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VANCOUVER’S JEWELRY DESIGN ROYALTY HOW A BREAK FROM TRADITION USHERED IN A GOLDEN ERA OF DESIGN STORY | BIANCA SOLTERBECK

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ushing the boundaries of jewelry design, with bold creations and exquisite craftsmanship, Vancouver artisans Toni Cavelti and Karl Stittgen are most known for creating enduring masterpieces.

In the 1970s, alongside Bill Reid and Arthur Erickson,

they helped usher in Vancouver’s golden era of art and a jeweler from Switzerland, both arrived in Vancouver in their early 20s, looking to break from tradition and forge their own rules. When the two dynamic immigrants met, they instantly

TONI CAVELTI LTD AND KARL STITTGEN LTD.

hit it off. Their friendship turned into a business partnership when they joined forces to offer custom jewelry and watchmaking at the store they shared in West Vancouver.

TOP: KARL STITTGEN CIRCA 1970s LEFT: TONI CAVELTI, EN ROUTE TO CANADA, 1954 ABOVE RIGHT: KARL STITTGEN’S ‘MYTHICAL GARDEN’ RING: STAR SAPPHIRE, RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMONDS, CIRCA 1980s

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design. Stittgen, a watchmaker from Germany, and Cavelti,

Stittgen also helped his new friend embrace the local culture. “Karl would take me along to White Spot, and show me how to order a hamburger,” laughs Cavelti. Working alongside Cavelti, Stittgen quickly recognized the creativity in jewelry design, and began training as a goldsmith.

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TOP: KARL STITTGEN’S ‘THE ENCHANTED GARDEN‘ NECKLET, 18-CARAT GOLD, MULTICOLOURED SAPPHIRES AND DIAMONDS, CIRCA 1980s MIDDLE: A DIGRESSION FROM TONI CAVELTI’S MORE FAMILIAR STYLE: 18-CARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, DIAMONDS, EMERALDS, SAPPHIRES AND RUBIES BOTTOM: TONI CAVELTI CIRCA 1970: 18 CARAT GOLD NECKLACE, GOLD DIAMONDS, EMERALDS AND AMETHYST PORTRAIT OF KARL STITTGEN (LEFT) AND TONI CAVELTI (RIGHT)

“He took to it like a duck to water,” admits Cavelti, “he was the artist.” Stittgen always had a burning desire to be an architect or a sculptor, but fate and circumstance had other plans. Stittgen would rekindle that childhood passion when he discovered jewelry design. With more mass and structure than is commonly employed in jewelry, much of Stittgen’s work had an architectural feel to it. In contrast, Cavelti was a disciplined goldsmith. Yet he desired to break out of the Swiss tradition. “I was actually jealous of painters, because they would get a canvas and go out into nature and create.” Jewelry making is about precision; it has to incorporate fit and functionality. When Cavelti found the space to be artistic within these restraints, his creative energy surged. “I wanted it to be more than jewelry, I wanted it to become artistic,” explains Cavelti. The charismatic jeweler says his style was classic and his passion was creating custom pieces. “I would look at a designing on the spot,” exclaims Cavelti. A famous admirer of Cavelti’s work is Queen Elizabeth, who was presented with a custom creation during a royal

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visit in 1971. The story told is that once she donned the neck-

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lace and earrings, made of Canadian gold and gemstones, she turned to Prince Phillip and exclaimed, “Look Phillip, they covered me in gold!” Stittgen’s avant garde, sometimes radical designs also spread beyond Vancouver, thanks in part to international NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

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person, listen to their ideas and I could begin drawing and


tourists. He soon opened stores in San Francisco and New York. Stittgen insists his creative process was not swayed by trends, and that while his designs evolved, his philosophy remained the same. “I believe a piece should have soul, it should have movement and it must be three-dimensional in shape,” says Stittgen. Hearing Stittgen and his fellow luminary recount what the jewelry design process was like when they started, decades ago, is a stark reminder of what we have lost in our modern world of convenience and disposability. “A bespoke piece has the wearer’s identity intertwined in it. You know a skilled craftsman has sat down and thought about it. They are more art objects or small pieces of sculpture,” muses Stittgen. Looking back on his career, Cavelti reveals his favourite piece began with a stone of no monetary value. “It came

TOP LEFT: TONI CAVELTI’S PEARL NECKLACE WITH CENTREPIECE, CIRCA 1980: 18-CARAT GOLD, DIAMONDS, EMERALDS, CULTURED PEARLS, SAPPHIRE TOP RIGHT: QUEEN ELIZABETH II, ADORNED WITH A NECKLACE AND EARRINGS DESIGNED BY TONI CAVELTI ON A VANCOUVER VISIT, CIRCA 1971 BOTTOM AND RIGHT: CURRENT PIECES FROM STITTGEN GOLDSMITHS: A GOLD BROACH INSET WITH A RARE COIN, AND RINGS FROM THE ‘RIVER OF LIFE’ COLLECTION

from a lake in Switzerland and it had six sides. I added 80 made it,” recalls Cavelti. Today, master goldsmiths at the West Vancouver retail location carry on the design legacy, some having been mentored by Stittgen himself.

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diamonds around this rock, but it was perfect the way nature

Stittgen’s most treasured piece is his River of Life ring. It symbolizes a river with its uneven, undulating lines. Stittgen and Cavelti spent their lives constantly moving, like a river, each carving out a defined path, and both have left an enduring mark.

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LEFT: IN THIS 80TH ANNIVERSARY PORTRAIT, A BELLMAN HOLDS A FALCON AS A 'NOD TO THE UNEXPECTED,’ AS ANIMALS OF A VARIETY OF SORTS HAVE APPEARED IN THE HOTEL’S LOBBY AND LOUNGES OVER THE YEARS ABOVE RIGHT: THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE IN 1913, 1920S AND TODAY


A CASTLE IN THE CITY

CELEBRATING FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER’S STORIED PAST

souls along Vancouver’s cityscape is undoubtedly the Hotel Vancouver, otherwise known as the “Castle in the City.” Its châteauesque copper-clad roof and gargoyles are an architectural landmark in the heart of downtown. Hotel Vancouver is one of Canada's grand railway hotels, which were designed

to serve the passengers of the country's then-expanding network, as they celebrated rail travel in style.

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A RETELLING OF THE FAMED VISIT BY ROY ROGERS’ SIDEKICK, TRIGGER, IN THE ANNIVERSARY PHOTO SERIES

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TOP LEFT: QUEEN ELIZABETH AND KING GEORGE VI, AT THE HOTEL’S OPENING, 1939 TOP RIGHT: DAL RICHARDS WITH ROY ROGERS AND TRIGGER BOTTOM LEFT: DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES VISIT, CIRCA 1969 BOTTOM RIGHT: THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA, INDIRA GANDHI, CIRCA 1973

Many of the railway hotels were built in this “château

with portrait photographer Dennis Gocer to create a photo

style” which became known as a distinctly Canadian form of

exhibition that re-imagines eight decades of iconic moments,

architecture. The use of towers and turrets and other Scottish

through a contemporary lens on traditional storytelling.

signature style of Canada's most traditional hotels.

The photographs – on display at the hotel’s 80th anniversary celebration in the grand ballroom this past May, and still

Originally designed by architects John Smith Archibald and

available for guest viewing — include, in addition to original

John Schofield, and presently managed by Fairmont Hotels

images of past dignitary and celebrity guests, new depictions of

and Resorts, Hotel Vancouver was built by Canadian National

the true story of the legendary Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger

Railway and was officially opened on May 29, 1939 by none

sneaking into the hotel’s Panorama Roof restaurant in 1940 for

other than England’s King George VI and the Queen Mother, who

a photo opportunity, a no-nonsense housekeeper with a love for

were embarked on a royal tour by train.

the classics, a craftsman who wanted to leave a reminder of the

Many iconic moments have transpired from then until now, including visits by political dignitaries, royalty, and celebrities of the likes of Indira Gandhi, Diana Ross and Roy Rogers.

past, and a spirited socialite who has kept residence at the hotel since 1944 without paying a cent for her stay. Hotel Vancouver’s public relations manager Rebecca

This year marked Hotel Vancouver’s 80th anniversary, and in

MacDonald says the project took into consideration that while

homage to its history, the hotel excavated old memorabilia from

employees knew the property’s storied past, guests weren’t

the city’s newspaper and photography archives, and collaborated

getting told those stories.

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baronial and French château architectural elements, became a

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AN 80TH ANNIVERSARY PORTRAIT OF ETHEL THE HOUSEKEEPER, WHO TOOK FURNITURE FROM THE HOTEL FOR SAFEKEEPING –AND RETURNED IT 15 YEARS LATER


TOP LEFT: DANCING AT THE PANORAMA ROOF RESTAURANT, CIRCA 1939 TOP: THE GARGOYLES OUTSIDE THE 14TH FLOOR BOTTOM LEFT: THE GRAND BALLROOM, CIRCA 1939

“Rather than do a hotel brochure, we were trying

“But they say ghosts return to where they were happiest,

to figure out, how can we tell these great stories of the things that

so she ended up back at the hotel, in a stunning red dress,”

only happened here, and how can we tell them in a new way?”

MacDonald says. Of the many reported sightings of the Lady in Red over the

“So the idea behind the project was, if people were expecting

years, most compelling is one on the 14th floor, where dummy

a history brochure, let’s give them those moments in history

shafts, originally installed during the 1930s in anticipation of an

reimagined. “Guests can come and see the historic photos,

expansion, are unused but in plain sight on the 14th lobby floor,

both of the architecture and of celebrities. The hotel has such a

unlike other floors. In a report by a staff member of more than 30

unique history that deserves to be told.”

years and still in service today, a bellman never forgets the night on

“Traditionally Unexpected” was the project’s theme, and while celebrities like the legendary Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger were figured prominently, so too was the hotel’s notorious unpaid guest — the Lady in Red. The apparition has appeared more than a few times over

the 14th floor he turned to see the dummy elevator shaft open — and the Lady in Red standing there. MacDonald says that while many Hotel Vancouver staff have spirited tales to tell of surprise on-shift encounters, fear is not a factor, as they tell of “helpful ghosts.”

the years — the figure, they say, is former Vancouver socialite

Today, for the iconic Hotel Vancouver, it is not so much her

Jeannie Pearl Cox, who frequented the hotel for teas, dances

enduringly ornate opulence, but her stories that make her the

and social events, and who died nearby in 1944 in a car crash.

richest of castles.

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MacDonald remembers.

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THE HAUTE COUTURE OF TEAS STORY | MICHELLE HOPKINS

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the brews themselves. Although tea’s discovery is linked to Chinese Emperor Shen Nong back in 2737 B.C.; in India, its invention is attributed to Prince Bodhi-Dharma, a saint who established the Zen school of Buddhism. Whatever version is true, the Brits, or more specifically, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, can take full credit for introducing the idea of afternoon high tea. That custom has spread worldwide, and closer to home, at Vancouver’s TWG Tea Salon and Boutique.

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HIGH TEA AT TWG IS A WHITE GLOVE, THREE COURSE EXPERIENCE

TWG’S GEORGIA STREET TEA SALON

“I CAN LOOK AT TEA LEAVES AND TELL YOU IF THEY ARE FRESH OR IF IT'S A LATE HARVEST OR LAST YEAR'S HARVEST OR A FIRST FLUSH.” –LUCAS CERVENKA Afternoon tea has become synonymous with

East, North America and Europe, with three recent debuts in two of the

opulence, which is why it has always been seen as a middle or upper-

world’s biggest tea-drinking markets – India and the United Kingdom.

class activity, however, TWG’s marketing director, Kyra Tao, says since they

(The Vancouver boutique is the first North American franchise).

types of customers who simply appreciate good tea.

of the rarest and most precious teas from locations such as Hawaii, New

offer an elegant experience – whether it is during high tea, breakfast, lunch or

Zealand, Malawi, Tanzania, Argentina and Papua New Guinea. The com-

dinner. While every tea salon or fine hotel features its own variation on the

pany’s wide depth of teas is showcased in a curated selection of more

high tea tradition, TWG Tea Salon and Boutique’s white-gloved experience

than 800 single estate and exclusive blends.

sourced fish and meat dishes, as well as the standard tiered Petit Fours. Here, tea is woven into every aspect of the meal. TWG imbues many of its cocktails and gastronomy with powdered tea leaves. “We have sauces, vinaigrettes, ice cream and sorbets infused with our teas, as well as a caramel tea sablefish and a Singapore breakfast tea panna cotta,” says Lucas Cervenka, store manager, who has studied tea LIVINGMAG.CA

tea farms from every tea producing country in the world, including some

The posh, Singapore-inspired tea salon on West Georgia Street does

presents tea served in golden-hued teapots with a carte du jour of locally

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TWG prides itself on hand-crafted, full-leaf teas from family-owned

culture for decades. "Like wine, teas can also be evaluated using a range of tasting notes and flavour profiles. I can look at tea leaves and tell you if they are fresh or if it's a late harvest or last year's harvest or a first flush," he says. The TWG Teas brand was founded in 2008 by president and CEO Taha Bouqdib. Today, there are 60 retail locations across Asia, the Middle NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

“Tea is the reflection of every culture and civilization; its essence must be respected,” says Bouqdib. “My goal has always been to revolutionize the tea tastes and traditions, to become a reference for those who simply wish to rediscover the world of tea or to taste and experience tea in a new and different way, and to educate the public about the art of tea appreciation, tea culture and tea preparation.” TWG Teas has quickly become known for its unique signature blends and hard-to-find brews that are not available at other local tea emporiums, such as the Yellow Gold Tea Buds from China’s Sichuan province lavished in 24k gold. “It has always been my vision to convince customers around the world to fall in love with tea and to elevate the art of tea appreciation,” says Bouqdib.

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HOLIDAY CHEER!

CELEBRATING A RETURN TO THE TRADITIONAL FEAST STORY | NATASHA DALY

as we move closer to snow (hopefully) falling, I am reminded of soft powdered sugar lightly dusting the rich chocolate holiday cake my grandmother used to bake. Many of us grow up with fond memories of the holiday season and owe that in large part to tradition. This year we have revisited those traditions with our collection of classic, simple recipes that will amplify the warmth of holiday cheer at the family dinner table. Melt-in-your-mouth turkey, hearty stuffing and warm buttered corn are a few of the flavours we are dreaming about as we prepare for this festive time of year. With wine pairings by Chris Sharpe, a passionate and experienced Vintage Room consultant from Everything Wine, your guests will enjoy a classic festive occasion. To kick off the festivities we suggest a glass of Laurent-Perrier CuvĂŠe rosĂŠ; this easy-on-the-pallet

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CLASSIC HERB ROASTED TURKEY

Loosely fill the body cavity with stuffing. Rub the skin with

INGREDIENTS

the softened butter mixture. Position an aluminum foil tent

1 (18 pound) whole turkey

over the turkey.

1/2

Place in the oven, and pour 2 1/4 cups turkey stock into the

cup unsalted butter, softened

Fresh rosemary, chopped

bottom of the roasting pan. Baste every 25 minutes with the

Fresh thyme leaves

juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the drippings

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about one to two cups

1

1/2

quarts turkey stock

8 cups prepared stuffing

at a time. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh reads 165 degrees F

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Transfer to a large serving platter; allow turkey to sit 20 to

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C). Place rack in the lowest

30 minutes before carving.

position of the oven.

Recipe by Natasha Daly (adapted from Grandma’s recipe)

Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels.

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HEARTY HOLIDAY STUFFING INGREDIENTS

1 large loaf whole-grain bread, cut into cubes and allowed to dry overnight 1/2

cup white onions, diced

3/4

cup celery, diced

Salt & pepper 3 - 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 egg 3/4

tsp dried sage

DIRECTIONS

The night before, cube your bread and set it in a large bowl to dry out. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a 9x13 pan with foil or spray with nonstick spray. Sauté onion and celery in the butter and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant and translucent – about five minutes. Set aside. To the bowl of bread, pour most of the broth, then add the remaining ingredients (sage, cooked veggies and egg) and mix with a wooden spoon. The key is to make sure it is about the consistency of a meatloaf. If it’s too dry, add more broth and mix again. If it’s too wet, add more bread. Transfer to the prepared pan and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Then remove the top layer of foil so the top can brown. Increase heat to 400 degrees F (204 C) and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the top is well browned and crisp. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Leftovers reheat well in the microwave or oven, though are best when fresh. Recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker.

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EASY OVEN-ROASTED CORN INGREDIENTS

8 ears of corn in husk 4 tbsp melted butter DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Place husks of corn directly on the oven rack and roast for 30 minutes or until corn is soft. Cut corn cob at the base and slide corn out of husk. Drizzle melted butter over corn and enjoy! Recipe by Natasha Daly. WINE PAIRING: Coming from the Stags Leap district of the Napa Valley, the Shafer Vineyards Relentless Syrah is a big mouth feeling wine, with lots of black fruit and spice, which perfectly

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1 cup of coconut sugar or organic cane sugar 1 cup of almond milk 1/4

cup of grape seed oil or apple sauce

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1 tsp apple cider vinegar

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DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Prepare flax egg by combining one tablespoon of ground flax seed with three tablespoons of warm water; allow to sit for five to 10 mins. Mix sugar, almond milk, grape seed oil, vanilla, apple cider vinegar and flax egg in a medium bowl. Mix flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture, combine well and add

1 tsp vanilla

chocolate chips.

1 flax egg (1tbsp ground flax seed and 3 tbsp warm water,

Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 F for

allow to sit for 5-10 mins)

50 minutes.

1/3 cup

Recipe by Natasha Daly.

cacao

1 1/4 cup of flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 3/4

tsp sea salt

3/4 cup

vegan chocolate chips

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ARIZONA

ADVENTURES EXPLORING THE SONORAN DESERT, FROM SCOTTSDALE TO TUCSON STORY | AMANDA STUTT

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reprieve from the chronic wet and cold flock to the Arizona desert each winter. Affectionately known as “snowbirds,” they can usually be spotted out of their natural habitat, sipping cocktails by resort pools, or teeing off for a round of golf as the sun

rises against the famed Arizona sky, which has to be seen at both sunrise and sunset to be fully appreciated. The flight from Vancouver to Phoenix, Southern Arizona’s central aviation hub, is less than three hours, and upon arriving at Sky Harbour International,

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ABOVE: LOBBY AT THE PHOENICIAN RESORT, SCOTTSDALE

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ON THE TOWN IN SCOTTSDALE:

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TUCSON An hour and a half drive south (self-drive itinerary with car pickup from Phoenix Sky Harbour recommended) beyond Scottsdale, is a desert adventure with epic landscape scenery for those who want to push beyond escapism and experience the mystic Sonoran desert. Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range, Hacienda Del Sol is a relaxing refuge with a storied past. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are among many of the famous names who've strolled the grounds of this sleek, apartment-style resort, which underwent a redesign in 2015, but maintains its traditionalism. It is included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Arizona and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The vista views from the infinity pool will mesmerize, especially at sunset. ON THE TOWN IN OLD TUCSON:

Sand-Reckoner Tasting Room: this Willcox-based winery’s flagship tasting room is in Tucson’s Warehouse District, and is the only place where you can find their entire lineup of local wines. Anello is a warm and bustling small room serving wood-fired, handtossed pizzas that reminisce Venice’s culinary scene, infused with a taste of Arizona’s signature local spices.

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he world of large luxury sedans has shrunk over the past decade or two, but there are still some outstanding models available, typified by the Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase model. These regal cars are designed for customers who like to be chauffeur driven. Lots of buyers like to have a car with exceptional

roominess and one in which they can give business clients a comfortable run from the airport.

Bentley points out that the extended Mulsanne offers “a first-class air-travel experience for the road,” but I’d say that this car goes well beyond that. With this Mulsanne, the 250 mm stretch is devoted entirely to rear passenger legroom and the front area stays much the same as that of the standard variant, though it is exceptionally spacious and already has more than enough comfort for

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Bentley says that this model is the most generously proportioned luxury car in its class. Certainly you’d have to look at a Rolls-Royce to find anything close, as this Bentley is one of the most comfortable ways possible to travel on four wheels, regardless of price or maker.

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For such a large car, the Mulsanne is unexpectedly sporty. Experiences we’ve had with big Bentleys have always been a surprise because they are a lot more agile than most people imagine, given their size. They can be driven along winding rural roads with surprising agility, aided by responsive and precise steering. The car will top 100 km/h in only a shade over five seconds and runs close to 300 km/h at the top end. It is also a very elegant car to the eye, with almost a fastback design to the roofline. Power comes from a 506-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 that is silky smooth and nearly silent. An 8-speed automatic gets the power to the rear wheels. Technically, the car is fairly straightforward but that doesn’t mean that it lacks engineering sophistication. The refinement and sound-deadening alone are major achievements and are key factors for buyers who may want to travel lengthy cross-continent distances without stress. The rear passenger area has just two seats, so these are very luxurious perches indeed, and even have extending airline-style electronic leg rests integrated into their bases. The result is that rear passengers can choose between a reclined position and one involving 62

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a more upright posture. There could be room for three, but Bentley opted for maximum spaciousness for two rear occupants. Back seaters get a roomy and luxuriously appointed centre console that features handcrafted veneer, metal, glass and leather. It houses some useful perks, including USB ports, and a glass-covered stowage area. To make it even easier for those who want to work on a journey, a deployable folding table can be added to either or both seats. Above the rear seat area, there’s a large sunroof with a blind, both of which can be controlled from the rear seats. This Bentley may have been designed to be chauffeur-driven, but it has a level of performance that will tempt an owner to get behind the wheel. Few large sedans offer the kind of experience this Bentley does and it is gratifying that the prestigious British automaker still offers a model like this and enhances and upgrades it year on year. Looking ahead, Bentley has reportedly stated that Mulsanne. Initially, Bentley will take the hybrid route as it did with the already revealed Bentayga SUV. The first fully electric Bentley is promised for 2025.

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ALWAYS IN STYLE JAMIE BANFIELD’S NEW TAKE ON A TRADITIONAL THEME

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design firm that has clients from Vancouver Island to Toronto. “The Banfield,” his locally crafted vanity collection, is inspired by the trees, mountains and lakes surrounding his Port Moody office. This award-

winning designer’s latest luxury bathroom renovation is a modern take on a traditional theme. “As a designer, I am all about the process. It is what gets me up in the morning. Contrary to popular belief, we do not play with colour swatches and fabrics all day! Instead, we sit in front of computers crafting a plan: materials, budgets and an inspired design. For me, a traditional space will always be in style. I like using white cabinets, natural stone, and a mix of white and black. This bathroom has layers of texture, patterns and material. The ornate wallpaper and finish on the plumbing fixtures mixed with black and grey combines the feminine and masculine aesthetics. Using materials such as brass, polished nickel and black metals is an easy way to add

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designed to be installed against a wall and ceiling. We put some time into finding a solution and it was worth it. The shower became this stunning, impactful feature in the room. The vanity, The Banfield, is another nod to the traditional. The millwork showcases the craftsmanship we are all craving. If you stick to the basics, a space can remain timeless.” — as told to Bianca Solterbeck

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Vancouver Living November/December 2019  

Vancouver Living serving primarily North & West Vancouver, Vancouver, and various communities throughout B.C.

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