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ust a 20-minute drive from Vienna, this white sculptural edifice has become a landmark in a countryside dotted with picture-postcard farm cottages and Bavarian style B&Bs. It’s been called the ‘Spaceship House’ or ‘Futuristic Villa Freundorf ’, but for the team of architects at Project A01, it’s simply common stance. “Most of our houses are special single units in their area,” said project architect Andreas Schmitzer. And a quick flick through their online portfolio only confirms his Rolodex of geometrically sharp, all-white buildings. This particular job took Project A01 about six to eight months to design and to convince Vienna planning officials to approve their contemporary building – that’s a relatively short turnaround time, considering Vienna’s painfully complicated construction laws. »



ABOVE Infinity pool wraps around the side, while floor to ceiling glass walls offer unobstructed views of elegant and expansive garden design.


LEFT Freestanding soaker tub on wood floor panelling is the centrepiece in this airy, luxurious ensuite. BELOW Teal green oriental style carpet adds a splash of colour to the neutral palette. RIGHT In the main living area a wall of glass opens onto the pool and garden.

“My vision was to generate a unity of indoor and outdoor. The transition from inside to outside should be fluent.”

“In the city, the whole process can easily take two years. But that’s not the case for the countryside, which made it a lot easier for us to submit something according to our clients’ wishes and our architectural ideas,” said Schmitzer. The client, Bernhard Kramer, who owns Kramer & Kramer Gartenarchitektur, was integral in drafting the layout of the landscape. And while he gave Schmitzer the freedom to draw his residence, both professionals collaborated on an ambitious blueprint where modern architecture effortlessly integrates with garden design. “My vision was to generate a unity of indoor and outdoor. The transition from inside to outside should be fluent,” said Kramer.


“And now, after some time of living at this place and using all of the inside and outdoor spaces, I’m very satisfied with the result and the implementation of my intentions.”

LEFT Modern architecture effortlessly integrates with the garden design.

In the main living space, a wall of glass opens up to the pool and garden, while polished sandstone floors flow directly from the inside of the house onto the front terrace and deck area. The two outstretched elements visible on the front façade of Residenz Freundorf are features that originated from the landscape design. Though they lend ultramodern style to the building, they were proposed to level off any big jumps in height caused by the hillside plot and to divide the garden into unique areas. “And now, after some time of living at this place and using all of the inside and outdoor spaces, I’m very satisfied with the result and the implementation of my intentions,” said Kramer of his contemporary home. His cohort, Mr. Schmitzer, was equally pleased to work with a client so passionate about the actual architecture of the house. h


TER RI NA I NTERIO RS european sensibility steers family-run design firm words miranda post


or Terrina Interiors’ Harriet Schryver, inspiration flows from all aspects of her job, her family and her life. The feels of silk, natural cotton and linen have always been favourites, while her family’s strong history of design and furniture selling was instilled in her from a young age. Schryver, whose parents emigrated to Edmonton from The Netherlands in the 1950s, is from a family of successful furniture and houseware retailers. In the late 1960s Schryver’s Dutch parents packed her family’s life up and moved back to The Netherlands, only to realize that they could make a better go of things in Edmonton, so they returned to their adopted prairie home three years later.


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Schryver met her husband and business partner David Stokes while living in Holland and to this day returns to Europe regularly to visit family both in England and The Netherlands. Though her family moved back to Alberta, the imprint of European design, quality and engineering stuck with her. “I guess [interior design] is in my blood – I was born into a family that surrounded their world with design. Even our family in Holland had furniture stores and household shops,” says Schryver. Now, Schryver, her husband David and their daughter Jennifer Stokes run Terrina Interiors, one of the capital city’s best known interior design outfits. Schryver’s passion lies in assisting customers from the concept stage to the champagne-poppingcompletion stage. »

“I talk to the client, find out what they love. What type of colours and textures they love, what direction they want to face: if they love sun or shade? If they love wood or paint? Then we come up {sic} with ideas for design, products and finishes, colours and drawings,” says Schryver. Terrina’s blueprint for success includes Harriet’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Alberta, combined with her enthusiasm for residential space planning, furniture and art. David works as an estimator and window coverings specialist while daughter Jennifer is a three dimensional CAD expert, comfortable working in both commercial and residential settings. Since Schryver and Stokes took over Terrina Interiors from Schryver’s parents in the 1980s, they’ve worked on everything from condo renovations to senior’s residence decor, heritage home refurbishments and construction show homes. When asked what she prefers, small space design versus sprucing up larger homes, Schryver is happily ambivalent. “I love design and the people who come with it, it really does not matter to me. I can fall in love with a small California bungalow or a 100-year-old, two and a half storey home. It is really the client that I am working with; ‘are we on the same wave length?” says Schryver.

LEFT Harriet Schryver and daughter Jennifer Stokes working together to create a curated colour palette. BOTTOM Mixing modern and traditional is key for creating the classic “terrina interiors” style.


“What inspires me [is] colour, the flow and texture of a door, the movement of fabric, clean lines, the blue in the sky, the details and colour of a beautiful hardwood floor.”

Influenced by Italian furnishings, Bauhaus, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the fabric of Kravet, Schryver is as content working on a project with clean, contemporary lines as she is working on a more classic home with cove ceilings or mahogany wainscoting. Terrina’s project catalogue tastefully straddles styles from both domains, from the uberluxe modern Steller Homes show home at Genesis on the Lakes or The Schryver room at Edmonton’s heritage boutique hotel Union Bank Inn. “What inspires me [is] colour, the flow and texture of a door, the movement of fabric, clean lines, the blue in the sky, the details and colour of a beautiful hardwood floor,” Schryver says. h

LEFT You really can have it all. Terrina Interiors designed this show home by mixing modern and traditional in the creative process. The warm colour palette and large windows keep the natural light flowing through the room.


LET THE SUN SHINE IN edmonton’s habitat studio creates quality homes with a minimal carbon footprint words janice strong



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ccording to Edmonton Architect Trevor Hoover, President and Senior Designer at Habitat Studio – it actually is easy being green. “It doesn’t take very much effort or money to drastically improve the performance of the home in terms of the amount of energy it uses,” he observes. The orientation of the home on a lot is a “pretty easy one, it doesn’t cost you anything.” And it can save you money. With the use of passive solar design, the situation of the house can make a huge difference in heating costs. Other relatively affordable options are natural light in as many rooms as possible, and installing energy efficient furnaces, hot water tanks, ondemand units, LED lighting and photo voltaics. Raised in Peace County in northwestern Alberta, Hoover migrated to Edmonton after high school and enrolled in the architectural technology program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Graduating in the 1980’s, he bounced from project to project. “Back in those days they would have one project and they would let you go because they didn’t have another one.” One of those projects was with Habitat Studio, which let to another and, in 1994, an offer of full time employment, where he has a staff of four, and Hoover reviews all the designs. »


Habitat has a reputation for sustainability in all of its works, but Hoover says they are primarily custom home designers/builders; and secondarily a custom home designer/build that makes energy efficient and sustainable homes. “We definitely do that, we have homes of all style, character and obviously different levels of energy efficiency that go along with that.” Sustainability in Habitat design means using more insulation, adhering to the theory that if your home doesn’t lose heat you don’t have to put more in. With regard to its sustainability initiatives, “we are trying to leave as small a carbon footprint as we can, recognizing that it takes more than one company to make a difference, but every little bit helps,” he says. The company tries to source as many of its products as it can from Canada, beginning in the Edmonton area, even if it’s recycling products. “We have an amazing recycle program that we’ve been working on over the years. Not only just in the way we build, but in the way we recycle old homes.”

RIGHT Simple without lacking the details. Textured wood and a patterned tile backsplash help keep the interest levels up in this kitchen. Mixing eclectic art with clean lines and classic design open this entryway right up.

“We are trying to leave as small a carbon footprint as we can, recognizing that it takes more than one company to make a difference, but every little bit helps.�

ABOVE Open concept great room features a striking stand alone fireplace.


ABOVE A sleek kitchen island with cabinets and ultra- modern swivel stools dominates the space.

Hoover said his most challenging work has been on smaller homes, where his team tries to pack in as much as possible. “We just did one that was 700 square feet per floor on two levels,” he shares. “And this house has a suite in the basement, full three bedrooms, a rooftop patio, a hot tub on the roof. Its an awesome little house.” He also shared some tips for working effectively with, and getting the most value from an architect, or a home designer. First, be patient, good design takes time. Second, let your designer be creative, be open to ideas. Third, invest in the planning process.

Good designers charge accordingly, and the more design work and upfront planning you can do, the more money you’re going to save in the build. Finally, determine what is a must-have, what is a nice-to-have and what is dreamland only. You never know, dreamland may be in reach. Hoover tells the story of one client who told him a pot filler on the stove would be a dreamland feature. “He thought this was astronomical and super expensive and I said no, it’s pretty easy to do.” h

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nce upon a time in San Diego, California, there was a very creative little girl who wanted a pretty new dress. Her smart and savvy Mother said no to the purchase, but taught her daughter to sew instead. When they moved to Florida, Mom even paid for advanced sewing and design classes when her daughter got older and impressively more talented. (There’s a Prince Charming CEO in this story, but he comes in much later masquerading as her older brother.) “I don’t believe in luck, just hard work,” admits Co-Founder and Creative Director, Rebecca Minkoff, 34, who recently launched her 2015 Spring/ Summer handbag, shoes and jewelry collections at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver with a public in-store meet, greet and monograming event. Dressed in her trademark edgy black Wes Moto motorcycle jacket, offset by a white lacey tunic and speckled black canvas slip-ons, Minkoff explains, “Oh those are just my comfortable, running around airport shoes and not my own brand. I’ll put on my own shoes later for the signing.” She is as down-to-earth and approachable with a playful side, as her eponymous label’s accessories and clothing. Minkoff moved to New York at age 18 to pursue a fashion career and launched a five-piece apparel line in 2001. But it wasn’t until her friend, actress Jenna Elfman appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno wearing Minkoff’s sexy off-the-shoulder riff on the ‘ I Love New York’ T-shirt that her career started to take off. “I spent the next six months sewing T-shirts on my living room floor,” says Minkoff. By 2005 she was struggling to launch her fashion line and after blowing $10,000 in savings on a photo shoot, Minkoff realized she needed help to stay afloat. “I called my father who said ‘call your brother!’ ” Minkoff remembers. »

CELEBRITY PROFILE SCOOP + STYLE + SPEAK Uri Minkoff didn’t come riding in on a white stallion. Far better, the young entrepreneur, 39, who founded Fortis Software LLC, put his savings and considerable tech savvy into the formation of Rebecca Minkoff LLC, New York. They re-adjusted their focus on accessories and launched a handbag collection with a brilliant social media strategy that continues to this day. Zeroing in on the 18-35 Sex In The City demographic through word-of-mouth on Daily Candy and later, Facebook, Rebecca’s ‘Morning After Bag’ designed after the iconic leather satchel, became the musthave affordable luxury at $300. It sold like crazy. Other handbag styles like ‘The Lover’s Clutch’ and ‘The Affair’ soon followed, incorporating studs, tassels and fringes and of course, extra interior pockets for a girl’s wireless devices. Then Minkoff’s products started showing up in retail stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue and on the arms of celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Keira Knightly. By 2009, Minkoff was able to come back to her first love – apparel design – with her ready-to-wear-collection and the lifestyle brand is now carried in over 900 stores world-wide. Their first stand-alone store opened in Tokyo, Japan in 2012, followed by their flagship stores in Soho, New York and San Francisco. A Los Angeles store opens this summer with Chicago later in 2015. Continuing to expand globally, a store in Hong Kong opened in April and several shops within stores in South Korea. Ben Minkoff, named after their late grandfather, is the men’s leather goods spin-off and is handled by Uri.

RIGHT Shoes Roxanne-Blush. Photography courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff LLC New York

ABOVE Rebecca Minkoff & Uri Minkoff: Courtesy Rebecca Minkoff LLC New York. Brother, Uri Minkoff, 39, put his savings and considerable tech savvy into the formation of the company in 2005. Ten years later, Forbes has estimated the global company’s worth at $100 million.

ABOVE Minkoff combines edgy with feminine in all her Collections. Her lifestyle brand is now carried in over 900 stores world-wide plus stand-alone stores in the U.S. and Japan. Photography courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff LLC New York.

“We wanted our shoppers to be immersed in a totally interactive experience in our stand-alone stores,” says Minkoff. “So Uri came up with the ground-breaking innovation for our stores in New York and San Francisco, developed in partnership with eBay Inc., of using touchscreens. Our customer is able to shop looks from our ‘connected wall’ from where her desired colour and size will be sent to a fitting room that’s equipped with RFID technology and custom lighting options. Our sales associates all use iPads and she can even pay using e-commerce from the fitting room. More than anything though, I wanted the experience to be easy – like being able to ask an associate for another size by simply touching the screen on our dressing room’s ‘magic mirror,’ ” Minkoff says.

“Twitter just launched Periscope, a free, live video streaming app and we’re already on it,” says Minkoff proudly. She debuted a line of tech-enabled jewelry in 2014 including cocktail rings that vibrate in four patterns; bracelets that have the ability to send small-range notifications and even a lightning cable that doubles as a bracelet. With all their emphasis on technology, Minkoff is adamant that connecting with her customers face to face and getting their feedback is still of vital importance. “We truly listen to their suggestions – whether it’s lengthening a bag’s strap or colours for future collections,” she says. It seems to make all the difference, as Rebecca Minkoff LLC New York has become the number one independent accessories designer in the U.S., with Forbes estimating the company’s worth in 2014 at $100 million. And that’s no fairytale. h


ABOVE “We wanted our shoppers to be immersed in a totally interactive experience in our stand-alone stores,” says Minkoff. Developed in partnership with eBay Inc., their touchscreen enables customers to shop from a ‘connected wall ‘ and ‘magic mirror’ in dressing rooms that connect to sales associates’ iPads. Photography courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff LLC New York.



Oh we fight all the time! But we always try to work things out. We’re a very close family. I’ve only had to call my father once to settle a dispute. We divide things up so that Uri looks after all the business and technology and that frees me up to design - but we still talk about everything. The only thing that drives me crazy is that my Mom insists on paying for her bags! I say Mom, please don’t do that – you’re part of the Company. But she insists.

Giving back has always been important to our company since the very beginning. I’m the mother of Luca Shai, age three and baby Bowie Lou, so teaming up with Jessica Seinfeld’s Foundation, ‘Baby Buggy’ to design a nursing tank was a natural for me. Partnering with Nordstrom for ‘ Piece & Company’ connects female artisans from Third World Countries with major brands and the stores sell a capsule collection (for which Rebecca Minkoff created her Mini Mac cross body bag in leather and a back strap with a loomed textile,) and also supporting ‘Every Mother Counts’ founded by model Christy Turlington Burns.


A M O DER N FAR M H O US E 10 years of patience pays off in a modern take on a traditional farmhouse words janice strong + photos christophe benard


t was a long time coming for Cindy and Reid Henricksenten years to be exact. Their dream property was the homestead of a woman in her eighties who was a customer of Reid’s. “Every time he came out to fix something for her he would ask ‘Are you ready yet?’ and when she was she contacted us,” Cindy says. “She actually drove out here periodically throughout the build to see how things were going.” And when they finally purchased their quarter section lot near Tofield, just outside Edmonton, Cindy and Reid knew exactly what they wanted to build. “We chose the design through lots of research online, and home shows. When we finally found the design we wanted, we contacted JayWest Country Homes,” Cindy relates. “Jaye invited us to his custom Pasadena home in Sylvan Lake, and after seeing his home we were ‘sold’.” JayWest supplied custom-design services based on more than 80 home designs it has on file, architectural planning, engineering services and onsite preparations. The company then worked with its building partner, Viceroy Homes, to deliver a package of the required building materials that uses export grade lumber, LEED certified material and structurally rated plywood. »



“It was all put together already. All they had to do was put them up,” says Cindy of contractor and friend Colin Martin and his crew. Based on JayWest’s Pasadena home design, the Henricksen’s home is a contemporary interpretation of a farmhouse, with a big-sky, prairie landscape the predominant view in all directions, and a large porch on three sides of the house. “The floor plan is very open, but the rustic qualities of the materials, especially the wood, make a warm and comfortable environment,” says designer Katrina Walker of EDIT Interior Design. The main floor boasts a master bedroom and bath, kitchen dining, laundry, pantry, full bath and great rooms spread on 2,601 square feet. The basement also covers 2,601 square feet and features a family room, guest bedroom, full bathroom, exercise room, bar and a theatre outfitted with a ceiling that resembles a starry night. Upstairs, the 1,090 square-foot second floor houses two more bedrooms, one bathroom, and a loft sitting area. Cindy’s favourite room is the kitchen. “I was supremely secluded, my kitchen was closed off,” she says of her former home. “Now I can work in the kitchen and see my family and the fireplace.”

“The floor plan is very open, but the rustic qualities of the materials, especially the wood, make a warm and comfortable environment. ”

BELOW A Rustic aesthetic characterizes this bedroom, adding charm and style while keeping this space liveable and comfortable.


Katrina claims the kitchen as a favourite as well. “I think it really brings out the contemporary farmhouse idea we were going for. Some elements, like the wainscoting on the centre island, have a little bit of country, but, because it’s black it makes it more modern.” Another of the designer’s favourite features is the floor tile. Beginning with large, 24 by 24 module tiles, she placed inserts of handmade glass tile on the corners. The real showpiece, however, is the hardwood floors. “I’ve had lots of people ask me about it,” Katrina shares. “It’s reclaimed fir barn wood, and they have varying widths and they feel very authentic. It really makes the main floor.” The Henricksen’s home sits near the road on a bit of rise overlooking the surrounding grain crops on their 64.7 hectares. “It kind of sits on the landscape, so you have this nice, strong horizontal line,” Katrina notes. “The porch just makes if feel kind of like a farmhouse feels, very family oriented and very welcoming and warm." h

ABOVE The hardwood floors are the real showpiece, made of reclaimed fir barn wood.




FLYING WITH STYLE new airport puts fort mcmurray on the architectural map words ron devitt



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ort McMurray has long been known internationally for its burgeoning oil sands developments, but as of late the Northern Alberta city is being lauded for its swanky new international airport. The new Fort McMurray International Airport – completed last October – is the first structure visitors see when landing in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo – and for most they come away quite impressed by the sleek wooden design and practical $258-million, three-storey, 160,000 square-foot terminal. The project was commenced by Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design and was completed by Mcfarlane-Biggar Architects + Designers. »

BELOW The design began from the runway, as the building’s only predetermined relationship had to do with touching down, or jetting off.

Lead designer Steve McFarlane said the idea was for the building was to create an iconic and memorable presence in the landscape, exemplifying modesty and directness that reflects the community it serves. “The building orientation was pre-determined by the relationship to the runway; however special consideration was given to optimize the relationship to the energy of the sun,” said McFarlane in a release.

He said a large south-facing courtyard is complemented by expansive western-oriented glazing to passively harness the energy of the sun and reduce energy consumption. “The issue of building technique is paramount in the Wood Buffalo region, as much of the skilled labour force is utilized by the local resource industry,” said McFarlane. “In response, the Terminal Building is designed to maximize the amount of off-site fabrication to the greatest degree possible.” »

“Acknowledging that the future of the Fort Mac airport will be continually adapting to change was a critical driver for the design.”

Fort McMurray’s remote location, its limited local labour force and demanding seasonal constraints – its seasonal temperatures range from -40C in the winter to 30C in the summer – influenced several design decisions early on in the design process. These factors were coupled with an eye towards creating an environmentally friendly green building, said project architect Rob Grant in a statement. According to McFalane-Biggar’s information package, Fort McMurray International Airport grew 25 per cent in 2012 and 2013, and continues to be Canada’s fastest growing airport. Grant said the building responds to the unique challenges of the burgeoning city whose identity is continually evolving. Grant said the oil sands industries can’t be ignored as significant influences, and are the fundamental basis for the continued growth of the community and the need for a new terminal building. “Arriving passengers will be greeted with generous day-lit spaces with direct physical and visual access to a landscape courtyard in lieu of the dark and compressed basement-like arrivals spaces found in many more conventional airports,” said McFarlane.

ABOVE The Fort McMurray airport boasts lots of natural light with wide windows offering views of the landscape outside of the airport walls.

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ABOVE Panelled walls grace the hallways of the Fort McMurray Airport adding texture and a natural element to the space.





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McFarlane said as a response to the constantly evolving passenger check-in procedures, the Air Terminal Building will be the first in Canada to incorporate an access floor servicing the full extent of the departures check-in area. “This innovation will enable the airport to more easily adapt to the changing requirements of the various airlines while avoiding costly disruption,” said McFarlane. He said the need for easy building expansion was a key concern considering the anticipated growth of the area. “Acknowledging that the future of the Fort Mac airport will be continually adapting to change was a critical driver for the design,” said Grant. “The ability to respond to new airport technologies, adapt within the competitive marketplace, and service the dynamic airline industry were all considered critical success factors for the project and influenced the design significantly.” McFarlane said “reduction” was theme that permeated throughout the design process. “Wherever possible, measures were taken to reduce the extent of materials necessary; to build with less and minimize the resources necessary to create a robust, durable and efficient building that is responsive to its use and setting,” said McFarlane. The design centres on the most meaningful building practices practically applicable to an airport typology, including the following highlights: passive solar orientation, energy optimization, super-insulated building envelope assemblies, in-floor radiant heating, displacement ventilation, and sophisticated heat recovery systems. h


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PATRICK WEDER honeycomb light sculptures and exquisite handmade furniture words nora o'malley


lthough Patrick Weder is based in Brooklyn, and pounds the never-ending sidewalks and corridors of New York City, the Swiss designer’s elegantly organic style tends to transcend all that big city smog. “On the East Coast, New York especially, everyone is very focused on their home and how they live. People want to create their own sanctuary in the city,” said Weder, who was part of ‘The Brooklyn Exchange’ panel that spoke at Vancouver’s Interior Design Show West in 2014. The technique for his signature honeycomb light fixtures first came about 20 years ago, after attending sculpture class at The Art Students League of New York. The parsimonious student found some chicken wire in China Town, meticulously shaped it and covered it with recycled paper mâché, and turned it into functional art that fetches anywhere from $1,500 for a small soccer ball sized piece, to $30,000 for a monumental six-foot wide one. “It’s like building a ship in a bottle because certain parts on the inside are really hard to reach,” he explained. Weder also likens the process to a meditation of sorts; a practice he does in the stillness of the evening for hours and hours…and hours on end. It took him almost 400-hours to complete one of his larger honeycomb sculptures. »

“Weder also likens the process to a meditation of sorts; a practice he does in the stillness of the evening for hours and hours...and hours on end..�

“Other people, usually people that create themselves, see the effort it takes and the design behind the creation.”

“People look at them in different ways. Some people focus more on the material themselves. But other people, usually people that create themselves, see the effort it takes and the design behind the creation,” said Weder. His clients are typically art collectors and gallery owners seeking high-end, one-of-a-kind designs. And even though Weder opted to take the humble road when naming his exclusive list of clients, he did allude that many musicians and actors buy his handmade furniture or commission him for installations. As a twenty-something fresh out of art school, the now 43-year-old designer used to work for a contractor, building custom kitchens and bedroom closets. The apprenticeship earned him a place alongside architects and interior designers, and this, in turn, helped Weder refine his business of crafting site-specific furniture and functional design elements. “I learnt a lot over the years from how different architects look at space. But in the end, we all work on the same; to make the clients happy in their home,” said Weder.

LEFT & RIGHT Weder crafts one-of-a-kind, site specific furniture for an exclusive list of clients. The bedroom above is from Sarah Jessica Parker’s East Village, New York townhouse.

ABOVE Weder’s signature handmade honeycomb light sculptures fetch up to $30,000.

Recently, the entrepreneurial designer was brainstorming presentation ideas for NYCxDesign week, and was invited to showcase a lounge in June at Art Basel Europe, the world’s premier modern and contemporary art show. “I would love to come back home to Switzerland with my work,” he says, but adds that the timing might be a little tight to pull an exhibit like that off. Weder is now at a stage in his career where he feels driven to pass down his knowledge to the new generation. He works with interns for three months out of the year, showing them how he creates and exposing them to the roller coaster ride of his life as a solo designer. h

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MAN U FAC TU RI N G TH E NATU R AL WO R LD station architecture by catherine widgery words markella mildenberger + photos alex fradkin, eve shayes lymon

ABOVE Mesito Outbound, Vitex Summer Bloom.


hether it’s breathing new life into a public area or gathering inspiration from her studio home in Guatemala, Catherine Widgery creates art with the intention that her audience will be immersed in the experience. “The inspiration for my work is the natural world among other things, not just plants and growing things, but the sky, mountains, energies of weather and light and wind,” Widgery says. This is an apt description of how her most recent work, ‘Leaves of Wind’ functions. Leaves of Wind is a public art installation Widgery developed into 20 transit shelters in El Paso’s new Brio Rapid Transit System, the Mesa Corridor. Leaves of Wind is among several of Widgery’s public works that include installations such as Cloudbreak at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver, Colorado and Arbor Winds at the Stadium Bridge in Ann Arbour, Michigan. »

ABOVE ‘Hague inbound’ Crepe Myrtle, Spring buds.

“I spent 40 years working with physical materials... and am always looking at new materials for new possibilities.” Immersing herself in the physical environment is just one of the tools she uses to develop the concept for her work, and Widgery describes her process and tools as imagination and then working with colleagues to develop her concepts. “Almost all my work is born in my imagination first. It is just floating there in my head and then I work with my brilliant colleague Isadore Michas to get it into a visual form in the virtual world. But I spent 40 years working with physical materials so I really know materials and am always looking at new materials for new possibilities. I still do make physical models sometimes as the mind can go so far and the computer can go so far and then you need to experiment with where something can go next by holding it and moving it actually in physical space,” she says. “I spend almost as much time watching videos about new fabrication techniques and materials as I do looking at new designs because the two are very closely associated.” Leaves of Wind was created with the collaboration of Carl Daniel Architects to integrate aluminum shade screens into the station architecture. The shades were designed to provide cooling elements for transit users and also to function as a ‘canvas’ for the images Widgery uses in these works. The images were a compilation of local flora and plants native to El Paso throughout each season and integrated in the aluminum screens to wink in and out of view as riders approach and depart the stations. Her use of wind, light and nature, and her sensitivity to what her audience would appreciate, are all evident within this installation. “With each opening or discovery comes an impatience to take it further to push beyond. I’ve been approached by those who want me to do what I did in El Paso for the transit shelters for their city and my response is that I can take this to the next level; I’ve got ideas that go farther. I can’t do the same thing twice; it would just be too boring.” h ABOVE Leaves of wind, Mesite Outbound.

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ABSTRACT FLORAL PAINTER BOBBIE BURGERS planting the seeds of rebellion: going rogue, showing the strength and power of the flower words laura goldstein


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tumultuous gale of purples, indigo and magenta assuage all the senses and pulls you in like an overwhelming theatrical set design. The floor to ceiling textured oil impasto on canvas is anything but a placid ‘Secret Garden.’ Its key (in the guise of a paintbrush,) is the unfurling and growth of abstract floral painter Bobbie Burgers’ inner self: the next stage of her 20- year love affair with interpreting the language of flowers. “It’s been a slow evolution and an emotional struggle planting these ‘seeds of rebellion’, ” admits Burgers – also the title of her recent exhibition at Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto and opening June 4th at San Francisco’s Caldwell Snyder Gallery. At 42 and the mother of four, she’s as refreshingly open as her modern glass home and studio in West Vancouver, designed by her brother, architect Cedric Burgers. »

ABOVE Burgers will paint from photographs, but more often, from real flowers that she always has in different forms of fresh and decomposition in her home-studio. She finds beauty in every stage of the life cycle.


The Vancouver-born daughter of Dutch architect Robert Burgers and interior designer Marieke Burgers went off to Paris to study for a year and came back to attend Emily Carr as a young woman. Though much affected by the Dutch and Belgian masters’ realist interpretation of flowers and light, Burgers found them confining and was naturally attracted to large canvases and the physical freedom they demand from the body necessary to work on them. “Traditionally, flowers were always perceived as feminine and tame, reflecting characteristics like the home and servitude- very civilized to my mind,” explains Burgers. “But now that women have power, I want to go rogue - show power and strength in my flowers. Just think of the resilience it takes for a tulip bulb to push out through the earth.” The analogy to human birth is not lost on Burgers. In fact, contrary to North America’s critical take on aging, Burgers finds beauty in every stage of the life cycle. Naked stamens, all that’s left of tulip heads barely clinging to stems in a vase in her studio are deliberately left beside another vessel of towering forsythia; the dried pastel petals that linger on the table are used as colour samples when her six –year- son paints with her. Like painter Georgia O’Keefe, Burgers tries not to be swayed by shifting art trends and stays true to her own vision of portraying flowers in the abstract. “I work with big brushes now, and quickly. If I want the spontaneity to show, I have to be fast. I can have three large canvases up at the same time. I’ll get a rough idea- then let a week, a month go by and then attack it. If they look laboured over, I throw them out. Five years ago what would have taken me 30 little brushstrokes to accomplish, I do in one flourish,” she confides.

RIGHT Of her new ’Seeds of Rebellion Exhibition’ she says, “I want to go rogue and show power and strength in my canvases.” Burgers deliberately lets paint drip from her flowers to add to the emotional impact of her abstracts.

ABOVE Sketches in her studio for Burgers’ bronze rose sculptures and paper fragments from her 3D installation of anemones that she debuted at last year’s ‘Lure of Magical Thinking’ Exhibition at the Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver.


ABOVE Bobbie Burgers in her home studio, working on a painting for exhibition at Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto with her favourite colour: yellow.

Her first solo show in 1999 at the Diane Ferris Gallery was sold-out. The next year, Burgers moved to Bau-Xi – the oldest contemporary art gallery in Vancouver with a sister gallery in Toronto, prolifically selling out four to five solo shows a year. That included last year’s ‘Lure of Magical Thinking’ at which she debuted her foray into mixed media and bronze sculpture.

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“I don’t fit into just one genre,” says Burgers, who is collaborating on a massive ceramic wall sculpture with her husband, furniture–maker Billy Wishloff. The cascade of ceramic indigo anemones growing, tumbling and in decay is a commission from the Quebec City-based apparel department store, Simons, opening this fall in Park Royal, West Vancouver. “They’re each very heavy,” says Burgers of the 50 multi -petaled flowers. “Billy has to mount each of them on steel posts to get a freer, rougher look- almost like mounted butterflies.” Usually dressed in a neutral palette and often-bare feet, “I feel like one of those child-actors who realizes they’ve grown-up and needs to evolve. My learning curve is way out there,” Burgers laughs with a wide sweep of her arm. ” h

ABOVE Sketches in her studio for Burgers’ bronze rose sculptures and paper fragments from her 3D installation of anemones that she debuted at last year’s ‘Lure of Magical Thinking’ Exhibition at the Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver.

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FRO M PAR AG UAY TO TH E PR AIRIES printmaker miriam rudolph illustrates place & belonging words miranda post



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always knew I would be an artist…I just knew when I was four or five that this is what I want to do forever,” printmaker Miriam Rudolph confides over coffee at the Garneau student hangout Transcend Coffee. Born in Paraguay to a German father and Paraguayan/ Canadian mother, Rudolph is a painter, print maker and self confessed ‘contemporary nomad’ who is relatively new to Edmonton, by way of Minnesota and Manitoba. Her sometimes soul-searching, sometimes quizzical autobiographical prints and upbeat, colourful two dimensional map prints have garnered her accolades, solo/group exhibits and a faithful following. Just ask the folks at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada who recently purchased one of her works out of L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa to be hung in the Manitoba Room in the newly renovated Canada House at London’s Trafalgar Square. »

LEFT Miriam wiping the linocut plate. Photo by Bruce Silkox. BELOW Winnipeg Neighborhood II, Linocut. 80cm x 100cm. 2010 and My Winnipeg IV, Linocut. 60cm x 60cm. 2013 shown.

Rudolph’s art has graced the covers of magazines and the walls of galleries stretching from Minneapolis to Winnipeg to Edmonton. She’s even written and illustrated a children’s book entitled, “David's Trip to Paraguay, the Land of Amazing Colours” published by CMU press. Rudolph moved to Edmonton with her ceramicist husband Terry Hildebrand in last year to begin her Master of Fine Arts studies at the University of Alberta under the tutelage of Shawn Caulfield. Today, Rudolph relishes in her craft and recalls how her upbringing coaxed out her inner artist.

“I’d never done print making until I went to the U of M. I stumbled across [it] when somebody said my drawings would translate well into screen prints, so I actually started with screen printing,” she says. “I loved it so much that I decided to do a double major in screen printing and painting. And once I did the major, I thought, ‘I can’t just do screen-printing.’ So I did a small test etching and absolutely fell in love with etching and never went back.” At this point, Rudolph pulls a copper plate out of her knapsack showing a recent etching of a typical Paraguayan landscape, scrubby bushes, cacti and flowering trees. Though she grows wistful when speaking of Paraguayan landscapes, Rudolph infers that it is the Canadian prairies that symbolize a place of belonging in the chronology of her globetrotting life.


“I really focus on the things that I connect with. A lot of those things are landmarks, that have some architectural value that make the city space or essence.” “With my background I felt somewhat uprooted culturally,” Rudolph explains. “In Paraguay, I was never Paraguayan living in a German community in a Latin country. And visiting Germany, we were always Paraguayan. In Germany, we weren’t the Germans. In Canada it didn’t really matter who I was.” As a teenager, the German and Spanish speaking Rudolph wanted to improve her English, so she participated in a high school student exchange to Winnipeg. There, she fell in love with middle Canada, its people and the mosaic approach to multiculturalism. It was a fait accompli: she moved to Winnipeg a couple years later to study art at the University of Manitoba. The now Edmonton-based artist grew up in a German Mennonite community, doing crafts with her kindergarten teacher mother and art projects with her grandfather during semi-frequent visits to Germany. Rudolph’s family travelled throughout South America and Germany, visiting museums and admiring different folk art along the way. “My dad took us to a lot of museums. Where ever we travelled, visiting museums were the top of the agenda,” she says. Rudolph was especially influenced by visits to the Albrecht Dürer House in Nürnberg, Germany, the Neue Nationalgalerie and Museum Island, Berlin, as well as the artisanal communities in Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. Her art idols: Frida Khalo and Marc Chagall. Browsing through Miriam’s back gallery many of her newer prints reflect her new life in North America - a snowy owl peers at a couple sleeping and round hay bales dot a landscape and the life she left behind in Paraguay - an open food market scene and a vivid warm map of sorts of the capital Asuncion. “I really focus on the things that I connect with. A lot of those things are landmarks, that have some architectural value that make the city space or essence.” h

ABOVE Dinner with Bouquet. Triple-Plate Colour Etching, Relief Roll through Stencil. 45cm x 45cm. 2014. LEFT Winter Sleep. Triple-Plate Colour Etching. 45cm x 45cm. 2014. Asunción, double-plate Colour Etching. 40cm x 60cm. 2010.


ESCAPES architecturally amazing hotels from around the world

words claire newell



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omes & Living’s annual architecture issue calls for a nod to some hotels and spas with stunning architecture from around the world. Accommodation is more amazing than ever, and hotel architects have been experimenting with elaborate shapes and unbelievable construction. Here are some hotels with gorgeous architecture that I hope will inspire you to travel. 


This is just a taste of some of the architecturally amazing hotels found around the world. These hotels are as much a destination as the cities and countries where they are located.

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YAS VICEROY HOTEL, ABU DHABI The 499-room Yas Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi is the first of its kind because it was built mounting a Formula 1 racetrack. The two towers of the hotel are connected by a 213-metre curvilinear cover of steel, and 5,800 diamond-shaped glass panels. This makes for a stunning night-time display as all this is illuminated by an LED system. The property’s unique rooftop pool is also covered by a wavy veil of steel and glass. MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE There are a total of 2,561 hotel rooms at the massive Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. There are three 55-storey towers that house hotel rooms, a casino, convention centre, museum and a waterfront promenade. Connecting the three towers of the Marina Bay Sands is a massive SkyPark, which has an observatory, gardens and a 150-metre infinity swimming pool. AXIS VIANA HOTEL, PORTUGAL The Axis Viana Hotel is small compared to others on this list with just 88 rooms; each incorporating materials like wood, stone and leather. Visually the structure resembles beams that have been stacked and staggered, but it changes shape depending on where you are standing. The hotel has a gorgeous outdoor pool and views of the Lima River and Mount St. Luzia. BELLA SKY COMWELL, DENMARK There are 200 different room shapes in the 812-room Bella Sky Comwell. The property has two towers and each one inclines at a slightly different angle. Visually it almost looks like the towers are leaning towards each other. The exterior and windows are composed of sharp geometric angles and shapes so the Bella Sky Comwell definitely doesn’t look like a typical hotel.

TOP ESPA the spa at Yas Viceroy, a calming sanctuary for classic healing traditions. BELOW A Deluxe King room at provides a relaxing stay with modern design and a calming colour palette to enhance your resting time. LEFT Restaurant Atayeb, Arabic Mediterranean Cuisine at Yas Viceroy Hotel.

RADISSON BLU AQUA, CHICAGO The Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago is an awe-inspiring 82 storeys with 334 rooms. The wavy concrete balconies were designed to resemble the swirls and ripples of Lake Michigan. This proved challenging, as it required that each floor plate be different shape, meaning a different concrete pour for each of the 82 storeys. The property features standard rooms, suites and private residences all with views of nearby Millennium Park, Lake Michigan and Chicago’s vibrant cityscape.


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LUXURY PREVAILS AT INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW 5 concept vehicles provide glimpse of the future words tony whitney


oastal British Columbians love their cars, and they prove it every year by flocking to the Vancouver International Auto Show. It’s the best-attended consumer show in western Canada and the largest auto show west of Toronto. This year, almost 100,000 people attended the big show – an impressive 17 per cent increase over last year. The show, staged at Vancouver’s plush Convention Centre West, is owned and operated by the New Car Dealers Association of BC as a showplace for the auto industry. Visitors got up close and personal with an impressive array of vehicles around the carpeted display areas. More than 30 models were seen for the first time by west coast auto fans, and even more interesting for many were five concept vehicles providing a glimpse into the future. Given the upscale nature of Convention Centre West, it was no surprise that luxury vehicles were especially prominent. Many of the premium cars on show were priced at several hundred thousand dollars, though there was something for everybody among the almost innumerable classes characterizing today’s global vehicle market. We selected six highlights among dozens of exciting vehicles at the show, focusing on the upscale segment. The show will be back next year at the same venue and for those who like to mark their calendars early, the dates are March 23-28, 2016. Expect the displays to be even more exciting than this year as new models reach production status in the world’s most competitive manufacturing industry! h







After many years of absence from the Canadian market, Alfa Romeo is back, thanks to the huge merger between Chrysler and Fiat. First out of the gate for Alfa in Canada is the 4C, a wonderfully sculpted sports coupe very much following Italianate tradition. The 4C’s curvaceous lines are eye-catching, and as fans would have expected, the car features the famous Alfa Romeo grille, which has been around for many decades. This promises to be a very affordable Italian sportster and if it’s successful, there’s little doubt other models will follow. And don’t be fooled that the 4C has “only” a four-cylinder engine. It develops a solid 240-horsepower – more than enough to make this lightweight coupe an exciting drive.



The dramatically styled Toyota Mirai FCV will represent many “firsts” when it reached dealerships in Canada. This Toyota will be the first hydrogen fuel cell model to be reach volume production, although rival automakers have been experimenting with FCVs placed with selected individuals in California. Toyota has been working with FCVs for more than 20 years, so a lot of thought and care has gone into developing this groundbreaking automobile. FCVs have all the benefits of gasoline – powered vehicles, but produce no emissions whatsoever. There is an exhaust pipe, but all it produces is clean water – and you can actually drink it, so clean is the fuel cell process. The Mirai, with its 483-km range, could signal great advances for Toyota. Who better to trust with radical technology than the people who made hybrid vehicles so successful?



The newly arrived 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is the latest in a long line of respected sports cars that goes all the way back to 1953. The new one is the most striking yet, and easily a match for Italian supercars at three times its price. The ‘Vette has always been famed for scintillating performance at a reasonable price and the tradition continues today. Somehow, the designers at Chevrolet’s Corvette division always seem to get things right on the styling front and the new car is certainly their best effort yet. Eye-catching 2015 Corvettes look even more dramatic on the street and they’ll be turning heads for many years to come. With a Z06 version, you’ll reach 100 km/h in just a shade over three seconds, which is excitement indeed. And you’ll search in vain for a car with that kind of performance for an $85,000 price tag.


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Legendary Bavarian automaker BMW has had upscale two-door coupes and convertibles in its ranges for many years now and there have been some very significant models. Most enthusiasts agree that the current 6 Series cars are especially elegant and embody everything that could be imagined when it comes to true grand touring. The cars are roomy, have excellent luggage space and are very fast – especially when BMW’s “M” badge appears on the trunk lid. This is a sports car with every imaginable refinement and technical advancement – the perfect car for long road trips in great style. BMW can sell you several other two-door coupes and convertibles that are less costly, but none have quite the elegance and sophistication of the 6 Series models.

5 MERCEDES AMG GT The Vancouver show marked the first opportunity for west coasters to see new top-of-the-line sports model, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. Following two earlier and more expensive supercars, the AMG GT is an ultra high performance sportster with styling that is very contemporary, yet cleverly looks back to Mercedes sportsters of years gone by. It’s a superbly attractive coupe and its performance certainly matches its good looks. The gullwing doors of the last model have gone, replaced by more conventional units that will probably have more appeal for older buyers. Under the hood is a hand-built AMG 4.0-litre twin turbo V-8 that provides impressive levels of performance and response right up to 310 km/h. It has all the usual Mercedes interior luxury touches, A great car that should sell in larger numbers than earlier supercar efforts from Mercedes.

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Any Lamborghini is visually dramatic, but there are buyers out there who still have the urge to customize their car and give it a unique personality. For them, MMDesign Car Wrap of Richmond is one of the specialists to turn to. This remarkable looking Lambo features a brilliant finish, which looks as though it actually has “depth,” but in fact, it’s all done with a vinyl film that’s durable as well as providing an increasingly popular alternative to a regular paint job. The original paint remains underneath, so an owner who’s opted for a wrap job can always relent and peel it all off. All kinds of finishes are available – even matte black – so the effect can be entirely at the whim of the car owner. The Vancouver show Lamborghini also featured orange pinstriping to emphasize the car’s svelte lines.






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t’s slick, sexy and is a passionate platform for all things Edmonton. From the art on the walls to the shrubs (a hip-again, old-timey sour crafted from vinegar, sugar and fruit) in its cocktails to the flatware, Whyte Avenue’s Ampersand27 is a stunning addition to Edmonton’s local-loving dining scene. Opened late last year, Ampersand27 purports that it’s a different place to grab a drink or share a charcuterie plate. A couple of weeks after spending a memorable evening there, I chatted with Chef Patron and partner Nathin Bye, a veteran of the Edmonton hospitality matrix (formerly of Boulevard, Lazia and Wildflower Grill) about how Ampersand27 is ‘crafted to be different’. “The fact that we make all our own shrubs and syrups. The composition of the menu or how things are actually crafted in the restaurant – the tables, the upholstery, how the bar is put together, the way that we compose our dishes. Our mugs are made specifically for us, custom – from a local potter. It’s crafted for us. It also speaks to what we do – [it] is a craft. There’s a craft to cooking and baking and there is a craft to hospitality.” While Bye and his team are enthusiastic about their craft, they also champion keeping the menu as local as possible. Ampersand27’s supplier list includes local farmers’ market favorites The Cheesiry, Four Whistle Farm, Alberta Bison Ranch and Gold Forest Grains. “It’s not necessarily about specific suppliers, it’s about relationships. Everyone is so focused on local. For us it’s a kind of a mix – we work with some of the mainstream suppliers but we also work with some of the small players as well.” The ambiance side of the Ampersand27 dining experience includes Edmonton area artisans and designers. Though the restaurant layout was Bye’s vision – from the curvy bar, stunning chandelier and layout – St Albert’s Digiuseppe Interiors executed the look and feel. Coffee mugs are hand crafted by Bon Accord’s Heather Edwards and plates and platters by Stony Plain’s TruWood Artisans. If you want to infuse style and flavour into date-night dinner plans, skip slaving over the stove with your 100 mile market goodies and let Bye and his team craft an evening out for you and your love. h



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rinse under cool water. TO COOK THE PORK BELLY: [3] Fully submerge the pork belly in equal parts apple juice and chicken stock. Cook at 240 degrees F for 10 hours. This is a great project to do first thing in the morning so that it is ready for your dinner party at night! GLAZE FOR PORK BELLY* 100 ml Bourbon 1 lb unsalted butter 125 ml Maple Syrup Melt Butter in a small pot then combine Bourbon and Maple Syrup and allow to cool. *You can also use whatever fruit juice you would like to get really creative, pineapple, orange etc.‌ TO SERVE: Remove Pork Belly from braising liquid. Cut into 6-oz portions you would like to serve. Glaze liberally with the Maple Bourbon butter and broil in the oven. Once the glaze is slightly caramelized and bubbling repeat this process two more times so you get a nice thick coating of the sweet bourbon butter.


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VIOLET ARCHER PARK An ode to a canadian musical genius


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n the Parkallen neighbourhood – not far from Whyte Avenue – is a tiny park devoted to a relatively unknown giant of Canadian classical music. Unknown, that is, beyond the musical community. Within it, she is revered. Violet Archer was a composer and educator born in Montréal in 1913. Her parents were Italian immigrants – Balestreri was their name until they changed it to Archer (which is apparently the English translation of Balestreri) in 1940 during the Second World War. Archer began piano lessons before she was ten, started composing when she was 16 and was so dedicated she asked her mother to wake her up at 5 a.m. each day so she could compose on their front balcony. She went on to graduate from McGill University with a Bachelor of Music in 1936 and then got her Master’s from Yale in 1949. Throughout her university years, Archer worked as a piano teacher and professional accompanist for singers and performed with the Montréal Women’s Orchestra. Then from 1947 to 1962 she studied and taught in Texas and Oklahoma with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. In 1961 she started a Ph.D. in Music at the University of Toronto but gave it up to take a position at University of Alberta in Edmonton. She taught music theory and composition from 1962 until her retirement in 1978, and became Chair of the Theory and Composition Department.


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During her career she composed approximately 400 pieces for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, organ and voice – and even some electronic music. She was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Silver medal and became a member of the Order of Canada; she was also named Composer of the Year by the Canadian Music Council and awarded three honorary doctorates. In 1985 the Violet Archer Festival was held in Edmonton – it was the first festival to honour a living Canadian composer – and it was in that year the park was named after her. Two years later, she was one of the first people to be inducted into Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame. She composed into her eighties and acted as a mentor for many young musicians who have gone on to successful careers. She would likely be pleased to know there is even a Canadian Indie rock band, the Violet Archers, named after her. So her name lives on in the hearts of music-lovers across the country and this small Edmonton Park where people can gather to play – and compose. h


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