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Design Beautiful

Toronto's Interior Design Show was pretty good this year, it's grown a lot! The opening party was so big there was no way I could have caught up with everyone I wanted to see. There was a time you could do that.

Two designers stood out for me as having an exceptional approach and design intent.

Laura Henneberry, a design student, presented this beautiful felt bench. What I particularly liked was the piece is both functional (as all benches are) and interactive - I can change the seat height, the colour, the look and feel at my pleasure - lovely.

Here's what Laura says about herself and her design:
I'm a 3rd year Industrial Design student at the Ontario College of Art & Design. My focus is design research as a future profession and I'm excited by the overall context in which design can have significance and value. The objective of this felt bench, Untitled 300, was seating that could be created by removing or pulling back layers of felt. The width and depth of the seat can be prescribed by each individual user; and being a bench it facilitates social seating for up to 3.

The second designer is Jennifer Graham. Her work was immediately striking. There is a natural organic presence in all the pieces and yet they are like art - thoughtfully inspired and beautifully crafted.

Here is what Jennifer says about herself:
I am a ceramic designer/maker whose work is delicate and bold, functional and decorative. My work unites textured fabrics and porcelain objects. I use molds and hand building techniques to form raw edges and embossed surfaces. These methods evoke a textile quality on each porcelain piece. Muted palette and rich textures create clean lined contemporary works. I graduated from Sheridan College Craft and Design Program where I received the William and Mary Corcoran Craft Award. I.D., Azure, Canadian Interiors, Style at Home, Canadian House and Home and The Globe and Mail have featured my ceramics and I have shown at Harbourfront Centre and The Gardiner Museum. My work is represented at a number of galleries and design stores across Canada and the United States.