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The Cult of Real Estate

It’s been said that Canada is on the verge of becoming a post-Christian country, a place where religion is no more politically or culturally relevant than any other form of group identity. Indeed, in February of this year theAGlobe and Mail raised the subject of the secularization of Canada in an article titled "Anglican Church facing the threat of extinction." But while traditional religions may be waning in popularity, Canadians have flocked to a new form of faith: home ownership.

Over the last 25 years, the owned home has been transformed from a commercial transaction into an object of existential aspirations. As prices have risen ever higher, more and more Canadians have become convinced that home ownership isn't justAa life goal butAthe life goal, a prerequisite for any kind of personal success. That attitude has been actively fostered by the government programs that incentivize and subsidize home ownership and amplified by the noisy rabble of real estate agents, mortgage brokers and HGTV executives who exaggerate its pleasures.

So pervasive is its cultural influence, and so unassailable are its apparent merits, that the idea of home ownership has taken on almost religious properties. Like most organized religions, the community of Canadian homeowners is populated by true believers, people of common values who gather in houses of worship - presale showrooms, home show convention floors and Ikea outlets are the most common venues - in order to exercise their faith in the virtues of home ownership.

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Posted: November 2nd, 2010
at 4:18pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: home,business,development

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The Future of Publishing? Esquire Will Sell $2,500 Couches and $200 Lamps

In an era of increasingly uncertain sales, magazines have to use their cultural currency as a form of financial guarantee. They’ve always excelled at selling things for other people, through both their advertising and their own editorial. So why not sell direct to their audience?

A deep-caramel leather sofa named Triple Whiskey Collins is evidence of smart thinking by a storied magazine brand that might not be making money the same way in 20 years. It’s a signature piece of Esquire Home Collection, a line of furniture and accessories launched by the magazine which is finding its way into retail locations this month.

While launching a furniture line may appear to be the latest gimmick to bolster sagging magazine subscriptions, Glen Ellen Brown, vice president of Hearst Brand Development, says that Hearst has actually been focusing on brand extension for 20 years, including popular product lines for other properties like Country Living and Seventeen. "We really have the expertise and depth of doing this for decades and we work hard to bring integrity to that," she says. "You have to be really careful because brand dilution is right around the corner from brand extension."

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Posted: October 22nd, 2010
at 10:55am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: home,design,et cetera,development

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Stephen Fry : What I’d Wish I’d Known When I Was 18

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Cercadinho by Marcenaria

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Posted: July 24th, 2010
at 6:30pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: home,design

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Karim Rashid’s Stove Top

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Posted: July 24th, 2010
at 4:31pm by Koookiecrumbles


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DIY : SketchChair by Greg Saul & JST ERATOR Design UI Group

"Sketch Chair" is a exploration in using computation and rapid manufacturing techniques to allow users to design and build their own products or in this case their own chairs.

The Sketch Chair software allows a novice users to take part in the entire process of designing and building their own chairs. Chairs are designed using a simple 2D sketch-based interface and design validation tools. Thereafter chairs are fabricated from sheet materials cut by a laser cutter, CNC milling machine or papercutters.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2010
at 9:57am by Koookiecrumbles


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How to Afford Anything

Extensive guide from Ken Rockwell (2008)

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Winston Smith: Requiem for an Armchair

One charity has to decide whether or not to get rid of a historical chair in their client involvement meetings:

"Well, I mean we do need a new armchair and that's great, but like I said we need to say goodbye to the one we have had for so long. I suggest we put up several memos around the building informing the other clients the final date that the chair will be here. Then I think we should get to burn it and have a few drinks around it and say goodbye."

Comedy if you ask me.

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Posted: May 31st, 2010
at 4:04pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,home,politricks,design,9th dan

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Time to Rethink Design

David Carlson of the David Report has released a new trend look at the state of a full design world. Design contamination has taken over an expertise that is barely 100 years old; new products are simply the variations of old themes- (conceptual design, new articulations of the same, design signatures and design as art).

However if we are able to get back to using aging products and making design matter in a lifecycle, there is a cleaner horizon.

Designer Naoto Fukasawa: "I understand that myArole is about enhancing our living…. I've become moreAattached to the current life, and have started considering the betterment of our lives in a reality where we allAbelong, rather than predicting what could happen".

We need new storytellers:

Fred Alan Wolf - The Dreaming Universe (1994):A"Aboriginals believe in two forms of time: two parallelAstreams of activity. One is the daily objective activity,Athe other is an infinite spiritual cycle, called dreamtime,Amore real than reality itself…".

Carlson poses a great question, how do we A"change old habits and not to perpetuate the sales argument that the main role of designAis added value."

Read the full report in one of three forms: PDF, Flip Through Version or Text

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