Made in Canada

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From Vancouver to Milan, Canadian designer Omer Arbel signs a collections of lights for Bocci, specialized in contemporary design.
During the Design week we were glad to be able to see the beautiful installation at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, even if dimensions are substantial they are made of delicately beautiful sphere, with clever attention to new technology, in fact the 28 Series will be available in halogen and LED.

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Another Canadian in Milan:
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Samarè is a group of Canadian designers with a base in Milan, where Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte (who I met after taking the picture below) lives.   They want to keep alive the traditions of Quebec, and the name Samarè comes from the fruit of the maple tree, symbol of Canada, name used like a metaphor for a seed creating new fruits.

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Stone, wood, fur are the materials that created the whole country and they are still the leit-motif of this new series of objects. “Pays d’en haut” is the expression for areas of deforestation and areas for fur trade. Their legacy as you can see is cultural and local and Samarè gives us atmosphere and memories of the past with an eye to the future. Basic objects, clean and simple, comfortable and useful, all hand made in Canada with a high level of artisanal skills..

And finally…

Dean and Dan Caten (born Dean and Dan Catenacci) are identical twin brothers (the youngest of 9 children) fashion designers and the creators of Dsquared2, a high-end fashion label with a base in Milan where they moved in 1991 working first for Gianni Versace and then for Diesel.

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A touch of Canada in Milan.

Photography by Albarosa Simonetti, Dean&Dan photographer unknown


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