Back on Track & Still Shopping at Karma

posted by Alanna Davey on 2011.05.28, under Food, Health, LuvZ


The week before last I spent 6 days in New York City for design week which is centered around the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Center, but spreads into almost every art influenced neighborhoods in the city including, Chelsea, Alphabet City, Meatpacking District, the Upper Eastside, and a couple of spots in between.  And you all know how fast New York moves, so spending a week there trying to pack as much shopping and conference perusing in during the day as possible, then trying to hit as many of little show opening parties between 6 and 10pm at night, followed by dinner, followed by being taken out every night by your host until the wee hours…it enough to through you off the rails for a while.   My attitude while I was there was… “I will sleep when I get home.”

I am finally feeling back to normal, after a good 9 days of recovery, and proper food intake.   But I do apologize for the lack of posting over the last couple of weeks; I really have not been myself.

Which brings me to this weeks post about my be-loved Karma Co-op, Toronto’s only co-operative grocery store.  Karma gives it’s member 2 options: either work 2 hours a month or pay a $20 flat fee a month to reap the rewards of organic and local food that is priced right!  I can usually do my grocery shop for the week including all organic or locally produced goods for the same amount or less, than what I would have spent at any conventional grocery store on non-organic, overseas produced foods (crap).

Since I have been shopping at the co-op I have noticed it is much easier to keep weight off, and energy up.  I don’t think I can attribute that to anything other than…I am eating super healthy clean food on a regular basis.  If you are interested in shopping at Karma, you don’t have to sign up for a membership right off the bat, you can try sample shop and pay a little bit of a premium (15%) if you want to give it a try before you commit.


What’s New: 2011 ICFF c.

posted by Alanna Davey on 2011.05.27, under Design, Furniture, Lighting, LuvZ

Crazy crooked bookshelf, by Malagana


The perfect compact bar!  It slides open to reveal one third of the storage real estate to upright bottles, one third to glass wear, and  the remaining third houses the other essentials-  napkins, coasters, and bar tools of course. Mini Bar by Urban Case


The Bulldozer Chair by Mark Goetz and Efe Buluc


A lovely light fixture


LuvZ these little stools, would you believe they strengthen your core muscles too?  By Zorine Design


The artistic imitation of wood by Faux Bois


Put that rain cloud that is following you behind, literally on the shelf. By Abovo Light for Life


Lladro’s new Atelier Collection, STUNNING!


Innovative Home Furnishing by Data


My fave, is this bookshelf that you can adjust as you grow your collection

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Meet & Shop w/ Rita Liefhebber

posted by Alanna Davey on 2011.05.24, under Events, Fashion, Shops



What’s New: 2011 ICFF b.

posted by Alanna Davey on 2011.05.23, under Design, Furniture, Home, LuvZ

If there wasn’t already a Ghost Chair, I would have called it the Ghost Stool BOO.  The Folded Stool by Phillipp Aduatz.


LuvZ this little Tea Diver by Abel Partners Design Studio


Lol, an eraser nose you can shape to any shape you want.


Space saving flat bulb


Cute compact cutlery for kids, by Joonenjune


Crazy space saving fold-up chairs by Flux


Very Georgia O’keeffe


Cool dining area by Molo


LuvZ the lights!


This chair by Jordi Mila slightly resembles the Bat Mobil, and only has three legs, but when you look at it from the front it looks like it is just hovering on two.  A little to masculine for my stylez but would be great in a bachelor pad or in a hot music video.  Never seen anything like it!


The perfect seat for two, also by Jordi Mila

What’s New: 2011 ICFF a.

posted by Alanna Davey on 2011.05.19, under Events, LuvZ

Hawt!  Gold skin by Shawn Soh


Whenever I head down to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, I head down with an open mind and expect nothing less than inspiration, because up until a couple years a ago I knew I wouldn’t see the product in Canada for at least another 2-3 years.  With the popularity of the internet and e-shopping platforms, almost all of the smaller scale designers now have their product available online.  Over the next couple of days I will be sharing some of my favourite finds with you, and I will try my best to let you know who they are by or where they are from so you can get them for yourself.


Gold Bead (massage chair?) by Shawn Soh


The Odyssey Light by iQ environments…is more than just a light.


When I met Ismael Quintero and he told me his story I was virtually in tears.  The light which is 10 years in the making was originally fashioned for a Parson’s thesis project, where each student was encouraged to design something by bringing the outdoors indoors.  Quintero unexpectedly found a hydrant lid on Wall St. right after 9/11 and he used it to cast the light in porcelain.

Since it’s original porcelain form made 10 years ago, the Odyssey light has been transformed into a glass model made from 70% recycled glass, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the 9/11 Museum.


Flow Magazine Rack by HeadSPRUNG


Crazy Candle Holders by:  Ali Siahvoshi


Level Pencil


Modular wine storage systems (which you can design and order online) by Vinedegarde Cellar Systems


Stunning prints by Eskayel


Keep you bulbs warm with these little sockies


Up-cycled Melting Clocks by Palo Samko


Tower O Drawers by Boca Do Lobo


Super Low Sofa by Nolen Niu


City roof-top Chicken Coop by Bklyn Designs


Murphy Bed you don’t have to hide by Resource Furniture