New record: $2,090 a month is average cost of one-bedroom rental in Vancouver

For more than a year, Vancouver has taken top spot for the most expensive city to rent in Canada and now the city of glass has broken another record.

In July, the average price of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver hit $2,090 a month; which is the first time this type of property has cracked the $2,000 mark since Padmapper started tracking rental data. Padmapper collects rental data from 25 of Canada’s biggest cities based on population.

In June the average price for renting a one-bedroom was $1,950. That’s a 2.5 per cent jump in cost from June to July and year-over-year price of a one-bedroom in Vancouver has increased by 15.5 per cent.

Similarly, rent for a two-bedroom grew by 2.5 per cent in July to $3,230 a month.

READ MORE: West End residents fight against “unfair” rent increases

While Vancouver stays poised at the top of the list, Toronto comes in second consistently with rents increasing only slightly (0.9 per cent) to $1,800 a month for a one-bedroom and $2,430 for a two-bedroom.

Affordability for both renters and homeowners continues to be a hot topic in Metro Vancouver.

In March, tenants on Vancouver’s west side fought against a 35 per cent rent increase. The landlord of the building, located in the 1000-block of West 13th Avenue wants to raise the rent above this year’s legally-capped limit of 3.7 per cent under a clause of the Residential Tenancy Regulation.

READ MORE: Housing affordability taking huge swipe at Metro Vancouver’s ‘missing middle’: Report

The province currently caps annual rent increases at 3.7 per cent, but landlords can apply for exceptions if the rent they are currently charging is significantly lower than what is being charged for similar suites nearby.

The City of Vancouver conducted a survey of 10,000 residents, which resoundingly said affordability is their top priority and the city’s new housing strategy should prioritize housing based on what local residents can afford.

The survey also found that many residents believe investment pressure is a primary contributor to rising prices and that the majority of renters are concerned about their future in Vancouver — with affordability being a main reason why they might choose to leave. City staff will be reporting to council on July 25 with the results of the public consultation, housing targets in the next 10 years and actions to achieve those targets.

Victoria also remained in the top five even though rent fell by 5.1 per cent for one-bedroom units ($1,120/month) and slightly increased by 0.7 per cent for two-bedroom apartments ($1,410/month).



Christie’s Names New Co-Chairmen of Impressionist and Modern Art Department

We have some auction house title shuffling happening on this muggy summer Tuesday. Today, Christie’s announced in a release that the brass have named two new co-chairmen of its impressionist and modern art department: Giovanna Bertazzoni and Adrien Meyer, veterans of the house who have logged time in both New York and London. 

Bertazzoni, who has been with Christie’s for nearly two decades, had been the deputy chairman of the department, and previously held roles such as head of the European Impressionist and modern art department, and international head of the department. Meyer has been with the house since 2004 and was previously co-head of the private sales channel as well as specialist and vice president in the Impressionist and modern department. 

The release also notes, accurately, that the two most expensive paintings and the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction have been Impressionist and modern works hammered down at Christie’s in the past three years—even if all three were sold at curated sales, not during an Imp-mod evening sale.

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Bathroom Butler

Forming a vital part of every home, the bathroom is finally receiving the acknowledgement it deserves within the design and décor world with 2017 promising some inspired trends.

From colours and finishes to spatial design and furnishings, every aspect of your new bathroom can be sourced at Decorex Joburg taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from August 9 to 13.

“Bathroom design and décor has really come a long way with people realising that the bathroom is a pivotal space of relaxation and tranquillity within the home,” said Andrew Taylor chief executive of Bathroom Butler, featuring at this year’s Decorex Joburg.

“We are very excited about the 2017 trends that work well to create a minimalist yet functional space, featuring a range interesting finishes and tasteful accessories to achieve the ideal look.”

When it comes to bathroom hues, said organisers in a statement, subtle shades and textures should be embraced.

Accented walls behind a bath or basin can be cleverly complemented with similarly coloured mats and covers.

To create that ideal, cosy atmosphere, shades of blue and green are proving popular while the addition of cobalt-coloured tiles is also coming to the fore.

The very on-trend rose gold and matte black bathroom accessories will also create a stylish feel.

“People are often looking to renovate their bathrooms but it is a daunting task, considering the associated costs and unwanted hassle that comes with home renovations.

However, the 2017 trends can be easily adapted to fit every budget and need.”

Instead of completely gutting the entire bathroom, the addition of new furniture and accessories while simultaneously upgrading finishes and adding a coat of paint can completely transform any bathroom.

Geberit Southern Africa’s Head of Marketing, Dorianne Isaacman said: “It’s important to create an inviting space that is not only appealing to all our senses, offers ease of use and accessibility, but also uses reliable technology that lies beyond the surface.”

The company is a European market leader in the field of sanitary products, renowned for continuing the tradition of innovation in the sanitary industry with top-quality bathroom products.

Monochromatic colour schemes with lots of textures, geometric shapes and clean lines were also being used in bathrooms, said director of Sugar Plum Interiors Tammy Maharaj,

But we are also looking forward to seeing lots of coloured bathtubs and taps, bringing some style into the room. Lighting is also a key element which can transform any space.”


Premdor’s new Factory Glazed Oak Fire Doors include up to the minute Safety Rating

Timber door specialist Premdor has launched a brand new range of factory glazed fire doors, independently assessed in January 2016 by globally-respected Exova Warringtonfire.

Assessed to an impressive fire safety rating that meets British Standard 476: Part 22, these oak veneer doors are not only beautiful in appearance, but also utilise real American white oak veneers from sustainable sources.

Those who choose from Premdor’s new range can expect years of use without the warping and splitting that can affect solid oak doors.

“These elegant looking doors now allow householders and businesses alike to keep their homes and premises safe from fire. Uniquely, the range is factory glazed – meaning that the doors were glazed in the same factory they were manufactured in, reducing the likelihood of damage or poor workmanship by third parties.
“Consequently, the doors have been fire tested, as well as being independently assessed by Exova Warringtonfire, as a complete glazed unit, providing confidence in the door’s fire performance.”

The doors are glazed with 7mm clear laminated safety and fire rated glass, and are available in three popular designs: Milano, 2 Light and Croft 3/4 Light.

Each door features hardwood lips on all four edges for maximum stability and all come with a five-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

“Not only will the fire safety rating of these doors last until 2020, but the material used in their construction makes them a far more sustainable alternative to solid oak doors”, said Catherine.

[Source:- doorindustryjournal]

LG’s new ‘Hub Robot’ is an Amazon Echo and Google Home rival

LG Logo

CES 2017 is about to enter full-swing, and ahead of the big press conferences, LG has teased some of its upcoming products.

The South Korean firm appears to be going big on robots this year, in an attempt to, in its words “showcase LG innovations in artificial intelligence.”

Perhaps the most exciting new addition in this new robot lineup is the ‘Hub Robot’, which looks to be the company’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The new device will apparently “double as a smart home gateway and a personal assistant for consumers,” which is essentially what Amazon and Google’s alternatives do.

LG announced the Hub Robot along with some other robotic companions, one of which has been designed to help users with gardening.

The company also says it will launch “models designed for commercial use in public spaces such as airports and hotels to help improve the traveler’s experience”.

LG’s press conference, set to get underway at 4pm GMT tomorrow (Jan 4), will see the robots properly unveiled, which should no doubt yield further details.

According to the firm’s announcement, the new robots will use “powerful analytical processing power… to navigate complex environments and decipher the most efficient and effective path to accomplish tasks”.

There’s no word on when the new devices will actually be made available, as the company says it’s merely “previewing” the robots at CES.

That said, we’re hoping to hear something during the conference on possible release dates and pricing, so stay tuned for the latest.


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Wessex Garage Doors – New for 2017

2016 saw extensive investment by Wessex in the migration of doors to a chassis based build method for both its ¬up and over and side hinged garage door ranges. The culmination of that effort is a new brochure and price list showcasing the new ranges for 2017.

The new build has proven to be a winner with customers, creating a strong, corrosion protected steel chassis that provides a protective “picture frame” edge all around the glorious G.R.P. door panel.

The highlights:

  • Standard size pricing bands for 7’0”, 7’6” and 14’0” wide doors in 6’6” and 7’0” heights for up and over doors.
  • Made to measure now in 5mm increments
  • Re-introduction of Gothic & Tudor designs
  • New one-piece Lymington with windows design
  • Insulated roller door option


[Source:- doorindustryjournal]

New Collections by Flou at Milan Design Week


Flou boasts more that thirty years of dedication, creativity, and specialization on a continuous journey that started with the beds that oriented us spontaneously to expand the types of products and to develop articles with increasing global appeal. The result is a comprehensive design collection, a wide variety and a complete selection of items, ideal for every ambience that is furnished with style. At Salone del Mobile in Milan Flou presents the new proposals designed by Carlo Colombo, Emanuela Garbin, and Mario Dell’Orto.

During one of my numerous trips around the world, I was looking out the window on an aircraft and distractedly observed the wing of the plane that was carrying me home from China. I started thinking about how our perspectives could change if we were able to look at things we have seen a thousand times through new eyes! Observing the curve of that wing was the inspiration for my design of a product collection that I called Softwing, consisting of bed, armchair, pouffe and an LED lamp connected by the same common features: a soft fold, gentle roundness, an elegant curve.’  – Carlo Colombo


Softwing Bed
This is a size double bed that fully respects the tradition of the Flou textile bed. The strong point of Softwing is the fabric, draped over the frame and stitched like an haute couture garment. The stylish lines are joined by the soft headboard with rounded corners, the elegance of the details, the position of the folds, the precision of the stitching. The end-result is a bed with extraordinarily comfortable softness, simple yet sophisticated elegance, the perfect tailor-made product.


[Source:- Interiorzine]

AluFoldDirect Goes European With The New Technic-AL RD1 Entrance Doors

Bruges - One of the Designs in the New Technic-AL range from AluFoldDirect

For installation companies looking to offer contemporary design and innovative engineering to customers, the new Technic-AL RD1, is a striking new residential door range from AluFoldDirect.

“Consistent customer demand for a beautiful, top quality entrance door was the inspiration behind this new range,” explains Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect. “We wanted to create an entrance door that could match the design and quality values of our aluminium bi-folding and sliding doors and slimline windows.

“Too often, installers have not been able to source a main entrance door to perform like their new aluminium bi-folding door. Our research also found that aesthetics is crucial for our customers, so we then set about building a product that looked stunning and matched top security expectations and exceeded regulation on energy efficiency.”

The result is the new Technic-AL RD1 Residential Door range, a collection which meets customer demand for high-end design and superb performance.

This contemporary range of entrance doors is completely unique. The slimline, thermally broken, aluminium frame is filled with an engineered, thermally insulated timber door blade, available in nine stunning designs. There are multiple colour options and a five-stage paint process for a beautiful finish to satisfy even the most exacting requirements. Modern pole handle options complete the look.

RD1 has full Secured by Design accreditation and features the Winkhaus AV2 lock and an SBD Yale Platinum 3-star cylinder for total security. Building regulations are fully catered for with U-Values ranging from 1.3 to 1.6W/m2K, dependent on door blade design.

There are nine distinctive designs available, each named after a cosmopolitan European city, including Bonn, Bruges and Maastricht.Made to measure RD1 residential doors are available on a three-week lead time in the seven most popular colour choices, with fully bespoke colours and dual colour options taking a little bit longer.

“The RD1 range offers extensive design options to homeowners and a new opportunity for our installer customers. There are no stock sizes – each Technic-AL RD1 Residential Door is a handmade piece of furniture, designed and manufactured to each individual order for a completely bespoke solution,” continues Craig.

“Our installer customers have built their aluminium offering reliant on our fast, competent expertise in aluminium bi-folding, sliding doors and slimline windows. We have listened to what customers want to add to their product range and created Technic-AL RD1 to fill this niche, for end users looking for something extraordinary, but not wanting to wait for months or pay an exorbitant over the top price.”



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Games of Perspective and Kaleidoscopic Patterns at Bonaldo’s New Products


Doppler, the collection designed by Giuseppe Viganò and comprising coffee tables and new sideboards, features a kaleidoscope of shapes and bright colors. A charming sequence of rings dazzle those who observe Hulahoop, the original table by Alessandro Busana. Looking in the New Perspective Mirror, designed by Alain Gilles, gives the observer the impression of diving into a new perspective. Last but not least, the Nikos armchair, designed by Sergio Bicego, adds a touch of fresh originality to the most diverse settings thanks to the graphic design on the upholstery which is distinguished by lines that chase each other and cross one another, in a mesmerising rainbow of colours.

The Doppler sideboards supplement the Doppler coffee table collection designed by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo. They propose the same illusion of overlapping surfaces, whereas actually the doors are made up of a single surface: indeed, it is the combination of various brightly coloured graphic patterns that creates this particular optical effect. The asymmetrical opening of the doors is an additional sign of originality. The lacquered wood frame is supported by a solid ash-wood base, painted in grey or walnut-wood. Bonaldo produces the Doppler sideboards in two different sizes: one high and the other low, to furnish both the living room and the bedroom.

The Doppler sideboards supplement the Doppler coffee table collection designed by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo. They propose the same illusion of overlapping surfaces, whereas actually the doors are made up of a single surface: indeed, it is the combination of various brightly coloured graphic patterns that creates this particular optical effect. The asymmetrical opening of the doors is an additional sign of originality. The lacquered wood frame is supported by a solid ash-wood base, painted in grey or walnut-wood. Bonaldo produces the Doppler sideboards in two different sizes: one high and the other low, to furnish both the living room and the bedroom.

Hulahoop is characterized by a minimal table top and a frame comprising metallic rings which, owing to perspective, overlap one another, giving rise to a graphic pattern capable of rendering a dynamic image that changes every time depending on the viewpoint. Hulahoop offers multiple combinations of materials and dimensions. The table top – which is free of sharp edges, simple and clean-cut – is in fact available in various types of marble, wood, ceramic and glass. The decorative base is made of metal painted in a host of different colours or with copper, brass or pickled finish.

The idea of Belgian designer Alain Gilles was to bring the mirror to life, turning it from a cold and empty surface into a dynamic object with a rich personality. As the name suggests, the New Perspective Mirror plays with depth and perspective, giving the illusion of a room beyond the mirror.

The distinguishing feature of this mirror lies in the hand-drawing of lines made directly on its surface, which gives it a multiple personality: it is not just an object whose sole function is to that of a mirror but rather a decorative furnishing element. The New Perspective Mirror is available in 3 different color variants to adapt to various styles and interior décors: combinations of red/green/blue, or monochrome black or copper. Available in two versions, either “large” or “small”; the “small” version is fitted with a brushed anthracite grey oak shelf on which the mirror rests, set in a slot.




[Source:- Interiorzine]

Philips’ new Hue sensor can detect when you’re moving and more

Philips' new Hue sensor can detect when you're moving and more

Philips has new Hue goodies for you, including one that detects movement.

It’s actually not as creepy as it sounds. The company has announced more products for its Hue line of smart lights and accessories. The standout new gizmo is called Philips Hue Motion Sensor. It will allow Philips Hue users to automatically control their lights with their movements. The $39.95 – £34.99 in the UK – sensor connects to Hue Bridge, as it’s wireless and battery-powered, and can be positioned anywhere, such as a wall or shelf.

Once it’s in place, you can adjust its motion detection capabilities so that it can trigger certain actions (like turning lights on). Philips described the sensor as providing hands-free control and said it can guide you “safely throughout your home at night with lighting”. It’s also handy because you no longer must remember to turn lights off when leaving a room. The motion sensor will detect when you do and does all the work for you.

Some of the other customisation settings including changing the type of lighting from like a soft night light to scenes for daytime. It also has a built-in daylight sensor so it can turn on/off your lights based on the time of day. Up to 12 sensors can be connected to a bridge, too, giving you the ability to automate all the lights in your home. And Philips said the sensor can adjust lights within .5 seconds of activation, so it’s fast.

Philips has introduced updated bulbs as well. The Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 now come with more vibrant greens and blues. And finally, two new PhilipsHue White Ambiance bulb extensions have been announced, including BR-30 and GU-10 models. To buy any of this stuff, check out Philips Hue website,, and Best Buy in October 2016.


[Source:- pocket-lint]