Boconcept, a modern furniture store located 1275 West 6th Av. in  Vancouver, is sponsoring a design contest for your favorite cup. It provides the software for your creative input to design a cup. The possibilities are infinite … have fun with it, you might just win the chair. Click on the link below to get started.



Glass door for Home Elevator

Exterior Elevator, glazed cab

There are different types of residential lifts on the market to choose from such as Electric, Overhead Winding Drum, Vacuum and Hydraulic Home Elevators.  All have advantages and disadvantages ranging from noise, reliability, space and installation requirements.  For residences in a seismic zone like Vancouver, BC or California, US  the recommended system is the Hydraulic as it can run in a power failure, does not require gears or a counter balance to work and is the most reliable of all the systems in an emergency, getting the occupants “down” to the exit level.  The mechanical room is usually in the basement or  as an addition to the outside of the house. (local codes permitting)  The size and load capacity of the elevator depends on the occupants usage.

The Hydraulic model comes in 2 basic styles; the more traditional enclosed version with drywall surround and  finished to match existing paneling in the home.  There is also a glazed version called the “Crystal” which allows the occupant to take in the view on the way to the top.  This style also helps relieve any claustrophobic feeling of being confined to small spaces;  the occupant always knows where they are between levels.  This would be the perfect option when the elevator is on the outside of the house.  Both glazed and enclosed types go into existing homes by cutting through floors for access.  One of the major advantages of Canada Home Elevator’s models is that they only need 4”  to countersink flush to the landing .  Other models have an 8” rise which aesthetically is more challenging if countersinking the elevator flush to the landing is not an option.  In this case the elevator will be sitting above grade. This is where the 4” rise has the advantage as it will mean a shorter ramp down to make the grade.

There are many things to consider when selecting the right home elevator.  If you would like to know more detailed information about Home Elevators I would recommend talking with Ben Lean of Canada Home Elevators.  Ben is very personable,  has an engineering background and  over 25 years experience dealing in elevators.  Janice Clements at Target Interiors would be willing to help you with incorporating barrier free design into your home or business.

written by: J. Clements

photos courtesy of Canada Home Elevator

What’s interesting about the latest arrival to Coast Eco Timber is that these exotic woods are harvested  from the bottom of the Panama Canal; they have been preserved beneath the

surface since the flooding of the Panama  97 years ago.


L to R Alana Husby; Challa Reisner; Arnie Dewitt

Scuba Logging is the method used for harvesting these old growth trees as seen in this video.  The logging takes place underwater, the logs floated to


the top and dragged on to the shore.  These trees are then milled into large raw edge slabs suitable for interior mantels and furniture as well as

out-door architectural applications.

Some of the species from this tropical forest are Canal Espave, Canal Cedro Espino, Canal Zapater and Canal Ipe.

Canal Zapater is a beautifully dark textured wood featured in the photo of the mantel and one of the most popular varieties.  Canal Ipe also known as

Ironwood and is most commonly used outdoors due to its resistance to termites and weather elements.

One of my favorite pieces on display at the Rocky Mountaineer Station  was this Waterfall table made from

Walnut by artisan John Schmidt of  Hycraft Design.

All timber products from Coast Eco Timber are FSC Certified




waterfall tabel



These wood slabs are a perfect medium for interior applications such as counters, table tops and mantels;

please feel free to contact  Janice Clements at Targetinteriors if you need any help incorporating these

timeless elements into your design.

Photos by J. Clements

A festive treat for this occasion is the Baroque acrylic Chair

in a delicious assortment of colours.

(pink, purple, green, black, stripe, white, orange, blue, ghostly white …

so many flavours)

(1/2″ thick;  one piece formed;  high-grade acrylic; contract grade,

used in commercial and residential applications.)

Clear acrylic with  powder coated baroque pattern, emanates a

ghost from the past with an animated  persona.

Herman’s’ choice …

For a lean towards the Goth side,

it also comes in black.

Visit Home page /Refreshments, to read up about Mint Interiors

if you would like to know

where you can find these theatrical pieces.

… are we having fun yet?

I would like to introduce  MINT INTERIORS; just opened to the public Mon. Oct. 25 at the corner of 2nd. Ave. and Fir St.

They carry a unique and exclusive collections of  furniture, wall coverings and accessories.

Tracy Kendall’s  3D wall coverings  assembled with assorted items such as jigsaw puzzle pieces, buttons, or shimmering medallions to

create depth and texture.   Her  larger than life silkscreen image of a peacock feather or floral graphics  make for a striking visual

and conversation piece.

On the adjacent wall, a seamless white background with silhouettes of monochrome birds in flight, wall coverings by TROVE.

The pattern repeat is not obvious as in traditional wall coverings.

The Griffith Bronze Iron Lamp is one of many appealing pieces in the lighting

dept. Interwoven lampshade of recycled  newsprint in Asian characters takes on a

life off its own.

Beautiful hand blown glass vessels by Joe Cariati out of Los Angelos. 

The shapes and colours are captivating.

The shortlist is a few of the items worth investigating,

I’ll leave the Sultan Dog and Bambi Chest to your imagination.

A designers Pit Stop for some visual refreshments.

photos by Janice Clements

There is a Group Show at the Charles Scott Gallery on Granville Island that is worth taking in.

One of the artists, Thomas Glassford,  has managed to bring what’s old is new with his version of POP ART in the piece where he has assembled a variety of aluminum profiles into a multicoloured techno quilt like pattern.  The electric colours of anodized powder coating are vivid and bright … loved the architectural references.

The adjacent  sculpture is  made up of recycled light pendants, bowls and plates to form a floor to ceiling hanging tassel of found objects that just seem to fit together so perfectly.  These works are a playful cross of old /new – pop/folk … very clever and very striking.

On the other side of the room is a show of beautiful minimalist 3D compositions by Gabriel de la Mora.  Fine whimsical lines whisking in space.  At a closer look you will notice the anatomy of micro knots where the lines cross joining the pieces together and a faded undertone of light brown stain below.  There is a heevy jeevy feeling that may come over you once you realize the fine lines are actually human hair and  the faded stains that lie beneath is blood.  They have a fascinating appeal.

This show ends Oct. 24 and is worth the time … I quite enjoyed it.

Welcome to  Target Interiors’s Blog.

I’m really looking forward to sharing with you new and old design references from around the globe

Check out the DESIGN PORN page for blog posts on original and innovative directions in design.

Other posts will include Art/Architecture/Industrial Design/Building Construction – anything of interest in the Design world that explores points of interest and the State of the Art.

If you would like to discover more about TARGET INTERIORS check out our website

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