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Our Channel is where you can learn more about life at H&W – see what inspires us and encourages us to share our thoughts. It usually concerns the world of design, but not always. Channels work best when there’s a back and forth, so please feel free to jump in. 

Apr 2/
Orange

In 2015, Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Bayer and artist/architect Matthew Soules created an installation called City Fabric. Using 800 lineal feet of orange construction netting, the pair stretched the material between concrete piers of the Burrard Street Bridge. Typically the eye-catching netting indicates dangerous construction zones, but here, with its intersecting transparent lines, the orange fabric takes on a new life. Read this month’s Orange.

Mar 11/
Orange

This is a Fish-Box-Sledge by Studio Rogier Martens of Utrecht, Netherlands. The base of the sled is made of beech plywood with stainless steel runners and has been constructed to hold a standard Dutch fish crate. Just so you know, not all fish crates found in the Netherlands are orange – but we fully understand why they were attracted to this colour. Bundle up the small fry and go out for a ride! Read this month’s Orange.

Feb 6/
Orange

For many Russian children growing up in the 1960s, this was the first toy they ever owned. They called their version of a roly-poly doll (which wobbles back and forth on a weighted base) a Nevalyashka doll – that’s Russian for “untopply.” They were manufactured in a military plant outside of Moscow and became an instant hit. This orange model really rocks! Read this month’s Orange.

Jan 9/
Orange

Every two years, Desert X, an outdoor exhibition, presents a collection of art installations throughout California's Coachella Valley. SPECTER, a florescent orange monolith, was created for Desert X 2019 by Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby. This brazen, reflective form stands in complete contrast to the surrounding earth tones of the serene natural landscape. Ruby wanted to establish an optical illusion that left viewers questioning "what was missing from the scene." Read this month’s Orange.

Dec 6/
Orange

ORANGE SPORTS FIGURE by American Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was painted in 1982. Art critics believe that Basquiat was paying homage to one of his heroes, the great baseball player Hank Aaron. Basquiat once said, “I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day.” This painting, which is signed with invisible ink, was sold by Sothebys for US $6.5 million. Read this month’s Orange.

Nov 6/
Orange

This is the Ayakita Dam in Japan. Constructed in 1960, it's a fine example of an arch dam built in the Brutalist architecture style. Arch dams are known to be effective designs to withstand earthquakes. We like their choice of orange for the dam’s command centres and attached orange flood gates. Read this month’s Orange.

Oct 9/
Orange

Soon you will be able to quaff your freshly squeezed orange juice from a cup made from the discarded orange rinds. This new technology adds a polylactic acid to ground orange rinds to create a bioplastic that can be formed by a 3-D printer into recyclable cups. The machine has market-tested very well and the manufacturer is feeling the squeeze to get them to market ASAP. Read this month’s Orange.

Sep 5/
Orange

After ten years of growth, the North American RV industry says sales are starting to slow down. Fifty years ago, this was the RV to own. It’s a 1969 Volkswagen 21 Window Bus. And yes, it has 21 windows! Many vans back then were covered in sunbursts, flower stickers and peace symbols – but we prefer this pristine, persimmon orange and tan classic. Now that’s a sweet ride. Read this month’s Orange.

Aug 1/
Orange

It was fifty years ago that NASA’s Apollo 11 took humans to the moon. Upon the return voyage, the command module Columbia was travelling at a speed of 25,000 MPH as it entered the earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft’s heat shields protected the astronauts from temperatures of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit by deflecting and absorbing the extreme heat. NASA said that the Columbia, for a short time, would have resembled a flaming orange ball of fire! Read this month’s Orange.

Jul 4/
Orange

The runway was filled with excitement at this year’s annual BA fashion show at London’s renown art school – Central Saint Martins. Fashion student Fredrik Tjaerandsen presented his collection of shape-shifting balloons that engulfed the models. As they proceeded along the runway the balloons deflated to form dresses or skirts. All in all, a remarkably creative display. Our favourite, of course, was the orange balloon. Read this month’s Orange.

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