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If you’re working in the building design profession and you haven’t heard of the name Matthew McCormick yet, you’re probably living in a hole…albeit a very nice hole. Since launching Matthew McCormick Studio in 2013 his highly acclaimed light fixtures have become a hit within our design community and his talents have been sought after worldwide.  I had the honor of working with Matthew on a project a couple of years back and I’m excited to be working with him once again. We recently met up for coffee to talk about work and engaged in a fun and inspiring Q&A session.

Matthew McCormick Photo

What sparked your interest in lighting design?

I believe lighting has always had the ability to evoke an experience and set the tone and atmosphere of a space. When it comes to decorative lighting, it also has the ability to be the centerpiece and focal point; illuminating a room with art. Although I’ve always been a bit of a tinkerer, l always had an affinity for lighting; creating sculptural pieces that came to life when you turned them on.

Embrace a new look for all your digital devices this month with our latest custom calendar! We incorporated a Saarinen Tulip-inspired table who’s unique form beautifully works with the plants cascading from the table top. As always, our hope is that this new month brings you more inspiration and more opportunities to freely express your creativity, no matter what form it takes. Once you download this month’s custom calendar, make sure to show it off via social media and use #LIVthewallpaper to flaunt your new look!

Our collective of designers at LIV is centred around talent and potential, and we love sharing our stories. Take a glimpse into our world and see what makes the team work together so well!

Our talent here comes from many walks of life. Come through our doors and you’ll see a buzzing studio, and sometimes a barking studio, mainly from our resident 4-legged furry friends.

As we mentioned previously, lighting is a key area in which the LIV team actualizes interesting design concepts. The Brentwood Presentation Centre is yet another location where we stretched our imagination to come up with something meaningful and eye-catching.

At its core, the lighting at BPC reflects an element of nature. The seven-chandelier showpiece design is based on the seven Asteres Planetai of ancient Greek myth, referring to the planets that are visible to the naked eye.

We welcome you to #LIVthewallpaper with us this month via some very special pieces. Our custom calendar pays homage to the Eames bird which has been a staple in design for decades, as well as the lovely Terasso shelving unit by Tony Almen and Peter Gest. To add more life to the calendar, we also included a beautiful fig tree that lives within our current work space. Hopefully, the vibrancy and richness expressed can make its way to your September and the rest of the year! Download links below.

Art Decoratif or Art Deco was first introduced in 1925 at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris. Art Deco embodies decadence and elaborate visual design. The style is achieved through bold delineated geometric shapes, strong colors, patterns, lines, and gold detailing.  The Art Deco style, which had reached its peak popularity at the 1925 Exposition, gradually waned; its decorative flourishes and emphasis on rich and exotic materials seemed increasingly irrelevant, particularly in light of the great depression and the second world war.

In time, inspired by new materials and technologies, the style became sleeker and less ornamental. Today, interior designers have embraced the minimalist aspects of Art Deco; liberating design from tradition, allowing for increasingly abstract and sculptural aesthetics creating a stunning new iteration of the style. The modern look of Art Deco is characterized by the disregard for symmetry, with credence given to distortions and unconventional shapes.

Below are a few spaces that display the elaborate ornamentation of Art Deco in the 20s with a contemporary twist.

Lighting is very important to the LIV design team and we hope to showcase the different ways in which we have navigated our journey through this intricate art. The Vancouver Presentation Centre is a great start in presenting some of the ways our designs stand out, mainly in how we apply varied techniques to bring forth our vision.

Artfully integrated with the musical serenity of  “Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été” – the first movement of the six épigraphes antiques by Claude Debussy – we hoped to achieve the notorious form and rhythm of Debussy’s work at this presentation centre.

Botanist Dining has created quite a buzz in Vancouver’s dynamic culinary scene since its inception just a few short months ago.  When I was recently invited to join them for a lunch social, I quickly jumped at the opportunity.

The restaurant has a very lovely open and airy feel. The interiors are adorned in soft pastel colours with layers of punchy florals. One of the most noticeable design elements is the greenery infused into the space; a lot of which is wrapped around fluted columns. It’s been said the restaurant is home to 250+ plants and 50 different species.