Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Halifax 2

The trip to Halifax was remarkably productive and inspiring.  At a civilized yet purposeful pace between morning and evening flights I toured and documented the clients' two residential properties in Halifax, the cottage on nearby St. Margaret's Bay, and the office with its collection of oil and watercolour paintings.  We also visited several local showrooms in downtown Halifax, including that of a skilled furniture maker who specializes in gorgeous custom solid black cherry pieces - my favorites were the Shaker style credenzas, benches and headboards that would last a lifetime.  The vistas around St. Margaret's Bay (near Peggy's Cove) were spectacular - at the cottage property the islands on the horizon were serene and wild - the siting of the house created the sensation that we were the only people for miles to witness the view.  We also saw many wonderful examples of the local maritime vernacular of silvered cedar shakes and impeccable white trim -- somehow a perfect definition of good design: a synthesis of contextual relevance, functionality, elegant simplicity, and a respect for high quality natural materials.

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