Thursday, September 1, 2016

Summer Update

Admittedly I haven't been keeping up with my site; lately I have been more drawn to Instagram, so please visit me there if you care to (@JENNYFRANCIS_DESIGN).  I enjoy the visual nature of a grid of images taken over time to capture certain moments and experiences, much like Polaroids.  I do have a new website in the works, but shall continue a bit of a blog like this one somewhere within the new format.  I hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

Monday, January 25, 2016

DINNER BY DESIGN installation and Pecha Kucha talk at the Design Exchange on the Historic Trading Floor - for DX and CASEY HOUSE

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PHOTO BY JFD




PHOTOS BY PETER A. SELLAR, PHOTOKLIK

 PHOTO POSTED BY AZURE MAGAZINE

 PHOTO POSTED BY DESIGN EXCHANGE

What an amazing week!  This was my installation for the Dinner by Design exhibit on the historic trading floor of the Design Exchange as a fundraiser for the DX and Casey House.  Installation was a hectic whirlwind within 24 hours but everything came together thanks to all of the supporting contributors.  I designed a 13 foot long Caesarstone and walnut table, had custom designed wallpaper printed by Rollout, and a heroic crew from Gillanders Construction came to install walls and hang precious artwork from the AGO and Hollace Cluny.  There was a cocktail reception as well as a lavish dinner the next evening, followed by an open-to-the-public display.  I also survived a Pecha Kucha talk moderated by Amy Rosen, thank goodness.  And I made a cookbook called Meals to Share! [version 1.0...]

Thank you so much to:
DESIGN EXCHANGE
CASEY HOUSE
CAESARSTONE

GILLANDERS CONSTRUCTION
PARALLEL GENERAL
 

HOLLACE CLUNY
AVENUE ROAD
INTERIOR ELEMENTS
ROLLOUT
KIOSK
MAUREEN O'CONNOR
AGO
CJ GRAPHICS
PETER SELLAR / PHOTOKLIK
COCKTAIL EMPORIUM  /  BYOB
MJOLK

EMBLEM FLOWERS
OYSTER BOY
PRISM VALUATION
CALIFORNIA CLOSETS
ARTVERB


See other installations with mine at AZURE thanks to Senior Editor Catherine Osborne.  http://www.azuremagazine.com/article/dinner-by-design/
 
And on Instagram from HOUSE AND HOME Editor in Chief Suzanne Dimma:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BAvl1D6txKn/?taken-by=suzannedimma

and HOUSE AND HOME via Senior Features Editor Kimberly Brown   https://www.instagram.com/p/BAxRCGqLpNm/?taken-by=houseandhomemag 

CANADIAN INTERIORS
http://www.canadianinteriors.com/interior-design/second-annual-monogram-dinner-by-design-to-support-casey-house-and-design-exchange/1003735054/ \

INTERIOR DESIGN
http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/11574-food-and-design-merge-at-toronto-s-dinner-by-design/

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Port Credit House 4

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PHOTOS BY PETER A. SELLAR, PHOTOKLIK



I am so pleased to have worked on this project with amazing clients.  It has recently been written up in Dwell and the Globe and Mail, see links below.  Thanks to Parallel General - after all of the wrangling of structural steel, reveals, nice fixtures and fine millwork; we pulled off what I had imagined.

AS SEEN IN DWELL:
http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/hillside-toronto-renovation-immerses-residents-surrounding-tree-canopy#6

AS SEEN IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/mid-century-home-of-lynchmere-founder-gets-a-respectful-update/article28146187/


FLOCK_#1

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAULA WILSON


Drop by FLOCK that I designed at 330 Adelaide Street West.  Amazing rotisserie chicken [rotisserie from France!] and fresh beautiful salads by chef Cory Vitiello.  It's been open a while but it won't be the only one!

AS SEEN IN TORONTO LIFE
http://torontolife.com/food/restaurants/flock-rotisserie-and-greens-cory-vitiello-chicken-king-west/

Thursday, January 7, 2016

House and Home

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What a pleasure to have been included in this month's HOUSE & HOME magazine!  With Suzanne Dimma's support, the whole amazing House and Home team, and Michael Graydon's photographs, the story looks great and was so much fun.  6 pages of delicious food.  Thanks to all.  I'd have a dinner party every night if I could.

http://houseandhome.com/magazine_issues/february-2016/

Dinner by Design

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Invitation to dinner!  I am pleased to be able to design an installation to support the Design Exchange and Casey House - please support a great cause and come for dinner!

DESIGN EXCHANGE
http://www.dx.org/index.cfm?pagepath=Dinner_by_Design&id=73202

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Instagram

I have been enjoying Instagram over the past little while, and reflect on why that is.  Looking back at my posts I enjoy the collage of snapshots as a document of moments that I have chosen to capture.  A tiny fraction of moments actually experienced, but chosen by instinct and impulse, and they eventually tell a story, altogether.  I like seeing the grid of images enfolding.  I am a visual person - forgive me if I forget your name the first time I hear it - but I can describe an album by how the cover looks.  Anyway, Instagram is like a series of personal Polaroids and that is a refreshing change from the way that some other social media operate.  I have also questioned whether I should post personal moments on something connected to my professional endeavors, however I think that they are one and the same, and perhaps give some insight into who I am and what I care about.  Projects are incredibly personal to me at all times, and so the experiences that are shared will inevitably bring meaning to the nuances of what may be eventually built.

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning.

https://www.instagram.com/jennyfrancis_design/ 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

CHICAGO

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LANDING AT MIDWAY

TRENCHERMAN, WICKER PARK

 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, OAK PARK

 VIOLET HOUR

 GREEN STREET MEATS

 CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTRE



LATERAL OFFICE ILLUSTRATION

 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, OAK PARK


TULUM HOTEL MODEL, CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTRE

Chicago - what a marvelous city, full of interesting neighborhoods, ambitious buildings, art, food and contrasting adjacent scales of architecture and cultural detail.  After a cancelled flight due to the heaviest November snowfall in 120 years, I had one more precious day to add to my brief trip to discover inspiring places during the architectural biennial.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FLOCK

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330 Adelaide St. West.  FLOCK,  for a bit of casual delicious rotisserie chicken, as you do.  Another project to be proud of with the gang.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Unsound Toronto - Hearn Generating Station

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The Unsound Toronto event that was part of the Luminato Festival took place at the Hearn Generating Station.  What a space.  Industrial majesty.  Immense steel members support soaring ceilings, masterfully illuminated for the night.  The steel reverberated with the music.  I felt lucky to have gotten a rare glimpse inside of this relic.  It reminded me of the times when I would sneak into forbidden infrastructural spaces in New York.  The scale of building necessary to run a city can be breathtaking.  I always dreamed of building something that defies imagination.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ode to New York

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I am thinking of my trip to New York City earlier this month for Design Week and ICFF.  I go every year, as each visit never fails to inspire and provide opportunities to forge new connections to people and places and ideas.  Each meal for instance is a delight; starting with the curation of a table - each element serves simply to give pleasure, from feel in the hand to visual care to of course, the taste.  This does sound indulgent but whenever I leave the city I treat myself to a little plate of oysters and sit at a favorite spot, reveling in the marvels around me that one of the greatest cities in the world offers. I certainly remember how difficult it was to first arrive in NYC to find a place to live and to work, and the tremendous satisfaction in the reward of eventually finding both.