Thursday, February 12, 2004

It's actually been an interesting day for design nerds like myself here in Toronto.
Third Uncle's renovation and addition to The Drake Hotel on Queen is finished. The Hotel's unique combination of salon, gallery, hotel and lounge have been eagerly awaited by the local bohemes and the curious alike. Construction has been going on for some time, stalled variously by budgets and blackouts. For awhile, my streetcar diverted along Queen and I was able to follow their progress daily. Today, by coincidence, I took the Queen street car and snapped this very blurry pictureas we passed by. See better shots on Third Uncle's site.

Also, today DaimlerChrysler announced in time for this year's Toronto Auto Show that they will be bringing their infectiously cute SmartCar to the Canadian market for the fall of 2004. Fully two years in advance of their previous estimate for bringing this car to the North American market. The frame is manufactured by the Magna plant in France.Who knows? At the estimated $16,500 - $18,000 CDN price tag, maybe dreams can come true.
One more design note is that the Independent reported today that "Jonathan Ive, the designer of the iPod, the iMac and
the iBook, has been recognised by being voted top of a list of Britain's 50 most influential cultural figures. The list, compiled by leading figures in the worlds of fashion, the arts, media and design, has been compiled for the first birthday of BBC3."