Archives for January 2011

Family builds prosperity

As if the palm trees and razor wire weren’t enough to remind us we weren’t in Canada anymore, the pistol on the hip of the bellhop did it. Life is not easy in Honduras. There are, however, some paths to prosperity, and Flavio Ali Yacub Tellez found one in wood when he started Muebles Ali […]

Jong Design, Toronto, Ont.

Wong likes to combine disparate materials in his designs, bringing the various characteristics into sharp relief. Design or bust Jong Design brings an immovable commitment to creative design to custom furniture-making Lawrence Wong is an artist first. He grew up in Hong Kong watching his grandfather, a furniture-maker, and his father, a woodworking instructor, build furniture […]

Evolutionary design

Technological advances open new design frontiers Evolutionary design is a computer process of creating large sets of solutions to a design problem, then whittling down the set of solutions by finding those that work best. Computer scientists have been aware of the potential power of this principle as a design tool since the 1970s, but […]