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Interior designer and industrial design pro Ben Leavitt, creative director of PlaidFox Studio, is this year's Home judge.
The design scene has changed a lot since PlaidFox Studio creative director Ben Leavitt graduated from Emily Carr University (“nearly one hundred years ago,” he jokes). Today, maker culture leads the way, and it’s collaboration, not competition, fuelling the city’s coolest projects. “I love when makers and designers work together to create something bold and unique,” says Leavitt.
Through his work with his design studio, Leavitt has shown us time and time again that he has an eye for style and a deep appreciation for the eclectic—just check out how he decked out his own Gastown home: everything from terracotta warriors to African masks to dramatic photographic wallpaper gets equal consideration in Leavitt’s world. It’s this sort of wide-ranging design palette (plus his years of experience as a product designer in Asia) that convinced us he was exactly right person to judge the Home category for this year’s Made in Vancouver Awards. “I feel like Vancouver has a lot of young talent who are constantly reinventing the way traditional west coast elements are being used,” says Leavitt. “Just as the city is a melting pot of differing cultures and ideas, I feel like our design scene is just as varied.” Anything from throw pillows to furniture to artful lighting could come his way during our second annual competition, and we know he’ll be up for the challenge.
As we count down to the submission deadline, we asked our discerning Home judge to share some of his favourite spots in the city.
I have never said no to a spicy jalapeño margarita. Or, the Avocado Gimlet from L’Abattoir is a thing of dreams.
I’m more of toboggan-and-snow-angel type of Whistler patron.
Lynn Canyon is one of my favourite spots in Vancouver. Every time I go, I’m reminded of how stunning west coast forests are.
Guilt and Co. in Gastown makes Tuesday feel like Friday with inventive cocktails and live music every night of the week.
Artist and author Douglas Coupland. His solo exhibition “Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything” at the Vancouver Art Gallery is still one of my all time favourite shows!
I have loved Gastown since I was a kid and have made it my home for the last seven years.
There are so many… but I love eating more than anything and my favourite place to carb-load is Autostrada Osteria on Pender Street. It’s possibly the most cozy place to gossip in the city.
A vegetarian taco from Molino El Pujol in Mexico city. Once you’ve had one, you will need a dozen more.
While the term “gem” is very subjective, I love the Bamboo Village in ChinaTown. It may not be fancy but the upper floor is laden with so many ‘hidden gem’ antiques and curiosities. It’s a perfect place to wander while drinking a weekend coffee.
Revolver coffee, massage, sushi, ice cream, repeat.
Everything on Tacofino’s menu, starting of course with the nachos. Don’t count the calories and you’ll be just fine.
I am too old for a big night out!! However, I am loving Dance House and all the amazing artists they bring to the city. It is a must-do and is perfect when followed by a blue fig martini at the nearby Chambar Restaurant.
I only use hot water. I got it from my mama
Can I have shoes instead?