Wednesday, August 25, 2010

French Provincial vs Canadian Olympian

It sounds strange, I know, but these are the "themes" of these two condos. I shot these spaces a couple of months ago, and they're in the current House and Home Condos issue.

These condos were part of the Millennium Water's Avenue of the Worlds project, here in Vancouver. There were many designers involved and each one was given a theme. The Cross had to do "French Provincial" and Kodu Design had to create a space that says "Canadian Olympian". I'd love to know which style you prefer, and if you think the designers hit the mark.



 The numbers used for the art piece, are marathon runner's numbers. Hockey sticks used for dining table, and coach's game plan white boards.

What's a Canadian kitchen without Kraft dinner?

The bedroom features an over head projector with sporty, Canadian images, and a wall of trophies.



Peter Wild, designer for the Cross, used Marie Antoinette as inspiration.


They couldn't be more different, so I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on these condos!










33 comments:

christine said...

The Cross/Marie Antoinette theme hands down!!

As much as I can appreciate Canadiana (how cute is the KD cupboard!), the colours and glam look of the cross are ah-mazing!! Ok, I'm ready to move in!! Love it!

the chirpy bird said...

yes Marie Antoinette all the way! I'm such a sucker for all things feminine and floral... but I must admit I love a little rustic shabbiness to make it feel a little lived in too! Fab pics but then why would we expect anything else from you!
xo tash

Razmataz said...

I love the condo by The Cross. Far more livable in my opinion. The Olympian condo I felt was cliche. If I was to imagine a condo that an Olympian would live in, it would have collections of things from their travels to events, some knitted pillows perhaps, maybe a subtle stripe on a feature wall. Definitely a Hudson Bay blanket. Framed photos as art. Definitely not a mix of sports (snow boards, marathon numbers etc, and certainly not a focus on the trophies, which I must say look awfully out of place in that kitchen. And do athletes eat Kraft Dinner.

I know, I am opinionated, but you asked. Just giving you my first impression.

Chania

Pinecone Camp said...

thanks Chania for you great comment! Looks like the Cross is winning this one!
ChirpyBird, I'm a bit rustic too. I would need to mess things up a bit.
Christine, I'll let Millennium Waters know you are ready to move in ;)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i like the marie antoinette too...

and about the pie...to be honest with you...i don't think the salmon would work that good in there...maybe that's just me.....
maybe it's because the sauce was made with a chicken stock....maybe if you did just a plain white sauce made with milk or cream it would be o.k.
now that i think about it..that might be good.

let me know if you try it...

kary and teddy
xxx

hatjunkie said...

My response was purely emotional. Looking at the olympian house I feel nothing and then scrolling down I immediately smile. Curious if the olympian style produces happiness in anyone.

christine said...

Yes, Janis, please do! I could use a "summer home" on the coast ;)

Diana said...

I was pretty excited when I heard Canadian Olympian, but it's pretty cold. Oh wait. I get it.

I agree with Razmataz that a Hudson Bay Point Blanket would've been great. I think it's neat how both designs used a deer head (I like the bow on the black one!)

Kerry said...

The Marie for me, but then hot pink always pushes all the right buttons...so warm and welcoming. I wonder when the deer head trend is going to go away and what will replace it?

Melissa Blake said...

ummm, kraft is just about the BEST THING EVER!

rustandruffles said...

Hey Janis....
Firstly...your photos are amazingly, stunningly gorgeous (as usual)!!!!
Secondly...I have to say my personal style sways me more toward the Cross design, BUT I am extremely impressed with the innovative and unique design approach used in the Canadian Olympian condo......very, very well done....I think it really captures and shows the Canadian Olympic spirit!! Really enjoyed these pics!
Happy day!
xojanis

Vintage Home said...

...Seems they fullfilled their mandate....both have positive aspects...photoghraphy is wonderful!........A Hudson Bay Blanket would warm up the one ...and the other is move in ready!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I like both spaces! The Olympian is so interesting with the quirky art and hits of red but the Cross space is so pretty and girly. Great shots! :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I know I'm a guy, but the Marie Antoinette-inspired scheme is rocking it for me. Gotta love a dash of hot pink. Nice work!

briannelee said...

I like the second one better. Love like pops of pink!

mise said...

They both fulfil the brief admirably, but to me both are over the top for living in. If I had to, I'd choose the Marie Antoinette, but take away half the stuff for added calmness.

Your photos are super - muddy air always gets in my way when I'm taking shots, but yours are clear as spring water.

Kristen said...

That first place is very interesting to say the least. However, the second one is very cute! Very feminine, but more my style than the first. You say you shot these? Well done!!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

I love the French Provincial themed condo! It feels more livable than the Canadian Olympian look...but I'm not much of a sports fan :)

Johnny said...

Me alegro que mi imagen de Barcelona te haya inspirado. Gracias por compartirlo
Besos

BALLET NEWS said...

lovely and classy -I especially like the pink highlights !

Happy weekend

kate / tinywarbler said...

ohh, they're both beautiful but i really prefer the first one, a bit more my taste.
beautiful shots of both janis!!

Gigi said...

Your shots are just lovely, Janis! I like the Cross, too, but that has more to do with what I'd want to live with, and I'm not a modern girl at all when it comes to actual living spaces. Even with the Marie Antoinette, I'd go more old school and lived-in looking.

Oh, but I have to say that I admire the use of the trophy silhouettes in the Olympian condo! Very clever.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

haha kraft dinner. truly incomplete without it.
the olympian is interesting and unique... definitely hits the mark, my personal preference is hot pink tho :)
love it
~laura

jan said...

as a piece of art or exhibit i like the olympian better. and also because i'm not a chandelier, ornate kind of person.

beautiful photos Janis!

paula said...

they are both quite lovely, but the second is more me. more traditional.

The Zhush said...

I am blown away by the creativity in the first one...the use of all of the sports gear, without looking like a gymnasium or locker room is impressive...but I am really partial to the decor of the second one. Truly both are gorgeous though!

sunday collector said...

The wall of trophies is brilliant! I love both spaces...

RM said...

By far, the Canadian Olympian is more creative, more thoughtful and would no doubt have been much harder to conceptualize and achieve. How often have you heard or read about how hard it is to define the "Canadian Identity"? This design is a clever and sophisticated nod to all things Canadian: open white expanses; our most-loved winter sports; our aboriginal and immigrant foundations; and the Olympian tenacity that makes us able to scrape windshields in minus 30. I also wonder if the abundant trophies are a little self-mocking jibe at our so-Canadian modesty? I mean really, anyone can do French Provincial....

TH said...

Far more original thought and fun in the Canadian Olympian as well as a more relaxed setting to `kick back` in.The second design I`m sure is stunning for those who like that look.A girls` dream dollhouse.I`d be too worried about spilling my French Provincial red wine.

Tara said...

I went and checked out the Millenium Water Project. I must say that in person the Canadian Olympic theme is much more innovative. I loved the hockey stick base table with the acrylic table top. I am much more of a girly girl when it comes to design, but wasn't overly impressed by the Cross suite in person. The whole point in the show suites was to showcase local designers. I think the Canadian Olympic theme was the ultimate bachelor pad, but with a light and bright palette rather than the dark and den-like atmosphere you usually see.

Missing Goat said...

Canadian Olympic all the way - but maybe not the projector in the bedroom - Love the hockey stick table and game boards. French provicial - gag - that is not hard to do, or original at all. It's nice to see something different - even if just for fun.

Missing Goat said...

wait a bloody minute - Is that a giant octopus on the wall???!!!

Anonymous said...

better than the olympics kodu! every detail was thought through.......designerly.

"the athlete" makes me remember, realize and imagine.

"provence" makes me crave crepes and an impossibly-white dog.

well done to both but love the controlled innovation of the canadiana. (and my guess is that they intentionally avoided a hudson bay blanket.)