There’s something rather charming about neglected developments. Long-forgotten sites, buildings in decline, dark and gloomy interiors enshrouded in mystery; they all pique our curiosity. What’s even more intriguing; however, is when these developments are brought back to their former glory. One design firm featured in our exterior focus, Exrated, this month has achieved just that; increasing foot traffic across the once-abandoned land around a previous World’s Fair site in Quebec, Canada.
Google ‘Expo 67’ and you’ll either be greeted with copious images of dilapidated buildings against a barren backdrop, or grainy, old-fashioned photographs donning vintage-style promotional graphics advertising the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. However, fast forward to 2019, and the site has been entirely redeveloped with a modern-day aesthetic, yet still retains its Expo 67 roots and many of the unique structures Montreal is known for. The event itself was considered the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century; therefore, it was imperative that elements of the site’s past were preserved. To take a look at how this area of Montreal looks today, turn to page 56.
Moving inside, we’ve talked to the masterminds behind the exquisite designs of high-end wallpaper design company, Fromental. On page 66, we look at how Design Director Lizzie Deshayes’ 1930s-inspired serpent sketch became an eye-catching feature at Mayfair’s 2019 LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.
Elsewhere in this issue, we’ve caught up with newly appointed SBID President Tom Marquardt to discuss his new position. On page 74, Tom talks about his experience within the interiors industry and explains what he plans to bring to the Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID) in his presidential role.
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