These beds are low and lean. They're sculptural. The lines are straight and the corners are square. Our English walnut and solid teak platform beds look divine in a white room. We think they are perfect little life rafts at the end of the day.
Surya's Alameda rug was recently spotted in a home tour on The Everygirl featuring Kate Arends' Minneapolis apartment. Kate is the creative mind behind Wit & Delight, a blog that we love! The light-filled apartment is modern, but her style is a definite mix of old and new. It's always nice to see products available at Modern Karibou completing incredible spaces.
Recently the Modern Karibou team found itself slithering through the ancient streets of Morocco's oldest imperial city. Fez, aka Fes, is renowned for it's beautiful blue and white pottery, a historic medina, and corner after corner of unexpected surprises. Enjoying the charm of Fez is amazingly easy to do.
I came to Morocco for the riads - homes built around a centre courtyard to provide security and an oasis within the city walls. Dar Bensouda is beautiful example:
Fassi pottery is typically blue, but there are so many options to choose from. It's hard to decide when everything looks perfect grouped together and piled high.
Take a peek into the courtyard of the Karaouiyine Mosque established in 859. The ablutions basin is carved from a single block of marble:
Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai offers panoramic views of the winding medina sitting in the valley below. It is a former palace featuring traditional Moorish decor.
Layer upon layer of carpet and tile add interest to a bedroom floor.
Interiors range from ornate and elaborate to simplistic and modern.
The Riad Laaroussa Hotel is in a perfect location to navigate the medina. Listen to the call to prayer from a rooftop living space: dream in a room with a soaring ceiling and double-story wooden doors. The service is absolutely impeccable.
The souks offer a dizzying array of glitzy gowns, nuts and candies, leather wares, sparkling lanterns, olive vendors, muling mules, colourful djellabas, fragrant spices, used shoes, musical instruments, pungent perfumeries, and on and on...
Turn into tiny courtyards to find pottery shops with all sorts of wares.
If you read our last post, I indicated that I’d explain how we came up with the name Modern Karibou. It started during a brainstorming session where we were trying to think of names that had a Canadian connotation, without being too cliché or overused, ei. the loon, the beaver. (Although, Castor, a Toronto-based design studio has successfully pulled off such a name, thanks to their edgy, innovative and tongue-in-cheek designs.)
We wanted people to remember our name easily. However, even we had trouble remembering some of the names on our list including Misko (red in Ojibway). Not a good sign! And, it had to be bilingual – English & French. What finally sealed the deal was this image below of endangered baby Peary caribou.
We’re two sisters - two very different sisters - who’ve joined forces to bring you Modern Karibou.
How did we start off and what made us take this leap? We both had comfortable, secure jobs. But that was just it, we wanted something more.
The idea of launching an online store evolved from Carole’s struggles to furnish and decorate her family’s new home and the fact that she couldn’t find what she wanted in Ottawa stores. Carole loves to surround herself with friends and family and it was very important for her to create a warm and contemporary environment to live in and where people would feel welcomed.She found some items in Toronto and Montreal, but discovered much better selections from U.S.-based online retailers – but that experience was soured by high shipping costs, surprise brokerage fees, and troublesome returns.
Lise, who’s been passionate about modern art and design since her studies in art history, was more than willing to join Carole in her venture. Contrary to Carole who goes straight for what she wants, Lise likes exploring, looking at things from all sides, discussing them and taking her time to enjoy them for what they are. With our complimentary skills, we thought ‘Hey! Why not go into something we really love and are passionate about?’
Did I mention that Carole is the no nonsense direct one, who sets goals and doesn’t let anything get in the way of achieving them? Just a few months after taking the leap, visiting several design shows (Toronto, New York, Montreal and Las Vegas), making new and exciting contacts, and virtually working our fingers to the bone with the design of the Modern Karibou website, we are off! We hope you enjoy the ride!
Read our next post to find out what we’re trying to do, how we hope this will help you, and how the heck we came up with the name Modern Karibou.