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I started writing for Trend Hunter as an opportunity to discover the contemporary designers I'd learned little about in my history-based degree at the University of Toronto. By my third article I was hooked and now the rest is history!

I'm a lover of graphic, furniture and industrial design, of architecture and painting. I feel fortunate to have grown up around my beloved Toronto and to have lived in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia, where there's so much scrumptious creative inspiration around every corner.
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Resplendent Mexican Destinations
Resplendent Mexican Destinations
The Mayan Riviera Offers Spectacular Sights in Magical Landscapes
When you find yourself planning your next sunny holiday in Mexico, be sure to look beyond the bounds of the Cancun hotel zone to get a truly dynamic experience of the Mexican Caribbean. I had the... MORE
Mexican Caribbean Paradises
Mexican Caribbean Paradises
Quintana Roo Harbors Cyan-Tinted Sanctuaries That Revitalize & Dazzle
My first trip to Mexico had me wishing I’d visited much sooner. A roomy, direct flight with Interjet got me from Toronto to Cancun in what felt like no time, revealing just how perfectly... MORE
Alternative Engagement Rings
Alternative Engagement Rings
Arsaeus' Salt and Pepper Diamond Rings Have Captivating Character
At a time when clear and colorless diamonds have become the standard option to accompany a successful proposal, alternative engagement rings take on a new and divergent appeal. Many women have grown... MORE
Load-Bearing End Tables
Load-Bearing End Tables
This Tubular Steel Table Provides a Flat Surface and Several Pegs As Hooks
This tubular steel table may be a small piece, but it offers more than the ability to hold a cup of tea and some light evening reading. Studio Maré designer Andre Leal looked to the early plans of... MORE
Multi-Purpose PIggy Banks
Multi-Purpose PIggy Banks
The Storage Box Series Conceals Loose Coins and Collects Assorted Items
Perhaps given the rise of online shopping and credit card usage, it has probably been years since many people have seen a piggy bank in a retail outlet. This observation, however, would not negate... MORE
Revamped Slinky Seating
Revamped Slinky Seating
The Renaissance Chair Harkens Back to an Ancient Roman Throne
Looking at the Renaissance Chair by Zaria Ishkildina, it might at first be hard to picture the ancient Roman inspiration behind it. Taking a wire mesh structure of stainless steel tubing, the piece... MORE
Restorative Feminine Skincare
Restorative Feminine Skincare
EMVY Cosmetics Are Gentle Treatments In Cute and Clinical Packaging
The almost unbranded design of the EMVY cosmetics packaging appears to reference the tubes of medicinal skin treatments you might get from behind the pharmacy counter. Choice Studio may have sought... MORE
Balloon-Molded Bowls
Balloon-Molded Bowls
Guy van Leemput Makes Delicate Ceramics Using Inflated Balloons as Bases
It’s nostalgic to see how Guy van Leemput creates his exquisite collection of porcelain bowls, beginning with inflated balloons as the molds. It may remind some of the old days in primary... MORE
Hybrid Winter Implements
Hybrid Winter Implements
A Combined Shovel and Brush is a Handy Companion for Snowstorm Car Care
Certain tools often work in tandem, and such is the case of the shovel and brush when it comes to vehicle maintenance in the wintertime. This product by Quirky combines a snow shovel with a brush... MORE
Easy Replanter Pots
Easy Replanter Pots
The Rem'Pot Makes Repotting Your Plants a Simple and Shovel-Free Exercise
Indoor gardeners particularly will be pleased with this replanter pot by Quirky, as it keep the job tidy and requires no extra implements. The Rem’Pot is designed to be the primary vessel to... MORE
Inventive Ziplock Bathtubs
Inventive Ziplock Bathtubs
This Flexible Bath Solves Three Major Problems Associated with Bathtubs
When you think of a bathtub, you probably think of a fixed-size feature of a washroom that assumes a significant footprint, yet this is not the case with this flexible bath called Panacea. Designed... MORE
Clean Cold Brew Cans
Clean Cold Brew Cans
Civil Goat Packaging Refines Its Image with Minimalism and Its Mascot
You’ll have to venture to Austin, Texas, to get ahold of these sharp-looking cold brew cans, designed for the craft coffee beverage made by Civil Goat Roasters. Where the coffee house used to... MORE
Dehumidifying Eco Showers
Dehumidifying Eco Showers
The Delta Shower Adapts to Different Spaces and Recycles Water Vapor
One of the unique features of the Delta Shower system is innovative enough to share on its own, yet there are two particularly clever characteristics built into this environmentally friendly shower.... MORE
Urban Sterilizer Stations
Urban Sterilizer Stations
The Lambda Makes Waterless Hand-Cleaning Possible in Public Places
Modern cities and societies around the world have adapted to accommodate large populations without spreading the more sinister illnesses of the past, and innovations like this sterilizer station... MORE
Multi-Surface Tables
Multi-Surface Tables
This Cocktails' Table Has Satellite Surfaces for a Party's Worth of Drinks
What’s unique about this piece is that it functions beautifully as a cocktails’ table for a number of guests and their individual drinks. Instead of having to reach for a single communal... MORE
Perfectly Proportional Purifiers
Perfectly Proportional Purifiers
This Air Manager Was Designed with the Golden Ratio In Mind
It’s always charming to see a modern appliance, like this P&H Air Manager, designed with age-old principles of design taken into careful consideration. At a glance, there’s no... MORE
Vacuum-Sealed Sofas
Vacuum-Sealed Sofas
This Collection of Compressed Furniture Makes Moving a Lighter Weight Effort
Couches are often one of the greatest concerns when it comes to moving out and into new houses, so it’s fascinating to see this common source of anxiety and effort tackled with the remarkably... MORE
Origami-Inspired Seating
Origami-Inspired Seating
The Exo Chair Mimics the Folding of Paper and the Rigidity of Sculpture
The Exo Chair offers a comfortable seat and backrest, but aside from these features, the object looks rather unlike your standard chair. When viewed straight on, it appears to be planar and flat;... MORE
Roundabout Wall Clocks
Roundabout Wall Clocks
This Inverted Clock Features Hands That Rotate From Behind the Face
Designers have routinely worked to bring originality to the wall clock, and a simple yet surprising adaptation in this inverted clock succeed to turn the concept upside-down. The circular IMNU Clock... MORE
Divergent Dairy Branding
Divergent Dairy Branding
These Russian Dairy Products Were Designed to Differ From Competing Goods
In inspecting these examples of Russian dairy packaging, chances are that the particular supermarket section would be your only indicator of what’s inside. And this isn’t the first time... MORE
Contemporary Fishing Cabins
Contemporary Fishing Cabins
This Cottage Was Designed with Inspiration from Old Anglers' Shacks
Within the region of Vysocina, Czech Republic, there are tight building restrictions that provided a unique challenge to the architects of this modern fishing cabin. Proportionate to the size of... MORE
Convertible Portable Fans
Convertible Portable Fans
This Portable Mini Fan is Compact and Adjustable for Convenient Cooling
We think of cooling mechanisms as big bulky devices, but consider this concept design for a portable mini fan. Short of having an air conditioning unit and the space for a desk top oscillating fan,... MORE
Music Teacher Matchmaking
Music Teacher Matchmaking
Find a Music Teacher with a New Filterable and Informative Platform
If you wanted to find a music teacher today, how would you go about it? Millennial parents would probably start by Googling it, yet until the launch of Cleftune, they’d have probably have had... MORE
Synthesized Retro Bands
Synthesized Retro Bands
Cubs Refrain Repurposes 80s Synthpop for a Uniquely Refreshed Analog Sound
The resurgence of 1980s culture and entertainment has been noticeable across the television and fashion industries, and one retro band is putting a unique spin on the trend. The niche resurgence of... MORE
Innovative Infusion Pumps
Innovative Infusion Pumps
The Portable IV System Relies on Pressure for Accurate Administration
While gravity does enable infusion pumps to operate rather simply, the natural force isn’t as consistent and reliable as patients and doctors might hope. Nor is it always terribly convenient.... MORE
Water-Resistant Smartphones
Water-Resistant Smartphones
BlackBerry Motion Can Handle Spills and a Full Day Without a Charger
The BlackBerry Motion has been eagerly anticipated after years of pressure on the smartphone brand. After iPhones and a broad range of Android handsets have been evolving to offer bigger and more... MORE
Personalizable Pod Coffee
Personalizable Pod Coffee
The Nespresso Expert Serves Consumers a Taste of Customization
Many people have associated Nespresso machines with the notion of standardization, so Nestle created the Nespresso Expert to deliver the coveted element of personalization. Just as intuitive to use... MORE
Newfangled String Instruments
Newfangled String Instruments
This Yamaha Electric Violin Gives Time-Honored Sound a New Form
Traditional violins have been used as examples of design perfection, yet here we see a striking new rendition in the Yamaha Electric Violin. While hundreds of years can vouch for the paragon of... MORE
Innovative Drug Dispensers
Innovative Drug Dispensers
The Karie Medication Dispenser Automates Dosage Management at Home
Engineers and designers have been working to fine-tune the concept of the pill dispenser for years, and a great deal of problems have now been solved in the form of the Karie Personal Medication... MORE
Documented Craigslist Encounters
Documented Craigslist Encounters
This Photography Series Captures Subjects Who Answered Online Ads
The well-known worldwide classifieds website, Craigslist, has instigated countless encounters, which go beyond the meetings to exchange tangible goods between users. In a photo series entitled ‘... MORE
Smart Wi-Fi Sockets
Smart Wi-Fi Sockets
The Orvibo Intelligent Outlet Instantly Establishes a Smart Home
This one small device, the model 31 Wi-Fi Socket, is the difference between a smart home and your average, disconnected dwelling. Made by Orvibo, these little outlets enable you to communicate with... MORE
Communal Pollution Trackers
Communal Pollution Trackers
Flow Smart Air Quality Tracker Helps Communities Live Healthier Lives
People with allergies and respiratory conditions are able to take better control of their health and wellbeing with gadgets like the Flow Smart Air Quality Tracker. We’re progressing beyond... MORE
Long-Life Electric Toothbrushes
Long-Life Electric Toothbrushes
The usmile U1 Toothbrush Operates for 6 Months on a 3-Hour Charge
A deterrent for consumers considering the electric toothbrush option is the availability of a power outlet next to the sink –– a concern that bears no weight in the case of the usmile U1. You... MORE
Traditional Medicinal Packaging
Traditional Medicinal Packaging
Chinese Herb Branding Takes Cues from Customary Containers
The group of designers behind this Chinese herb packaging has worked to cleverly bring Chinese medicine into the modern era. While there is no shortage of global patients who trust the expertise of... MORE
Household Precision Paintbrushes
Household Precision Paintbrushes
The Anza Paint Brush Supports DIY Projects with Ease and Accuracy
The Precision Paintbrush is the sort of implement one will come to find the toolkits of both contractors and homeowners alike. It has been designed to improve the accuracy of strokes made by amateur... MORE
Canteen Pill Packaging
Canteen Pill Packaging
This Water Bottle Pill Package Makes Carrying Medication Convenient
Consumers have come to see more creative concepts for medicinal packaging, and this water bottle pill bottle is one prime example. The project by Anna Shkarina of Moscow, Russia proposes a way to... MORE

Featured Ideas

Edible Platter Printers
Edible Platter Printers
Piece of Plate by Eliza Parucker Serves Up a Dish for Your Dinner
It may be better to eat off of a reusable dish than a disposable one, but the Piece of Plate by Eliza Parucker aims to eliminate even more waste. Washing and drying dishes takes a lot of water an energy,… MORE
Gesture-Controlled Speakers
Gesture-Controlled Speakers
Interact with the OSOUND System with Gentle Taps, Waves and Swipes
For a while, those fussy buttons were really beginning to increase in numbers on new electronic devices. It’s now products like the OSOUND System that have done away with them completely, in... MORE
Mod Dysmorphic Mirrors
Mod Dysmorphic Mirrors
L'Ideal Du Moi Deconstructs Your View to Offer a Piece by Piece Perspective
The way in which the l’idéal du moi mirror has been designed certainly provokes thought about the action and impression of self-reflection. When a person observes his own image, he is often... MORE
Cross-Shaped Minimalist Domiciles
Cross-Shaped Minimalist Domiciles
The Project LXV by Planda Modernizes King Louis's Luxury Cabin
Looking like an iconic Le Corbusier house that’s painted by the hand of de Chirico, the rendering of Project LXV by Planda is an engaging one. It might have surprised you to read that its... MORE
Pinched Loop Perches
Pinched Loop Perches
The Lyubkka Seating System Seems to Be a Cinched Continuous Surface
Any room in which you’ll find the Lyubkka Seating System will not require much in terms of additional decoration. This unique domestic bench exists as an intriguing sculpture all on its own.... MORE
Compact Lighting Fixtures
Compact Lighting Fixtures
The 'Unfold Lamp' is Space-Sentient
Anyone who's moved one too many times in recent years would be able to appreciate a product like the 'Unfold Lamp.' Saving space with its compact features, this piece is made of durable silicone in five… MORE
Bladeless Boat Engines
Bladeless Boat Engines
The Air Booster Motor Propels Without Risk of Injuring Fish
If you weren’t warned as a child, you’ve probably figured out by now that boat motors are serious safety hazards for anyone or anything in the water that surrounds them. The Air Booster... MORE
Convenient Commuter Carrels
Convenient Commuter Carrels
The E-Spot Public Transport Working Place is an Open Office On the Go
The stressed and conscientious will always find ways to get their tasks done in transit, which is where the E-Spot Public Transport Working Place comes in handy. The blinders and relative privacy that… MORE
Suspended Seat Accessories
Suspended Seat Accessories
Grounded / Floating Earrings Allow Chairs to Interract with Ears
The usual relationship between a person and his chair involves one sitting down onto the object in question, but these Grounded/Floating earrings will make those who usually repose rethink the concept… MORE
Fluent Ribbon Furnishings
Fluent Ribbon Furnishings
The Hi-Bench by Zarya Vrabcheva Mimics the Flow and Flux of Nature
A seating object does not have to be particularly difficult to design because all that you need is an elevated level surface with enough space to accommodate a single person. The Hi-Bench by Zarya Vrabcheva… MORE
Protruding Roof Architecture
Protruding Roof Architecture
The Hotel in Czorsztynie Mimics the Forms of Nearby Hilltop Homes
The inspiration for the Hotel in Czorsztynie came from the pitched-roof cottages that can be found close to the lodge’s proposed site in the hills of southern Poland. Avoiding the flood-prone... MORE
Suspended Utensil Storage
Suspended Utensil Storage
The Kitchen Icicle Keeps Countertops Clear and Implements Accessible
The culinary instruments that are commonly found in canisters and drawers are relocated overhead with the Kitchen Icicle. A winning concept in for the 2012 Red Dot Design Award, this collection... MORE
Magical Melody Compendiums
Magical Melody Compendiums
The Elfman & Burton Music Box is a Trove of Twisted Tunes
This limited edition Elfman & Burton Music Box was made in celebration of the dynamic duo's 25th anniversary of working together. Tim Burton affirms that indeed the collector's chest is big enough to fit… MORE
Messy Trajectory Marketing
Messy Trajectory Marketing
48 Miles Later Beer Packaging Maps the Distance Between Breweries
48 Miles Later ale is the result of a collaboration between Brewdog and Fyne Ales. The two breweries are separated from each other by that exact distance, along a scenic road that made the creation... MORE