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Brenda Bent and Karen Gable

With the new boxcar-inspired, 24-hour diner THE COUNTER at the Thompson Toronto, the outside-the-box partner in the Canadian-based design firm Bent and Gable enters the “counter” culture. Here, a few of Brenda Bent and Karen Gable’s favorite things.

ROOM 100: What is the most “perfect” building designed in the world to you and why?
There are so many beautiful buildings in the world, beginning with the Antoni Gaudis Casa Batllo. It’s a building that defies logic. But in terms of form and function, no one is better than Frank Lloyd Wright and his buildings. His integration of the natural surroundings into his work is unrivalled.

What’s your favorite commercial packaging? You know, like the Old Bay Seasoning can.
The Hudson Bay Blanket and its logo. How many North American companies can say “Since 1673″ on them?

How does your own look translate to the objects and things you design?
Our look is seasonal and fluid. Our designs aspire to be timeless.

What is your favorite restaurant design, and why?
The Counter, at the Toronto Thompson, because we had the luxury of creative freedom during the design process. What more could anyone ask for?

What word, in “design” terms, do you think is overused?
“Kitsch.” It’s used to describe anything people do not understand.

If there is one object you could buy for your home (be it furniture, art), what would it be?
Canadian artist Brian Jungen’s “Prototypes of New Understanding.” We love the way he uses something so familiar, but doesn’t mask it, and, at the same time, he manages to change its meaning in its entirety. But if we couldn’t afford that? Then a blank notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite commercial packaging? You know, like the Old Bay Seasoning can.
The Hudson Bay Blanket and its logo. How many North American companies can say “Since 1673″ on them?

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