You can own a piece of the city as more designers are reclaiming old wood and steel from historic Toronto sites and turning them into artisanal housewares.

 

 Thank you to the Toronto Star for the shout out on our cold plate!

 

Once Toronto’s tallest building, First Canadian Place has a troubled history designer Glen Wallis calls a “long, sad saga.” The marble siding held for decades, but a felled piece shut down King St. in 2007, leading to the building’s recladding.

Wallis got his hands on 26 tonnes of the Italian Carrara marble and crafted it into 2,000 cold plates. Why cold plates? He was outside resting his feet on the marble and noticed his feet were cold, but his cheese warm.

First Canadian Place, the skyscraper housing the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal, was once Toronto's tallest building.
First Canadian Place, the skyscraper housing the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal, was once Toronto’s tallest building.  (NORM BETTS)  

Art created: Cold plates for serving cheese, fruit and charcuterie.

Cost: $40 for small, $60 for large.

 

The Cold Plate by designer Glen Wallis was crafted with reclaimed marble from the First Canadian Place tower.

The Cold Plate by designer Glen Wallis was crafted with reclaimed marble from the First Canadian Place tower.

New Show in Canmore, Alberta!

 

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New Representation in Canmore, Alberta at Elevation Gallery!

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New Bed at Picton House

Maple Bed at the Picton House at Angeline's Inn

Maple Bed at the Picton House at Angeline’s Inn

Interior Design Show January 22nd-25th in Toronto

Wallis will be featuring his COMPOSITION series and his COLD PLATES during the Interior Design Show in Toronto from January 22nd to January 25th.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY  January 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

PROFESSIONAL TRADE DAY  January 23 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

GLOBE STYLE SATURDAY  January 24 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

HOUSE & HOME SUNDAY  January 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 Get your tickets online here.

 

Compositions Show opens at the Tall Poppy!

 Wallis’ show COMPOSITIONS opens at the Tall Poppy Cafe in Wellington, Ontario and runs till January 2nd 2015.

Wallis enjoys experimenting with different materials and processes whenever he gets the chance. Mixed Media holds a natural attraction for him as a result. A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a diploma in Art History along with a degree in sociology, Glen lives in a house in which all members of the family are engaged in the arts including his wife, encaustic artist Susan Wallis.

Glen is committed to increasing his artistic output in the coming year and enjoys spending more time on works that explore the connection between art and mass production fabrication.  Inspired by the Russian born, American Sculptor Louise Nevelson’s work of the mid 20th century, Wallis uses discarded objects and cast-off scraps in these recycled sculptural works. Commissioned wall compositions also included specific items provided by clients. Using variations of the cube as the groundwork for his compositions, Wallis creates notable wall-like, collage driven reliefs. Wallis’s work will also be on display for the first time during the Interior Design Show in Toronto January 22-25th 2015.

 

“Compositions”- New Relief Art by Glen Wallis

Inspired by the work of Russian born, American sculptor Louise Nevelson’s (1899 – 1988) work of the mid 20th century, Wallis uses discarded and cast-off scraps in these recycled sculptural works he refers to as “Compositions”.  Using variations of the cube as the groundwork for this series, Wallis creates notable wall-like, collage driven reliefs. Commissioned work also includes items provided by clients as part of these unique compositions.