Thank you – Vancouver Will Thrive Again

After a sad ‘Stanley Cup Hockey Finals’ loss (but a magical and memorable 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs), we unfortunately faced devastation to the downtown core of our beautiful city last night.

On behalf of the staff at Moda Hotel, Red Card Sports Bar, Cibo Trattoria, Uva Wine Bar and Viti Wine Lager Store, we thank the Vancouver Police Department, the City of Vancouver and the thousands of volunteers who are helping to clean up downtown Vancouver today. We have also encouraged all of our staff to join the many volunteers today if possible and become the positive force that makes Vancouver such a wonderful place to live.  All of us at 900 Seymour really do love Vancouver, and want it to be restored as quickly as possible to what we are known for – the most beautiful city in the world.

On our block of 900 Seymour Street, we wanted to take a moment to praise and give a heartful thank you to our employees, security and the police crews last night for doing their very best in providing safety to our customers and visitors to the city.

In closing – Let’s all unite for a better, and brighter future for our beloved city of Vancouver. And, as true Vancouverites, we know “Vancouver will thrive again”.

A few statements we wanted to share as well:

Canucks Sports & Entertainment year-end statement

Thursday, 16.06.2011 / 2:06 PM / News
Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – On behalf of the players and the entire organization, Canucks Sports & Entertainment would like to thank our fans for the pride and passion you demonstrated throughout our 40th Anniversary season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s what makes playing and living in Vancouver special and is something we are all grateful for.

Canucks Sports & Entertainment encouraged our fans all season long to Celebrate Responsibly. The pride our fans showed in our team throughout the regular season and playoffs was incredible and we are very grateful for that support. The destructive actions and needless violence demonstrated by a minority of people last night in Vancouver is highly disappointing to us all.

As an organization we would like to thank the law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue workers who displayed courage and expertise during a very difficult situation. We are proud of the city we live and play in and know that the actions of these misguided individuals are not reflective of the citizens of Vancouver or of any true fans of the Canucks or the game of hockey.

A Message from Tourism Vancouver

The people of Vancouver are both deeply disappointed and saddened by the actions of a minority that caused damage to both property and our reputation after the Stanley Cup finals.  This was an aberration for which there is no excuse.  It is also not representative of who we are as a city.

Today, we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off to ensure that visitors to Vancouver feel welcomed and safe, and that their experience here is both enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.

Tourism Vancouver would like to thank the men and women of the Vancouver Police Department, ambulance and fire services , RCMP, as well as medical personnel, City of Vancouver employees and service providers from surrounding municipalities who worked diligently to restore our city to order.

Tourism Vancouver

Moda Hotel Mural Install Remi Rough, Joker, Sueme, and Augustine Kofie | March 6, 2011 | review link

As we posted previously Remi Rough , Augustine Kofie, Scott Sueme, and Joker would be installing a mural. They finished there Mural Install at the Moda Hotel in Vancouver as part of their Unintended Calculations Show at Becker Galleries. Monumental in Size the 4 man team was able to tackle the walls in a 3 day period leading up to the opening. Indigo the curator of the install and event couldn’t have picked anyone else that would have complimented each others work so well. Thank to Aaron Smedley for the beautiful photographs as he was able to document the install. Also thanks again to GetGrounded TV for the video shot day one of the install. We hope to have some of the pictures from the opening of the show in the next couple days.

> View Unintended Calculations images and video here


Abstract street art project colours the walls of the Moda Hotel and Becker Gallery | March 3, 2011 | review link
Street art and abstract art intersect at the corner of Seymour and Smithe streets in downtown Vancouver with Unintended Calculations

Three days, four graffiti artists and two four-storey walls comprise the first component of Unintended Calculations, a local exploration and celebration of graffiti’s transition from fanciful lettering to high art.

Since Tuesday, the internationally renowned street artists have been tackling the walls outside of Moda Hotel on the corner of Seymour and Smithe streets downtown. The collaborative murals combine the individual styles of each artist in a showcase of graffiti-as-abstract-art on the walls of a 100-year-old historic building.

Unintended Calculations culminates on Friday, March 4, 2011, with the second component of the project: a private VIP opening of an exhibit at Becker Galleries on Granville Island, followed by the official public opening the next day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery will display individual works of art by each of the four artists as they bring their street styles indoors for people to ponder the genre of graffiti as a contemporary art form. The exhibit runs March 5 through 26.

Unintended Calculations ‘a combination of luck and timing’

Curated by Vancouver-based street artist Indigo, Unintended Calculations began as a nugget of an idea in September 2010. Inspired by the works of four street artists she’d met and admired over the years, Indigo approached Los Angeles-based Augustine Kofie, Jerry Inscoe of Portland, London’s Remi/Rough and Vancouver son Scott Sueme to be a part of the project.

“They are all such talented and inspiring creative beings, and I was, and am, excited to help facilitate them working and showing together as a group,” Indigo says.

“My initial intentions were really just to gather the right individuals together to create something big and beautiful in a city that has so much potential for great things—and with the generosity of our sponsors and project partners, we’ve been able to make that happen.”

It was a combination of luck and timing that Indigo was able to secure an exhibit venue at Becker Galleries and find two outdoor spaces on the sides of Moda Hotel, which coincidentally was looking for artists to add a bit of flair to its exterior.

“It was, like so many things since we got started: just a matter of the right people getting in touch at the right time,” says Indigo. “They [Moda] were excited to see what we had to offer, and we were so excited to end up with not one but two huge walls right in the middle of downtown.”

Indigo takes graffiti from the street to the gallery

Unintended Calculations is a collaborative project showcasing street art and its transition from the construction of letters to more conceptual abstract art. While each artist has his own very distinct style, the pieces merge on the walls of the Moda and within the gallery space in a showcase of the techniques and aesthetics that make up the unconventional art form.

Indigo explains that both the murals and the gallery exhibit offer onlookers a chance to discover and explore the genre of abstract street art in two different settings.

“One of the things that I find most captivating about the work is that it leaves space for the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions, to take in what each artist has created and find something that speaks to them in a way that has less to do with content as it does with style, form and aesthetic.”

“While they come from a shared graffiti background, all four artists have very different interpretations of and approaches to abstraction, and the combination of their work existing on the same walls and in the same gallery creates a space for some really interesting dialogues to happen between artists, viewers and the works themselves.”

In recent years there has been a growing trend to mainstream graffiti artists as exactly that—artists. Indigo explains the importance of gallery exhibits as a way to engage different audiences.

“I think that for all of us involved, the work we do for exhibits is a really important part of our artistic practice, just as important as what we do on the street. And it’s great to be able to showcase both of those aspects in one project.”

She notes that while the two venues provide audiences with a deeper understanding of the artists’ work, “it’s also a really great opportunity for collectors and fans to be able to own a piece by these internationally renowned artists, most of whom have never before exhibited in Vancouver.”

Video: Watch Unintended Calculations on Grounded TV

Vancouver’s Grounded TV Network has been filming the progress of the murals and posting short documentaries on their site. Videos include various stages of the murals, interviews with the artists and the gallery opening.

Grounded TV Network is a web-based television network that features culturally and socially relevant content. Run by a group of artists and musicians, its web-based programs highlight positive change through music, art and social activism. Watch videos here.

Moda Hotel Vancouver Meets International Art

moda press release | February 23, 2011 | review link
World Renowned Artists Create Two Collaborative Murals

Vancouver, BC (February 23, 2011) – Moda Hotel Vancouver, downtown’s ultra-stylish boutique hotel, is poised for its transformation into an original work of art. In Unintended Calculations, four internationally renowned artists collaborate on two murals that will be featured on the exterior of Moda Hotel Vancouver and later at Becker Galleries.

On March 1-3, this talented team of artists will work together to turn two sides of the building into abstract graffiti masterpieces unique to Vancouver, enhancing the unique attributes of this heritage building. The Moda Hotel blends the best of old world style with modern design as it possesses its original 1908 architecture, 100 year old exposed mosaic tile floors in the lobby and bathrooms, original hard wood flooring, crown mouldings and corner cornices.

“We are thrilled to welcome this renowned group of artists to the Moda Hotel. This is the perfect opportunity to highlight the Moda Hotel’s marriage of history and modern design, and distinct appeal to the artistic class with its hip yet historic allure,” says Laura Rizzo, Moda Hotel VP of Marketing.

Following the mural installation on the Moda Hotel, Becker Galleries welcomes the exhibition with a VIP opening on March 4 from 6-10 pm and a public opening on March 5 from 11 am-3 pm; Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery at the Moda Hotel will host an afterparty that evening from 9 pm-12 am.

Open to the public from March 5-26, Unintended Calculations showcases the work of Augustine Kofie, Jerry Inscoe, Remi/Rough and Scott Sueme. Working in a variety of mediums, these acclaimed artists have a shared graffiti background, which inspires the murals’ compositions of color, line, shape and movement. All four artists will be in attendance at the exhibition.

Curated by Indigo, Unintended Calculations unites four very different approaches to abstraction. From Los Angeles, Augustine Kofie creates architecturally inspired works in his signature Vintage Futurism style, while Portland native Jerry Inscoe is influenced by Deconstructivist architecture. From London, Remi /Rough balances freedom and restraint in his antiform style, while Vancouverite Scott Sueme’s mixed-media paintings demonstrate energetic movement.

For more information on Unintended Calculations, please visit:

The Moda Hotel is a modern 67-room boutique hotel like no other in downtown Vancouver. Inside, rooms feature a sleek, tailored look with comfortable beds, linens and well-appointed furnishings. Located at the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district, guests can expect a stylish and chic city base that is also home Vancouver’s top wine bar and dining experiences with award-winning Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria housed in the same building. The Moda Hotel is located at 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC. For more information please call 1-877-683-5522 or visit:

Take Your Favourite Hotel Home with You | January 7, 2011 | review link

Remember when “hotel luxury” made a splash as a decor trend? In the early 2000s, it was all about every imaginable shade of white on white, with bits of beige creeping in. Thousand-count thread sheets and fluffy towels were also an important part of the design scheme.

But reducing the look to paint and linens ignores the true rationale of hotel design. Designing for durability and functionality, while being constrained by small spaces and tight budgets, is something many can relate to.

Perhaps you have a heritage home that needs some updating. Consider following some of the steps taken to transform the Moda Hotel from its previous incarnation as the Dufferin Hotel.

Built in 1908 to house both travellers and workers on the Canadian Pacific Railway, the hotel was showing signs of its age. In 2009, senior designer Jonathan McNeely of the Smart Design Group gave the lobby and suites a fresh look and feel, while designer Alda Pereira did the standard rooms.

“In the design process, we looked at elements that had intrinsic value,” McNeely says. “For example, we kept some of the original tile work because it illustrated the original character of the place.” In other areas, massive wooden support beams were exposed, and the hardwood flooring dating to the 1930s was given new life. The deep windowsills – almost window seats – were sacrificed in order to add in a secondary pane of glass, reduce street noise and provide an additional layer of insulation.

Putting a modern spin on the furniture bridges the century-long esthetic gap between then and now. The beds’ button-tufted headboards are covered in rich chocolate brown faux crocodile hide. The vinyl is easy to clean, inexpensive, and long-wearing. A classic Georgian-style wing chair has dropped arms and a receded overhang upholstered in muted gold. A bright punch of red — in the carpets, chairs or throw pillows — is anchored by cool sooty grey, and woven through the rooms as a constant thread.

“We treated it as eclectic so that you’re not stuck in one era. That’s something people can apply to their own homes,” McNeely says. “Thinking from the eclectic perspective gives you a freedom to have the place evolve through time, and truly reflect you.” He says it’s important to play with colour and texture.

On the surface, the recent revamp of the 96 rooms at the Opus Hotel would appear to be all about playing around. The rooms are painted in lime green, raspberry sherbet or Hermes orange, full of highly textured commercial grade fabrics and decorated with artwork from Tiko Kerr. The giclee prints are of Vancouver streetscapes, illuminated by neon signage.

“The rejuvenation was about freshening the colour and decorative patterns in an edgy way,” says Robert Bailey of Robert Bailey Interiors. “It’s a young esthetic, but you don’t have to be young to stay here for a weekend. Think about it like getting dressed up for a night out.”

It’s the penthouse suite, which I’ve dubbed the Lady Gaga room, that truly shows off his sense of whimsy. (The pop performance artist stayed there in August, while on tour in Vancouver.) The dominant colour is black: a black velvet sofa, flocked black wallpaper in the main area — it is vacuumed when cleaned — and black carpet. It’s offset by slashes of hot pink and the sparkle of the chrome bed and bedside lamps.

“The colour is used holistically, so it expands the room, rather than chopping it up into little bits,” Bailey says.

Beneath all the surface trappings of a rock star room are solid design principals. Bailey says you can’t forget about the functions of each piece or space, sometimes doubling up to maximize utility. If you omit proper lighting and proper furniture dimensions, you’ll sacrifice comfort. Simply put, it’s about “fundamentals before fantasy.”

Sometimes, it’s about planning the little details in a room. In hotel rooms, there are always the right nooks and crannies in which to display or put away items. It’s very rare when you’d find one that doesn’t have some sort of closet shelving to maximize storage space.

Rain shower heads installed directly overhead appear to be standard in many hotel properties. It’s the easiest way to avoid a nasty blast of hot or cold water. The Fairmont Pacific Rim has added a practical touch to luxury: the marble shower floors are on a subtle downward slope, allowing water to easily drain through a long metal grate.

In rooms at the Adara Hotel in Whistler, the front “closet” is an open, wall-mounted wooden unit, which makes it easier for guests to shrug off their winter jackets and heavy boots. Heated towel bars can be used in a pinch to dry off wet ski or snowboard gloves, and the electric fireplaces warm up the room without the hazard of anyone burning their fingers.

The Adara has taken a quirky approach to “cottage in the woods” decor. Deer antlers are frosted onto mirrors and embroidered into pillows, and resin casts of antlers are also displayed in the lobby.

The lobby also has a boldly patterned rug that doesn’t make sense until you see it from the upper level in the lobby: it’s a horizontal slice of a log, with concentric age rings (and even a notch cut out of one chunk.) Images of Brent Comber woodcuts are overlaid in transparent sheets on the shower glass, and the vanities have a distinctive wood grain.

“We wanted it to feel like a ski lodge with a twist,” laughs Jay Brooks, principal of Box Interiors. “It’s tongue-in-cheek with a fine line — if you make it too kitschy, it ends up very abstract.”

Call it the next step up from watching home design shows and tearing images out of the newspaper; the next time you stay in a hotel room you might just want to look around for inspiration.