Ditch the biker look without sacrificing your street-smart edge by switching your hardcore moto jacket with one that has a softer texture and a skin-baring neckline, in a lighter tone. These one-of-a-kind, made to measure leather jackets by DARIAM are designed by Calgarians DARCY Lundgren and WILLIAM Lewis, and they marry the au courant with current elements. Pair with high-waisted pants or wide-leg trousers to showcase this season's biggest trends. At DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB (1327 Ninth Ave. SE, Calgary, 403-454-0243, dadegallery.com).
Looking for a statement piece for your home? The Arte De Meubles ("furniture art") Chinese cabinets at DaDe Art & Design Lab (1327 9th Ave. S.E.) fit the bill.
Made in Beijing from reclaimed elm, the traditional boxy designs have been given a modern makeover by Calgary visual artist TheKidBelo (a.k.a. David Brunning). TheKidBelo, the name behind some of Calgary's best-known murals -including the colourful one in East Village -has painted the DaDe pieces with street art-inspired designs in vibrant colours.
These wow-worthy wardrobes blend today's hot graphic style trend with the classic lines of yesteryear. It's a surprising juxtaposition that pleases the eye and could work in either a modern or traditional space.
"They're definitely like a statement piece," says DaDe co-owner and creative director Darcy Lundgren, who moved DaDe into the large space on 9th Avenue in Inglewood last year.
"It's also a one-of-a-kind artwork as well," he adds.
The artistry is reflected in the price: Arte De Meubles pieces cost $2,800 or $3,200, depending on the size.
DaDe brings in well-made furniture brands from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and the gallery also represents 16 local artists.
"We try to select artists that have a different voice," says Lundgren.
DaDe also strives for exclusivity -you won't be able to find their Bullfrog Design furniture, LightFacet room dividers or Arte De Meubles cabinets anywhere else in Calgary.
"We just pride ourselves in having unique product," says co-owner and general manager Greg Fraser.