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Out of Africa

Out of Africa – what they got right in the movie

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Out of Africa – what they got right in the movie

In July, I visited a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. This is no ordinary farm. It was made famous by white colonist Karen Blixen, the Danish aristocrat and author who conjured her adventures in a lyrical book, Out of Africa.

In 1985, American filmmaker Sydney Pollack turned that 1937 autobiography, and other sources, into a romantic melodrama with Meryl Streep as Blixen. Out of Africa won hearts, generated box office revenue, promoted safari tourism in Kenya and scored seven Academy Awards.

Inexplicably, the Oscar haul included best picture. More about this perplexing, if staggeringly beautiful, epic in a moment.

Blixen’s actual farm house, Mbagathi, is now the Karen Blixen Museum, located in the affluent Nairobi suburb of Karen. The handsome dwelling is filled with some of Blixen’s belongings and more so by props donated by Universal Pictures.

Because Mbagathi was unavailable at the time, Pollack positioned cinematographer David Watkin at Blixen’s first Kenyan house, the nearby Mbogani. No matter, Hollywood always takes liberties. As I have often warned, no one should ever believe most of what they see in a film, even when it is “based on” or “inspired by” a true story. Getting “the essence” right is a better benchmark.

What I did not realize when writing about Out of Africa in 1985 was how much Pollack & company did get right. It took a 2019 African safari, and time spent in Kenya with Kenyans, to understand what really matters.

This personal reassessment astounds me. Not that film critics refuse to change their minds in the years following first impressions. But rarely does it occur for the reasons I have finally come to appreciate Out of Africa, both as a book and as a movie.

Okay, the movie is still melodramatic. The focus is still on Karen Blixen’s bad marriage to a philandering Swedish baron (played by Klaus Maria Brandauer) and her subsequent love affair with English big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton (played as a pseudo-American by Robert Redford).

Streep and Brandauer are excellent. But Redford’s boyish charm cannot salvage his boring performance. His fireside proclamations as the untamed Finch Hatton ring hollow. The love affair is a fizzle, not a sizzle.

Instead, the movie soars through its dramatization of racial and cultural complexity. At a time of British racism and colonial segregation, Blixen did things differently — and the transcendent Streep delivers this message with subtle power and dignity. We feel Blixen’s empathy for, and understanding of, the indigenous peoples, especially the Kikuyu who worked on her coffee plantation. I repeatedly experienced a modern echo of that myself in Kenya.

Leave the last word to the Kenyan guide who escorted my wife, Rachel Sa, and I around the Karen Blixen Museum. “We respect and revere her,” the young woman said of Blixen, who started a school, provided medical aid, and fought to give the Kikuyu land when she returned to Denmark in 1931. “Karen Blixen was not like the others.”

This is the gift Out of Africa still offers today.

Bruce Kirkland‘s career spans more than four decades, working as a film critic for The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Journal and for 36 years at The Toronto Sun.

A life-long film buff, Bruce now shares his passion and insight with Active Life readers.

bruce.kirkland@hotmail.com


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Product Showcase: Indoor/Outdoor

Product Showcase – a focus on indoor/outdoor furnishings

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Product Showcase – a focus on indoor/outdoor furnishings

Hundreds of top grain leather options

The Gallin stationary chair has hundreds of top grain leather options. It comes with spring down-cushions, an eight-way hand tie seat construction and a tight button back. Take a ride and visit Canada’s largest leather showroom. It’s worth the drive to Acton.

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Beautiful solution

Aura deck and balcony tiles are a high-quality and beautiful solution to update concrete patios, balconies, porches, and any other surface that is in need of a little TLC. They are inspired by true wood products, and their natural colour variance, wood grain texture and streaking give them a realistic wood feel.

HOME DEPOT

Make the most of summer

Make the most out of summer weather and your outdoor space with this attractive seating group from DOT Furniture. The aluminum frame showcases a contemporary “string” arm detail and coordinating olefin cushions. Add this set to your backyard patio for the perfect place to enjoy after-work drinks with friends, family board game nights, or al fresco snacks.

D.O.T. FURNITURE

Sleek glass heater

With a sleek, Schott Nextrema black glass finish, the DIR Series indoor/outdoor infrared heaters look beautiful and produce low visible light as they heat. Built using extruded aluminum and made for all climates and conditions, DIR heaters are designed to enhance comfort and extend outdoor living throughout the year.

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Lifestyle objects that create a stir

Looking for a table with a lot of personality? The ADAN Collection from Vondom in Spain provides a shape faceted like a diamond yet responsibly made from recycled resin. This multifunctional architecture piece can be used as a seat or side table. ARD Outdoor offers lifestyle objects that create a stir, fitting in with any style and made from materials that allow for both outdoor and indoor use.

ARD OUTDOOR

Adding a creative twist

The new FÖRNYAD collection from IKEA is all about introducing fun into our homes. Last year, IKEA joined forced with Sarah Andelman (Creative Director of Collette*) and Darcel Disappoints designer Craig Redman to create an exciting line which embraces a creative twist into our workspaces and home. The collection highlights simple shapes which includes an egg, one eye, and a monocle which is repeated throughout the entire product line. IKEA also features the iconic KLIPPAN sofa, the side table or LED work lamp which includes wireless charging.

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Best sleep possible

The Polysleep mattress, Canada’s best mattress- in-a-box, offers consumers the ultimate quality mattress at the most affordable price in its category. Pushing its limits to offer customers the best sleep possible thanks to its unique support frame, liquid repellent cover and antimicrobial hybrid foam, Polysleep is revolutionizing our perception of mattresses all over North America.

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Help plants thrive

Delta Faucet Canada has some great ideas on how to care for your plant babies using the Touch technology, TempSense Indicator and H2Okinetic hand shower that provide great mess-free and stress-free solutions to help your plants thrive.

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Product Showcase: Outdoor Living

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LIFESTYLE OBJECTS THAT CREATE A STIR

Looking for a table with a lot of personality? The ADAN Collection from Vondom in Spain provides a shape faceted like a diamond yet responsibly made from recycled resin. This multi-functional architectural piece can be used as a seat or side table. ARD Outdoor offers lifestyle objects that create a stir, fitting in with any style, and made from materials that allow for both outdoor and indoor use.

ARD OUTDOOR

MAKE THE MOST OUT OF SUMMER

Make the most out of summer weather and your outdoor space with this attractive seating group from DOT Furniture. The aluminum frame showcases a contemporary “string” arm detail and coordinating olefin cushions. Add this set to your backyard patio for the perfect place to enjoy after-work drinks with friends, family board game nights, or al fresco snacks.

D.O.T. FURNITURE

EASY TO INSTALL MASONRY

Fusion Stone is an easy and affordable way to upgrade your home, inside and out. Utilizing a patented system of thin-stone veneer, it is easily installed with the included stainless-steel clips and screws. Available in three distinct types, all backed by a lifetime guarantee, Fusion Stone can be installed on both new and existing wall assemblies.

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ENHANCED TRACTION

Deckorators Voyage composite decking features Enhanced Traction and the look of interior hardwood flooring. Made with patented Eovations technology, Voyage decking is strong, lightweight, thermally stable, and backed by a 25-year limited warranty, including removal and replacement, as well as installation in the ground or water.

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MIX AND MATCH DINING

The CANVAS Mercier set is sleek, bold and contemporary. The dining table has satin-black post legs and frosted-glass tabletop that pairs seamlessly with the black stacking chairs, with padded backs for comfort, all complemented by grey faux-wood arm caps that add that extra bit of style.

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Ard Outdoor unveils its Vondom collection at IDS 2019

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Ard Outdoor unveils its Vondom collection at IDS 2019


What’s trending this year for outdoor furniture is the Vondom collection from Ard Outdoor. In this video the founder Richard Bockner discusses the launch of the Vondom collection as well as the latest products. Come and experience sophisticated designs by visiting the new Vondom gallery that will unveil this spring within the ARD Outdoor showroom at 3019 Dufferin St., North York.

Explore more online at ardoutdoor.com then visit the showroom to select from a wide range of stylish and beautiful hand-crafted outdoor furnishings with custom Sunbrella cushions made in Canada.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Home Furnishings & Storage Solutions

Home furnishings and storage solutions

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Home furnishings and storage solutions

STYLISH HANDCRAFTED FURNISHINGS

ARD Outdoor’s private label furniture continues to evolve into new collections using teak, metal and woven materials at various price points to accommodate the unique needs of each project. The company will introduce the sophisticated designs, and visual force of VONDOM at IDS 2019 and open Toronto’s first and only VONDOM gallery this spring within the ARD Outdoor showroom at Dufferin & Lawrence. Designers, architects and discerning homeowners will appreciate the quality and design in a full range of tables, chairs, armchairs, modular sofas, stools, bar counters, sun loungers, planters and lamps.

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UNRIVALLED SELECTION

The Hide House provides a truly unique shopping experience. There is a large selection of fine leather furniture and an unrivalled selection of luxurious leather, suede, wool, down and shearling fashions and accessories in their restored brick-and-beam building. As always, “It Is Worth The Drive to Acton.”

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QUALITY CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE

A Canadian family-owned business since 1948, The Chesterfield Shop has five newly updated and conveniently located showrooms: North York, Scarborough, Newmarket, Mississauga and midtown Toronto. They offer quality contemporary leather and fabric sofas, sectionals, sofabeds, chairs, recliners, storage ottomans, power lift chairs, swivel chairs, motion furniture and theatre seating. Also in-stock or custom options that include shape and size, some with removable arms and backs (to fit in small spaces).

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COLOURFUL & VERSATILE

Handmade in India from natural fibres, these pouf ottomans instantly add a splash of rustic texture and colour to your space. Poufs are perfect for use as a footrest; just kick up your feet and relax. Alternatively, you can use poufs as side table by simply placing a tray on top. Best of all, when guests come over you can use it as extra seating.

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LUXURY SPACE MANAGEMENT

For four decades California Closets has built a reputation as a leader in premium and luxury space-management, delivering truly custom products and unparalleled service. They have helped transform spaces and allowed people to get more out of their homes—and do more in their everyday lives.

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What to see at IDS 2019

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What to see at IDS 2019

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The countdown is on! Only days remain till the annual Interior Design Show, Canada’s premier showcase of design taking place Jan. 17 to 20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre but this year, in a new location in the South Building.

The show, now in its 21st year, celebrates the “Power of Design,” and is expanding its  offerings to include IDS Contract, a hyper-curated B2B trade-only exposition.

Here are some things to look forward to seeing at this year’s show, from some of the leading companies in the Canadian design market.

 

Caesarstone

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Luxury quartz brand Caesarstone is collaborating with award-winning Dutch designer Marije Vogelzang for its 2019 Designer Program. This year, Caesarstone dives deep into the thoughtfulness of design, food production and consumption, and how it all translates into human connection – and the first installation will debut at IDS in Toronto!

The 2019 collaboration focuses on the thoughtfulness we should have in our kitchens, whether in meal preparation or conversation shared with guests. This will be represented through the journey of the seed. The installation will take visitors on a sensory experience through memories, human connection, happiness and the environment. The honeycomb-like exhibit will focus on generating stimulation from all sensory receptors as visitors travel their path eliminating external noise and disruption and imagining themselves as a seed and connecting back to the earth.

This collaboration will showcase Caesarstone surfaces through interactive activations and practical kitchen implications immersing visitors in the application of the Caesarstone surface.

 

Blanco

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Blanco Canada will unveil its bold and interactive concept space designed specifically for IDS to launch its new Silgranit colour.

The latest addition to the Silgranit colour palette is a pure, fresh, soft mid-tone providing effortless design versatility. A clean, balanced colour profile and the right mix of red and blue undertones makes it an easy colour to design with in a variety of spaces with either warm or cool colour schemes.

 

Porcelanosa

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Luxury lifestyle brand Porcelanosa brings European design styles to the show, with a glimpse of its collection of bath and tile products.  From a wide selection of tiles and mosaics to  modern bathroom and kitchen cabinetry.

Porcelanosa will also be displaying its Icon and Vintage vanities and its Noa Tanzania Wine, from its Seedwood wood-look porcelain tile collection, and Lush White Polished tile from the XLIGHT collection.

 

Cosentino

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Cosentino will unveil its latest Silestone natural quartz line colour, Eternal Noir, and will display new colour additions from the ultra-compact Dekton Industrial Collection by renowned designer and architect Daniel Germani. The Dekton line showcases Cosentino’s mastery of the industrial aesthetic, putting rough, unexpected materials such as concrete back at the forefront of design.

Launching for the first time in Canada, the new Silestone Loft Series is a sophisticated range of colours offering a unique take on the industrial and architectural look of concrete. And making its Canadian debut at IDS is the Dekton Slim, an innovative take on the ultra-compact surface with an ultra-thin thickness of just four mm.

 

Jura

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Innovation, precision, quality, reliability, sustainability and service shape the DNA of Jura – the Swiss company that is the only brand in the world to focus solely on premium super-automatic specialty coffee machines. A dedicated team of traditional coffee machine artisans produce both premium domestic and commercial espresso machines, beautifully made with meticulous care and attention to detail.

Among the highlights to see at IDS are the Rocket Espresso – the finest espresso machine in the tradition of “Fatto a Mano,” which translates to “Made by Hand.”

 

ARD Outdoor

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ARD Outdoor will introduce the sophisticated designs, and visual force of Vondom at IDS 2019 and open Toronto’s first and only Vondom gallery this spring within the ARD Outdoor showroom at Dufferin & Lawrence.

Designers, architects and discerning homeowners will appreciate the quality and design in a full range tables, chairs, armchairs, modular sofas, stools, bar counters, sun loungers, planters and lamps. ARD Outdoor’s Private Label furniture continues to evolve into new collections using teak, metal and woven materials at various price points to accommodate the unique needs of each project.

 

Beauti-Tone

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Beauti-Tone Paint is launching is launching the New Simon Chang Trend Colour Collection 2019-20 and the new Coast to Coast Colour Collection at IDS, with a booth theme of Fresh Colours that will have a feel of a charming farmer’s market, encouraging all to shop local and buy fresh.

Sure to be a stand out at the show, the booth will feature a beautiful stationary bike, custom-painted to the colour of the year, Tropic of Conversation, with white tires and accents. Show visitors can hop on and take a ride, and as they pedal, the scenery changes and music plays by their own manpower.

 

Fleurco

Fleurco will showcase several new items at IDS, highlighted by the Latitude virtual grid door and the Halo medicine cabinets.

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The Latitude Virtual Grid door uses a matte black silk screen in lieu of metal bars to make it a breeze to clean. Get the look with zero hassle! It prevents water leakage, is easy to install, is reversible left or right opening and has other practical features.

The new Halo medicine cabinet line features built in, warm white LED lighting, soft close doors and is available in multiple configurations.

Also at IDS, look for Fleurco’s Opus Collection Madrigal freestanding bathtub, which marries a modern and Victorian-inspired design and the Arpeggio freestanding body-hugging design bathtub, guaranteed to wrap you in warmth.

 

Elite Window Fashions

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As a leading Canadian manufacturer of custom window covering products, Elite Window Fashions will feature functional displays of its various blinds and shades. The latest fabrics and hardware systems for Roller Shades and High-Lite Shades will be showcased, including a double roller shade system which accommodates two different kinds of fabrics inside one housing.

The Elite Smart Shades automated window coverings make a dramatic impact in any room. Not only do they add the perfect finishing touch to your decor, they also provide convenient control.

Also look for the company’s Cellular Shades and Sheer Horizontal Shades.

 

Vicostone

Quartz-based engineered stone manufacturer Vicostone is launching seven new colours in 2019 that will be featured in all three collections – the Classic, Natural and Exotic collections. The company will also be offering three new colours in a honed finish – Tartufo, Olympus White and Naxos.

The remaining four colours – Valley White, Grey Savoy, Thunder Blue and Argento, will be available in a polished finish.

Vicostone’s complete collection comprises 64 colours to choose from for endless design possibilities.

And last but not least, pick up your copy of the latest issue of Reno & Decor magazine, Canada’s home idea book at our booth 805 or throughout the show floor.

See you there!

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Outdoor Living

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DURABLE & STAIN-RESISTANT

Hemp fibre has woven its way into ARD Outdoor’s CANVAS collection. Beautiful, durable, and stain-resistant, sustainably cultivated hemp mixed with olefin gives this strap material a depth of texture, strength and luxury. Paired with UV- resistant Sunbrella fabric, the CANVAS club chair shown with teak base is also available with aluminum legs.

ARD OUTDOOR
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LUXURIOUS OUTDOOR SEATING

Luxurious deep seating and wide armrests make Dot’s Amari Modular Seating Collection an elegant composition for any setting. The combination of extra wide and thin all-weather wicker offers an elevated designer look. Thick, high-density foam cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric are included and harmonize perfectly with the multi-faceted tones of the wicker.

D.O.T. FURNITURE
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SERIES 9 GRILL

The all-new ultra-reliable Series 9 Grill from Fisher & Paykel delivers the full package with impressive new features that cater to a wide repertoire of cooking styles. Designed to deliver the functionality and power demanded by a professional chef, these grills are built to withstand both the demands and the weather, 365 days a year.

FISHER & PAYKEL
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LOUVERED PERGOLA SHADE

Rolltec is introducing a new shade to the Canadian market—the Louvered Pergola. This totally customized pergola features sturdy aluminum construction. Motorized rotation of the louvers allows an adjustment of the amount of incoming sunlight. When louvers are closed, the area under the pergola is completely waterproof.

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