Exciting collaborations, a new collection, and a design award to top it all off, there is much to celebrate this holiday season.
Canada's first Aboriginal arts hotel opened this fall and Sabina Hill was honoured to have been a part of its creation. Skwachàys Lodge is a unique design project that paired six teams of interior designers with local artists to create 18 one-of-a-kind guest suites in this new boutique hotel. Along with long-time collaborator, Tlingit artist Mark Preston, Sabina transformed four of the rooms into elegant guest suites using her signature design style that pairs a contemporary aesthetic with traditional First Nations culture and Northwest Coast imagery. Sabina also designed, produced, and was the recipient of the Skwachàys Recognition Award.
A nine-piece commission for Ridge House, a private residence on Salt Spring Island, offered a great opportunity to design a large collection. Sabina's custom creations are featured in the dining and living rooms. The design of the dining pieces are inspired by the arbutus tree, while the living room celebrates imagery and patterns common in traditional First Nations weaving. The home was designed by Blue Sky Architecture and has been featured in select architectural publications.
A ceremonial signing table, custom designed by Sabina, was commissioned by Foreign Affairs Canada for the Canadian High Commission in London, England. Located in the foyer, the table depicts the traditional welcome figure to greet guests and the three watchmen to "stand on guard" for Canada, motifs are designed by Mark Preston in collaboration with Sabina. The table signifies the harmony between two distinct design cultures and presents Canada's design and Aboriginal heritage to all those who visit this diplomatic office.
Sabina also debuted The Totem Illuminaire light sculpture, displayed in the Longhouse Suite at Skwachàys Lodge, her first piece in the new Totem collection, featuring totemic elements for indoor and outdoor landscapes.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year!
PS: Be sure to check out Sabina's recent press, which includes articles in the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail