There is one party we all look forward to at rectangle, our annual Christmas party that we host at a rectangle house. This year was a blast, and we are especially appreciative of everyone that made 2013 so amazing! We are looking forward to the great projects and new clients lined up for 2014. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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For years we have always advocated clean spaces that have little in the way of ornamentation or decoration. The nice thing about a contemporary interior like that is you can get away with almost anything for artwork! Here we have images of projects featuring consignment store oil paintings, knick-knacks from travels and re prints from the super popular art.com. We are far from art experts (clearly!), but we do love the juxtaposition of over the top, gaudy pieces mixed with a well curated interior.

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Today is a big day at Rectangle, as My and JJ have received their one year trophies!  Kind of cheesy, we know, but we love to  recognize everyone’s commitment to the company. Congratulations to both of you for reaching this milestone!

 

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As Operations Director, Kayla truly is the “Jill of All Trades” at the Rectangle office. Kayla has been working with Rectangle for over a year, and has taken over many responsibilities, including anything from bookkeeping, bill payments, invoicing, subtrade management, and general organization. She always has a lot on her plate! When asked what she liked most about Rectangle she responded with “the people and being able to see projects at the very start to the finished product”. This is probably one of the best things to see here at Rectangle. A finished project! She also enjoys the dynamic work environment, and is quick to keep us all on task and up to date. Kayla will be taking some time off at the end of the year for a backpacking trip through South Asia, but we will be looking forward to her return! kayla

Tom Dixon

22Nov13

Nothing makes me happier than when I see the UPS truck pull up in front of our office, knowing we are expecting a lighting delivery! Today was Tom Dixon pendants for the kitchen at a new South Calgary home. Lighting can make a big difference, and a few key fixtures in the living room, dining and kitchen are always a nice touch. Kit, Robert Sweep and the newly reopened light form all have great fixtures locally. We also  like Gabriel Ross, a great Canadian company with a ton of selection!photo

 

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By blending storytelling with songwriting, folk singer Joal Kamps creates what he likes to call “Rocky Mountain Folk Pop”. Before his music career started, Joal spent four years traveling around the world in hopes of finding himself and new adventure. During this time, Joal went from sleeping in a car for six weeks one harsh Canadian winter, to walking the runways of Milan’s fashion week, to building and installing BioSand water filters in impoverished areas in El Salvador, making his way from Asia to Europe to Central America. In the last five years Joal has been quite successful winning multiple awards for his songwriting and recorded work, including Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Song of the Year for his first single ‘Take my World Apart’. He has also completed many tours across Western Canada and the United States, performing at festivals in the United Sates, Europe and Canada and signed a management deal and North American distribution agreement. You could say Joal was able to accomplish more than most bands accomplish in a decade within these 5 years!
Joal currently resides in Calgary, Alberta near the Rocky Mountains, where he is able to find inspiration for his folk music. At this time Joal is working on his forth album, scheduled to be released in spring of 2014. During his free time Joal likes to hike and recharge his creative spirit beneath the branches of a white spruce with his songbook and guitar. Joal continues to receive positive reviews from industries and critics all around. We look forward to hearing Joal’s new work in the new year and have no doubt that this album will be another successful one!
 
Favorite room in the house: The Living Room – The living room has got to be the best. You can always cut loose, relax, and come up with some great jams at night.
Favorite restaurant in Calgary: Any Pan-Asian place – I’m a really big fan of Pan-Asian foods and can’t really pick any one place… Standard Thai, Vietnamese, or Korean places are high on the list. 
 When I was little I wanted to be: A marine biologist
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40 under 40

08Nov13

Every year Avenue Magazine does a great job of finding the top 40 movers and shakers in the city that are under the age of 40. This year is no exception. The Gala to introduce the class of 2013 was last Friday. There was a great turn out and this city really knows how to support their young talent. With a real diverse group of recipients from business owners and musicians, to a 17 year old high school student and U of C professors, the judges did a great job at recognizing the future of Calgary.  The magazine is on stands now!

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Nicole Caron, a professional ballerina with the Alberta Ballet, was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and grew up in Vancouver, B.C., but, now in her 12th season with the Alberta Ballet, calls Calgary home.  She received her ballet training at the Richmond Academy of Dance, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and the American Ballet Theatre, before beginning her career with the Alberta Ballet here in Calgary.  This past season alone, Nicole danced the principal role of She in Balletlujah!, Desdemona in Othello, and soloist roles in all 3 of the Great Masterpieces ballets.
While based in Calgary, Nicole has had the chance to tour with the Alberta Ballet on both a national and international level.  Some of her favourite roles include the title role in Carmen, Desdemona in Othello, Helena in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, the principal dancer in Balanchine’s RubiesSerenadeAllegro Brilliante, and Who Cares?, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and the pas de trois and lead swan in Swan Lake.  Over and above this busy schedule, she also finds time to teach ballet and yoga.
Nicole will be performing in the Alberta Ballet’s upcoming holiday production of The Nutcracker here in Calgary from December 19-24, be sure to check it out!
When I was little, I wanted to be: a ballerina (cliche, I know, but I made it!)
My favourite room in the house is: the kitchen/ living room (open concept) – I love to cook and entertain
My favourite restaurant in Calgary is: Anejo, amazing food and great vibe (also delicious margaritas, Coconut Chili is one of my favourites)
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Houzz.com is wildly popular, who hasn’t been lost in the endless swiping through the millions of images!? rectangle has dozens of images up on Houzz, but there is one shot that has recieved a lot of attention. The double height living room at our South Calgary project has been added to over 28,000 Ideabooks. We love that space, and apparently, so do a bunch of other people!

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One of the brightest, most forward-thinking individuals in the rapidly-advancing iPhone app development field has set up shop right here in Calgary!  Michael (MJ) Sikorsky started Robots & Pencils in 2010, after building and selling multiple tech businesses.  “This is our 100 year company”, states MJ, planning to maintain this company as the family business, instead of selling.  Robots & Pencils found its success rapidly, with many blue chip clients eager to to work with MJ to develop custom apps for their businesses.   As well, several Robots & Pencils apps have hit the “top 10” lists of the iTunes App Store.
 Want to talk about overachieving? MJ was named Canada’s Internet Revolutionary by Profit Magazine in 2007.  He has won the Great Canadian Pitch-Off at the Canadian Venture Forum, and has spoken at Cyberport Hong Kong, Harvard Business School, MIT, and Stanford.  In 2010, MJ was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, and become the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Alberta.  In 2011, MJ was also selected as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People.  If that resume wasn’t impressive enough, just last night, we were thrilled to learn that MJ won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award!
 We love how much talent we have in this city, and with trailblazers like MJ calling Calgary home, this is the place to be!
 Know an interesting Calgarian? If you, or someone you know is an interesting Calgarian, please e-mail nominations to Shane at s@rectangle.ca, and you just might be our next feature!

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