Today is my father-in-law's birthday. His name is Antonio but I call him Boss when I see him. I took this picture in 2009 when Luis and I went to the island of Terceira in the Azores, where their family is from, and where his parents return every summer. Luis's Dad sat outside that day, inserting small metal grommets one by one into this huge piece of orange canvas, which would eventually become the back wall and overhang of the terrace beside their house. It took him almost two hours. He's a study in patience and moves at his own pace. I love and admire that about him. Happy birthday, Boss.
I love the TD bank pavilion at the corner of King and Bay in Toronto - for its lines of course, and for that interior lighting that takes me back to visiting my Dad at his office in London, Ontario in the 70s. My favourite thing about it though, are the round bowls of yellow daisies placed strategically throughout the complex from floor 1 up to floor 56, and specified by Mies when he designed it in the 60s. At the time, one Toronto florist was contracted to replace these flowers regularly and decades later, to my knowledge, is still doing the job. I think this detail is beautiful, I think it's human, and I believe it shows the love and commitment that people can feel for a really good idea.