Making it in Montreal: An interview with the founder of Hayes Nulman Design

Hayes Nulman Design is a Montreal-based furniture design and fabrication studio, founded by Hayes Nulman in 2013. Bringing together both metalwork and woodwork, with a special interest in materials sourced locally from Quebec, Nulman is a rising star in the custom furniture industry.

RE!: How did you begin designing and fabricating furniture?

H: I don’t really design furniture, per se. I design the fabrication techniques behind the furniture, I typically get the designs from a designer – at least in my business. But when did I start wanting to do this? I was probably fourteen when I first designed and built stuff for my own house, mainly for personal use. And then I knew I wanted to study this in college, so I went to school for it and started my company, especially after having a failed outing at a larger company.

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Forward in Time and Back Again: Why Harry Potter Meant So Much Then, And What it Means Now

Now I don’t think I will ever forget my first summer at camp in upstate New York — not because it was such an incredible summer (it was), or because I made so many friends (I did, I swear), but because I remember with such vividness waiting for my parents to arrive for visiting day. And again, I swear, it wasn’t because I missed them, but because they had been promising me that on visiting day they would bring a brand new copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was the summer of 2005, and I was eleven years old.

If you’re particularly keen on dates, you may already know that the summer of 2005 was when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released. I was a book behind but was reading them with fascination and intent. By the time I had returned home at the end of the summer, I had finished the Goblet of Fire, and was ready for a trip to the bookstore for the next one.

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Backpedaling: A Reflection on the Slow Storytelling of Summer of Sangailé

With the coarse sound of a stunt plane and spectators cheering, Summer of Sangailébegins. Shown at Sundance in 2015, Summer of Sangailé is a Lithuanian film that follows two young women, Sangailé and Austé, as they fall in love with each other and chase their own passions. Austé makes her own clothing in her small block apartment, and Sangailé, from her family’s spacious and austere villa, dreams of flying planes. The film’s approach to storytelling contains elements that are rare both in cinema and in life, ways of processing the world that are worth adopting into our lives.  

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Thirty Pieces of Silver: How Sanders Betrayed His Followers

Bernie Sanders started his presidential campaign in a stark opposition to Hillary Clinton. Without even knowing it, he started amongst the Democrats what Trump did amongst the Republicans, a populist revolt against the dreaded Establishment.

People had enough of status quo, they were sick of it. The message was clear, those in power are all the same – Democrat or Republican. And so, Sanders started a revolution of sorts where he wagged his finger and railed against the big banks while promising his followers rivers of milk and honey, their own promised land, a socialist utopia the likes of which have never been seen before. In essence, all the basics that, we in Europe, think of as non-negotiable.

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From Korea to France: An Interview with Mon Hanbok’s Founders

Mon Hanbok is a relatively new fashion brand created by designer Jeeyea Lee, who was inspired by her cultural background and her current home–France. For our first RE-envisionaries, we decided to catch up with founders Jeeyea Lee and Kevin Ducros.

RE!: Can you please introduce yourselves?

JY: I’m Jeeyea, 28-years-old and I’m a fashion designer. I came to France 6 years ago to study fashion. After working for 2 years for a branding company, I left and started working on my own project.

K: My name is Kevin, I’m 27-years-old, I’m the manager of the project and an interim worker. We live in Paris.

RE!: What was your inspiration for Mon Hanbok? 

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Suicide Squad: A Film That Could Be But Never Was

Let it be said right here, that there might, will, and are some spoilers ahead, so you will read further at your own peril.

When I went to the cinema to see Suicide Squad I did so for two reasons. One was, that the first trailer got my immediate attention and I wanted to see the film, and the second was that I had to prove all the critics wrong. To begin, let’s just say that if you are in need of a mindless summer entertainment, where you just watch the spectacle without thinking about it, it’s a fine choice. But then again, I’m writing this because I like films to be built on sound logic and coherence, which Suicide Squad lacks in abundance.

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Cheating Slovenia: How Generalizations Over Melania Trump’s Plagiarism Are Unfounded

Disclaimer: The following is not an academic response to Monika Nalepa’s commentary on the “culture of cheating” articles published by the Washington Post.

The assignment I was occupied with back in 2012, during my first year of studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ljubljana, was for a course called Language Culture. At the end of the semester, the course exam consisted of us, the students, finding examples of scientific and academic writing, and correctly, by the faculty’s rules, citing each article, one by one. Only that, I remember our grades weren’t great, as our professor was strict regarding every dot and every comma. We were freshmen and most of us had little idea as to why this was so important for us to grasp. We had already received initial rules on citation and quotation, so why all the fuss?

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