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Dine By Design East 2015: MORE SCREEN TIME…PLEASE!

A screened-in porch is the jumping off point for Nova Tayona’s cozy dining space made almost entirely from cardboard.

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A playful reimagining of “screen time,” architect Nova Tayona set her dining space in a screened-in porch. “Here, the screens keep out the bugs and rain, allowing us to be cozy and focus on the people we’re with,” she says. Painted by NSCAD grad Melissa Townsend, whimsical animals poke their noses against the screen windows, blurring the line between inside and outside. “The animals want to be inside, too,” laughs Tayona. “They add character to the room.”

Photo: Bruce Murray

Architect Nova Tayona. Photo: Bruce Murray

Apart from the screen windows (built by carpenter James Stevens), Tayona used cardboard to build the rest of the space, including the furniture and shingles. “Even though it’s made of cardboard, we wanted to show how we design well-crafted spaces for all our projects,” she says. “This could be a real room; it’s not very big, but cozy.” After the event, Tayona donated the materials to Dalhousie architecture students for model making.

Supplier List
Cardboard boxes: Cabot Shipping Supplies
Laser-cut fireplace screen: Eye Candy Signs
Windows: James Stevens
Window artwork: Melissa Townsend
Printing of window artwork: Cansel Wade
Blanket: MacAusland’s Woolen Mill (P.E.I.)
Custom hand-woven lobster rope rugs:
All For Knot Rope Weaving
Glass canning jars: Vintage Canadian Mason Jar