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Oh Canadiana

Highlights of the Canadian Design Resource

By David Balzer
April 18, 2006
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Crazy carpet. Image courtesy of the Canadian Design Resource.

The Crazy Carpet (or Wacky Carpet, if you prefer the PC term) is so familiar to Canadians, and so ostensibly plain, that Falkowsky gets occasional flak about its inclusion on the CDR. Yet its function as a floppy, break-neck means down icy winter hills belies its elegant, minimalist form: indeed, transfer a Crazy Carpet from a dingy garage to the living room of a contemporary loft and — voila! — you’ve got a chic, readymade, Donald Judd-style wall hanging.

“There are two textures on both sides of the carpet: one smoother for speed, and the other rougher for grip,” says Falkowsky. “Sleds nowadays are extremely elaborate and branded, but this one’s so simple, so pure.”

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