THE GOODS: Stuff We Love, September 2013
The latest and greatest design products and accessories from across the West.
No more lazy afternoons on the patio, fighting off the heat wave with cool, colourful cocktails; September is here, and it’s back to real life. But there’s always a little room between the deadlines and appointments to carve out some peace and quiet. We have a firm belief that serenity should also be stylish, so we prefer to take our respites in the Ro chair ($2,810). A collaboration between renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayon and the Republic of Fritz Hansen, the unique curved shell of the Ro (the Danish word for tranquility) tucks us away from the world, while the roomy form (technically, this beauty is a one-and-a-half seater) offers plenty of space for getting comfortable. It’s available in classic black, grey and taupe, but we think the trendy sage and light pink versions make this seat even sweeter. Available at Inform Interiors, Vancouver, 604-682-3868,informinteriors.com; Kit, Calgary, 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com.
You don’t need gloss to look glam. The DwellStudio Ulysses pendant lamp ($1,580) doesn’t sparkle and shine, but the antique hammered brass finish offers sophisticated texture and depth (and a hearty dose of this year’s fabulous metallics trend)—and inside, a double diffuser ensures a healthy golden glow. Available at Bespoke, Victoria, 250-298-1105, bespokedesign.ca; Casa Home Decor, Vancouver, 604-263-8525, casahomedecor.ca; Kit, Calgary, 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com; InHouse Interior Design, Edmonton, 780-975-0538; The Bay, Regina 306-525-8511; Winnipeg, 204-783-2112, thebay.com; Blossoms Living, Saskatoon, 306-955-3355, blossomsliving.ca.
Chefs may prefer white plates, but at home we like to add a little flair. Williams-Sonoma’s Eclectique dishes (pieces from $16) are inspired by the Victorian era and made by Pillivuyt in France—how’s that for personality? Mix and match three shades of sophisticated grey for an added dose of je ne sais quoi. Available at Williams-Sonoma, across the West, williams-sonoma.com.
Steuart Padwick makes his Canadian debut with a dash of British quirk. His acclaimed Double Cross table ($1,425) cleverly converts from a dining table to a console or desk and looks great doing it, balanced on bright and glossy legs. Custom hues available on request. Available at Gabriel Ross, Victoria, 250-384-2554, grshop.ca.
Packaged in an old-timey burlap sack (it is from Portland, after all), the Otter Wax three-step leather care kit ($36) includes saddle soap, leather salve and leather oil featuring environmentally friendly, naturally harvested beeswax and lanolin to keep your beloved vintage Eames lounger in tip-top shape. Available at Still Life for Her, Victoria, 250-386-5658, stilllifeboutique.com; Much and Little, Vancouver, 604- 709-9034, muchandlittle.com; Luna and Hill, Saskatoon, 306- 244-5862, lunaandhill.com.
A few quick measurements, and you’ve got the antidote to floppy flats, thanks to Edmonton-basedPoppy Barley, which offers made-to-measure shoes (from $168) in chic styles (we love the Gatsby-esque feminine smoking slipper) and hip hues (think on-trend pastel blues and shimmering golds, alongside classic black). And as the weather starts to cool, size your feet up for a pair of the company’s bespoke boots, too. Available at Poppy Barley, Edmonton, 866-626-2220, poppybarley.com.
We love a splash of sunshine—and as the days get darker this fall, we’ll take whatever we can get. Crate and Barrel’s modern Spot night table ($169) brightens our lives in cheery yellow (and a few other shades) for the guest room or office. Bonus: the open lower shelf allows cords to easily pass through. Available at Crate and Barrel, Vancouver, 604-269-4300; Calgary, 403-278-7020; Edmonton, 780-436-1454, crateandbarrel.ca.