April 2014 Hot Buys
Our editors' favourite new products from stores across the West.
This Blu Dot Clutch dining chair ($479) is all party on the top, business on the bottom: a comfy upholstered back (in modern hues like purple, pewter and olive) perches atop a slick and sturdy oak or ash wood base to embrace the sitter in style.
Onlyhuman, Victoria, onlyhuman.ca; Designhouse, Vancouver, designhouse.ca
We spotted the Squaring of the Circle cushions ($175) by Cristian Zuzunaga at a photo shoot last issue, and we’ve been dreaming in pixels ever since. Though they’re mass-produced, the random cut and stitch from the off-kilter repeat patterned fabric means every pillow is one of a kind.
Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com
It’s a bench, or a coffee table; a stool, or somewhere to rest your cocktail—however you use the quirky Geode (from $339) by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design-trained Deerheart Design, it’s a showstopper. Irregular plywood pieces lie flush on the outside but reveal beautiful chaos (in punchy hues) within.
Deerheart Design, online, deerheartlovesyou.com
As much as we love a good fountain, we’re thrilled to see Saskatoon’s Garden Architecture dabbling in home furnishing with its offshoot, GA Interiors. The wide selection of warm and sophisticated Aerin Lauder lighting—we love the Mediterranean blue Culloden table lamp ($550) with its nod to the nautical and elegant cream shade—makes a big splash.
GA Interiors, Saskatoon, gardenarchitecture.ca
It’s still spring, we get that, but there’s no harm in dreaming about seaside summer days—and the coral-inspired Diallo chandelier ($3,000) from Arteriors, crafted from lacquered resin, is a dramatic and elegant homage to our beach obsession. (It was either this or seashell-shaped soap in the guest room.)
Domaine Fine Furnishings, Calgary, domaine furnishings.com; Vivid Concepts, Edmonton, vividconcepts.ca
The glossy baroque Deny Designs mirrors ($165) are printed with images created by graphic artists from around the world, mashing up chevron and floral patterns or a swirl of psychedelic blues to create a frame that doubles as a work of art. (In case your own reflection just isn’t doing it for you anymore.)
Anex Interiors, Regina, anexinteriors.ca
The Great Wall
Orvieto’s collection of pretty, intricate wallcoverings—like the subtly chevron Itsuki paper ($155 per double roll)—is specifically designed to complement its fabric offerings: it’s like the match-your-belt-to-your-shoes rule, but for home decor.
Bespoke Design, Victoria, bespokedesign.ca
Water bottles don’t usually provide us with too much inspiration, but S’well’s look-good-while-doing-good philosophy is one we can get behind. The BPA-free bottles (from $25) keep drinks cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12, if you prefer green tea to good ol’ H²O) and are super-stylish in textile-mimicking finishes like wood or satin. Better yet, proceeds support feel-good organizations like WaterAid.
Bernstein and Gold, Victoria, bernstein andgold.com; Walrus, Vancouver, walrushome.com