Homes & Design Photo Credit: Western Living

The Goods: January 2014 Hot Buys

New in Stores across the West.

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Linear Thinking

The Valentina pendant lamp ($3,255) eschews a shade in favour of daring angles—a concept so crazy it just might work, juxtaposing of raw and the glam. shinebysho.com

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Pretty Pillows

The hand-printed Studio Bon Fandango collection fabric ($300 per yard) is a vintage-y take on the ubiquitous chevron—whip it up into a few statement-making throw pillows. studiobontextiles.com

 

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Wood Works

For his Wing collection, Edmonton designer Mike Lam found inspiration in the elegance of a bird in flight. But we spot a distinct mid-century influence in his walnut hall table ($2,900), too. mikelamdesign.com

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Seeing Clearly

Houndstooth is forever in style, but the Zuo Modern Vision armchair ($763) puts the classic pattern on the cutting edge by pairing it with a future-cool polycarbonate frame. zuomod.ca

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Take a Seat

The Gamla dining chair ($1,200) is a modernist’s dream—sleek, sculptural and simple—with enough elegance to please a more traditional eye. Made in Vancouver from solid black walnut, it will evolve beautifully alongside your personal taste. gamla.ca

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The Graduate

The Modern Satchel Dylan bag ($388) embraces collegiate cool with its buttery soft, vintage-finished Italian leather. roots.com0114-hot-buys-8

 

The Mix Up

First used by the nimble mixologists at Edmonton’s Three Boars Eatery, this drink muddler ($65) from designer Jordan Tomnuk is now infiltrating the home bar. Available in FSC-certified walnut or maple.tomnuk.com0114-hot-buys-10

 

Sweater Season

The newly launched, Victoria-based label Eng•lish is for men, but the super-soft pieces—like the quirky, casual-chic Sweatshirt ($145)—are bound to be a staple for the fairer sex, too. eng-lish.ca0114-hot-buys-11

Through the Wire

So it may not hide the clutter, but the Wireframe coffee table ($850) is still a stylish spot to stow it in plain sight. The powder-coated frame takes a page from mid-century design, but a fabulously functional table is always in style. gusmodern.com0114-hot-buys-12

 

Star Bangles

Style dilemma: do we embrace the punk-chic trend with an arm of Alex and Ani’s Metallic Daze ($298) bangles, or celebrate colour with their cool cobalt Midnight Equinox set ($158)? Good news: the mix-and-match collections allow us to have it all. alexandani.com

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