Vancouver - HOME & DECOR
March 25th, 2010
Now that clocks have sprung forward and cherry blossoms are blooming, it’s time to think about prettying the patio.
And the easy way (i.e. no green thumb required) is with a pair of Gallant & Jones deckchairs. Inspired by the 1920s variety and handmade in Vancouver by best friends, the folding chairs come in two styles, the more basic Beach and the deluxe Garden. Both are crafted from black walnut wood and covered in funky fabrics, like multicoloured stripes and the Trina Turk pattern pictured.
Bring on the rosé and trashy paperbacks.
$175-$360 at www.gallantandjones.com
March 15th, 2010
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade online.
Following the folding of I.D. Magazine, two of its editors have launched Sight Unseen. The design blog ventures inside the homes and studios of creative types and highlights up-and-comers in the realms of art, fashion and industrial design. Rife with arresting images and well-written articles, its become our new Sunday morning read.
Unseeing is believing.
March 3rd, 2010
When it comes to Canadian pride, our cup runneth over right now.
And in lieu of winning one of Canada’s 26 Olympic medals co-designed by Aboriginal artist Corrine Hunt, we’re awarding ourselves Imm Living’s totem cups. Designed by Torontonian Rod Southcott, the set of four stackable porcelain cups pays homage to the artistry of our First Nations’ totem carvings.
Our cup of Tim Hortons coffee has never been so culturally cool.
$69.99 at Homewerx, 1053 Davie St., Vancouver, 604-682-2204, www.homewerx.ca
February 23rd, 2010
So you’ve already lost one of your red mittens and someone sat on your Quatchi.
Invest in a lasting piece of Canadiana with the new Our Heritage collection by Martha Sturdy, exclusively for The Hudson’s Bay Company.
Just landed on the floor, the beautiful bi-colour resin trays would look stunning at your next cocktail party. Serving smoked salmon, naturally.
$190 to $440 at The Hudson’s Bay Company, 674 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-681-6211, www.hbc.ca
December 16th, 2009
Mobiles aren’t just for dangling above cribs to entertain tots. When they’re delicately laser-cut and hand-folded from old roadmaps, they’re very much grown-up.
The hanging mobiles by Vancouver design duo Contexture, award-winning no less, tell a story too. “As the Crow Flies” (pictured) depicts a family of crows coming back to their communal rookery, as they do every night, and “Redfish” shows a school of salmon returning to the river where they were born.
It’s nature and nurture.
$49 at Vancouver Special, 3612 Main St., Vancouver, 604-568-3673, www.vanspecial.com
November 9th, 2009
If when decorating your commons, you like to be liberal with your earnings, but conservative with your spending, plan a tour of Parliament.
Governed by three former Liberty staffers (each aptly titled Minister of Environment, Minister of Interior and Minister of Finance), the new boutique in Gastown is a light and airy space filled with fashionable furniture, like a plush velvet loveseat, and accessories that look posher than their price tags.
We snuck in just before they opened and gushed over all the glam gifts like custom-scented candles, cozy blankets and mod ornaments.
Now it’s up to you to pass the bills.
Parliament, 115 Water St., Vancouver, 604-689-0800, www.parliamentinteriors.com
October 23rd, 2009
Blame the forthcoming release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland—we’re mad about mismatched tea sets.
Rather than rob our grandmother’s china cabinet, we’re building our collection at The Cross. The Yaletown décor store, now with a new online shop, has a cross-section of cute pots, platters, cups, creamers, saucers and sugar bowls. And all kinds that are simply white, so while our set is mixed, our shades match, making the Alice in us still whimsical, but very much grown-up.
Bottom’s up and down the rabbit hole.
The Cross, 1198 Homer St., Vancouver, 604-689-2900, www.thecrossdesign.com
July 7th, 2009
Collecting decorative china is decidedly non-grandma when the plates are pop arty with a dash of Salvador Dali surrealism.
Fascinated by 19th century operatic singer Lina Cavalieri, Italian designer Piero Fornasetti created more than 500 black-and-white variations of her face and put them on plates ($176-$245). Like a modern Mona Lisa with a sense of humour, there’s even stunning Louis XIV style armchairs ($1,640) upholstered in her likeness.
We bet Cavalieri could teach today’s pop tarts a thing or two about being a diva.
At Gigi B., 1663 Duranleau St., Granville Island, Vancouver, 604-687-1565.
June 23rd, 2009
In the search for eco-consciousness, we suggest you mind your P’s and A’s.
At p+a furniture everything is environmentally minded. The side-project of local interior design firm Penner & Associates, the retail space showcases its in-house furniture line Centro, consisting of a daybed, dining table, stackable headboard and sideboard, and a slew of earth-friendly homewares. The carefully curated shop includes Saltspring natural soap line Kama, Dirt Candles and organic bedding by Amenity, just to name a few.
We’re mad for the Miss Rio Ottoman (pictured, $490) made of post-industrial foam, which had us seeing green in a whole new rainbow.
p+a furniture, 159 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-255-2089, www.pafurniture.ca
May 27th, 2009
If John Lennon were alive today, we think he’d want us to give Peace Silk a chance too.
The most eco-friendly silk available, it’s the key material in the colourful designs by new Vancouver-based home textiles company, Rajboori.
The collaboration between New York industrial designer Stephen Burks (the Missoni perfume bottle is one of his creations) and local-by-way-of-Calcutta entrepreneur Mitun Chakrabarti, Rajboori uses age-old craftsmanship to create modern bedding. Every bright geometric piece that goes into one of their cool coverlets (pictured, $600) is spun on family looms in India.
A blanket that’s sustainable and supports small artisan communities—we feel warm and fuzzy.
View styles and order at www.rajboori.com