April 17th, 2013
With an instantly recognizable furniture line and abstract aesthetic, we consider Martha Sturdy a grande dame of Canadian design (and we're not the only ones, Architectural Digest loves her, too).
Her new, limited-edition line, Ink, is a marriage of craftsmanship and gravity. Black ink is poured onto linen resin molds and left to flow any which way nature pulls it. The result is a contemporary piece of usable art (or as us plebs call it, a bowl).
Like all of Sturdy's work, Ink is influenced by the elements and natural beauty, specifically the veins that run through West Coast stones. Each resin piece is made at a zero-waste Vancouver production facility, utilizing locally sourced products and technicians.
Consider us bowled over.
From $270, find stockists here: http://sturdyliving.com/contact
April 18th, 2012
How do you greenify your home? Look to the three R’s, of course.
Ginger pomelo dish soap by Caldrea ($13.95) is not only aromatherapeutic, but biodegradable and concentrated so you don’t have to use much to get the job done.
Brightly coloured and dishwasher-safe, Ecologie dishware is made of crushed bamboo and rice hulks. Picnic-perfect salad plates start at $4.95.
We’re not just talking about cans and bottles. Rick Bowerman creates one-of-a-kind pieces, like the coffee table pictured ($1895), from reclaimed beams salvaged from old Gastown buildings. — Kelsey Dundon
At Country Furniture, 3097 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-738-6411, www.countryfurniture.net