Looking more like something to toy around with than something to sit in, the Spun chair, designed by Thomas Heatherwick for Herman Miller, is as playful as furniture comes. The moulded-plastic seat befits a room as laidback and fun as its fanciful esthetic.
Take the chair for a literal spin or rock it side to side, enjoying the comfort of its symmetrical design. Perch the chair on its end when not in use – or leave it on its side –and it doubles as a quirky sculpture.
Vancouver designer Ami McKay’s Pure collection was inspired by the West Coast lifestyle and landscape, featuring bright colours and whimsical patterns. The golden Loopy duvet is adorned with circular designs that evoke the bright and cheery sunshine that begins to peek out its head in the spring. The white backdrop gives the bedding a crisp, sophisticated feel while the playful design keeps the mood light and airy. Try the duvet on a day bed with an antique-white side table for a pretty, breezy look.
Unwind outside with Crate and Barrel's Kruger Harbor side table in blue. Named for Kruger National Park in Africa, this safari-inspired accessory features resin wicker over powder-coated aluminum in a lattice design and is topped with an aluminum tray. The side table has matching chairs from the Kruger Harbor collection, but to make the bright blue really pop, use it on its own as a mix-and-match addition to another set of outdoor furniture.
Inspired by the fluid nature of ink and the dynamic veining innate to stones found on Canada's west coast, the stunning, limited edition Ink Collection by Martha Sturdy is as sculptural as it is functional. The softly curved, oversized resin bowls and platters come in black and linen and are reflective of the bold minimalism employed by the celebrated Vancouver designer. Pieces from the collection range in size, and each one is made to order and hand-crafted in British Columbia.
Installing a pond in your yard just went from complicated to quick as can be. With minimal setup, Aquascape’s Aquatic Patio Pond can sit on your patio or be nestled into the garden as a small-scale water feature. The natural rock veneer ages like real stone and won’t fade or chip when placed in the outdoors. Fill the bowl of the water garden with your hose, arrange plants on the pot’s integrated shelf, toss in some fish for good measure and enjoy pond life in small spaces. The pond pots come in three sizes and your choice of colour: green slate, desert granite or terracotta.
Created by Canadian boy Lukas Peet, the Rudi pendant light series was named for and inspired by the designer’s father, a jeweller. The light hangs by its own extension cord for a bare-bones chic look and is forged from bent metal tubes. Its earnest design makes it the perfect accessory for an office or study space. The fixture is available in three versions: small and large single loops, and a double loop.
Inspired by the needlework and knitting from a small village in India, the 100-per-cent cotton, handmade, cable-knit Marina pouf from Urban Barn is an adaptable addition to any living space. It can be used as a seat, a footrest or an extra surface when topped with a small tray. Because it comes in both an eye-popping chartreuse and a neutral ivory, it can be a statement piece or subtle way to accessorize your space.
Sandberg’s Flora wallpaper plays up the more masculine side of this traditionally feminine print by using red clover, oxeye daisies, wild pansies and bumble bee flowers. The range of meadow flowers makes for a more subdued colour palette and subtle overall effect. The edges on each roll of Sandberg wallpaper are hand painted and carefully inspected before leaving the factory, ensuring impeccable quality every time.
Kristen is an SFU master of publishing graduate and the associate editor at BCBusiness magazine. She enjoys live music, wordplay and stories well told. She snowboards in the winter, skim boards in the summer and drinks wine all year round. Blog | Twitter