Since 2011, French designers Julie Ferrero and Guillaume Darnajou of Montreal studio Otra have been focused on steering Canadians toward a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Case in point: Otra’s geometric Craft lampshade, a DIY kit that consists of a recycled cardboard shade that can be assembled two different ways, without any tools.
Alberta-born, Toronto-based designer Laura Carwardine’s exploration into the relationship between furniture and oversize textiles resulted in the Loom Chair prototype, which she launched at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. The armchair is framed in wooden dowel with a single piece of extra-thick, citrus-hued rope wrapped around the frame to create the seat and back.
The best centrepieces don’t need any further adornment. Windsor studio Tsunami Glassworks’ Leaf decorative platters, with flowing, organic lines and gentle curves, look great even when they’re empty. The vessels, shown here in strawberry/saffron, come in four sizes (ranging in width from 23 centimetres to 76 centimetres) each with varied diameters and thicknesses, owing to the handblown technique.
On Golden Ground
Janna Watson and Nico Soule of new Toronto studio Watson Soule launched their first collection of vibrant, playful rugs – more art pieces than floor coverings – earlier this year. The Fools Gold rug, hand-tufted by the designers in 100-percent wool, is naturally stain-resistant. Watson and Soule oversee every stage of production to ensure it’s consistent with their mandates of top-of-the-line-quality and ethical labour.
Sometimes the most striking designs are the simplest. To create her minimalist Popsi lamp, Véronique Lamarre – a former product developer for lighting manufacturers who started her own workshop to focus on recycled materials – paired an emptied tourie, a glass wine jug, with a 60-watt bulb and coloured cord (shown here in yellow). The lamp adheres to CSA standards and comes in a variety of sizes.
Family-owned Quebec furniture manufacturer and retailer Jardin de Ville recently launched Blow Up, a collection that includes a club chair, loveseat and ottoman with thick, rounded pads in cheery yellow. Designer Céline Godin achieved the effect of inflatable furniture (minus the vinyl) by covering a durable aluminum frame in Sunbrella-upholstered pads. The result: ultra-soft seats suitable for indoors and out.