Hot Tropic

Canadian designers are keeping the summer vibe alive with cheery colours, tiki-inspired furnishings and vintage Florida motifs.

Homespun pendant

Cuppa Cabana

The Homespun pendant by Vancouver studio Propellor is custom-made by local metalworkers – it has the tool grooves on the shade to prove it. Available in aluminium or copper, in three sizes, the fixture can be ordered in a variety of colour combinations (even the cord can be boldly hued), but we love the watermelon feel of this green and coral combo.


Rattan Bench

Tabletop Tiki

Woven rattan makes up the rustic yet modern top of this piece, part of Winnipeg designer Thom Fougere’s 2016 collection. Designed to create “a dynamic surface with which to interact,” his Rattan Bench, which doubles as a coffee table, also features a minimal oak frame to provide support without taking the spotlight away from the featured material.


Tessuto Designs pillow

Frond and Centre

Talk about year-round decor: This throw-cushion cover, handmade by Milton, Ontario-based studio Tessuto Designs, can withstand 500 hours of direct sunlight on the patio in the summer without fading, and fits in just as well when moved indoors over the winter. Adorned with a dramatic Martinique palm leaves print, the spun polyester cover comes in seven sizes – ranging from 40 x 40 centimetres to 66 x 66 centimetres – to add a pop of green to any space.


Strand chair

The Last Strand

Montreal furniture manufacturer Pink & Brown takes its cues from mid-century-modern designs. Case in point: the Strand chair, inspired by the strand furniture of the 1960s. This modernized version, made of curved steel rods and featuring a wool cushion, was recently launched in on-trend gold-plated and nickel-plated versions.


Cayman Brac Parrot wallpaper

Cayman Chic

“To me, the beach is always a celebration, combining the drama of nature with the excitement of a holiday,” says Toronto designer Kate Thornley-Hall of her Cayman Islands Collection, which includes everything from throw pillows and rugs to beachwear inspired by the sea. Among the highlights: the multicoloured Cayman Brac Parrot wallpaper designed in collaboration with Senay Design Studio, made in Canada and available in custom sizes.


Glossy Pineapple

Hawaii Five Oh

Nothing keeps summer alive year-round like a burst of colour – especially when it comes in the form of a tropical fruit. Measuring 24 x 14.5 centimetres, the Glossy Pineapple by Distinctly Home, based in Toronto, has an ultra-high-gloss resin finish. Designed to brighten up the dining table, the mantle or the patio, it comes in blue, pink, green and white.

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