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 Currently dreaming of Cannon Beach..
 

DREAMING

...of Cannon Beach. Rain or shine, this quaint coastal town in Oregon is sure to capture your eye, and shortly after, perhaps your heart too. Take a walk along the beach for some surfer spotting and breathe in the salty ocean air. We highly recommend browsing Air Bnb for some breathtaking oceanfront homes, stopping by Insomnia Coffee for a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up, and visiting Dragon Fire Gallery to see some local art.

 
 Currently sipping on Greenhouse Juice

SIPPING

…Wake Up by Greenhouse Juice Co. Packed with orange, lemon, grapefruit, and liquid cayenne this powerhouse drink is sure start your day with some heat! It’s practically sunshine in a bottle. 

 Currently loving Everlane's His for Her collection

LOVING

… the His for Her collection by Everlane; a company that is putting ethics back into aesthetics. Simple, beautiful clothing at a fair price, we guarantee you won’t be able to browse their site without falling in love with a piece...or two. 

LISTENING

… to Matt Corby’s single “Monday” will have you feeling some kind of emotional. With his goose bump-inducing harmonies and falsetto vocals, Corby is sure to pull at a few heartstrings. Keep an eye out for his upcoming album Telluric, to be released March 11th. 

 Listening to Matt Corby's single Monday

READING

My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem. We belatedly joined Emma Watson’s feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, and are feeling more empowered with every page. Follow along and join the discussion…girl power!

 Currently reading Gloria Steinem's On the Road
 Admiring Lauren Singer, the brains behind The Simply Co.

ADMIRING

…Lauren Singer, the new cool girl on the block and the brains behind The Simply Co: a non-toxic, sustainable brand of cleaning products. Fresh laundered clothes without all the chemicals sounds pretty wonderful to us! (Oh, and did we mention she lives a zero waste lifestyle while living in NYC?) Follow her blog Trash is for Tossers for tips on how you can lead a more environmentally friendly life.

WORDS BY HEATHER PEAT

 
Interior Design Show 2016
 EQ3 Assembly at the Interior Design Show 2016
 

Design changes everything. The slogan of this year's Interior Design Show, and words that couldn't be more true.  From Tom Dixon's Ceasarstone collaboration, to Craig Dykers inspiring talk about Snøhetta's architectural work, to EQ3's Assembly capsule collection featuring the work of Canadian designers, there was endless international and homegrown talent at IDS this past weekend. I've rounded up some of my favourite design discoveries below!

 

COOLICAN & COMPANY

Producing only in limited runs, Coolican & Company is one of my favourite additions to the contemporary furniture market in Toronto. Peter Coolican's furniture designs are hand built from Ontario sourced wood and hand rubbed with natural finishes. His small batch approach means the pieces are made locally and made well.  Timeless in design, you just know the pieces will age beautifully.

 Coolican & Company - Interior Design Show 2016

Kroft + Co

Kroft + Co debuted their collection of furniture this weekend. In pursuit of perfection in every inch of their designs, they have perfected products for small spaces. From the side table to the chest of drawers, each piece is compact in size with smart storage solutions. I love the charcoal linoleum finish on the surface of the doors for this sideboard.

 Kroft+Co

Simon Johns

The graphic feel of Simon John's shelving brackets add a modern touch to a wall display. The four styles can easily be assembled into different combinations. Similarly, his crystalline light fixture creates graphic patterns depending on your vantage point.

 Simon Johns - Interior Design Show 2016
 Manuel Barreto - Interior Design Show 2016

MANUEL BARRETO

Minimalistic in style, Manuel Barreto's furniture is designed and handcrafted in Buffalo. Each piece is custom made and entirely unique.  Contemporary, but classic, his designs would certainly be the conversation piece in any room.

 Hollis+Morris - Interior Design Show 2016

HOLLIS+MORRIS

Simple elegance. That's the design ambition of Hollis+Morris.  Contemporary in aesthetic, each piece combines warm woods with metal components. I was drawn to the sleek lines and sculptural shapes of Mischa Courvette's designs. A single piece of powder coated steel twists to form a base for the beautiful walnut top of the Corktown stool, for example.

 Federal Design House - Interior Design Show 2016

Federal Design House

Ottawa based product designers Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar of  Federal Design House reinvented a rocking horse as part of the show's Prototype platform. Made with recycled copper cables, maple wood and rabbit fur, it's a modern take on a classic children's piece.

Caviar 20

Several of Frank Stella's beautiful works were for sale at Caviar 20's showcase. In addition to the beautiful art they curated for the exhibit, a selection of chairs by the likes of amazing designers like Hans Wegner and Verner Panton were on display.

 FRANK STELLA "CREEDE II" LITHOGRAPH, 1970

Did you go to IDS this weekend? I'd love to hear which designers you were inspired by and which talks you listened in on. Drop me a note or leave a comment below!