Maker

Maker of the Year 2021: Mtharu

Sumer Singh of Mtharu conducts grand and wonderful experiments in materials and design—and the result is a thoughtful collection of furniture that marries art with function.

Designers

The Q&A: Architect Todd Saunders

The architect behind Fogo Island Inn sits down with Western Living to talk experiential architecture, international projects and Canadian kindness.

Designer of the Year

Announcing our 2018 Designers of the Year!

Hundreds of entries, 20 judges and just nine winners. From a pair of unabashedly modernist architectural designers to a creative director bringing Vancouver’s bridal fashion scene to the international stage to landscape architects who create symphonies for their clients: here are the 2018 Western Living Designers of the Year.

International

4 Must-See Mexican Cities on Your Riviera Nayarit Itinerary

Just north of the tourist behemoth of Puerto Vallarta, there’s an entire coast that’s just waiting to be discovered. From Mexico’s most exclusive resorts to low-key colonial beach towns, the Riviera Nayarit has the holiday you’re looking for. 

Drinks

A Cocktail For Sundowners

The Pan Pacific's latest renovation brings with it a suite of local cocktails. This one's great for sunsets.

Furniture

A Collection Worth Collecting

Editor's Pick

EQ3's capsule collection, Assembly, brings together some of Canada's most exciting furniture designers.

Recipes

Make This Tonight: Green Papaya Salad

Chef Angus An is everywhere these days: his original Kitsilano spot Maenam, his casual New Westminster location Longtail Kitchen and his Chinatown haunt, Fat Mao. But we snagged a great recipe from his newest venture: Freebird Chicken Shack.

Homes

Inspiration Gallery: 21 Great Spaces

From gorgeous open-concept kitchens to modern home offices to quirky kids' rooms, we're showcasing our favourite inspiring spaces from across the West.

Lighting

Back in Black Lighting

Editor's Pick

Omer Arbel's new 73 Series for Bocci shows he's still the king of modern lighting design.

Furniture

Cocooning 2.0

Editor's Pick

A side chair for our next phase of staycations.

Accessories

Best Bar Cart

Editor's Pick

With a piece like this, you're bound to host more parties.

Accessories

What Time Is It?

Editor's Pick

It's Time for Lunch (and also this new clock from Ikea).

Accessories

Best Modern Cabinet Door Hardware

Editor's Pick

When you're renovating the kitchen, you could go with the standard handle, or you could rethink the door pull altogether. Guess which one we like?

Lighting

Furniture of the Future

Editor's Pick

Lose the cords, charge your phone with a new wireless charging collection from Ikea.

Accessories

Go for Gold

Editor's Pick

18Karat collection embraces the warmest metal.

Trends

Ombre for All

Bring the season's hottest trend into your living room for less than $10

International

Why Berlin is the Arts and Culture Capital of Europe

Berlin is a city of dichotomy. It’s West and East, gritty and elegant, historic and modern. But woven through Der Stadt is an appreciation of art, culture and life which makes it Europe’s most talked-about city.

Bathrooms

Glamorous Gold Bathroom

A heritage home in Victoria is returned to its original majestic design, with a spa-like bath that’s full of modern conveniences.

Small Spaces

Charming Cabin Oasis

Calgary architect Marc Boutin has created an extraordinary family cabin on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Furniture

Sweet New Stool

Locally made coloured concrete stools bring an affordable hit of colour to the patio.

Lighting

Bright Idea

Editor's Pick

Isn't it time someone rethought the light bulb?

Accessories

Back to Linen

Editor's Pick

A beautifully vintage fabric gets a swish modern update.

Accessories

Perfect Serving Dish

Editor's Pick

For a Slovak Christmas celebration on January 6, the perfect dish feels both nostalgic and modern.

Ski

Skiing Aspen and Crested Butte

The double whammy of Aspen and Crested Butte covers every skiing base from luxe après to knee-knocking steeps—and everything in between.

Furniture

Playful Kitchen Stool

Editor's Pick

Calgary designer reinvents the kitchen stool to be a thing of comfort, beauty and a little fun.

Commercial Design

Sneak Peek: MEC Corporate Headquarters

Mountain Equipment Co-op opened its brand new corporate headquarters up to the media for a sneak peek of the LEED Platinum building in Vancouver's False Creek Flats neighbourhood.

Designers

Q&A with Iconic Designer Tom Dixon

The copper Beat and Etch lights from U.K. native Tom Dixon seemed to single-handedly bring the metal back into vogue. Editor-in-chief Anicka Quin caught up with the designer on a recent visit to Inform Interiors in Vancouver.

Furniture

IDSwest Favourite

Editor's Pick

Western Living Design Week is almost here! Here's one of my favourites from IDSwest, the closing party to a stellar week.

Accessories

My Favourite Baking Tool

Editor's Pick

Our editor-in-chief shares her favourite utensil for keeping baked goods looking pretty from the pan to the plate.

Furniture

Best Sleeper Sofa

Editor's Pick

Two criteria make for a great sleeper sofa, and this one rings a high note for both.

Accessories

Summery Kitchen Linens

Editor's Pick

Bring bold, sherbet colours into the kitchen with linen towels from Studiopatró.

Trends

Best Design Bicycle

Editor's Pick

Martone Cycling's cruisers are made for design lovers (and cyclists).

Homes

A House For Entertaining

A bespoke home on Vancouver's best street has an envy-inducing patio that's the perfect setting for throwing a summer wine tasting.

Accessories

Neon for the Win!

Editor's Pick

These baskets from Bend are perfect for the home spa or the living room

Lighting

Best Outdoor Lamp

Editor's Pick

Outdoor lighting isn't just functional anymore. This quirky outdoor lamp mimics indoor style and lights up summer nights.

Accessories

Perfect Pink Poufs

Editor's Pick

These leather poufs add flexible (and pretty) seating options to a room.

Accessories

Best Blender

Editor's Pick

The Ninja beats pricier brands for slicing and dicing its way through my summer produce.

Accessories

Stylish Modern Planters

Editor's Pick

These planters from Vancouver company Pot Inc. may be even prettier than the blooms you'll grow inside.

Designers

Q&A: The Artist

The classic area rug becomes modern artwork in the hands of Spanish designer Nani Marquina. Editor-in-chief Anicka Quin chats with the iconic designer about fair trade, modern design and her newfound love for the West Coast.

homes & design

Q&A: Minotti

Minotti, creator of the classic modern sofa, is still a family-run business. Founded in Italy over six decades ago by Alberto Minotti, it’s now steered by his two sons, Roberto and Renato; we caught up with the pair when they stopped by Vancouver’s Livingspace.

British Columbia

Winter is Coming: Red Mountain

The freshest snow, the coolest gear and the best vistas. They're all but a short trip for you. You just need to know where to look.

Architectural Design

Architect of the Year 2013: Cedric Burgers

With an eye to local materials and environmentally conscious design, architect Cedric Burgers has created work that's a celebration of next-generation modernism.

Small Spaces

Feminine Chic

Take a sneak peek inside one Vancouver photographer's stylish and sexy home.