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The best porch swings, cozy sofas, cool blue ceramics and ultra-useful cookware of summer 2022—plus an unforgettable turtle-shaped bookshelf.
We reached out to furniture, homewares and decor stores throughout B.C. and Alberta to see what’s new for summer 2022. And you can bet they delivered. For sunny morning, cozy evenings and everything in between, these are the best finds for your home this season. We’ve got colourful cookware, stylish seating, multifunctional lighting and a turtle-shaped bookcase that’s a maximalist dream. Read on for the hottest summer finds.
Always pan in Acid
from Our Place, $195
I’d like to take a moment to applaud the bravery it takes to name a kitchen appliance colour “Acid.” Compared to Our Place’s other colourways (think Sage, Steam and Lavender) it’s bold as hell. But when you have a cult favourite product that can replace seven traditional pieces of cookware plus offer a spoon rest, you can afford to be a little cheeky. This electric green pan has become a staple in my kitchen: in fact, we use it so much that it doesn’t have a home in the cupboard. The unapologetically, almost offensively neon Always pan is on the stove, well, always.
There’s something so soothing about the blue hues in Vancouver-based Lineage Ceramics’ latest collection. The full coupe set (from $180) comes with enough entrée plates, bread plates, salad bowls, dessert bowls and party plates for the whole family, all finished in a deep marine glaze. lineageceramics.com
The weather’s warming up, but these lightweight throw blankets (from $378) will keep your space stylish (and not sweaty). The 100-percent cotton throws are hand block printed and reversible. gildandco.com
The BM0488 table bench was first designed by Børge Mogensen in 1958, but it’s just re-launched in fun size. This shorter version ($1,550) has the same solid oak and classic woven seat as the original, and works as a side table or as entryway furniture. kitinteriorobjects.com
If calling luxury furniture “cute” is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Norr11’s aptly named Hippo lounge chair ($2,688) has a playful, organic shape and is available in 24 colours of Barnum bouclé fabric. spencerinteriors.com
Life’s too short for boring bookshelves. The Turtle Carry bookcase by Qeeboo ($1,327) is exactly what it sounds like—hidden metal supports create the optical illusion of a turtle hauling a pile of books. arkinteriors.ca
Loll’s newly launched Nisswa swing is a modern take on an old-school classic. It comes in both single- and double-seaters ($1,595 and $2,395, respectively) and nine bright hues—perfect for those lazy summer days. grshop.com
The Androgyne side table (from $950) is crafted from oak and stone, and the design is meant to combine traditional “masculine” and “feminine” elements. (Questioning the gender binary? We’re here for it.) fullhousemodern.com
Serene ocean vibes are channelled in the Wave loveseat ($6,160). The vintage-style sofa’s flowy design is as comfy as it looks thanks to high-density polyurethane foam. inspirationfurniture.ca
You can do it all. At least, this lamp can. The Ozz floor lamp ($1,705) from Miniforms is the ultimate space-saver: it’s a light and table in one cool, curvilinear design. dwellmodern.ca