Where the heck did summer go? Even though the hot days are slipping away, we’re holding on to vacation vibes with colourful plates, dreamy out door loungers and even a ping-pong table that’s so beautiful, you won’t want to hide it in the basement. Read on for the best furniture and homewares of August 2022.

Colourful bamboo plates from Poketo

Best Bamboo Plates

Bamboo is fast-growing and durable, which makes it the perfect material for these salad plates ($48 for a set of 4) from Poketo. The colour blocking is super whimsical, too—it’s hard not to play with your food when the plates are this fun.

Asymmetrical wood coffee table

Best Asymmetrical Coffee Table

The Reina coffee table ($6,500) shows that there’s beauty in asymmetry. Each of the blackened steel legs are slightly different sizes, but they work in perfect harmony beneath the Western maple tabletop.

Stylish vase made in Peru

Best Industrial-Chic Vase

Remember to stop and smell the… vases? The art nouveau-inspired Altitude vase (from $99) has both
a pretty abstract pattern and a subtle smokey scent—courtesy of an extra-hot kiln-firing in Peru.

Adjustable outdoor lounge chair

Best Outdoor Lounge Chair

There’s a new outdoor lounger in town: EQ3’s Cape outdoor chaise ($1,799). This sleek seat has a lightweight aluminum frame so you can easily move it around the patio—get that sunlight in all day long.

Green MCM accent chair

Best Accent Chair

This Gio Ponti chair, called “Round D.154.5” ($6,840), was almost lost to history. It was first dreamed up over 60 years ago, and, through studying drawings, photos and materials of the time, the folks at Molteni&C and the Gio Ponti Archives have faithfully recreated it.

Outdoor ping-pong table

Best Ping-Pong Table

Union Wood Co.’s stylish recreation tables are now suited up for the sunshine—the Vancouver-made Column outdoor ping-pong table ($9,360), for example, has a playing surface constructed from compact laminate that is weather- and water-resistant.

Minimalist floor lamp
Minimalist floor lamp

Best Floor Lamp

The opal glass top of Flos’s new Bellhop floor light ($1,848) is meant to mimic an upside-down bellhop’s cap. It splashes ambient light upwards, and is supported by an aluminum stem on a concrete base (it’s available in red, green, brown and grey).

White modular sectional design

Best Modular Sectional

It’s officially vacation season, and the Berlin modular sectional (from $8,749) is all about easygoing comfort—in style, of course. The different components (think ottomans, armless sections and cozy corners) allow for multiple configurations, so you can change it up to suit your summer vibe.

Provide and Lock and Mortice wood bookshelf

Best Minimalist Bookshelf

You’ll want to step into the new Provide Design Gallery in Vancouver’s Armoury District to get your hands on an exclusive collaboration with solid wood furniture makers Lock and Mortice—including this gorgeous shelf ($15,000) that’s handmade in B.C.

Obakki weekender bag
Obakki weekender bag

Editor’s Pick

Weekender bag from Obakki, $125

I think we’re all dreaming of a post-pandemic getaway right now—and my personal escapist fantasies involve bringing this handmade Ugandan weekend bag ($125) from Obakki along for the ride. Featuring gleefully clashing patterned fabrics, the waxed-cotton tote might just be the perfect travel companion. —Stacey McLachlan, editor at large