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Here are our top picks for September 2023—limited-edition sofas, versatile stackable chairs, chic reversible throw pillows and more.
This eco-chic Ocean OC2 lounge chair ($635) by Mater cradles you in comfort as you enjoy the great outdoors (or wherever you wish to lounge in style). With a rich green hue and sleek design, it’s sustainably made using discarded beer kegs and upcycled plastics for the perfect blend of style and eco-consciousness. austingoods.ca
In the spirit of Missy Elliott’s iconic line (putting things down, flipping them, reversing them), the Poldina upside-down portable lamp ($255) takes a playful twist on lighting solutions. This quirky floor lamp look-alike is cord-free and ideal for ambient lighting, and its base doubles as a convenient container. lightformshop.com
Whether in a cozy living room, a chic office or an avant-garde gallery, the Piston side table ($1,985) by Objects and Ideas is a real charmer. Quietly stealing the spotlight wherever it’s placed, the impeccably crafted table is a sculptural marvel that’s a great conversation starter. providehome.com
In celebration of Togo’s 50th anniversary, Ligne Roset presents the limited-edition special upholstery Toile du Peintre sofa (from $3,463). This vibrant, painterly piece (inspired by the art of Heather Chontos), is more than seating—it’s a masterpiece. But act fast: this canvas of comfort is only available until December 2023. livingspace.com
Retro meets modern in Verloop’s Flower stripe throw ($225). The bold quilt patterns in olive, salmon, red and cobalt blue bring a pop of colour to any space—perfect for cozying up on cool nights or adding vintage charm to a modern space. shop.vanspecial.com
Step into the ring of restful slumber with the Shiko Wien bed by Miniforms ($7,000 for a queen). Drawing inspiration from the “shiko” stomp of sumo wrestling, this bed blends strength and serenity. Its soft, mesmerizing natural Vienna straw cane headboard (also in black) provides a warm, natural aesthetic to your bedroom for a peaceful sleep you won’t have to wrestle with. dwellmodern.ca
Inspired by a blooming flower, the Hana chair ($628 for a set of 2) by Simone Bonanni for Moooi is an elegant blend of organic shapes and petal-like curves. But it’s not just about looks—it’s about making it yours. Choose from six pleasing colours and finishes, and even customize the base for seating that’s sure to flourish. livingspace.com
The Rialto console (from $10,487 USD) brings the beauty of Venice right into your living room. Inspired by the historic Rialto Bridge, it blends timeless elegance with modern design. The welded aluminum frame, transparent grey (or light-reflecting) glass top and indirect LED lighting casts an ethereal glow not unlike a Venetian sunset. informinteriors.com
Two for the price of one—but make it stylish. That’s the Thomas Bentzen Mingle cushions ($195) from Muuto’s Fall 2023 collection: a playful mix of contrasting Kvadrat textiles—smooth and textured—in complementary muted tones. And here’s the best part: they’re reversible. grshop.com
by Herman Miller, $2,407
I’m a big believer in mixing high and low when it comes to furniture—for example, in my living room, the forest green sectional that set me back a few thousand dollars exists comfortably alongside a set of $20 chairs in poppy colours that are tucked under my free-from-Grandma’s-house dining table. It’s important to know what items are worth the splurge, and as I sit here typing (as I often do), I know that an office chair is one of those things. Herman Miller’s latest offering, an upholstered rolling chair designed by Naoto Fukasawa, is both ergonomic and beautiful. Bonus: it comes in yellow. —Alyssa Hirose, managing editor
Travel buffs and adventure-seekers: a new travel and lifestyle store has just landed in Vancouver. Kitsilano’s Monos is transporting shoppers with a tunnel-like shop that spotlights hybrid luggage, impact-friendly carry-ons and the Metro Weekender bag. There are also airplane-regulation slots to realistically check that carry-on size. Monos is designed in Vancouver and is Climate Neutral Certified—they’ve got this in the bag. 2131 W 4th Ave.
This September, Livingspace is spicing up Vancouver’s Armoury District with a sleek Ligne Roset shop-in-shop. Celebrating 50 years of the iconic Togo design, the space will feature two limited-edition sofas: the artsy Toile du Peintre (see page 16) and the chic Atom ($5,356). But that’s not all—expect a parade of French luxury with pieces like the Prado sofa by Christian Werner, the Pumpkin armchair by Pierre Paulin, the new Marechiaro bookshelf by Philippe Nigro and the Oxydation coffee table by Kateryna Sokolova. Housed in a former glass-blowing studio, this stylish annex is your stop for the best in high-end home furnishings. 1706 W 1st Ave.
Originally published in the September 2023 issue of Western Living magazine.
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