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In the ’80s, a couple from Spain—Ramon Masana and Georgina Tapia, both architects—rescued a series of 18th-century building facades from a post-earthquake Mexico. Under the name Suquet, the two started making casts of the designs for Vancouver clients (they’re responsible for the dramatic entryway to South Granville’s Boboli shop) and collecting and dealing other treasures they discovered on their travels. Today, the brand’s been reinvigorated by their son, Ramon Masana Tapia, and Urban Barn co-founder Rick Bohonis as an interiors shop that reaches beyond mantels and casts, featuring furniture and personal accessories alongside locally sourced modern art—but the ethos of exploration and discovery remains. You’ll find weekender bags, leather camp-style chairs from Texas and made-in-Vancouver coffee tables.
The new shop in South Granville is half the size of its sister location in Gastown and designed with a minimalistic Scandinavian look in mind, but it’sstill stocked with globally sourced pieces: string furniture from Sweden, Ikeuchi towels from Japan, Void watches from Hong Kong and Tealeaves tea from Vancouver.
This sliver of a shop opened quietly this spring, stocking vintage finds (discovered wall textiles, wicker chairs) and spare home goods by local suppliers (like Marita Manson ceramics, Libertine Fragrance and Hold and Carry totes), and hosting community-minded crafting workshops regularly—weaving night, anyone?
Find chunky sweaters and drapey scarves perfect for rocking an effortlessly chic horseback-riding-on-the-moors look, all made from ultra-luxe materials (including the rare vicuña fibre, sheared from a South American camel). Shop owner Claudia Wierzba handcrafts many of the designs herself.
Though the main focus here is stationery and print goodies (you’ll find silkscreened prints of graphic band posters and vintage children’s book covers stocked alongside charming letterpress cards), there’s variety to be found in this 124th Street shop, with colourful patterned mugs, tote bags and printed pillows, too.
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