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This year's winners bring both beauty and functional design to our home spaces.
B.C.’s natural beauty is an obvious inspiration for many an artist or crafter, but all too often the results lean a little, er, rustic (for instance: any driftwood mobile ever). So to see Quake Studio’s modernist interpretation of the West Coast’s organic charms is a welcome change of pace. Though the sculptural candlesticks feature sturdy, smooth bases that echo the curves of the shoreline along the Salish Sea, the execution leans toward Scandinavian minimalism, with crisp tubular forms reaching skyward from a sleek, swerving base. Made from 100-percent Canadian aluminum, they’re an ode to this muse-like location, done in a one-of-a-kind way.
from $250, quakestudio.com
Fashion industry veteran Jennifer LeBrun started off making these pleasingly plump dryer balls from humanely sourced Canadian wool as Christmas gifts for her family—now, they’re available at retailers all over the world. Toss three balls in per load to decrease energy consumption, alleviate chemical build-up and soften clothes, and, when they reach the end of their lifespan, LeBrun has a few ideas for reincarnating the handmade orbs. “Cut up the set and place outside for birds to use for making nests,” she suggests.
This slick, powder-coated gardening tool is part of Green Theory’s LO line—which stands for “leftover”—and we have to give props for this creative, stylish reimagining of what would otherwise be scrap aluminum from GT’s collection of planters, screens and site furnishings.
Candles and Standles by RellowHand-poured soy wax candles get a lift from custom rustic pine stands. From $15, rellowcandleco.com
Hycroft Chair by Solo by Allan SwitzerA lifetime spent in the luxury furniture business sparked a passion in Switzer for sustainable materials and craftsmanship that can last a lifetime. $5,590, solobyallanswitzer.com
Thea Wood Farmhouse Bench by Timber and YarnSturdy, sustainable and polished to a subtle sheen, this bench is rustic-chic done right. $316, timberandyarnco.com
Zen Soy Candle by Vela Candle BarTwo cousins designed this candle line to capture their favourite scent memories—like drinking jasmine green tea with their grandparents. $25, velacandlebar.com