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Provide Just Opened a Second Location in the Armoury District

The new store, Provide Design Gallery, spotlights local furniture design alongside international makers.

The local go-to source for luxury home accessories has just opened a second store—and this time, they’re scaling up. Just around the corner from the original Provide, Provide Design Gallery spotlights local furniture designers’ work—with many of the lines exclusive collaborations with Provide—alongside international pieces.

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Credit: Ema Peter // A white resin table from Studio Sturdy sits in the background; lighting from Matthew McCormick is overhead. Béton Brut chairs and a Drum stool from Brent Comber sit under a sculptural wall piece from Origins.

Local lines include bold resin furniture pieces from Studio Sturdy, including coffee tables, consoles, oversized dining tables and stools. The striking sculptural piece in the window was designed by Brent Comber, who also dreamed up the LED backlit bent-wood installation (which can be custom ordered). His Drum collection is featured throughout, along with newer designs like his Béton Brut chairs.

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Credit: Ema Peter //  The Provide Series dining table, a collaboration with Lock and Mortice, was the inspiration point for creating the furniture-oriented store. A striking backlit sculpture from Brent Comber was designed for the back wall.

The new space also gives owner David Keeler more elbow room for the Provide Series, a collaboration with Lock and Mortice. The original dining room table is now complemented with a new day bed, sofa, shelving unit and bedroom collection. In fact, it was the first piece from the collection—that stunning dining table—that planted the seed to open this shop. “When we developed this collection with Lock and Mortice, I really wanted to get into more furniture, but the space over there wasn’t large enough,” says Keeler. “I wanted to have more of a specialized space, where you’d have a living room, dining area, bedroom. This really gets people to be able to see these pieces in their homes.”

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Credit: Ema Peter // The shelving unit in the background is a collaboration with Ben Barber; the bed is new release, part of the Provide Series with Lock and Mortice.

He’s also collaborated with local designer Ben Barber on another bespoke shelving unit, as well as the textured Profile coffee table with Origins. And the space spotlights even more local talent: Hinterland, Julian Pelletier, Matthew McCormick and more are featured throughout.

Keeler worked with interior designer Robert Bailey to design the store itself, a moodier, quieter space than Provide’s accessories store. Black-painted beams overhead give the space a quiet depth; linen curtains from Cloth Studio line the back wall. The gallery-like space is also designed to allow for comfortable space for designers to meet with clients.

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Credit: Ema Peter // Chairs from Hinterland sit in the foreground; a new shelving unit from the Provide Series lines the wall.

Besides the local goods, Keeler has curated works from around the world. New York-based Ben and Aja Blanc’s designs are art-like in their construction: coloured, curved mirrors paired with organic materials like horsehair and hand-spun silk fibres. Ceramics, sculpture, artwork and linens from Arno Declercq, Caroline Blackburn, Seth Christou, Bzippy, Madda Studio, Totum and Mad et Len are carefully placed throughout.

The shop is designed to celebrate home and away. “It’s how people live, bridging the world between local and international design,” says Keeler.

Provide Design Gallery, #101 – 1625 West 2nd Avenue 

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Credit: Ema Peter // Ben and Aja Blanc’s designs are art-like in their construction: coloured, curved mirrors paired with organic materials like horsehair.