‘Tis The Season (for cool stuff!)
The holiday season is upon us, and naturally you are plumb out of gift ideas! To get you out of that jam, we hare at Canadian Interiors collected a bevy of cool gift ideas for the design-aesthete on your list.
For the Stylish Munchkin
It’s never a bad idea to instill good taste in children while they’re still young! Artifort has reissued several iconic Pierre Paulin designs in undeniably adorable “junior” versions. The Orange Slice Junior and Mushroom Junior are both available through M2L.
For the Gourmand
Treat the food- and drink-lover in your life to the luxurious UFO Personal Sake Set from by May Zhao for Spin Ceramics.
For the World Traveler
Robert Allen’s new Ming Dragon design brings an exotic flair to any interior. Pillows in this playful print, available through DwellStudio, are available in three on-trend colours.
For the Romantic
Leave it to a Frenchman to incorporate a candle holder into his bathroom collection to really set the mood. Designer Jean-Marie Massaud‘s bath line for Axor includes an exquisite white porcelain tea light holder. With its organic, curvy silhouette and Zen design, the accessory adds warmth to the bath area and just the right amount of romance.
For the Night Owl
Not that we like to encourage the workaholics in our lives, but if they insist on staying up all night, their workspace should at least be well-lit! Originally designed in 1975, the industrial-chic Daphine desk lamp from Lumina Italia is now outfitted with a dimmable LED that offers bright, white light for over 50,000 hours.
For extras in a Fellini film
Mozie Bicycles is a creator of vintage European-style bicycles with a modern twist. The Stella (pictured), part of the Mode collection, is equipped with rear roller-disk brakes, an easy-to-maintain modern Shimano internal gearing system, and saddles and grips made of genuine Australian leather, handpicked from the Buck & Wing collection. www.moziebicycles.com
For the Scholastic-type
The Ronzino, designed by Giancarlo Cutello for Formabilio, is a clever little stool with a lateral side for books and various objects, tea tray or notebook. By removing the seat cushion, Ronzino turns into a practical and handy coffee table. www.formabilio.com
For the Irreverent in all of us
We couldn’t help but put another lovable stool by Formabilio on the list. Cora, by Manrico Freda, is not a simple pouf, but a half-shorn sheep. Extremely soft and cozy with its four legs coming out from the felt top, it grazes on your living room, sleeps next to your bed or turns up at the house entrance.
For the Art Lover (or hater)
A visually rich retrospective, Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first monograph to provide a comprehensive overview of the bestselling author, designer and artist’s visual art practice. The book features specially commissioned texts by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Chuck Klosterman, and REM frontman Michael Stipe amongst others. An exhibition by the same name ran first at the Vancouver Art Gallery in September, and will continue touring to MOCCA, Toronto, and the Royal Ontario Museum into 2015. www.blackdogonline.com
For the Host with the Most
Reiko Kaneko’s Rin Collection earned the designer the gold award for Best Tableware or Cookware at the House Beautiful Awards 2014 earlier this year in London. The tableware takes its name from a brass Japanese alter bowl that when struck gives a lovely resonance. When you tap the Rin bowls or cups on a soft surface with a spoon, you get the fine bone china equivalent to this sound. www.reikokaneko.co.uk
For the Health Nut
The multipurpose Strauss WaterBars water dispensers accent any kitchen or workspace. Hooked up to the main water line, the small appliance delivers an unlimited supply of purified, chilled, boiling or room temperature water. The T7 model (shown) has a tank capacity of 1.6 litres, 40 cups per hour. www.strauss-water.ca
For the Armchair Goalie
A contrast of seasonal influences, SummerSkates sandals use hockey skate laces as the band that holds the sandal on your foot. Available in a durable rubber sole and a variety of seven lace colors for the band, SummerSkates are also fully customizable so you can show your team brand off the ice. www.summerskates.com
For the Gourmand (again)
The new Vita
mix S30 is a sleek, compact blender that allows users to easily create smaller batches and individual servings and streamlines everyday kitchen tasks. a powerful 790-watt motor drives signature laser-cut, stainless-steel blades that make quick work of even tough ingredients. www.vitamix.ca
For the Holiday Lover
With trends that indicate a return to simplified holiday themes, home improvement giant RONA Home & Garden has three new lines of holiday decorations. The Wood Lodge (tea light pictured), Winter Wonderland and Vintage Collections embody a shift towards more tranquil designs. www.rona.ca