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Organic chemistry

Pieces from the collaboration between Nienkamper furniture and Yabu Pushelberg.Handout

A new collaboration between Nienkamper furniture and Yabu Pushelberg has the two Canadian design giants teaming up on a selection of furniture. The Rowan Lounge Collection of seating includes lounge chairs and sofas that embody the signature Yabu Pushelberg aesthetic through fluid, organic curves and clean silhouettes, while the accompanying tables – a collection of conference, coffee and side options – are meant to bring warmth and character to personal and professional spaces. Available through the Klaus Toronto showroom, Rowan’s design philosophy stems from an exploration of the notions of power and presence, and the result is pieces that are soft and inviting.

Klaus, 296 King St. E., Toronto, 416-362-3434, klausn.com.

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Cool hues

Fors Studio stone-washed table linen collection.Handout

Updating your home for the new season is simple if you focus on swapping in winter-ready textiles featuring cool grey and blue tones. For the end of your bed, Au Lit Fine Linens (aulitfinelinens.com) stocks Lands Downunder throws from Italy in navy buffalo check or icy herringbone weaves. For the bath, the brand One Wednesday (onewednesdayshop.com) is a new addition to Holt Renfrew’s Holts Sustainable Edit and offers handmade waffle-knit cotton towels with fringed hems in a serene pearl grey. The Toronto-based housewares brand Fors Studio (forsstudio.com) recently introduced a stone-washed table linen collection, pictured here. The set of runners and napkins are available in an irresistible slate tone.

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Design boss

Will Sorrell.Handout

The Interior Design Show (interiordesignshow.com) will return to Toronto from Jan. 19 to 23 under the stewardship of Will Sorrell, the event’s new national director. He brings two decades of industry experience to the organization including overseeing the London Design Biennale and the designjunction show. “Supporting local design is paramount – and the whole point of the show – but creativity feeds off new ideas, and learning what is going on around the world, through comparison or even competition, will only make local designers better,” he says. The theme for this year’s IDS Toronto is “Moving Parts,” which will examine how design practice and products have changed through exhibitions, product launches, installations and experiences, including platforms for emerging designers. “During the pandemic, everyone spent a lot of time in their homes, which forced them to reassess the design of their surroundings,” Sorrell says. “This has resulted in renewed investment in the quality of furniture and lighting, creating distinct workplaces and investing in outdoor spaces, for those lucky enough to have them.” To help quench that thirst for design, this year’s edition sees the introduction of the District, a designer marketplace where visitors can shop the show.

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Ring around

Wreath made by Japanese flower artist Megumi Shinozaki for her collection Edenworks and available through ssense.com.Handout

A wreath adds a touch of greenery and a warm welcome to your front door during the depths of winter. While many door decorators like to take a festive approach tailored to holiday entertaining, eschewing classically Christmas-y wreathes in favour of unconventional foliage means you can keep your entranceway accent hanging until spring. The wild arrangement seen here is made by Japanese flower artist Megumi Shinozaki for her collection Edenworks and available through ssense.com. The petite scheme features dried blooms that bring an unexpected pop of colour to your entryway. For those with a crafty bent, spending an afternoon creating your own fresh wreath is a meditative, creative endeavour and plenty of floral studios across the country offer workshops to help get you started.

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New direction

Porcelain vase from Ginori 1735 and Off-White.

Unveiled this past June at Salone del Mobile in Milan, the second instalment of the ongoing collaboration between Ginori 1735 and fashion label Off-White sees the two luxury houses remix a selection of pieces from the Florentine company’s archives. The four white porcelain items in the 2022 drop include an ashtray, a lidded box and two vases, one cylindrical in shape and the other, a cachepot style, seen here. Each has been embellished with Off-White’s signature ivy arrows, stylish details that were handcrafted and manually attached by master artisans, giving one-of-a-kind status to these covetable objets.

Off-White C/O Ginori 1735 Porcelain Vase Cachepot Ivy Arrow, US$792 through ginori1735.com.