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Small-batch foodstuffs – whisky, coffee, ice cream – owe their distinct, deep flavours to a high degree of selectivity. Only the best ingredients are used, which explains the limited quantities (and, often, premium prices).

Small-batch furniture works the same way. Toronto designer Peter Coolican is a proponent; he handcrafts each piece in tiny production runs with carefully selected, locally sourced materials and organic, VOC-free finishes.

His Emerson candlesticks, for example, are made a few dozen at a time (and tend to sell out quickly). Each one is composed of beautifully grained Niagara black walnut, which is inset with shimmery, hand-cast brass handles. The jewel-like assemblage then pops when placed on the stark, white saucer, which is made from cast gypsum. It's all a homage to the traditional, old-school candlestick, but the care in construction ensures these pieces will endure for a long time to come.

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