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The Stripe Sofa is upholstered in 90-per-cent cotton velvet (removable, of course) with powder-coated steel legs.

First, they launched design label Periphere. Then, they opened the retail branch Domison. Now, Montreal siblings My and Thien Ta Trung are going online with Élément de base, a furniture company offering high-quality, local design with affordable – think big-box store – prices. "Basically, as Canadian designers, we find that there aren't a lot of Canadian and local offerings," Thien says. "And when you have a local brand, prices tend to be on the upper end." All the pieces are made to last, such as removable slipcovers, modular tabletops and multifunction decor items. The Stripe Sofa, for example, is upholstered in 90-per-cent cotton velvet (removable, of course) with powder-coated steel legs. "It was inspired by our trip to Berlin. It exudes a certain early-20th-century feel, but with a modern twist," Thien says. Élément de base's online shop launches in a day or two, while a physical space in Montreal offers the hands-on experience. From $1,395, elementdebase.com

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