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When budding Vancouver design star Christian Woo was recently named "one to watch" by Western Living magazine, judge Martha Sturdy told the publication that, "to achieve perfection, as Christan has, requires perfect design. You cannot hide mistakes."

A prime example: Woo's new Covert line of sleek, low end tables, cabinets and sideboards. Unveiled at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, the precisely crafted pieces are made of sustainably harvested hardwoods finished with hand-rubbed oils. Thin bands of colour, such as the chartreuse shown here, offer discreet impact.

Label-wise, Covert refers to the hidden pulls and seamlessly joined drawers that mark the line. Woo's talent, by contrast, is very much out in the open.

2.0 table ($2,550) and 4.0 sideboard ($5,500) through www.christianwoo.com, Hollace Cluny in Toronto ( www.hollacecluny.ca) and Provide in Vancouver ( www.providehome.com).