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Introducing our 2016 Designers of the Year: the innovators, creators and dreamers who are making the West a beautiful and thought-provoking place to live.

94 // The Finalists

We were blown away by the quality of entries this year that came in from all across Western Canada—this short list spotlights the cream of the crop.

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FOOD 98 // Bites

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100 // A Room of One’s Own

Victoria ceramicist Amanda Paddock gets creative with clay.

Space-age lighting, a pretty-in-pink armchair, art deco travel prints and more.


35 // Openings

A Yaletown shop with some serious design history, and four more great new stores.

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Kelly Deck designs a chic office space with custom storage you’ll be swooning over.

40 // Sofas We Love

Seating options that are strong and simple, shapely and spare, sophisticated and sultry.

WL DESIGN WEEK 44 // Dressed for Dinner

Spot the design stars creating table magic at Dinner by Design.

49 // Bold and Beautiful

Inside a Calgary home with a hit of natural warmth on the Modern Home Tour.

52 // Play Date

This year’s Interior Design Show Vancouver spotlights playful pieces we love. 1 6 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 /

The secret to perfect mashed potatoes and Earls’ foray into the boutique dining scene.

Pilgrimme is worth the trip to the remote(ish) island it’s located on—and we’ve got the recipes to prove it.

TRAVEL 116 // Wanderlist

Where to eat in paradise: we count down the best restaurants in Maui.

118 // 48 Hours on the

Northern Sunshine Coast

A couple of ferry rides will get you to the last unspoiled stretch of the Sunshine Coast.

120 // Going Dutch

For a design lover, the Netherlands might just be the happiest place on earth. And we’ve got the ideal itinerary right here, with three cities and infinite inspiration.

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130 // Trade Secrets

How to design a basement that doesn’t look like a basement.

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam: Ossip van Duivenbode; Dinner by Design: Lucas Finlay; Pilgrimme: Evaan Kheraj


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A s ur Sot N�, 87 Growing up in a rural QuÊbÊcois town has its perks—accents, charisma, gorgeous scenery of lakes and car sheds—but the food scene can sometimes be lacking. My family and I used to drive nine hours east to GaspÊ to enjoy Quebec’s playground and taste amazing seafood. I still try to go whenever I’m back home.

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We hold great design close to our hearts here at Western Living—every issue shines a spotlight on progressive design in Western Canada, from beautiful homes to great new design-forward vacation spots to bold new restaurants. (Speaking of which, don’t miss our spotlight on Pilgrimme on page 100: the seato-table restaurant on tiny Galiano Island shared a few of their more, let’s say, challenging recipes with us this month. Daring cooks, this is your chance to shine!) But, for me, this issue is always a particular favourite. This is the ninth year of Western Living’s Designers of the Year awards: a year-long process that pairs up international judging panels (this year’s starstudded committees include design phenom Kelly Wearstler, furniture guru Antoine Roset and the always-fab Jonathan Adler) with the most talented designers in Western Canada. From hundreds of entries, just eight are chosen to be our Designers of the Year in their category—architecture, interiors, furniture, industrial, fashion and, new this year, the maker category—along with two emerging honourees in both architecture and interiors. The maker category is long overdue, and it’s the product of enthusiastic lobbying from some talented people in the industry. It’s a chance to highlight the now-booming culture of potters, ceramicists, leatherworkers and fibre artists who, until now, have fit like square pegs within the definitions of our traditional categories. This year’s inaugural winner, Cathy Terepocki, holds the maker torch well: you’ll find (and love) her whimsical designs on page 91. The day this issue lands on doorsteps and online at is always a buzzy one. If there’s one thing that unites the Western Canadian design community, it’s their support of one another, and I love seeing fellow designers cheer for their winning colleagues as soon as the awards are announced. You can take part, too: join in on the conversation on our website and on social media with the hashtag #wldoty, and tell us about your favourites.

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FOODIE EVENT OF THE YEAR DULY QUOTED “When I’m out in the world, if I see a shape or pattern or piece of fabric that catches my eye, I put it into my arsenal, even if there’s no specific project in mind,” says designer Peter Wilds. “And then I just wait.”

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Interior designer Karin Bohn fills us in on the hot tropic trend and shows us how to get the look at home.

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Beach Bay Café chef Michael Winning won us over with this fresh and savoury radish medley.

Foodie Road Trip Through Sonoma

Contributing editor Julie Van Rosendaal takes us on a dining adventure through Sonoma County, California.

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“When I first started working with Morgan clay, my hands bled,” laughs Amanda Paddock, a Victoria-based ceramicist who has since developed some serious calluses in the process of crafting her collection of handmade tumblers, vases and pots. “It’s almost like massaging sandpaper.” Once fired, though, the clay takes on the look of heavy terracotta, its speckling visible through Paddock’s milky glazes or left exposed in geometric shapes and dot patterns. “I’m always inspired by where I live, the mountains, the ocean, the forest, the coastal landscapes, shapes and patterns in the world around me,” she says. “Having that feeling of calm is so important when I’m trying to make something that takes patience.” Up next: macramé hanging planters inspired by her mother’s own crafting and a line of new cups and mugs featuring the illustrations of artist Cate Webb.“—Rosemary Poole / S E P T E M B E R

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Anicka’s Pick Mud Australia Water Jug $149, available at Provide, Made from Limoges porcelain, these gorgeous handmade water jugs appeal to the tactile among us: the stone-like surface becomes smooth over time as it's handled. (One more reason to feature it on the dinner table.)

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Take Your Place These art deco prints ($299 each) of architectural icons from around the world (Berlin, Paris and London, to name a few of the feature cities) celebrate the love of both travel and design in one fell swoop. BoConcept, Vancouver,

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Star Power Three separate spotlights give the Trio Floor lamp by Elite Living ($1,350) ample flexibility for setting the mood and focusing in. L’Atelier Home, Vancouver,

Space Age Foscarini’s White Noise suspension lamp ($3,907) is out of this world, shaped like a flying saucer and handsprayed on the underside with a dramatic interstellar graphic. Gabriel Ross, Victoria,; Livingspace, Vancouver,

The Right Stripe This House Doctor striped bench ($825) rests on teak legs, making it the ideal blend of nautical cool and mid-century chic. Fullhouse Modern, Vancouver,

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Every Rose A dusty rose hue gives a feminine touch to the natural bull leather and oak wood Ox Denmarq Rama chair ($2,895). Fullhouse Modern, Vancouver,


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Hot new rooms we love VANCOUVER Suquet Interiors In the ’80s, a couple from Spain—Ramon Masana and Georgina Tapia, both architects—rescued a series of 18th-century building facades from a post-earthquake Mexico. Under the name Suquet, the two started making casts of the designs for Vancouver clients (they’re responsible for the dramatic entryway to South Granville’s Boboli shop) and collecting and dealing other treasures they discovered on their travels. Today, the brand’s been reinvigorated by their son, Ramon Masana Tapia, and Urban Barn co-founder Rick Bohonis as an interiors shop that reaches beyond mantels and casts, featuring furniture and personal accessories alongside locally sourced modern art—but the ethos of exploration and discovery remains. You’ll find weekender bags, leather camp-style chairs from Texas and made-in-Vancouver coffee tables.

VANCOUVER Örling and Wu The new shop in South Granville is half the size of its sister location in Gastown and designed with a minimalistic Scandinavian look in mind, but it's still stocked with globally sourced pieces: string furniture from Sweden, Ikeuchi towels from Japan, Void watches from Hong Kong and Tealeaves tea from Vancouver.

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VICTORIA Lore General Store This sliver of a shop opened quietly this spring, stocking vintage finds (discovered wall textiles, wicker chairs) and spare home goods by local suppliers (like Marita Manson ceramics, Libertine Fragrance and Hold and Carry totes), and hosting community-minded crafting workshops regularly —weaving night, anyone?

CALGARY Shear Luxury Find chunky sweaters and drapey scarves perfect for rocking an effortlessly chic horseback-riding-on-themoors look, all made from ultra-luxe materials (including the rare vicuña fibre, sheared from a South American camel). Shop owner Claudia Wierzba handcrafts many of the designs herself.

EDMONTON The Prints and the Paper Though the main focus here is stationery and print goodies (you’ll find silkscreened prints of graphic band posters and vintage children’s book covers stocked alongside charming letterpress cards), there’s variety to be found in this 124th Street shop, with colourful patterned mugs, tote bags and printed pillows, too. face






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A made-to-order office space gets a generous dose of style. It’s an unfortunate fact of office life: style often suffers for the sake of storage. So when one Vancouver family asked interior designer Kelly Deck to redesign their home workspace, she knew that function was as crucial as the finishes. Glimmering gold hardware and quirky desktop accessories warm up a soft grey palette, while sleek wraparound cabinets instill order into the once-haphazard space. This creates just enough room for two workstations—one for mom, one for the kids—and a plush velvet armchair for reading. The star, of course, is the funky Sputnik chandelier and graphic wallpaper-lined ceiling—a bold design choice that paid off in grand style. “It makes the room feel more energetic,” says Deck. “It would be a lot quieter without it.”

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ransforming our 1973 arched ‘A’ frame cabin into a contemporary west coast family home was a steep challenge — almost as steep as our cabin’s roof. One of the most challenging elements we had to navigate was our home’s lighting. The main space connects the kitchen, living room, and dining room in one large, open-concept area. It has twelve-foot ceilings and large fir beams. Picture an upside-down boat in your mind’s eye and you’ll start to understand how lighting the large space became problematic. There is a shallow cavity between the cedar outer wall and the interior drywall, so recessed lighting was out of the question. We also knew there would be no art that could be hung on these curved walls: the lighting had to be both functional and ambient. But how? Cue the resourceful staff at Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre. We approached them with our challenges and left the showroom with answers. After an extensive consultation, a steady stream of options trickled in. The first fixture found its place in our living room. The Aerial Chandelier from Currey and Company now hangs from the twelve-foot high central beam. Comprised of three large cubes, hinged from different angles, the fixture gives an eye-catching and sophisticated flare to the room. Because of it’s inherent white-space, our view of the ocean remains unobstructed, which is key, as our expansive view of Howe Sound is our most “West Coast” feature.

Next up, the kitchen island — an area that we huddle around evening after evening. We chose three Signal pendants from LBL Lighting, fixtures that are simple and practical and enhance the Scandinavian feel of our kitchen. The most difficult fixture to decide on was the one that now hangs over our dining room table. In order for the light to be centered, it would need to hang from the end of one fir cross-beam and light an 80” table. We spent countless hours researching the perfect addition to our space, but with no luck. However, when Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre took on the challenge, they introduced us to the Adanac Light of Propellor Light Company, a local Vancouver lighting manufacturer. The fixture suits our space perfectly — a clean, modular design that focuses on the beauty of natural wood in flawless balance with this room. Navigating the hundreds of lighting manufacturers and understanding the dynamics of different lights is a full-time job — one that Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre happily takes on. Lighting is an element that serves both style and function. Choosing fixtures is an opportunity to personalize your space and set a tone for your home. The impact that lighting has on a home is challenging to measure. When light is insufficient or off, it affects the atmosphere and mood of the space. However, when done right it can make your home shine (pun intended).

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Strong and simple, shapely and spare, sophisticated and sultry—these sofas are more than mere seating. Shape Shifter

Calligaris’s new modular sofa, Kora (price on request), includes a side platform open to interpretation: end table, display space or perhaps even a stage of sorts...your move.

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The barrel-back Melrose sofa ($11,130) by Kelly Wearstler (who’s also a judge for our 2016 Designers of the Year awards) is nubby in its finish, with subtle curves and a soft hue, yet makes a strong footprint and bold statement that’s both feminine and masculine.


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The Logan sofa ($1,998) from Muse and Merchant has the vintage edge of walnut wood and mid-century design paired with some very now tailoring in soft grey.

The casual-but-sophisticated Beam sofa ($6,725).



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“Hands down, we love the new Beam sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina. It was one of our favourite pieces that we saw in Milan this year at the Salone del Mobile. We’re seeing a really strong direction in furniture that looks casual and comfortable but still feels sophisticated because it has impeccable detailing and construction.�

Das Ist Gut New to Western Canada, the German design house of Rolf Benz melds form and multifunction in the Plura sofa ($27,000)—adjust according to mood.

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Handmade of Italian leather yet with movable armrests, the Aida sofa ($6,400) by Cierre Imbottiti lets you sit regally or lounge like, well, the operatic princess Aida.

Button-tufted textured leather and reclaimed wood join forces in the embrace-like curve of the classic yet contemporary Ohm sofa by Modeo ($3,999).

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Texture and shine take center stage, with jewel-like accents amping up the glamour. Now more than ever, vintage shapes executed in modern materials look new and fresh. Velvets, linens, and leathers provide the all-important contrast of matte and gloss for a sophisticated overall look.

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Bold patterns and shapes executed in a brighter palette are anything but staid. The look is eclectic, with artisanal patterns and geometric shapes clashing—in a good way. Black and white temper the riot of colors and help anchor the space.

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DRESSED FOR DINNER Dinner by Design is back, and with it the chance to spot designers creating a little magic at the dinner table—and to bring that style home. by LUCY LAU // photographs by LUCAS FINLAY

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inner by Design returns to Vancouver on September 15 and 16, and this time it spans two full floors at the Harbour Event Centre. Presented by the Social Concierge—with partial proceeds benefiting local art and design students—the event will see 15 designers, including newcomers Tina Dhillon, Christine Kardum and Rachelle Chambers, crafting a fully immersive tablescape or custom bar setting from a room no larger than 144 square feet. The spaces play host to a cocktail party and multicourse dinner before some are whisked away to IDS Vancouver, where they’ll join four other never-before-seen tablescapes on display from September 22 to 25. As we count down to this fall’s celebration, here’s a taste of one of last year’s standout showcases.

Hamptons Holiday An all-American getaway awaits in this collaborative tablescape from designers Karla Amadatsu and Stephanie Giesbrecht. From the preppy blue-and-white palette and lush foliage to the upholstered banquette and crystal chandelier, the laid-back space exudes a summerin-the-Hamptons vibe through and through.

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Break up wallpaper To keep bold wallpaper from overwhelming a room, apply the print in small hits. Here, crisp white panelling—a classic Hamptons element—offers a tidy guide for trellis wallpaper.

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Think au naturel Pair elegant dinnerware with more relaxed pieces, like faux bamboo chairs, woven chargers and vintage milk-glass planters. The look is sophisticated without being stuffy. Embrace the table skirt When done wrong, table skirts can scream corporate catering. But Amadatsu and Giesbrecht’s choice of a banded linen iteration works. “It’s a little bit of a throwback, but we did it in a really tailored way,” says Amadatsu.

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The annual Modern Home Tour gets a brand-new name—the Modern Architecture and Design Society Home Tour—along with a new edition in Calgary that includes this modern gem.

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One of the signature elements of this Calgary home is the board-formed concrete “spine” that runs from indoors to out, seen here in the kitchen, stairwell and living spaces. Wood pressed into the concrete leaves an impression of the grain.

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When Jenny Hassenbach and Hugh MacDonald of Newgrowth Fine Homes decided to build modern for their dream home on Toronto Crescent in Calgary, they first did a bit of a test run. The couple had always lived in Craftsmanstyle homes, but they were ready to try something new after building several modern showstoppers for clients. But before they went all in, they built a duplex and lived in one half of it. “We used it as a test case to try out some of the things we’d do in Toronto Crescent,” says MacDonald. The full-sized home they now live in (which will be featured on this year’s Modern Architecture and Design Society Home Tour) takes plenty of inspiration from that initial mini-design. The kitchen, for example, with its oversized island and white-lacquered cabinets, is almost identical to the one in the duplex, with a few tweaks. “We didn’t know if we’d like white on white with dark floors,” says MacDonald. “But we really did, save for a few changes. Where we had walnut floors in the duplex, we went with oak stained dark in this home. Same look, but much more durable.” The couple partnered with Marvin DeJong of DeJong Design Associates, whom they’d worked with on other

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projects, to design the home. “He had great ideas on how to maximize the advantages of the lot,” says Hassenbach. “Every bedroom had a view, for example—and we don’t need air conditioning, because we get great cross breezes.” Perhaps the most stunning element in the home came from DeJong: a board-formed concrete wall that acts as a spine throughout the home, travelling from indoors to out and separating the public and the private spaces. The process was painstaking: MacDonald trucked in the wood for the forms himself, working with small mills from B.C. and Alberta. “Concrete’s a modern material, but it can be cold,” says MacDonald. “By using the board form, the lumber is rough when it’s cut, so you can see the wood grain in the concrete. It really gives it a warmer feel.” Tour this home and five others on the self-guided MADS Home Tours, which run in both Calgary (September 24) and Vancouver (September 17) as part of Western Living Design Week. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, with proceeds supporting design students in each city. More info at

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Flower Power

IDS Vancouver,* the annual show for designophiles and trendspotters, is also where you’ll spot these great new designs: think playful shapes, quirky finishes and always-modern design.

Hand-blown and custommade, the frosted angular Rose Vessels flowerpots (from $440) by New Yorkbased Egg Collective might just outshine the flowers they’re made to hold.

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Game of Thrones

Lana Betty’s Globe rings ($65) are made of raw steel, but the bold geometric forms are pure polished design.

Handcrafted in East Vancouver from a single piece of B.C.-sourced wood, Shipway Design’s Ostra stool ($980) lengthens the tree’s story and brings a trace of West Coast forestry into your home.

Pattern Fever

The eco oak Poppies cabinet doors ($326) from Semihandmade attach to Ikea vanities, turning off-theshelf objects into one-of-akind statement pieces.

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Gorgeous and practical? Sign us up. The Baxter ($55) by Most Modest is organization at its prime. Leave it on your bedside table and you’ve got yourself a little storage area for valuables and a stylish cot for your iPhone.

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The impressive Bell Jar vase ($319) by Ontwerpduo acts as a treasure holder for your cutest possession, too—a single piece of glass doing double duty.

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Western Living’s Design Week kicks off with our annual Designers of the Year Awards. This competition celebrates the best new designs in Architecture, Interiors, Furniture, Fashion, Industrial and Maker in Western Canada, as judged by an international panel of the World’s foremost designers and architects. (Invite only event).


Design enthusiasts have a singular opportunity to come and experience Dinner by Design, admire the tablescapes, spot their next personal inspiration and enjoy an inspiring atmosphere.

DINNER BY DESIGN GALA DINNER Cocktails and table hopping are followed by an elegant seated VIP dinner with each of the multiple courses perfectly paired by a beautiful wine and musical accompaniment.


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celebrated designers and local talent to create threedimension dining installations that awe, inspire and delight. These extraordinary dining environments— from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical – set the stage for two days of fun and fascination.

4TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER MODERN HOME TOUR Modern Home Tours has become the Modern Architecture + Design Society (MADSociety) - a new multi-media property that will not only expand their home tour offerings but will create a vibrant, global community of modern architecture and design enthusiasts. • Take a self-guided tour of several of Vancouver’s coolest modern homes at the 4th Annual Vancouver Modern Architecture + Design Society Home Tour, which will feature five to seven amazing residential works of art, created by some of Vancouver’s best architects and designers.




and is expected to draw 36,000 attendees this year, including 7,000-plus interior designers, architects, builders, developers and other trade professionals. At IDS Vancouver, previously IDSwest, there will also be opportunities to hear from some of the design world’s most notable and talented personalities and connect with a long list of world-class designers that either call Vancouver home, or call on Vancouver for inspiration.

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IDS Vancouver in true style. The Party on Opening Night, presented by Inform Interiors and Intracorp, is an opportunity to explore features, entertainment and exhibits. All exhibits will be open for business and the wine will be flowing! Enjoy a night celebrating Vancouver’s exceptionally talented design industry at IDS Vancouver 2016. Be one of the first 2500 people through the doors to receive The Party Loot Bag; a custom designed canvas tote exclusive to IDS Vancouver 2016.


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renowned industrial designer Tom Dixon will be a key presence at the 12th annual design fair. Presented by Caesarstone and Inform Interiors, Dixon will take the Caesarstone Stage as keynote speaker during the Azure Trade Talks on Friday September 23 at 1pm. Dixon will also headline the IDS Vancouver central feature, exhibiting his Caesarstone Fire Kitchen on the show floor, and Inform Interiors will present a Tom Dixon pop-up shop to sell newly-launched accessories and designs.




Stage, presented by Western Living, on Saturday, September 24. Known for a bright, whimsically contemporary style that incorporates vintage and antique pieces, she is sure to be a star attraction at IDS Vancouver, the pacific platform for all things design.



SPEND A LAZY SUNDAY at IDS Vancouver perusing over 200 unique and inspiring exhibits. Design aficionados will be inspired by luxurious contemporary furnishings, fixtures, décor and much more.

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DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR 2016 From the architect who pours the foundation himself, to the dress designer who’s influencing international wedding style, to the ceramicist who pairs nostalgia with modernist design, this year’s Designers of the Year are at the forefront of our dynamic design scene. You’re going to want to get to know them.

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The Mainstay

Douglas Cridland may have been defining the Calgary design scene for four decades, but he maintains a secure spot on the cutting edge. B Y J A C Q U I E M O O R E // P O R T R A I T B Y N AT H A N E L S O N

To most visitors, the phrase “southwest corner of Alberta” will likely generate a few standard word assocations—with wind turbines and cattle usually mentioned first and second, respectively. “Beauty,” “elegance” and “Douglas Cridland” aren’t likely to make the top 20. Yet the geography around Pincher Creek, where our Interior Designer of the Year was born, provides enduring inspiration for his now-iconic palette. Cridland tried his damnedest to leave Alberta. He went to school in Utah (three semesters at BYU, one at Weber State) but wound up back in Calgary. Over the years he applied for, and was offered, design gigs in Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria and elsewhere, but “something about the Prairies always held me here,” he says. Nearly four decades into a robust interior-design career in Calgary, Cridland describes that “something” as—on an emotional level—“an energy, a particular beauty” and “an open, non-judgmental” vibe he hasn’t felt anywhere else. Professionally speaking, it’s about the vastness, the light on the Prairies: qualities that have informed his 5 8 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

Artful Composition Cridland’s own downtown Calgary condo is the perfect example of his work: moody and masculine, but with plenty of warmth and luxury. It’s a space thoughtfully designed to showcase his extensive art collection—not overly flashy, but still a showstopper.

“Wherever I go,” says Interior Designer of the Year Douglas Cridland, “I’m always considering the question, ‘why is something successful?’ not ‘why is it of the moment?’”

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classic—it’s lush, full and deep in detail,” says Lavoie, a long-time admirer. “Doug should win ‘Designer of the Decade’ for his entire body of work.” California designer and judge Kelly Wearstler was likewise impressed by the consistent excellence of Cridland’s portfolio: “The execution is impeccable.” Cridland is self-deprecating about the win and his longevity. “I guess my run has been good,” he says when pressed. “Maybe it’s because I give people a classic look that has legs to it.” Thinking further, he adds: “Wherever I go, I’m always considering the question, ‘why is something successful?’ not ‘why is it of the moment?’”

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signature rich, earthy tones and infinite depth of detail. Between 1979 and 2014, Cridland developed his inimitable style by eschewing trends and, instead, masterfully and unpredictably blending his clients’ artwork and sentimental furniture with elements from other eras, from contemporary to mid-century modern (a period for which Cridland professes a hugely comfortable attachment—“Those are my roots,” he says) to traditional. Invariably, underneath all his signature layers are strong, classic lines. Judge and interior designer Paul Lavoie gave Cridland high marks for the timeless elegance of his work. “His style is enduring and

Smart Solutions A concrete wall in the living room (above) posed electrical challenges, but Cridland came up with a clever workaround: ceiling-mounted art lights and LED cove lighting, which provide a gallery-like feel. In the kitchen, the designer ditched the hood fan in favour of an existing air return vent in the ceiling (top right).

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Last year, Cridland expanded his firm—and renamed it Cridland Associates—to include a posse of young designers eager to learn Cridland-esque techniques, such as how to elegantly terminate a wood-panelled wall at a vaulted ceiling. But his team is also there to press forward with developing their own design eye under his supportive and demanding tutelage. Rather than step back, Cridland has leaned into and found inspiration in his team’s youthful enthusiasm. “They’re excited, and their excitement spurs me on. I’m such a visual person, and I still want to be able to share that.”

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Indeed, if you want in on the persistent chandelier-above-the-tub trend, well, Cridland will graciously deliver, but he’s unlikely to suggest it. And if you, like many contemporary-home owners in Calgary and elsewhere, want a stark white kitchen, Cridland’s probably not your man. “Lots of people associate me with dark, rich interiors—and, I admit, I do love them,” he says. “With the intensity of light we’ve got here, I find these sparkly white interiors kind of flat.” Rather, Cridland might panel the kitchen’s walls in wood, incorporate industrial concrete and stone, nix the oven hood to create expansiveness and punctuate the space with pops of colour in remarkable and functional ways.

One of the firm’s most recent collaborative projects was Cridland’s own downtown Calgary condo. The space embodies many of the designer’s signature moves: ceilings were raised two feet to take advantage of unused space, which was then fitted with tall wood millwork for extra storage and to gain dramatic vertical volume; a movable TV millwork-wall was built to add privacy and block sound to the den; concrete walls were installed for an industrial look; and a dark backdrop was created throughout to provide a dramatic canvas for Cridland’s collection of art and objects. It’s a rich, moody aesthetic, as timeless and unexpected as a Prairie sky. SEE SOURCES

A Fresh Start This flood-damaged home got a new life thanks to Cridland’s transformative reno. The kitchen’s industrial-chic concrete wall hides a full-height storage and wine room (above) while echoing the concrete fireplace in the living room (opposite). A grey-and-black palette makes the yellow B&B and Minotti pieces pop. / S E P T E M B E R

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Perspective Shift

The duo at Falken Reynolds Interiors had an unusual start to their careers— and their work is all the better for it. B Y B A R B S L I G L // P O R T R A I T B Y C A R LO R I C C I

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A cowboy and a cop: not your usual beginnings for these designers. Before they were Falken Reynolds Interiors, Chad Falkenberg rode the range and Kelly Reynolds patrolled the streets—until, on separate ends of the continent (Falkenberg in Texas and Reynolds in Vancouver), they each decided to go back to school for interior design in their early 30s. Now, 10 years later and just four years after becoming partners in work and life, they’re the winners of this year’s Robert Ledingham Memorial Award for emerging interior designers. “It was always there,” says Falkenberg—who recalls his affection for building with Lego as a kid—of the designer within. “We just took the long way there.” And those early careers just fuel their curiosity and creativity as designers today. “I think they give us a different perspective,” says Falkenberg of their circuitous paths to design. “There are so many different ways to do the same thing.” It’s likely part of what makes the duo’s work so “fresh and innovative,” says Calgary-based interior designer and judge Paul Lavoie, and

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“engaging and usable.” Function is always tied to fun for Falken Reynolds. “We step off the curb somewhere,” says Falkenberg, “and that little touch comes into our heads and says, ‘this is how it’s special; this is the one little thing we can add to make it more interesting.’” In a Scandinavian-inspired west side home in Vancouver, for example, a bold bleached-oak waterfall staircase is caressed by a lithe, black-steel-picket hand railing. The chunky wood stairs have solid risers so heavy and square that it was a challenge to add visual lightness. Using thinner rods (and more of them) made the staircase feel delicate, yet still sturdy. Judge, designer and global lifestyle brand head Kelly Wearstler particularly loved the design and describes the staircase as a “clever, simple execution of common architectural elements.” Wearstler also notes “a sense of delight and whimsy” throughout Falken Reynolds’s work, which “takes function very seriously without making it the point of the design.” It’s seen in a tiny yet statementmaking powder room in a Beatty Street loft in Vancouver. The room

Scandi Cool Designers Kelly Reynolds and Chad Falkenberg (above, left to right), photographed on the rooftop of the west side home they designed for a young family. The colour palette of the home is restricted to layers of whites and greys with black accents, the latter most striking in the staircase (far left) and the minimalist fireplace (centre).

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“We step off the curb somewhere,” says designer Chad Falkenberg, “and that little touch comes into our heads and says, ‘this is how it’s special; this is the one little thing we can add to make it more interesting.’”

is clad in wood, with Falken Reynolds using floorboards on the walls both for function (budget) and form (“It’s like being inside a gift box of wood,” says Falkenberg). Wearstler calls it “a soft statement that shows sophistication and poetic restraint.” Despite starting only four years ago, the duo has had a wide breadth of some 40 projects to their name, ranging in design from Craftsman to industrial modern. Each features clean lines, along with a no-fuss and casual West Coast feel, and a natural materials palette. And yet the pair draws from far beyond local inspiration, making a point of travelling every year to design shows in Milan and Paris. The two count many influences, from Zaha Hadid and the playful 6 6 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

“digital baroque” of Jaime Hayon to local interior designer, mentor and past Designers of the Year winner Robert Bailey—all of whom go far beyond utilitarian design. “Function definitely drives the beginning process, but it can’t be the end,” says Falkenberg. He recalls Vitruvius’s three-part design philosophy of firmitas, utilitas and venustas, or solidity, function and delight. “If we don’t enjoy it, what’s the point? That’s the essential balance of anything we do.” see sources

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All Together Now The design of this west side home revolves around family togetherness, with the kitchen’s work table island forming a central gathering place.

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View Finder Though the extensively renovated Kildonan house sits across the street from the Red River, it still has the feel of a riverside home, thanks to a cantilevered living space that creates gorgeous views of the water. Designer Clayton Salkeld removed interior walls to open up the space, and an ultrathin staircase features a glass banister for even more visual flow.

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Complete Package For Winnipeg’s Design-Built, the line between architect and builder, designer and craftsman, is beautifully blurred.

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#Designersthatbuild. That’s the hashtag that the Design-Built firm in Winnipeg uses on social media to underscore its philosophy. “We’re designers with tool belts,” says founder Clayton Salkeld. “There’s no disconnect between the ‘Design’ and ‘Built.’” This year’s Architecture winner is a firm that prides itself on handson work that goes well beyond the drafting table. Much of the team’s time is spent on the job site in dusty work clothes. And in that team of 19, most have formal design education and degrees, largely as graduates from the faculty of architecture at the University of Manitoba. “We actually are the people who are pouring the piles, framing the house, building the kitchen, staircases and furniture,” says Salkeld. / s e p t e m b e r

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“Ideally, I want to build the crafted house, to make a house feel like it’s built by a furniture maker,” says designer Clayton Salkeld.

This under-one-roof approach began after Salkeld, now 35, graduated with an architecture degree from the U of M in 2004 and started his career by flipping houses. It’s how he honed his design-build philosophy, as well as core principles that he attributes to working in Winnipeg: value, honesty and respect. And these principles come through, whether it’s the 5,100-square-foot, $2.8-million-construction Bower house in the tony neighbourhood of Tuxedo or the simple footprint of the Langside house in transitioning West Broadway. “To aspire to elevate modest single-family design-build housing to the level of Japanese minimalism is a tall order in Winnipeg,” says Gregory Henriquez, judge and architect behind the Woodward’s redevelopment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “Clayton has built spaces of contemplation with dozens of thoughtful moments in each room. These are lucky people who get to inhabit his work.” It’s about relevance and appropriateness, says Salkeld. And, yes, keeping it simple. “For us, a great house is built of really basic elements,” he says. “One: great design. Two: great windows. Three: great floors.” As judge and renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma says of Design-Built’s portfolio, “Simplicity of concept enhances the relation among materials and extracts maximum expression.” One of the more striking elements in several of the Design-Built homes is the staircases. In the Langside residence, for example, the 7 0 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

Wing It In order to accommodate the homeowner’s request for a gymnasium, DesignBuilt cleverly split the house into two distinct sections: an “action” wing and a “pause” wing, connected by a massive pivoting door.

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stairs went through six different iterations, an example of the firm’s organic design process—loose and pliable—and on-site responsiveness. “That staircase was completely a by-product of ‘how do I spend the least amount of money and still have something that has some impact?’” says Salkeld. In the Kildonan house, the stairs are actually another version of the Langside design. The almost impossibly thin treads are made of individual “lighting bolts” of one-inch-thick plywood sheets, added one by one to create the slim and sculptural 36-inch-wide staircase. It’s this organic nature of detailing that’s become Design-Built’s calling card, whether it’s a doghouse (the smallest architecture project the firm’s taken on) or a dining table (Design-Built was also a finalist in the Designers of the Year Furniture category). Kuma notes DesignBuilt’s “constant success in referring to the intrinsic tectonic character of the details.” “Lack of authenticity is what ages things really fast,” says Salkeld, and, regardless of scale or budget, there will never be faux or fluff in his houses. “Ideally, I want to build the crafted house, to make a house feel like it’s built by a furniture maker.” He lives in a 110-year-old home in which he revels in timeless elements like weathered wood outside and an oiled floor inside. “Nobody else gets as excited about an oiled floor like we do,” says Salkeld, “because we’re the ones who installed it and sanded it and got to walk on it in bare feet right after we finished it.”

“Clayton has built spaces of contemplation with dozens of thoughtful moments in each room,” says judge Gregory Henriquez.

One, Two, Three The 5,100-square-foot Bower house embraces all three of Design-Built’s key components: big, beautiful windows that allow Prairie light to flow in (these ones look out to the backyard pool); great floors (here, that means oversized tiling downstairs and light oak boards lining the walkway above, which connects the home’s two wings); and great design. 7 2 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

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Form and Fusion One part scientist, one part dreamer, Leckie Studio’s Michael Leckie finds the sweet spot of great architecture. B Y N E A L M c L E N N A N // P O R T R A I T B Y C A R LO R I C C I

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In a lot of ways, architecture is like a science. Quantifiable equations intersect with each other and, as result, a foundation is poured, walls go up, a window of a certain size is allowed to capture a specific view. And a person who approaches the practice with that sort of rigour would no doubt take solace in the fact that Michael Leckie, degree holder in genetics and student of molecular virology, has spent the requisite amount of time in a university lab looking through microscopes and carefully tabulating his findings. But in other ways, architecture is more like writing a symphony: both employ a series of building blocks, to be sure, but it’s the manner in which a maestro puts those blocks together—drawing on everything from a sunset once experienced to a scene in a favourite movie—that sparks the magic, the art of creation. To passionate followers of this romantic idyll we present another Michael Leckie, post-science degree, pre-UBC master’s in architecture, maintaining a winter-long residence in a Volkswagen van on the beach at surfer’s paradise Todos Santos, just

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north of Cabo. Waking up each morning and drinking in all that the world has to offer from the stance of a surfboard, livin’ the dream. The truth is that great architecture is a fusion of these two solitudes, the embracing, as Leckie puts it, “of abstract spatial thinking” that’s equal parts lab coat and board shorts. The irony is, one has only to drive an hour and a half south of Leckie’s youthful prized surf break to see how he has managed to blend art and science in a striking white pared-down residence on the tip of Baja. The Costa Azul house channels what judge and architect Kengo Kuma calls “exquisite minimalist details”: polished concrete floors, stark white slabs of wall, a tranquil interior water feature. But a closer inspection reveals that the house (designed with former partner Javier Campos) is far from a monolithic ode to Donald Judd. The building—built for a former film industry professional with the design of renting it out—is an ingenious interplay of separate livable pods that can be configured in a number of different iterations to suit who is living there, who is renting a room and what

Down Mexico Way The Costa Azul house in Cabo—designed as an Airbnb rental—is a study in contrasts: sunlight and shade, privacy and shared spaces, concrete and water. The all-white building ingeniously frames the views to screen out neighbours’ houses while still letting the Baja landscape peek through: in the living room, windows align perfectly with a view of the beach and distant hills.

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sort of space is desired by each. And in an area of the world noted for its multi-million-dollar vacation homes, the residence was done on a very modest budget that would be evident only to the owner. Closer to home, Leckie continues the interplay between form and function: in Vancouver’s Gastown, the by-definition playful concept of a Korean ice-cream store is bolstered by a white metal grid (worthy of Buckminster Fuller) that lends some visual gravitas to the urban space. Likewise, the only-in-Yaletown concept of a Swedish hard-candy store is delivered with an order and a presentation that channels nothing less than Damien Hirst’s postmodern take on a pharmacy. It’s candy shopping that’s equal parts solemn and celebratory. It’s that balance, that push and pull, that drew the judges to the work of Leckie Studio (founded only in 2015) for this year’s Arthur Erickson Memorial Award for an emerging architect. The purposeful use of “studio” is no mere coinage, but a representation of the free interplay of ideas between all the participants—including the client. “Our office has all these amazing people with great ideas floating around in their heads,” says Leckie, “and then when we come across the right client, we embark on this amazing collaboration.” Like catching a sweet wave... when you’ve meticulously charted out the tidal flow. 7 6 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

Shop Talk The Swedish hard-candy store Karameller takes inspiration from Scandinavian design, with white interiors that put colourful sweets on full display (top). Elsewhere in Vancouver, ice cream shop Uyu (bottom) features waterjet-cut metal wall and ceiling panels inspired by the crystalline patterns found in frost.

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Finding Balance

Designer Steven Pollock left a career in tech to rediscover a passion for wood, concrete and steel. B Y B A R B S L I G L // P O R T R A I T B Y C A R LO R I C C I

The Right Angles Furniture designer Steven Pollock (top) in his Parker Street studio; his Gammon bench pairs an organic, live edge with a modern, minimalist concrete base.

In an industrial corner of East Vancouver, behind colourful street art and graffiti tags in what was once the boiler room of a century-old warehouse, Steven Pollock transforms concrete and wood into functional works of art. Here, he mulls and muses over designs: a coffee table of felled wood atop two concrete slabs; deceptively simple concrete vessels, each with its own pattern of air bubbles. It’s a workspace that’s a world away from where this year’s Furniture Designer of the Year started. Pollock has occupied the boiler room at 1000 Parker Street, amid a diverse set of other art and design studios, since he left a successful tech career and the skyscrapers of downtown more than a decade ago. “I was always executing plans and dreams for other people,” he says. And he was bored. After realizing he wanted more than financial reward, he remembered his love of woodworking and art classes in high school. “I jumped back in,” says Pollock, “making my own mistakes, learning what I like and don’t like, working for myself.” That blank slate has become a distinct, authentic / s e p t e m b e r

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perspective and fresh, raw style. “His history and ambition to change professions in a competitive industry are inspiring,” says judge and past British Designer of the Year Lee Broom. “And being self-taught gives him an edge.” Pollock takes inspiration from his surroundings—urban architecture or forested mountains—rather than from mentors. Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge was the stimulus for a glass, concrete and steel office desk, its concrete legs like abutments and the holes in its custom-welded I-beam akin to rivets. A table with circles of white oak, spaced apart to withstand outdoor elements, seems to emulate the rings of a tree trunk. The cantilevered Balance table, slight yet strong, is an iteration of the construction cranes that proliferate across Vancouver’s skyline and a comment on balancing constant development within our finite world, says Pollock. Pollock’s minimalist, organic palette—indigenous and reclaimed wood, concrete, steel, glass—is limited, yet the juxtapositions of these materials create infinite opportunities for new designs. “The combinations of opposing materials such as metal, concrete and wood are challenging,” says Broom, “yet Steven has made it look so easy.” And while Pollock doesn’t purposefully create contrast, he uses “whatever the piece calls for” to achieve balance: steel gives structure, concrete provides substance and wood adds warmth.

Pollock has mastered the rare art of creating designs that are at once intricate yet simple. “The Balance table,” notes judge Thom Fougere, creative director of EQ3, “resolves a complex gesture with a simple engineered resolution.” With its solid-yet-airy concrete and lithe-yet-strong steel, it’s a manifestation of the minimalist-yet-magnanimous statement in all of Pollock’s work.

Material World The Balance table (above) is inspired by construction cranes, with a cantilevered tabletop made stable with weighty concrete legs. The fir-andconcrete Bentalls (above left) take their name from the Burrard Street office tower where Pollock once worked.

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Co-founders Jodie Webb and Kirk Van Ludwig source all their wood from B.C., predominantly from Vancouver Island, and keep their inspiration local—Stanley Park and the ’70s modernism movement emerge in their rustic-modern pieces through acrylic, steel, concrete and striking modern angles. Their 1970 table, made of curved steel and Western red cedar, comes from a selection of decades-old wood that Van Ludwig has been holding on to, just waiting for the right occasion. The impressive pairing of opposing material is not an easy task to accomplish, but it’s one they’ve done well, says judge Lee Broom: “The contrast of natural and manmade materials is incredibly engaging.” The Victoria-based furniture company also makes a point of preserving the tree’s integrity and remaining ethical and green. “We’re very fascinated by buzzwords like sustainability,” says Webb, adding, “Our customers are looking to buy a piece of the West Coast.” —Ames Bourdeau 8 0 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

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Bright Ideas

Matthew McCormick’s graphic designs are lighting up the West.

Halo (top): Matthew McCormick; Halo (bottom): Ryan Tam

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Put a Ring on It The Halo lights may be reminiscent of gymnastic rings, but the design was originally inspired by the bubbles in Prosecco. (The anodized gold housing took a cue from the bottle’s packaging.)

“I’ve always loved light,” says Vancouver designer Matthew McCormick. “It creates ambiance, sets a tone, tells a story.” Even when he was working as an art director in the advertising world, he was spending his nights “tinkering” at home with renovations, building his own furniture and creating his own homespun lighting designs. But it took a random dinner guest to take McCormick’s tinkering from a hobby to a lifestyle: a friend of a friend loved his handmade lights and asked if he would design something for a new restaurant in Kitsilano called Fable. That first commission was created in a parking lot across the street from McCormick’s house: he was armed with a blowtorch and some hand tools. “My mentor at the time asked me, ‘How many more lights will it take to convince you this is what you have to be doing?’” he says. Since then, this year’s Industrial Designer of the Year has been creating work that judge Paolo Cravedi describes as “fascinating and poetic, fresh and compelling.” McCormick quickly outgrew his parking-lot workspace and moved to an East Vancouver studio as one light led to / S E P T E M B E R

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another, and another, and another. His Halo pendant—circular fluorescent tubes with an anodized gold base—was originally designed for Italian Prosecco company Bottega (the bubbles and gold-foil-wrapped bottle sparked an idea for a vertically oriented installation that mimicked effervescent bubbles). The Dawn light is a scramble of brass posts and softly glowing chemical-glass lights, inspired by the intricacies of an earring. You’ll spot these, and more of McCormick’s graphic designs, at restaurants (Earls), shops (Kit and Ace, Provide) and homes in the West and around the world. Their popularity is due in part to the chameleon nature of the deceptively simple designs—his 24-karat-gold 12-sided Dodeca ring lamp looks equally at home in a minimalist Scandinavian-style dining room as it does in a chi-chi Toronto Cactus Club. Considering his graphic design background, it’s not a surprise that McCormick’s lamps have a graphic quality themselves. And though they may look basic—like the

OneTwoSix Design: Zokah Productions; Bauhaus: Ema Peter; Dodeca: Ryan Tam

Wide-Open Spaces McCormick took full advantage of the 25-foot ceilings in Vancouver’s Bauhaus restaurant (above left), cutting the volume of the space with a stripped-down linear lighting installation. The Dodeca light (above right) was born out of an error, when a computer-generated drawing rendered smooth circles into a 12-faceted object. McCormick experimented with the result and created this sculptural light.

brass-lined linear tube lights that criss-cross at Vancouver’s Bauhaus restaurant—McCormick knows there’s an art to keeping things simple. “I admire minimalism. I love going into a design shop and looking at lamps and knowing they’re using just $30 worth of material, but that they’re so much more than the sum of their parts,” he explains. “It’s the intrinsic way they’re put together. Being lavish isn’t the point. It’s about the challenge of paring back.” But as he’s trying to pare back, McCormick’s also scaling up, partnering with larger-capacity manufacturers and fabricators to meet the demand for custom installations and consumer-ready pieces. Handcrafting small stand-alone fixtures was one thing; for bigger projects—like the angular 1,400-kilogram aluminum Shattered light installation he designed in 2014 for an Earls restaurant, a project that took two 18-wheeler trucks to ship to Virginia—he’s the first to admit he needs some help. Luckily, McCormick is a team player through and through. “My fabrication team, the glass-blowing guy, other designers and architects—we’re all in it together. It’s all done with a collaborative spirit,” he says. “If you can’t share the toys in the sandbox, I don’t think you’re in the right sandbox.”

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“It’s really important to understand, first and foremost, the people who are interacting with the product we create,” says Nick Kazakoff, co-founder, along with Brendan Gallagher, of OneTwoSix Design. For the Edmonton-based duo, it’s less about aesthetics, and more about problem solving, so while their contemporaries are going the auteur route, Kazakoff and Gallagher are rolling up their sleeves and tackling commissions from a wide range of clients. Some days, that means they’re designing for medical labs; other times, they’re creating enclosures for computer chips used for timing ski races. “Because we are selling design as a service, it’s almost like we’re selling our process more than a finished result,” says Kazakoff. But that finished result often turns out beautifully anyway. A standout piece is their Loop phone booth (shown right)—a modern glass-andmaple soundproof phone booth that provides privacy for confidential phone calls in open-concept offices. “It’s so creative and so practical,” says judge Paolo Cravedi, managing director for Alessi U.S.A. —Dominika Lirette 8 4 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

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Something New

Bridal designer Gaby Bayona sets herself apart with her youthful collection of natural-waist chiffon dresses—and she’s only 23. B Y A M E S B O U R D E A U // P O R T R A I T B Y C A R LO R I C C I

It’s in the Details Designer Gaby Bayona in her Gastown studio (above). Her 2016 collection focuses on cool ivory shades (right).

“I look at fashion from a problem-solving mindset,” says Gaby Bayona. It’s not something you expect to hear from a wedding dress designer, especially not one with such a knack for romantic whimsy (rose-gold sequins and chiffon are her tools of the trade). “I ask myself, ‘what could be in the market that isn’t already in there? What do people want? What do my friends want?’” But the Vancouver-based designer, who was named WL’s One to Watch last year, is doing something right with her business-minded approach to such an emotional industry. On top of her Gastown storefront, Bayona wholesales her brand, Truvelle, all over the world (with retailers as far away as South Africa and Australia), runs another bridal line, Laudae, with her mother, and is in the process of moving into her new 6,300-square-foot Mount Pleasant studio. It’s fitting that Truvelle stems from the French word trouvaille, which means “lucky accident”—Bayona didn’t plan to end up in the industry. After being rejected from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, the young entrepreneur, / s e p t e m b e r

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“I liked light colours and flowy, natural waists,” says Gaby Bayona, “and to my surprise, a lot of brides were into that.”

whose mother raised her as a single parent while working in various bridal shops, helped her mom at her own customgown business. “When I was designing at my mom’s bridal shop, I was mainly doing grad dresses because that’s what was relevant to me at the time,” says Bayona. “I liked light colours and flowy, natural waists, and to my surprise a lot of brides were into that.” This idea still prevails in every Truvelle collection: her most recent releases skew youthful— many feature bows, beads or heart-shaped necklines—but the off-white Brianna gown showcases a sophisticated side, too, with a plunging neckline and shimmering chiffon layer to accompany an oversized bow. While Bayona may think she still has a ways to go (she’d like a conglomerate of bridal companies, ideally five or six, and to start publishing bridal city guides), it’s hard to dismiss her success in relation to her young age. “It’s

quite amazing to me that a 23-year-old woman can be so secure in her beliefs about what her company should be about,” says judge Danielle Papin, co-founder of Pyrrha, “especially when it’s so unconventional.” Bayona hopes to be part of the groundwork for expanding her city’s fashion and bridal community—itself still relatively young. “There are so few people doing fashion here,” she says. “It gets me excited knowing that if there are other bridal stores that pop up, I could have been the benchmark for them.”

A Cut Above Truvelle makes all of its dresses in Vancouver, with just two seamstresses and a crew of five people—who also handle pattern-cutting, administration, showroom appointments and marketing. The dresses are also easily altered post-wedding for other uses.

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If you’ve seen Lara Presber’s womenswear collection, you might not be surprised to hear she’s an architect by trade: her smartly designed pieces take their inspiration from the structures Presber loves. Her Spring 2010 collection illustrates illusory layering inspired by Chicago’s Aqua Tower, while dresses from Spring 2011 take inspiration from the metallic and organic essence of the Alberta Gallery of Art. For Presber, translating the philosophies of architecture to fashion allows her to explore creativity without sacrificing functionality. “I think the skills that I use to build buildings help me really understand the properties of the textile, the structure of the fabric itself, and how they all work together,” she says. Her latest creation, the Commute skirt, may not be inspired by a specific structure, but it is evidence of Presber’s beautiful mix of analytics and artistry: a fastening mechanism keeps the flowy skirt together during bike rides. For judge Danielle Wilmore, Presber’s merging of function and fashion is most impressive: “The Commute skirt is not only smart and solves a problem, it looks great while doing it… and that’s a difficult thing to achieve.”—Carlo Javier 8 8 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

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Elevating the Everyday

Cathy Terepocki crafts ceramics that bring old-world tradition to modern whimsy. B Y J U L I A D I LW O R T H // P O R T R A I T B Y C A R LO R I C C I

Hand and Heart Ceramicist Cathy Terepocki with her daughter, Hazel, in her studio. Her work often features nostalgic patterns and materials.

In Cathy Terepocki’s world, ceramics is a practice without shortcuts. Her functional plates, bowls and jars are shaped on the wheel into forms she’ll hand-throw thousands of times. She’ll add in layers of painted colour, print, glaze and reclaimed materials throughout a four-stage firing process where even the tiniest rogue air bubble can send her back to square one. “It’s definitely a laborious process,” says Terepocki, and yet it’s the demanding physicality that drew her to ceramics in the first place. “I liked the idea of learning a craft and

really having to stick it out and put hours into mastering it—that was the appeal.” From her small home studio out in the countryside of Yarrow, B.C. (closest “big” city: Chilliwack), the ceramicist mixes materials and time periods, patterns and geometrics, in a way that judge and interior designer Kelly Deck notes draws on the history of craft while being “totally relevant and fresh,” she says. “I’m very fond of her painterly approach to her plate series and her playfulness in mixing media with her clever pots.” Born just outside Toronto, the ceramicist has been honing her craft for some 12 years since graduating from Alberta’s College of Art and Design, and yet each individual piece—a product of hours or days in the studio—belies signs of that time-intensive labour with designs that look at ease and full of whimsy. In her Pine Creek series of bowls, mugs and pots, speckled oatmeal-coloured clay is paired with diamond shapes of 14-karat gold and loose, illustrative geometric patterns. She named the collection for the Australian town she briefly lived in after high school (she was working in a gold mine) and wanted to play on the craft’s long history of gilded / s e p t e m b e r

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Vessels of Creativity Terepocki’s Buena Vista series (below) references folk pottery of the ’60s and ’70s, with bright, modern colours and graphic printed surfaces. The Pine Creek collection (right) uses decals made with a printer that has iron oxide in the toner, which melts into the final glaze.

ceramics and fine china. Embellishments typically found in the form of gold-leaf rims on fancy French porcelain teacups are juxtaposed with earthy and folksy handmade clay. “There’s so much possibility with ceramics,” says Terepocki, “and I think by layering things like that up and putting them beside each other, it changes people’s perceptions of materials.” The ceramics artist further tries to connect people to her work by layering in little hits of nostalgia. The chunky beads on her Mount Pleasant series are from string-andbead kits, the kind she remembers playing with as a kid, and the wooden lids are cut from reclaimed floorboards. Bands and washes of hand-painted colour are present in every piece, as well as pattern. For the latter, she uses an old printer with iron oxide in the toner to transfer her designs. During kiln firing, the toner burns away while the iron melts into the clay, leaving the burnt-iron-brown print that’s become her signature. Her more traditional and punchy primary-coloured Quilt Plate series draws on her background as a Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite. “I grew up surrounded by quilts,” she explains. “The main inspiration for those was hex signs that were painted on barns throughout Pennsylvania.” The textile-based pattern on her Buena Vista container series pulls a similar thread, a design that references Italian fabric design from the late 1970s, around the time Terepocki was a kid. Each vestige from the past functions as a strategic entry point to get people to “engage with it a little bit more than just using it,” she says. As artful, detailed and time-intensive as her ceramics are, it’s in the seemingly mundane rituals of everyday life where Terepocki’s functional work shines. A morning mug of coffee, a bowl of cereal before bed, the sugar bowl you dip into throughout the day—“I like making work that’s celebrating pretty ordinary routine,” says Terepocki. “I like the thought of being part of people’s day.”

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Wendy W. Fok’s interest in building things started with making motors for little Japanese toy cars and escalated by age 18 to full-fledged motorcycle design. “I always had an interest in taking things apart and putting them back together,” says this year’s Maker to Watch. As the creative director of WE-Designs (with offices in both Vancouver and New York), Fok uses her architectural background to create immersive, one-of-a-kind public design installations for events (like SXSW), companies (Alessi) and cultural institutions (Times Square). Her Projective Dualism 2.0 pop-up structure in Boston welcomed the public into a compact, reflective space (pictured right) that explored the difficulty of privacy in cities that are subject to surveillance; the LED prisms she installed in a Hong Kong square create the optical illusion of being an “impossible object.” Her bold designs caught the attention of judge Kelly Deck: “Wendy’s work is innovative and evoking, and I’m very excited about the path she will blaze.”—with files from Giordano Rizzuti see sources

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WLDOTY 2016 // judges and finalists

The Judges ARCHITECTURE Brad Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in Portland, Oregon, in 1994. He has received particular acclaim for his work on cultural projects and powerful spaces for art and interaction. Gregory Henriquez is the managing partner of Henriquez Partners Architects. He was the design architect for the Telus Garden building, Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum-certified office tower. Simon Jacobsen is an award-winning designer and the managing design partner of Jacobsen Architecture, where he oversees the firm’s projects in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. Kengo Kuma, principal of Tokyo’s Kengo Kuma and Associates, works extensively with light and shadow, wood and flexibility, and will be incorporating those elements into Vancouver’s new 43-storey Coal Harbour tower, Alberni by Kuma. FASHION Danielle Papin is one-half of Vancouver-based fashion design brand Pyrrha, known for crafting pendants from rough-hewn antique seals. Pyrrha’s line has been embraced by celebrities and is sold worldwide, including at a flagship store in L.A. Treana Peake is a two-time Fashion Designer of the Year Award winner and founder of Obakki, a fashion label that donates 100 percent of proceeds to humanitarian organizations. Richard Simons, vice-president of merchandising for Simons stores, represents the fifth generation to lead and continue the vision of this fashionfocused family company. FURNITURE Lee Broom is one of the U.K.’s leading product and interior designers. He has won more than 20 awards, including the prestigious British Designer of the Year Award and, recently, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise—the U.K.’s highest accolade for business success.


INDUSTRIAL Omer Arbel is the creative director of Bocci and a multidisciplinary designer. He is the recipient of the 2010 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement and the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Wiebke Braasch has been an in-house designer for Ikea since 2004, contributing beloved designs to both everyday lines and the special-edition PS collections launched annually. Paolo Cravedi is managing director of Alessi U.S.A., a world leader at the forefront of groundbreaking design concepts. Prior to Alessi, he was the managing director for Kartell U.S. INTERIORS Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning L.A.-based interior designer. His work has appeared in more than 4,000 publications worldwide, and his clientele includes Tommy Hilfiger, Cher and Aaron Sorkin. Paul Lavoie has been a Calgary-based residential interior designer for more than 25 years. His career has been documented by design magazines such as Architectural Digest and Luxe and many other international publications. Alda Pereira is a Vancouver-based interior designer with plentiful accolades. Her work has been featured in Metropolitan Home magazine and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated, soulful vibe. Wearstler has been named on Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Architecture and Interior Design list.


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Thom Fougere studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before working in furniture and product design. In 2011, he was appointed creative director of Canadian design house EQ3 at the age of 24.

Brent Comber is the fourth generation of his family to call North Vancouver home, where he acts as principal of Brent Comber Studio. His wood furniture, art and installations have found homes across the world.

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Antoine Roset is executive vice-president of Roset USA, parent company of Ligne Roset, the multinational furniture design and manufacturing company with factories in France, headquarters in Briord and 750 retail distributors worldwide.

Kelly Deck is the director of interior design firm Kelly Deck Design. Her ideas have had a wide reach through her HGTV series, Take It Outside, her national column in the Globe and Mail and ongoing contributions to Canadian magazines.

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Howdy, Pilgrimme

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Who would have thought that the wares from your grandmother’s root cellar would become the modern-day hallmark of a great restaurant? Pickled beets once used to signify that you lived through the Depression—now they mean that you’re committed to controlling as much of the food preparation process as humanly possible. Perhaps no restaurant typifies this turnabout more than Galiano Island’s ocean-totable temple, Pilgrimme. Our profile of this unique spot starts on page 100.

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Peperonata with Buffalo Mozzarella Nothing says fresh to me like this dish. The peperonata keeps well for three to four days and actually tastes better the day after it is prepared. Serve it with some good crusty bread and a quality buffalo mozzarella. Look for this soft cheese—we make some great ones here in Canada—in most cheese shops or deli counters. —Chef James Walt


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When I make mashed potatoes, I love to add whole garlic cloves to the pot of boiling water. This infuses the potatoes with the garlic flavour, and all I have to do is add cream, salt, pepper and butter—the more the better.


⅓ cup + 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 6 shallots, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 3 large bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange), seeds removed, thinly sliced ½ cup sherry vinegar ¼ cup raisins, soaked in warm water until plump, then strained 2 tbsp granulated sugar Sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted 10 mint leaves, very thinly sliced 5 balls buffalo mozzarella, each 4 to 5 oz, cut into quarters 2 tbsp balsamic crema or balsamic vinegar 2 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish

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1. Heat ⅓ cup olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened and translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir in peppers and cook until softened (8 to 10 minutes), then add vinegar, raisins and sugar. Cook until vinegar has evaporated (4 to 5 minutes), then remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. 2. Once peperonata has cooled, fold in

pine nuts and mint. Mix thoroughly and check the seasoning. Arrange peperonata on a serving platter.

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pers, drizzle with 3 tbsp olive oil and the balsamic crema (or balsamic vinegar), and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves and serve. Serves 4 to 6 as part of an appetizer platter.

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PokĂŠ Time

Earls, that Western Canadian juggernaut born on the backs of flush 1980s spending, potato skins and hard-won principles, has decided to decamp from its winning formula to experiment with this new prototype (the chain has 66 restaurants; this new iteration is the 67th). Earls.67 serves as an incubator wholly separate from the mothership, complete with creative design by Vancouver’s Craig Stanghetta (Ste. Marie Design) and Glasfurd and Walker. Food similarly gets unchained from behemoth suppliers (local grass-fed beef, Phil and Sebastian coffee). Sustainable ingredients with a hyper-local spin will inform all future locations should the test run prove successful: West Vancouver will see its seafood-forward prototype in 2017, Earls.68.

Most things that are great in Hawaii— Hawaiian shirts, for example—don’t translate elsewhere nearly as well as you thought. But proprietors Johnny Ung and Sandra Kwon are betting pokÊ—the traditional Polynesian raw fish bowl—will take off in a city very comfortable with uncooked seafood. Spam—that other Hawaiian staple—might be a tougher sell.


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In life, it’s all too easy to spend your time looking forward to the next step—be it careers, cars or kids—without fully appreciating the present, and it’s an affliction that I feel affects one of Italy’s great wine-growing regions, the Veneto. The classic red from here is Valpolicella, the lyricalsounding wine made from grapes grown on the shores of Lake Garda. The backhanded compliment to Valpolicella is that’s it’s quaffable, meaning it’s light, fun and you don’t have to take it too seriously (all of which people said about Chianti 20 years ago but don’t say anymore). Part of the problem here is the desire to eschew the production of traditional Valpolicella in favour of the more popular and much pricier Amarone wines by drying out the grapes to concentrate the flavour and the colour, and while there’s no denying the greatness of a well-made Amarone, its richness makes it far from an everyday wine. For my money, I prefer to find producers who still believe that making a lighter wine isn’t a sign of failure. Tedeschi’s Maternigo 2012, at around $35, is simultaneously expensive for Valpolicella and a bargain compared to Amarone. It has a concentrated black cherry vibe and surprising body, but there’s still some juiciness and a touch of minerality. Plus, it will cellar for a decade, so you can pull it out in 2025 with an I-told-you-so certainty. / S E P T E M B E R

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ONE’S OWN A pilgrim’s path to opening Canada’s most exciting new restaurant. by Gary Stephen roSS // photographs by evaan kheraj // recipes by jeSSe mccleery (adapted by julie van roSendaal)

Cabin in the Woods Pilgrimme sits less than 10 minutes from the ferry terminal, but with its low-slung profile and dense foliage, it’s very easy to drive right past without seeing it. / s e p t e m b e r

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very chef with their own restaurant has taken a unique path. If, along the way, they have not mastered ingredients and techniques, the culinary zeitgeist and the unforgiving math that ties costs to revenue, the place likely won’t last long. If they have, and if they’re gifted and enjoy a bit of luck, they just might end up with a superb little restaurant. Maybe on Galiano Island. Jesse McCleery’s journey began inauspiciously in Winnipeg. As kids, he and his sisters lived with their father, who often made scrambled eggs for dinner. “We realized if we didn’t want to eat the same stuff all the time,” McCleery, 37, recalls, “we’d have to make it ourselves.” In Grade 10 at Kelvin High (Neil Young’s alma mater), he got a job in the dish pit at a little Italian spot, Civita. Before long, he was helping in the kitchen, learning pasta and bread. When the chef lent him Larousse Gastronomique, the encyclopedia of French cuisine, McCleery was smitten: “I studied it every day.” He moved on to the restaurants Panic (“Brian Smith taught me basic things, like making sure a piece of fish doesn’t crack”) and Storm (“the first place I was allowed to do some of my own dishes”) before he felt the travel itch. A sister had moved to Tofino. On a visit, he fell in love with the coast. The food scene wasn’t nearly as vital as it is today—“mostly fish and chips,” says McCleery—so he ended up at the upscale Clayoquot

Wilderness Resort, an isolated eco-lodge half an hour by boat from Tofino. “It was an eye-opener: ingredients I’d never seen before—sea cucumber, stinging nettle, sea asparagus. And Tim May was a great teacher who didn’t mind letting you fall on your face.” So began McCleery’s fascination with the culinary possibilities of whatever bounty was at hand. The ever-changing menu at Pilgrimme, his and Leanne Lalonde’s Galiano Island restaurant, is built around hyper-local ingredients (plus visits to farmers’ markets on Vancouver Island). Many of his dishes are heightened by pickling or fermentation, and almost all involve unusual combinations that evidence a mastery of flavours and textures. McCleery also worked at Cafe Brio in Victoria, where another book furthered his passion: Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry Cookbook. “The level of detail, the obsession, was incredible. Chris Dignan and I often spent 15 hours a day trying to create dishes at that level,” he says. The big challenge was stress. “I hardly slept, thinking about the menu. There might be 130 covers, and 98 of them were between 7 and 8 p.m. You had to be good at working quickly while organizing the line and calling bills.” Three years later, tired of the city and seriously burned out, he headed up to King Pacific Lodge, a floating ultra-luxe resort near Haida Gwaii. There, he met Leanne, and rotated through the kitchen

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stations. At season’s end, when the barge was towed to dry dock, they went with it. Somebody had to stay on board for insurance reasons, and so they lived in a North Vancouver shipyard—albeit on one of the the country’s most expensive hotels—through the winter. Brief stints at several Vancouver rooms taught him valuable lessons about his own needs and preferences. “I couldn’t see myself in a corporate environment,” he says. “You realize it’s all about who you like to work with, and where and how you like to work.” For McCleery, that meant the wilderness, the ocean and the freshest ingredients. Urban life again lost its appeal, and they returned to King Pacific Lodge, where McCleery was put in charge of provisioning for the summer: “Not just the guests, but 35 staff, three meals a day, for six months. Massive amounts of stuff.” When the owners (the Morita

family, of Sony fame) shut it down, McCleery ended up at Bodega Ridge on Galiano Island, cooking for weddings and corporate retreats. Then he headed to Denmark for a six-month stage at the Michelin-starred Noma. There, under the watch of the guru René Redzepi, he became expert at forest-and-seashore foraging. He was newly back in Vancouver when, in the fall of 2014, he and Lalonde learned that a defunct bistro on Galiano was up for lease. With its forest, seashore, ocean and small farms, the island was ideal for his culinary approach. It was a financial stretch, but they jumped at the chance. “We put in lots of elbow grease, and we bought what equipment we could,” says McCleery. Friends chipped in; Chambar, in Vancouver, donated old chairs. “Then,” he says, “right before we were supposed to open, we ran out of money. “It’s funny, I was sitting at the ferry terminal, wondering what to do, when I got an email offer on my phone for a line of credit. I figured, may as well try, so I called the bank. I waited and waited, and when the guy finally came back on the line, he said, ‘It looks good.’ I said, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘I’m surprised, too, but you’ve been approved.’” Which is how a quiet, self-taught kid from Winnipeg and his partner ended up opening a restaurant in the Galiano woods. The place is simplicity itself, a rustic cabin with a little verandah in a coniferous woodland. A partnership with the Galiano Permaculture Food Forest up-island yields such treasures as lovage, parsley root, radish pods, sheep sorrel and black radishes. A dish as profoundly straightforward as a Cable Bay Farm potato, firm and dense and cooked in whey buttermilk with smoked and pickled bull kelp, becomes the very essence of time and place: you’re on Galiano Island, near the seashore, at the height of summer. It’s like nothing you’ve tasted before. Small wonder McCleery is celebrated for making food as personal and singular as the path he took to get here.

The ever-changing menu at Pilgrimme, Jesse McCleery and Leanne Lalonde’s Galiano Island restaurant, is built around hyper-local ingredients.

Greens and Vegetables with Elderflower Vinaigrette Radish Chioggia or candy cane beet Hakurei turnip Good greens from a farm, a friend or your own garden Elderflower vinaigrette A mild local blue cheese, such as Tiger Blue from Poplar Grove

Pickled Elderflower 1½ cups (350 mL) water 3 Tbsp (35 g) salt 2 cups (500 mL) good-quality apple cider vinegar ¼ cup (75 g) honey Elderflowers In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the salt dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the vinegar and honey. Let cool to room temperature. Clean the elderflowers in several changes of cold water. Drain well and let dry. Place the elderflowers in jars and pour the roomtemperature brine over to cover. Seal and let stand in a cool area for one week.

Elderflower Vinaigrette 100 g pickled elderflower 3 tbsp (45 mL) elderflower pickle brine 3 tbsp (45 mL) honey 1½ tbsp (20 mL) fermented mustard seeds or grainy Dijon ⅓ cup (85 mL) cold-pressed grapeseed oil Salt to taste Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar and shake vigorously.

To plate salad Using a mandoline, thinly shave the radish, beet and turnip. Toss the greens with the vinaigrette to your liking, salt to taste, add the shaved vegetables and divide among serving plates; top with crumbled blue cheese.

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Celeriac with Gribiche and Sprouted Grains Sprouted Grains ¼ cup (60 mL) rye berries ¼ cup (60 mL) spring wheat berries Celeriac 1 medium celeriac Apple cider vinegar Good-quality olive oil Sea salt Gribiche 4 duck or 5 hen (chicken) eggs, hard-boiled 2 medium shallots, chopped 2 tbsp (30 mL) capers, chopped 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard 1 tbsp (15 mL) apple cider vinegar ½ cup (125 mL) chopped parsley 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped tarragon or chervil Olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Fresh parsley, chervil or other fresh herbs, for garnish

Start your sprouted grains 3 days ahead: place the rye and spring wheat berries in two separate small bowls, cover with warm water by about an inch and soak for 2 hours. Drain and place in a sieve or tamis inside a bowl and cover with a damp towel. Set aside for 3 days. At least three times a day, rinse the grains under warm water, place back in the bowl and cover with the damp towel. After about a day and a half, you should see little sprouts breaking through. When they’ve finished sprouting, store them in the refrigerator. Peel and halve the celeriac and shave it paper-thin on a mandoline. Weigh the shaved celeriac, place in a bowl and add 10 percent of its weight in apple cider

vinegar, 5 percent of its weight in good olive oil and 1.5 percent of its weight in sea salt. Mix well, pack the mixture down and let it sit for an hour. To make the gribiche, peel and halve the eggs and separate the yolks from the whites. Chop each separately and place in a medium bowl along with the shallots, capers, mustard, vinegar, parsley, tarragon and enough olive oil to loosen the mixture (about ½ cup). Season with salt and pepper to taste. To assemble, roll the celeriac slices or arrange them on a plate, sprinkle with the sprouted grains and spoon over the gribiche (or serve on the side). Garnish with fresh parsley or chervil.


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Charred Hakurei Turnips with Greens and Smoked Squid Salt Squid Salt 1 lb (500 g) fresh or frozen Canadian squid, tentacles removed, bodies cleaned and rinsed Sea salt Freshly dried and ground chili 4 Hakurei turnips, with their greens Butter, for cooking Crème fraîche Honey Apple cider vinegar

Weigh the squid and place it in a bowl. Add 5 percent of its weight in salt along with a good pinch of freshly dried and ground chili. Refrigerate for 24 hours, then drain the squid well and pat it dry. Smoke the squid in a smoker for 2 hours, then place in a dehydrator at 110˚F (or in the oven at its lowest temperature setting) until the squid is fully dried. Break the squid into small pieces and grind in a spice or coffee grinder until it’s very finely ground. Wash the turnips, cut them in half, trim and clean the turnip greens and spin dry. Season lightly with salt. On a charcoal grill or barbecue preheated to high,

grill the turnip cut side down until nicely charred. Set aside. While the turnips are resting, set a heavy skillet over low heat, add a spoonful of butter and cook the greens until they wilt. Remove from heat and add a spoonful of crème fraîche, a drop of honey and a drop or two of cider vinegar (to taste). Slice the turnip halves into quarters, plate the greens and the pan sauce, arrange the grilled turnips overtop and generously sprinkle with the dried smoked squid. Serves 2. Store extra squid salt in an airtight container indefinitely.

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Fermented Dried Plums with Fir Oil This is a snack we often serve at the restaurant near the end of the meal to wake the mouth up after many different flavours. The plums are to be eaten with your hands, like a fresh piece of fruit; warn your guests of the hard pit. Make the fir oil in the spring; harvest the tender new tips by clipping them from the ends of Douglas fir branches. When rubbed, you’ll notice they have a grapefruit aroma. Fresh local plums Sea salt Fresh bay leaves 100 g Douglas fir tips 100 g flat-leaf parsley 1¼ cup good-quality grapeseed oil Poke each plum several times with a pin, weigh the plums, place in a bowl and add 3 percent of their weight in sea salt. Toss with a handful of fresh bay leaves and place in a glass jar. Seal and let sit at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, checking the plums several times a day. The plums will begin to release their juices after the first day, and slowly the plums will ferment. Every day, release any gas from the jar by loosening the lid; shake tightly to distribute the juice and coat each plum. Continue this process until the plums have soured and have a prickly tingle on the tongue, due to the lactic acid and early stages of c02 production. Drain the plums and dehydrate at 40˚F until partially dried, with the texture of prunes. Pack into jars with more fresh bay leaves and store in the refrigerator almost indefinitely. To harvest the fir tips, pull the tender new clusters of needles from the tips of the branches to get about 100 g. Soak them in cold water to clean them well, drain and let dry on a towel. In a small saucepan of boiling water, blanch the parsley for 30 seconds, then quickly transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of cold water to stop it from cooking. Drain and squeeze dry. Transfer to a blender, then add the fir and grapeseed oil. Blend for one minute, then remove the container of the blender from the base and place it in the refrigerator for an hour. Repeat the process three times, blending for a minute and refrigerating for an hour. Pour into a container and refrigerate overnight. Strain through a cheesecloth and discard the solids; store the green fir oil in a sealed container until you’re ready for it. (The fir oil keeps best in the freezer, where it maintains its colour. It thaws quickly at room temperature when needed.) To serve, bring the fermented plums to room temperature and spoon the oil overtop.


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Dutch Treat How did the Netherlands—a flat country that would fit into Vancouver Island six times over—emerge as one of the world’s design powerhouses? Some point to the postwar rebuilding of Rotterdam as the catalyst, but how then to explain the wonderful rows of 17th-century canal houses in Amsterdam? Or Vermeer, Breugel and van Dyck? Writer Stacey McLachlan thinks she has the answer: “The Dutch are awesome.” Her story on Dutch design starts on page 120.

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b y s ta c e y M c L a c h L a n

1 Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

No beach view here, but serving up coconutcrusted French toast (with house-baked bread) and mini-macadamia nut pies, the no-fuss counter-service room is an essential brunch stop while you’re on the island.




Four (well, technically six) delicious destinations on the West’s favourite Hawaiian island. Though “Hawaiian cuisine” may conjure images of coconut shrimp and mai tais, a new generation of Maui chefs have done well to challenge the culinary cliché, with innovative menus that celebrate local ingredients and bold flavours. Want even more Hawaiian hot spots? Visit in October during the Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival Maui, when the foodie fervour is at its peak, and check out for our full list of fave restaurants. 1 1 6 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /




3 Sale Pepe Specialty ingredients are imported directly from Italy (flour, San Marzano tomatoes, fennel-andChianti-infused Tuscan salami and fresh mozzarella) and paired with seasonal produce and some solid pasta-making technique: the hand-twisted strozzapreti tossed with kale and sausage is a fine example. 4 Mala Ocean Tavern 5 Honu 6 Fridas These three Mark Ellman spots are all on the same block and all great in their own way. Mala leans toward Hawaiian classics—ceviche, ahi tartare and plenty of coconut— but the small plates are elegantly executed with quality organic-when-possible ingredients. Down the street, the bright and airy Honu makes seafood the focus (try the grilled Spanish octopus, served alongside edamame hummus and tomato beurre blanc), while the newest of the lot, Fridas, is an exploration of South American tastes in a tropical-cool setting: think decadent grilled panela cheese and warm tortillas, and hip palm-print wallpaper.

Ka’ana Kitchen: Eric Laignel; Hong and Fridas: Tony Novak-Clifford


2 Ka’ana Kitchen Within the chic modern Andaz Maui (which somehow rocks a boutique vibe despite being a Hyatt property), chef Isaac Bancaco focuses on the local with island-totable family-style dishes that take simple ingredients to wildly inventive heights. The ahi tuna tataki with burrata sounds insane, but trust us: it’s life-changing.

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WLTRAVEL // 48 hourS on the northern SunShine coaSt


Don’t be dissuaded by the ferry rides— they’re the only reason this last precious stretch of the 180-kilometre-long Sunshine Coast has gone unspoiled for so long.

Two ferries and stretches of scenic drives through Sechelt, Gibsons and Saltery Bay will bring you to Powell River’s doorstep (or you can fly, transforming a five-hour-ish road trip into 30 minutes of air time). Either way, you’ll be hit with the fact that $300,000 buys you a detached four-bedroom home with a yard— and an ocean view. So save some time to reexamine your life choices. Way ahead of you, Vancouver expats (and former Cactus Clubbers) Michael and Sarah Salome made the move to Pow Town four years ago and their second place, Coastal Cookery, is the spot to grab a bite. Woodsychic interiors with industrial touches set the scene for dishes like quinoa sliders and Salt Spring mussels—wash them all down with a turmeric gin and tonic on the big patio. 1 1 8 S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

Nighttime brings a visit to the quirky Old Courthouse Inn, which is part museum, part Tudor-style boutique hotel, in the heart of Powell River’s historic district, Townsite. Its halls are filled with vintage finds like Dirty ’30s purses, fabulously gaudy tasselled lamps and historic photographs of the town and the innkeeper’s family. (Those looking for more luxe digs can head north to Lund and the Desolation Sound Resort, where ocean chalets with killer views peek out from the woods.)

saturday Breakfast is a very short stroll downstairs to Edie Rae’s Cafe, a quaint family-owned diner that owner J.P. Brosseau created in his late mother’s honour. Vintage glamour photos of a turn-of-the-century teenage Edie Rae cover the walls, and her husband of 50-plus

Tranquil to a T

The Desolation Sound Resort (inset) is the gateway to the ultra-warm (for these parts) body of water of the same name. Must-visit spots include the Laughing Oyster Restaurant (top right) and the 18o-kilometer-long Sunshine Coast Trail (bottom right).

years (whom she met next door) still eats his “Leo” bacon and eggs special here every day. By now it’s probably “afternoon” enough to head one block over to Townsite Brewing for a craft flight. This charming all-brick microbrewery is located in a 1939 post office, and its tasting room flows with the latest creations from B.C.’s only authentically Belgian brewmaster, Cédric Dauchot. If you’re here on

Sunshine Coast Trail and Laughing Oyster: Julia Dilworth


B y j u l i a d i lw o r t h

Nice Digs

If a remote retreat is what you’re after, boat into the new Cabana Desolation Eco Resort (top and bottom left) in Desolation Sound. A handful of stylish handmade wood cabins are nestled in the trees near the water—on the island you have to yourself—and an on-site chef takes care of all your meals between kayak adventures. Sign. Us. Up.

Urban Rush

Cabana Desolation Eco Resort interior and Coastal Cookery: Julia Dilworth

Many Vancouverites have moved here for a relaxed (and affordable) take on living. As a result, the food scene, with new spots like the ex-pat-owned Coastal Cookery, is attracting even more visitors.

Labour Day, then it’s time for the Sunshine Music Festival on the shores of Palm Beach, just south of Powell River. It’s the usual folk singers, guitars, blues brothers—but also some rock opera—and there’s food and a maker-fabulous craft market to keep you busy between acoustic sets. Nightlife isn’t ordinarily a small town’s strong suit, so for evening activities on this strip of Sunshine Coast you can’t beat dinner, dessert and what comes after at the Laughing Oyster Restaurant just outside of Lund. This is the type of fine dining you can enjoy in boat shoes and a polo shirt, and it specializes in unfussy (and generously portioned) plates—a massive piece of barbecued wild salmon plucked from nearby waters followed by a light, rolled oat-crusted cheesecake with a blackberry sauce—and all this is served on a wide-open patio that overlooks the

picturesque Okeover Arm. The real magic happens when the sun goes down and executive chef David Bowes sets down his apron and picks up his guitar.

SUNDAY Start early to take a bite out of the 180-kilometre Sunshine Coast Trail. There are more than a dozen entry points as it snakes from the Saltery Bay ferry terminal south of Powell River to Desolation Sound’s Sarah Point, offering stunning coastal views and free hut camping along the way. Manzanita Bluff is a relatively easy day hike with a panoramic view; Tin Hat is harder, but the mountain vista goes 360 degrees. Refuelling happens back in Lund’s harbour at local mainstay Nancy’s Bakery. With a raspberry white chocolate cinnamon bun in hand (inextricably sticky, but worth it), climb

aboard a Zodiac at Terracentric Coastal Adventures to unlock the secrets of Desolation Sound. Whipping across the waves under wide-open blue skies: this is how the Sunshine Coast was meant to be explored. You’ll see the Sound’s islands—some covered in trees, others sea lions—and, hopefully, the epic Powell River zunga (that’s local lingo for “rope swing”). Be sure to dip your fingers (or more), as this is the warmest ocean water in the Pacific Northwest: 22°C and up from June to September. On your way out of Dodge, preface your domestic departure with an international stopover in India: Little Hut Curry sits near the ferry terminal in Powell River proper and serves up authentic Indian cuisine on the converted house’s front porch. It’s official: they must really like you if you’ve been taken here by one of the locals. / s e p t e m b e r

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WLTRAVEL // the netherlands

GOING DUTCH by stacey mclachlan


Piet Blom’s iconic Cube houses in Rotterdam are a strangely angled architectural experiment—yellow cubes that jut out with such an unusual perspective that they look like an Escher painting come to life. One kind homeowner even lets visitors pop inside and look around his humble abode (replete with custom furniture to fit the strange internal twists and turns).

The Netherlands knows how to do design right: with poetry, precision and a dash of wit. It’s the country that brought us Gerrit Rietveld’s Red and Blue chair, Bertjan Pot’s Random Light, the iconoclastic minds of Marcel Wanders and Rem Koolhaas, and generations of forward-thinking graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven. For a design lover, it might just be the happiest place on earth. And we’ve got the ideal itinerary right here, with three cities and infinite inspiration.

Martini Tower

Hotel Prinsenhof

Go po-mo

The architecture of the Groninger Museum is worth the trip alone: designed by Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, the postmodern design is a riot of colour, pattern and shape. Inside, the exhibits live up to the building’s impressive exterior—this fall, check out satirical sculpture by Dutch artist Joost van den Toorn and a collection of brash German neoexpressionist paintings, which cohabit with permanent exhibits. (The museum’s ceramics collection is one of the most admired in the country.)

Fall in love with a buildinG

Wall House #2 is your second architectural stop: the Le Corbusier-inspired tower was built almost 30 years after American architect John Hejduk’s original design was completed (and in a strikingly different context—it was supposed to be constructed in Connecticut). Now the surreal building is open to the public to explore during regular art exhibitions, and, it’s home for a residency program of visiting architects and artists.

Soak up the SiGhtS SeaSide Groninger Museum

Martini Tower: Ilseno

GRONINGEN // Cycle City They say there are more bikes than people in the city of Groningen. Spend just a few minutes on the cyclist-friendly streets that line sailboat-filled canals and you won’t find that too hard to believe: since the centre of the city was shut down to cars in the ’70s by a 20-something politician with big ideas, cycling has been the preferred mode of transportation for everyone. Students pedal through the Grote Markt square from one pub to another and mothers zip through back alleys, their bikes strapped with crates of toddlers; at the train station, parking garages are a veritable tangle of spokes. So when you’re ready to make your way through this charming university town, you’re best off doing it on two wheels—it’s the ideal way to explore an impressive array of design that ranges from ancient to postmodern to all-natural.

Hop a boat to Schiermonnikoog, a tight-knit island community just outside the city. Think white sandy beaches and seaside hotel dining rooms with plenty of vintage charm. Or, if the tide is out, you can even walk there across the largest unbroken system of mud flats in the world: the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

enjoy the view From the top

The winding, narrow stairs that lead to the top of Martini Tower may not be ideal for the claustrophobic among us, but the view from the bell tower is worth the small panic attack. Pack a little flask of genever, or Dutch gin, to enjoy alongside the twinkling lights of the sleepy city below.

Fall aSleep in church

The Hotel Prinsenhof may have been a church back in the 15th century, but there’s no penance here, with gorgeous high-ceilinged rooms complete with loft-level soaker tubs and down duvets. And the Grand Café makes a mean prawn croquette to get you powered up for your day. / s e p t e m b e r

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Sleep in Style

Rem Koolhaus and his firm designed both the building and the interior of the nHow Rotterdam Hotel, making it a fairly immersive experience of Dutch design. Concreteand-glass bedrooms are stark but cozy, while the lobby gets a little more decorative, featuring a rotating pop-up shop of local design pieces and art installations.

Walk thiS Way

Stroll along the canal-adjacent Westersingel Sculpture Route (a.k.a.: Beeldenroute Westersingel) to spot pieces by Picasso and Rodin, then take the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge for a look at the great work community can do—the crowd-funded structure designed by Studio ZUS.

Go cruiSinG (kind of)

Salute the ShutterbuGS

ROTTERDAM // The Mixmaster Call it a mash-up: since rebuilding the city centre after devastating bombing during the Second World War, Rotterdammers have been infusing modern design into their old-world home. The 500-year-old Gothic Laurenskerk church sits just a block away from the coolest McDonald’s you’ve ever seen (its golden perforated exterior earned it a profile in Dezeen), and Ben van Berkel’s sleek, sculptural Erasmus Bridge (nicknamed “the Swan” for its long, arching steel pylon) gives a fantastic view of Noordereiland, a floating village covered with historic homes. 1 2 2 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

A retrospective of fashion photographer Horst P. Horst, Dutch nature photography or crime-scene snapshots: whatever sample of the Nederlands Fotomuseum’s five million photographs (five! million!) is on display, it’s sure to put your Instagram feed to shame.

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With an immigrant population of 50 percent, it’s no surprise that Rotterdam features a bevy of dining options from around the world. Among the best is the North African/Middle Eastern fare at Bazar: come for the fried yufka and spicy harissa and stay for the inviting interior design, with colourful tiles covering every surface and twinkling metal lanterns giving off a beautiful golden glow.

Nederlands Fotomuseum: Benno Thoma; Bazar: Maarten Laupman

Nederlands Fotomuseum with the Erasmus Bridge in the distance

The SS Rotterdam is a vintage cruise ship that is now moored as a hotel and restaurant hub. The Club Room is perfectly preserved from its mid-century heyday, featuring lively mod murals and aquatic carvings to accompany classic dishes like beef tenderloin and spring vegetable ratatouille.

Q&A with Daan Roosegaarde

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Daan Roosegaarde’s designs plan for the future. There’s a tower that collects smog and turns it into jewellery, a dance floor that converts the kinetic energy of dancers into electricity, and a bike path that collects power to create a light pattern homage to van Gogh’s The Starry Night. We sat down with the designer to talk innovation, invention and poetry.

NHow: Peter Tijhuis; Sculpture Route: Iris van den Broek; SS Rotterdam: Elan Fleisher; McDonald’s: Ossip Van Duivenbode

What is it about the Netherlands that breeds such a strong design community? If you put a thumb on the map, the Netherlands is gone. We have to be creative to survive. We’ve been fighting with water—we live below sea level—so it’s a combination of nature and technology, curiosity, questioning the status quo and nosiness. We just don’t accept reality as it is.

Westersingel Sculpture Route

Is that why there’s something fantastical about so many of your projects? I see it as poetic but practical. We spend a lot of time and energy on material research, looking for details that nobody sees or thinks are important. The solar highways you designed could be such an incredible resource for the world. At first they say it’s not possible, not allowed. But something’s changed. Once people see it’s doable, that’s when we can team up with a big infrastructure company, and they scale up and we focus on the new projects. What is it about light specifically that appeals to you? I’m the son of a science tutor, so I’ve been surrounded by mathematics and nature and science my whole life. Light seems a strong thing to work with: we’re made up of stardust, we’re just exploded stars, so it seems logical. It’s a nice way to create an intuitive interaction.

SS Rotterdam

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Stedelijk Museum

Frozen Fountain

AMSTERDAM // Design Central It’s easy to get lost in Amsterdam—the concentric canals all start to look the same after a while. But it may just be the most pleasant place in the world to lose your way (save for the red light district, of course, unless joining up with a Belgian bachelor party for the night was on your travel wish list). The storybook streets are lined with quaint heritage buildings, often home to very un-heritage causes: museums with a modernist bent, forward-thinking design shops and studios for global tastemakers. 1 2 4 s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

Amsterdam Light Festival

Lloyd Hotel


Stepping into the Moooi flagship store is like a visit to Wonderland headquarters: rugs printed with insects line the floors and life-sized horse lamps stand tall in living room tableaux. Shop the full collection and linger to perhaps catch a glimpse of Moooi founder and design icon Marcel Wanders, whose office is just upstairs from the showroom.


There are a million museums in Amsterdam, but the Stedelijk is the ideal place to start: it’s the largest modern design and contemporary art museum in the Netherlands, all inside a striking glass building locals have affectionately nicknamed “the Bathtub.”


Ambassade Hotel

Grab a cocktail (and some pickled herring, if you’re feeling peckish) at the Andaz Amsterdam and pull up a seat window-side to watch the passersby—if you can tear your eyes away from the Marcel Wanders-designed interiors, that is.


It’s hard to walk away from the Frozen Fountain without buying anything: it’s packed with vintage furniture, designer lighting and pop-art-print wallets. Spread across two buildings, the selection seems to stretch on forever.

Viktor and Rolf amenity kit


The Amsterdam Light Festival runs every November, and it’s up to you to explore it on foot or with a canal cruise that takes you up close and personal to the watercentric installations.

Ambassade Hotel: Leonardo


It’s hard to choose a hotel in Amsterdam. For a regal vibe, the waterfront Ambassade Hotel is a repurposed townhome with a cozy library bar and a killer restaurant, Brasserie Ambassade. For something a little quirkier, try the Lloyd, a former prison hospital reinvented as a hipster hotel: old photos hanging in the stairwell on the way to your room, but luxe linens for comfort.;

Marcel Wanders-designed tableware

GETTING THERE KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. It’s worth treating yourself to World Business Class just to use the Marcel Wanders-designed tableware, snag a Viktor and Rolf amenity kit and actually catch some shut-eye in the full-flat seats. / S E P T E M B E R

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Design Exchange BY RENSKE WERNER

You don’t need to travel to the Netherlands for a taste of Dutch design: as part of IDS Vancouver this September, Dutch designers Dirk van der Kooij, Steven Banken, and studios Ontwerpduo and Vantot are showcasing some of the country’s best design. ARTWORK WITH A FAMILY CONNECTION With his new Tannic Acid collection of circular art objects, Banken is intentionally ignoring his grandfather’s advice to never mix steel and oak. “I used tree-trunk slices and I treated them with just the right amount of steel.” The chemical reaction between the two materials causes bluegrey stains. “It turns out I love the effect.”

THE LED BULB, REIMAGINED “There is nothing more annoying than dysfunctional design,” says Esther Jongsma, who, along with Sam van Gurp, designs under the label Vantot. “Take LED lighting, for example. It irks me that we stick this amazing technology in a light bulb. I say, chuck the bulb already.” With Vantot’s Limpid Light collection, they’ve done just that: hand-blown glass shades come in clear and matte options. OLD DESIGNS WITH A NEW TWIST Ontwerpduo’s newest collection, Novecento, takes inspiration from early 20th-century design, including smartly designed accessories like a lemonade bottle with a detachable syrup reservoir and a cutting board with specially milled notches to catch crumbs.

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Courtesy IDS Vancouver; Ontwerpduo: Jeroen van der Wielen

A ROBOT WITH SOME SERIOUS SKILLS Dirk van der Kooij is a self-taught toolmaker. “At the Design Academy I was fascinated with plastic, but there was a lack of tools that could manipulate the material the way I wanted them to.” 3D printing came close, but what van der Kooij really wanted was a robot—so he designed and programmed one. Now, Robot Herman makes knit work-style chairs from a single long plastic string.










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Perspective Shift

Custom Content

Page 64 sTAIRwAY Powdered steel pickets, Metal Mart,

Sofa Superstars

Pages 40 & 41 Calligaris Kora sofa, Homedelight, Vancouver, Kelly Wearstler Melrose sofa, Brougham Interiors, Vancouver, Muse and Merchant Logan sofa, Scan Designs, Coquitlam, B.C., Cassina Beam sofa, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Rolf Benz Plura sofa, Ginger Jar Furniture, North Vancouver, Modeo Ohm sofa, Revolve Furnishings, Vancouver, Cierre Imbottiti Aida sofa, Resource Furniture, Vancouver,

Dressed for Dinner

Pages 44 & 46 Designers, Karla Amadatsu, Kerrisdale Design, Vancouver,; Stephanie Giesbrecht. Stephanie Jean Design, Vancouver,

Bold & Beautiful

Pages 49 & 50 Builder, Newgrowth Fine Homes, Calgary, Designer, Marvin DeJong, DeJong Design Associates, Calgary,

The Mainstay

Pages 58-63 Designer, Douglas Cridland, Cridland Associates, Calgary, Pages 58- 60 LIVInG ROOm Pair of Cristoffer’s, Colin Fisher Studios, Cathedral City, C.A., colinfisherstudiosonline .com. Art by Otto Rogers, Mira Goddard Gallery, Toronto, Custom cocktail ottoman, Cridland Associates, Calgary, Page 61 kITChen Custom barstools, Cridland Associates,

Calgary, bedROOm Maxwell Bates artwork, Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Geoff Hunter artwork, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, bAThROOm Cabinetry, Northmount Industries, Calgary, 403-243-0200. Page 62 LIVInG ROOm Picola Papilio chairs, Inform Inte-

riors, Vancouver, Tufty Time cushions, Tufty Time sectional, MeraCoffee tables, Frank table, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors .com. Custom cushions, Maharam Letters Fabric, all over USA, Europe and Asia, Ebb Tide area rug, Prestige Mills, Long Island City, N.Y., prestigemills .com. Sitting Room Bridger daybed, Studio B Home, Toronto, Aston Arm chairs, Anderson sofa, Livingspace, Vancouver,; Shaun Ford and Co., Calgary, Page 63 dInInG ROOm Oval Cumulus light fixture, Ralph

Pucci, West Hollywood, L.A., Apta Eunice dining chairs, Eileen dining table, Inform Interiors, Vancouver,

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The coolest events

Langley, Bocci 28.7 Cluster, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, White Oak mando, European Touch Hardwood, Vancouver, Pages 64 & 65 LIVInG ROOm B&B Italia Husk sofa, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Muuto floor lamp, Espace D, Vancouver, Gubi Grasshopper floor lamp Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Santa and Cole Tripode G5 floor lamp Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Montigo H83DF fireplace, 4 Seasons Electrical Mechanical, Victoria, Knoll Risom lounge chair, Gabriel Ross, Victoria,; Livingspace, Vancouver, Page 66 kITChen Millwork, Lauten Woodworking, North

Vancouver, And Tradition Copenhagen pendant, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Fritz Hansen 3187 counter stool, Gabriel Ross, Victoria,; Inform Interiors, Vancouver, bAThROOm Agape Ottocentto washbasin, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Patio Kettle basket outdoor armchair, Gervasoni InOut teak sofa, B&B Italia Springtime small side table, Inform Interiors, Vancouver, inform Steven Pollock custom firepit, Woodstone Design, Vancouver,

Complete Package

Pages 68-72 Designer, Clayton Salkeld, Design-Built, Winnipeg, Page 68 & 69 kILdOnAn kITChen And LIVInG ROOm Eames-Style DSW black plastic bar stool, Monks Office Supply, Victoria,; Inform Interiors, Vancouver, Custom island, custom planter Design-Built, Winnipeg,

VICTORIA Savour Cowichan Culinary Festival September 23 to October 3 Consider this festival a veritable crash course in all the food and wine and craft beer suppliers that make up the Cowichan Valley—no wonder it’s 10 days long.

VAnCOuVeR Mid-Century Modern Home Tour September 24 Take a walk through West Coast history as the homeowners of mid-century masterpieces open their doors to the public.

Page 71 bOweR kITChen Bocci 14 Series, Inform Interiors, Vancouver,

Form and Fusion

Pages 74-76 Architect, Michael Leckie, Leckie Studio, Vancouver,

Finding Balance

Pages 79-80 Designer, Steven Pollock, Woodstone Design, Vancouver, One to Watch, Autonomous Furniture Collective, Victoria, autonomous

Bright Ideas

CALGARY Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival September 8 to October 16 Ethereal Chinese lanterns light up the night at the Calgary Zoo in downright magical formations of paper flamingos, blooming tulips and softly glowing palms.

Pages 83 & 84 Designer, Matthew McCormick, Vancouver, One to Watch, OneTwoSix Design, Edmonton,

Something New

Pages 87 & 88 Designer, Gaby Bayona, Truvelle, Vancouver, One to Watch, Lara Presber, Calgary,

Elevating the Everyday

Pages 91 & 91 Designer, Cathy Terepoki, Chiliwack, B.C., One to Watch, Wendy W. Fok, We-Designs, Vancouver and New York,

Trade Secrets

Page 130 Designer, Nam Dang-Mitchell, Nam DangMitchell Design, Calgary,

edmOnTOn Etsy Made in Canada Market September 24 Over 140 Edmonton-based vendors will feature their goods at this one-day makers market. Expect pretty prints, custom pottery and handmade leather goods galore.

Cowichan: JoeRos Art & Photography; Mid-Century Modern Home Tour: Martin Knowles; Etsy: PLANTiful

Page 36 Designer, Kelly Deck, Vancouver, kelly Performance Furnishings 10800 Nova Series chairs, Source Office Furniture, across the West, Arteriors Watson desk lamp, Chintz and Co., across the West, Jonathan Adler Sputnik chandelier, Chintz and Co., Victoria,; Mint Interiors, Vancouver, Designers Guild Padgett wall covering, Chintz and Co., Victoria,; AnneStarr, Vancouver, West Elm Everett armchair, West Elm, Vancouver and Calgary,

Pages 64-66 Designers, Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds, Vancouver,


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Though this open-plan room is windowless and has a typical basement-height ceiling, it feels anything but cramped. Calgary designer Nam Dang-Mitchell installed grasscloth wallpaper to give the space warmth and luxury, used white furniture to keep the room bright and added a gallery wall (a framed collection of pages cut from photography books) to visually break up the expanses of boring drywall. But what really transforms the room is the Edison-bulb chandelier: not something you see in many basements. “Anything that gives variety and adds some depth is a good idea in a blank box like this,� says Dang-Mitchell.

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