Custom headboard by Benji Nesdoly. Available at Space Lab, 128 E. Pender. $595. Southwest style meets Pacific Northwest design; local craftsman, Benji Nesdoly, offers up his signature style of woodworking in an ultra-cool array of headboards, coffee tables and other furnishings. All pieces can be custom ordered to suit, making these the perfect picks for tailoring to small space living. Mixed-media art by Tim Barnard. Available at El Kartel, 104 E. Pender. $160/ea. Urban street-chic with a fine art twist. Vancouver-based artist, Tim Barnard, developed his style studying and creating throughout North America, Mexico and the Yukon; he has developed worldwide client base for his works in illustration, murals and fine art mediums. No surprise we can snag his work locally at El Kartel, a haven for all things undeniably hip. Loving the pieces solo, or arranged in a grouping to fill a larger space.
Brisa dining table. Available at Zientte, 18 Water Street. $3273 for the 6-seater. Framed in solid wood with an acid-washed glass top in fresh white, this stunning table creates a glamourous focal point for your dining experience. Clean lines keep the piece visually lightweight, despite the grand size, and the framing wood can be stained in nearly any tone, allowing great versatility for any home. For a contemporary feel, there are accompanying dining chairs, or – for a playfully modern approach – consider mismatched vintage or custom upholstered seats in pop colours.
Ceramic “Spring” bowls. Available at Parliament Interiors, 115 Water Street. $12-$15/ea. Putting the ‘fun’ in function, these super cute smaller bowls are available in graphic patterns and seasonal brights. Mix and match to create your own set for entertaining (they are the perfect size for condiments and garnishes); not just for the tabletop, try a collection of three or four for jewellery storage to add colour and pattern in the bedroom.
Slice knife block by majik. Available at Vancouver Special, 3612 Main Street. $50. This minimalist knife block epitomizes the concept of living local: each piece is designed and manufactured here in Vancouver, and was created by students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in collaboration with Vancouver Special. The designers, Marcela Gutierrez, Jiggs Araneta and Eunji Kim chose to create with solid beech hardwood, and each package includes the necessary hardware to mount to any kitchen surface – tile, wood, drywall, stainless steel or brick.