House & Garden’s Canadian features director David Nicholl’s celebrates some of the design world’s best Canadian exports in honour of Canada Day
July 1st is Canada Day – when those sweet-natured, ice-hockey playing, maple syrup-eating, little-bit-British, little-bit-French, non-Americans that live across the pond celebrate their nation’s 150th birthday.
It’s been interesting being a Canadian living in London for the past 20-odd years. I’ve grown to understand (and, admittedly sometimes benefit from) what the stereotypes are of my motherland.
We are often thought of as ‘nice’ (in a nice-but-dull kind of way). Some consider Canadians nearly-British: we are part of the Commonwealth and adore the monarchy (perhaps because we don’t pay for it).
As the cliche has it, Canadians are the Scandis of North America – fresh faced, nature-loving, and with cities regularly vying for the top spot on various iterations ‘Most Liveable Places in the World’ lists.
Apart from when referencing global political eye-candy Justin Trudeau, words like cool, exciting, daring or sexy are not often applied to Canadians.
This is unfair. And in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday on July first, I would like to point to a handful of fabulously creative Canadians who are playing a role in the British design scene. They – and their work – is cool, exciting and sexy. To top it off, they’re nice – and not in a dull way.
Camilla designs adorably cute ceramic figures which have a Takashi Murakami-esque cartoon quality. They’re made in Britain where she’s based. camilaprada.com
See more on Camilla’s Instagram.
As one half of Carden Cunietti,
which features on the House & Garden Leading 100
Designers list, Eleanora is has created countless cool interiors in
Britain and around the world. This supremely cool designer brings a
cool edge to the world of interiors.
See more on Eleanora’s Instagram.
Over the last few years Philippe has rise through the ranks of the furniture, product and ‘experiential’ design world, with collaborations with SCP, Caesarstone, Swarovski and Established & Sons. philippemalouin.com
See more on Philippe’s Instagram.
It’s far easier to spot design classics of that are a few decades old, but it’s rare to be able to confidently identify a relatively new one. The Vancouver based lighting company Bocci launched the 14 lighting series in 2005 and in a dozen years it has become one of the twentyfirst century’s first confirmed design classics. They do far more too! (Available from Heal’s and elsewhere.) bocci.ca/14-series/
See more on Bocci’s Instagram.
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