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“WHITE IS LIKE TOFU,” says Edwar, “it goes with everything and takes on the flavour of what surrounds it.” The secret to successful white decor lies in judicious use and creative accents to balance the room’s components. THE RIGHT WHITE Choosing the correct shade of white can prove to be a real challenge. Ideally, do spot tests directly on the walls or bring samples on-site to check the shade under different lighting conditions. In the late afternoon, the warmer outdoor light will have an impact on the way white appears. WHERE TO USE WARM WHITES? Whites with a yellow, beige or pink tinge are the right choice for rooms that receive little light, and in living spaces that you want to feel warm and cozy. They go particularly well with wooden floors.…

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real or replica?

OF THE 500 CHAIRS THAT DANISH DESIGNER HANS J. WEGNER created during his lifetime, the CH24 Wishbone chair for Carl Hansen & Son is perhaps the most well-known. (Indeed, they’re seen in the Vancouver and Copenhagen homes featured in this issue.) The seater has been in continuous production since its introduction in 1950, and in the over seven decades since, a number of “inspirations” have made it to the market. If you’re wondering how to tell an actual design from an adaptation, here are three tips for discerning tastemakers straight from the quality team at the Copenhagen-based furniture manufacturer. No. 1 The backrest of the seater is crafted from one solid piece of wood. Copies are often put together using two or three pieces. No. 2 No faults in craftsmanship can be found in…

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twice as nice

THERE ARE FEW THINGS AS EXCITING for a newly married couple as planning their first home together. But what happens in the case of a dynamic, creative duo from the fields of architecture and interior design? Is the process symbiotic or are there fireworks? Perhaps a little bit of both, suggests interior designer and art aficionado Mary Burgers, who crafted a harmonious haven for her family with husband and principal architect Cedric Burgers. Mary recalls, “Soon after we married and with our first child on the way, Cedric and I wanted to live close to our office in West Vancouver, near a good school, and in a neighbourhood where we could walk or bike.” The pair decided on Haywood House, a 1930s orchard house with a gabled roof in Ambleside. While they…

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little italy, big style

FROM THE STREET, you’d never suspect that Résidence Alma conceals a unique interior designed by Atelier Barda. The brick and stone triplex, on the corner of a busy Montreal commercial strip in Little Italy, fits right in with its surroundings. Wrought-iron balconies, so typical of the neighbourhood, overlook the front windows of a gift shop that occupies the ground floor. It was in this building that a young entrepreneur from the fashion world, drawn as much by the vibrant neighbourhood as by the building itself, chose to make his home. To renovate his new residence, he turned to Cécile Combelle, Antonio Di Bacco and Kevin Botchar, part of the new guard of Canadian architecture. For this project, they didn’t hesitate to overturn the classic codes of North American home design,…

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golden hour

ON THE MAIN STREET OF A SLEEPY VILLAGE on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, an old general store is now filled with breathtaking illuminated sculptures. This is the home of Larose Guyon, a young lighting workshop that counts design greats like Rockwell Group and Champalimaud as clients and collaborators. With blown glass, brass and gold, Félix Guyon, Andrée L. Larose and their four-person team create fine jewellery writ large—sometimes very large. Their breakout hit, Coco, for example, is like an unclasped strand of blown-glass pearls, each the size of a melon. A new group of limited editions, Automne, arrived recently, together with a film in which tiptoeing forest foragers gather mystical flora: golden leaves and glowing glass orbs, the same ones that grace Valse au Crépuscule and its brethren…

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it's easy being green

HOW TO RELAX? With its removable backrests, the San Bench by Lionel Doyen for Manutti converts from a full sofa to a sunbathing bed to a two-seat sofa with table. ($9,615, jardindeville.com) UDDERLY LOVELY Milk, the aptly named recycled-plastic stool by Loll Designs, is inspired by the humble milking stools of our rustic past. ($295, eq3.com) DOUBLE FANTASY Light and unobtrusive, the Caya chair provides a perfect place in the sun. Well, actually two! ($360, sold in pairs, article.com) TACTILE TEMPTATION A technological tour de force, the Raviolo chair by Ron Arad for Magis is composed of a single strip of rotationalmoulded polyethylene that alternates between smooth and textured surfaces. ($745, dwr.com) SOUND THAT TRAVELS Ultralightweight (less than 600 grams), waterproof and dustproof, the Beosound A1 2nd Gen Bluetooth speaker by Bang & Olufsen will be music to your ears for up to…