On Monday, we spent the day at the Canadian Furniture Show, getting an inside look at what’s new and exciting in home furniture and décor. This trades-only show took place on May 28 – 30th at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. There, retailers and interior designers connected with some of Canada’s most exciting brands in furniture, lighting and home accessories.
Wood and Rustic
If there was one big trend that prevailed throughout the show it was definitely wood. We’re not talking about MDF here, but rather, good, solid maple and cherry, oak, walnut and some beautiful exotics like bloodwood and black limba.
Live edge slab coffee tables and dining tables, handmade furniture and beautiful, heirloom quality pieces could be found in several booths. Even so, there were a couple of brands that stood out from the rest.
Ruff Sawn is a Canadian furniture company that has mastered the art of rustic chic, with their incredible selection of handmade, solid wood furniture. We literally could not find a single piece in their booth that we didn’t absolutely love.
Made from solid maple or oak, every piece that they create, from bedroom groups to entertainment units, sideboards, occasional tables and barn doors is embed with the undeniable authenticity that makes hand crafted Canadian-made furniture stand out.
With the Grain
With the Grain is an artisan carpentry company that creates 100% handcrafted tables, custom cabinetry built-ins, wainscoting and other decor pieces. What really stands out about With the Grain is the fact that they specialize in creating pieces from exotic woods, such as Purple Heart, Zebra Wood, Blood Wood and Black Limba.
We could definitely see the care and artistry that went into each one of a kind piece on display at the show. With the Grain is definitely the company you contact when you want a piece of furniture that is bespoke and truly special.
Another big theme that we saw throughout the Canadian Furniture Show was the importance of statement lighting. These lighting fixtures weren’t just there to shine a light on the things around them; they belonged in the spotlight themselves.
Pink & Brown
Without a doubt, Pink & Brown had one of the most breathtaking lighting fixtures in the entire show, which is quite a statement given how many incredible lighting fixtures we saw. Their bamboo pendant light in the gold finish embodies everything there is about mid-century modern “cool”.
Note: while we know that we’re discussing lighting here; please indulge us for a moment, because we simply can’t mention Pink & Brown without talking about the rest of their impeccable mid-century modern offerings. The seating, the tables and definitely the accessories are incredibly stylish, but playful in a way that make you feel good just by looking at them. Just being near their Strand dining chair certainly made us feel incredibly chic.
When you visit their website, seriously give yourself some time, because you will not want to leave.
Fun and Feminine
There was quite a lot about the furnishings presented at the Canadian Furniture Show that felt fairly masculine which was why the more feminine offering felt so refreshing.
The booth by Silva instantly drew our attention with furnishings in soft blues and clean whites, featuring bright pops of chartreuse. They presented an absolutely gorgeous upholstered headboard and sofas that you just wanted to curl up in. Although what we loved most of all was that their furnishings are made right here in the GTA. That means being able to buy local and design beautiful interiors all at the same time.
As we began to close out our day at the Canadian Furniture Show, we simply couldn’t pass up a chance to get a closer look at the stunning fire features presented by Montreal’s Eco-Feu. Eco-Feu designs and manufactures bio ethanol fireplaces and tabletop features that can be used both indoors and out.
Because they use bio ethanol, the flame is clean burning and results in no smoke or residue. This means a real flame fireplace that can be used in most any room. Brilliant.
This was only a snapshot of everything that we saw and the companies we met at this year’s Canadian Furniture Show. To see more pictures, see our show album on Facebook