Furniture: Sewing Machine Table

I love that the white table by the window is an old sewing machine base…

via Morpho Studio


Marketplace: West Elm + South Africa

If you can’t make it to South Africa…

photos by Mathilde

photos by Corie & Jeff

but crave a South African vibe in your living space…

via

then West Elm’s recent collaboration with South African designers and artisans might be just for you! The collection of ceramics, textiles, furniture and home accessories has been growing in popularity since it hit the marketplace just a little while ago. Some of my favourite pieces are white (duh!) and they are simple, structural and functional.

Mick Haigh oversize serving bowl, $63.09

Potter’s Workshop napkin set – black shields, $21.39

Ceramic Matters candleholder, $63.09

Anthony Shapiro pillar candleholders, $84.48-$105.87

Source dining chair, $212.81

Pedersen + Lennard hooks, $12.81

Note: All prices are in Canadian dollars. Some items are not available for international shipping.

Many thanks to Mathilde, Corie and Jeff for allowing me to use their photos from their trips to South Africa.


Celebration: Father’s Day at Urban Barn

Although Urban Barn is advertising their Belvedere recliner as the perfect Father’s Day gift, I’d say that more than just dads would like lounging in something like this.

Belvedere recliner, $1199, Urban Barn

If you’re interested in a chance to win a recliner (or an Urban Barn chair of your choice), go ahead and “like” Urban Barn’s Facebook page and share your story about why your dad is number one.


Furniture: Sit on This

Things are getting a little wonky in the seating department. First, my friend CC sent me this seat designed by Lila Jang:

Lila Jang’s wall-climbing sofa

And then Kelly from Design Crush posted a link to these benches designed by Jeppe Hein:

modified social benches by Jeppe Hein, images via Beaufort 04

What do you think? Are these pieces functional or are they only for fun?


The Friday Five: St. Patrick’s Day

In case you haven’t heard, St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner – as in tomorrow – and while many people may opt for green beer this weekend, I’m more of a fan of the longer-lasting items below. A diamond ring – yes please! A cool clover chair – I see you! And a couple sweet clover-y tables – what an easy way to bring some good luck into your home.

Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Ring

Comme des Garcons clover wallet, 145 euros

Ron Arad Clover Armchair

Ethan Allen clover table, $259

mirrored tray table, $480

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Event: Design Miami

The art world descends on Miami this week for a variety of art fairs and events anchored by the mammoth and super-glam Art Basel: Miami Beach.

There are numerous additional art fairs and cultural events happening around the city simultaneously including Design Miami. Now in its sixth year, the fair has become one of the trendiest venues for selling (super) high-end contemporary and 20th century design.

This year David Adjaye was awarded the designer of the year and was commissioned to construct a site-specific work for the show grounds. Below is a selection of Adjaye’s creations, celebrity visitors…and, of course, great design being exhibited.

Genesis by David Adjaye at Design Miami

Chainsaw Lounge Chair by Charles de Lisle, Hostler Burrows

Craig Robins and Pharrell Williams

For more information, check out Design Miami’s great blog about the show, the exhibitors, designers, and more.

Dear Readers: Do not adjust your computer screens. Troy is taking over White Cabana this week and, as you can see, he’s really shaken things up around here! Enjoy. – Jordana


The Friday Five: Isamu Noguchi

You’ve seen it 100,000 times. The Noguchi Coffee Table is one of the best-known icons of 20th century design. It has been copied, imitated and become so ubiquitous it approaches design cliche (like the Barcelona chair).

Nevertheless, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is a fascinating and talented artist/furniture designer who deserves recognition beyond this single table. Like many great 20th century furniture designers, their biggest “hits” often overshadow their other accomplishments. So Caviar20’s first Friday Five is dedicated to Noguchi, both his design icons (like the Cyclone Table) and other lesser-known but highly sought after collector’s pieces like his radio and “Chess Table”. Noguchi’s work, mostly in metal, stone and occasionally wood, was realized with a very austere palette including lots of black. For more on Noguchi, we recommend visiting the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City (minutes from Manhattan) or exploring their handsome website. For today’s Friday Five we’ll introduce Noguchi with a selection of his most famous, fantastic and coveted design pieces.

1. Noguchi coffee table, designed in 1948. Manufactured by Herman Miller.

Image: Herman Miller

2. Cyclone Table, designed in 1953. Manufactured by Knoll.

Image: Knoll

3. Noguchi Radio Nurse, designed in 1937. Manufactured by Zenith.

Image: Live Auctioneers

4. Chess table, designed in 1947. Manufactured by Herman Miller.

Image: Noguchi Museum

5. Rudder Table, designed in 1945. Manufactured by Herman Miller.

Image: icollector

Dear Readers: Do not adjust your computer screens. Troy is taking over White Cabana this week and, as you can see, he’s really shaken things up around here! Enjoy. – Jordana


Marketplace: Theo

There are so many cool and well-designed products at Theo. Have you come across this online shop yet? Any favourite items?

dustpan & brush by Iris Hantverk, £34.95

Fono by A. Klauser & E. Carpenter, £39

Gerald by Liam Hopkins, £12.95

honesty stamps by Dominic Wilcox, £15

Mechano High by André Klauser, £325

curve cushion by Custholm, £65


White ash

We noticed that white ash is making quite a splash this fall in the new designer collection lineups.

The white ash tree, also known as the American Ash, grows widely from south eastern Canada, throughout the eastern United States all the way down to Florida. You’ve probably seen it growing in parks in Ontario or Quebec and didn’t realize that not only is this tree thriving, but its strength properties make it an ideal choice for everyday items such as baseball bats, flooring, tool handles and furniture.

The White Ash tree (in B&W), also known as American Ash. Read more here

White ash bark

Today’s feature furniture pieces are good ol’ classics that never looked softer: we’re coveting the Eames lounge chair and ottoman in white ash, as well as the timeless Noguchi table:

Eames Louge chair and ottoman in white ash wood and pearl leather, $5,729 at Design Within Reach

Noguchi table in white ash, $1,489 at Design Within Reach

Special thanks to White Cabana reader Eric for the story idea.


The Friday Five: Bouclair Home

I recently had the opportunity to view the new collection of furnishings at Bouclair Home. I’m happy to share with you my five top picks which will are available at Bouclair this fall.

bar stool, $129.99

table lamp, $59.99

table lamp, $79.99

bench, $169.99Pasha cushion, $24.99

Images courtesy of Bouclair Home.


The Friday Five: Caviar20

Caviar20 has just launched its e-commerce site which makes it so easy to buy exceptional antiques online. Not only that, but Caviar20’s loft space in Toronto is now open so be sure to stop in if you’re in the city (open Thursdays).

Today I am happy to feature five pieces from Caviar20 that are true delicacies for your home. Kudos to Troy for making Caviar20 such an amazing source of beautiful art, furniture and accessories.

Dylan McKinnin console table, $1900

Jean Luce for Arzberge porcelain plates, $225

Handkerchief chair by Massimo Vignelli for Knoll, $375

Bound Octagon Venetian light, $525

Maru side tables by David Chang, $1200

You can read more about Caviar20 here, here, here and here.

Images courtesy of Caviar20.


Etsy Taste Test

Even after all of these years I am still amazed by the unique selection of items at Etsy. Here’s the latest from my recent Taste Test search.

elephants, 35 Euros, Go Go Berlinette

egg lamp, $99, Rhan

tiered pendant light fixture, $195.99, StudioJOTA

Leentu lounge chair, $500, Lunar Lounge Design

salt & pepper shakers, $40, Kina Gorska

candlesticks, $36.95, Revisions

parchment paper snowball lampshade, 67 Euros, Nellianna

Costa del Sol porcelain bracelet, $180, MaaPStudio


Urban Barn Custom Upholstery + Giveaway

Not only does Urban Barn carry a great selection of furniture and home accessories, but this Canadian company also does custom upholstery. With over 300 fabric options for a selection of couches, chairs and chaise lounges, the possibilities for custom furniture to fit your home and family needs are endless. More good news…the custom upholstery option is on sale until Sunday so you may want to plan a visit to your local Urban Barn location this weekend!

Opus chaise, starting from $888

Groove chair, starting from $777

Courbe sofa, starting from $1375

Here are some examples of the white fabrics offered at Urban Barn (thanks to Robyn for the photos).

Fabric samples (top to bottom, left to right): Smithers, Glam, Lewis, Burnaby

Giveaway reminder:

Have you entered the Urban Barn giveaway yet? If not, click here.


Urban Barn Strikes it Right + Giveaway

Urban Barn, a Canadian retailer which has its roots in British Columbia, carries an amazing selection of unique and interesting furniture and accessories for diverse spaces. With over 40 stores across Canada, it is a favourite spot for the style conscious shopper. Urban Barn offers remarkable customer service and delivers “the ideal mix of value, quality and great design”.  It’s no wonder why we have featured them so often on White Cabana.

Most recently, the Strike coffee table caught my attention. It’s round and shiny and glorious. What’s not to love?

Strike coffee table, $549, Urban Barn

Giveaway:

Great news! The generous folks over at Urban Barn are offering one lucky reader this white Laughing Buddha figure (how fun would it look on the coffee table?). Rub his belly and good fortune, wealth and prosperity may come your way – or so the legend goes.

Laughing Buddha, $37 value

Giveaway Details:

To enter this giveaway, visit Urban Barn and leave a comment on this post. (This giveaway is only open to residents of Canada.)

The giveaway will close on Tuesday March 29th at 4pm EST.

Good luck!


Shelve it!

by Johanne

We’ve been talking about getting organized this year and there are some seriously sweet shelves at West Elm to get that home or office project started.

Angle Nesting Shelves, $99 for a set of one large, medium and small size at West Elm

Two sets make a great wall display.

We also really like these mirror-backed box shelves:

Mirror Box Shelves,$34 - $49 at West Elm

Looks great on its own, too

And more clean lines..

Modular shelves, $79 - $139 at West Elm

Modular shelves in black in a white cabana..

.. or tone on tone

Images and snazzy shelves from West Elm.