When choosing new products to add to our shop they must align with our core values: the item possesses a timeless quality, its design and construction is top notch and it is ethically made.
The designers we work with are intimately involved in the construction of their designs, with many actually constructing the items themselves. Here we highlight three Canadian makers who design and construct the items we think are perfect for your home.
Craft Collective, Wakefield Quebec
After a stint in Paris, Dave Bradley returned to Canada with his wife and daughter, settling in Wakefield. They bought a house and converted it to a woodworking studio and a pastry shop, his wife having trained as a pastry chef while in Paris.
Dave crafts beautifully modern pieces with skill & care and sources the wood for his pieces from a family run sawmill. He chooses timber for the grain, while keeping an eye on how the products will fit on the piece to waste as little wood as possible.
Dave has been featured in a number of publications and was commissioned to build a custom table that now resides in the official residence of the Governor General of Canada.
Featured: Modern Milkman Stools ready for the finish to be applied.
Area 91, Toronto
We found local industrial designer Nick Koppelaar of Area 91 through his exhibitions at the One of a Kind Show and Interior Design Show here in Toronto when he was featured in Design Milk's pop-up shop Milk Stand.
We are thrilled to be Nick's first retail partner. Nick is a truly talented artist, designing and manufacturing the pieces himself from his workshop in Pelham Park, Toronto's 91st neighbourhood.
Featured: Grid Vessel prototyping.
Brand & Iron, Vancouver
For many makers and entrepreneurs, the journey to starting their brand involves overcoming an obstacle where it is born as much from necessity as desire. This was the case for Brand & Iron, a Vancouver based candle company.
Started by Jordan Derhouson while he recovered from a liver transplant due to a rare genetic disorder, Brand & Iron was never intended to be much other than a creative outlet to pass time during his lengthy recovery.
The transition from hobby to entrepreneur was made out of necessity - Jordan's previous career was in healthcare. With the need to take anti-rejection medication for the transplant, working around patients from whom he could catch a cold or flu put him at great risk.
Initially focused on leather goods, Jordan made everything from key chains to tote bags. Candles were a small part of the line, but with unique scents and a clean burn, Brand & Iron quickly became a popular candle brand.
Featured: 100% Soy wax candles are hand-poured in Brand & Iron's Vancouver studio.