The Canadian Home Textile Market 2013

This year’s TCHFM was an encouraging event.  Patterned chair fabric still prevails and the bolder the better! Well designed, classic inspired items abound.  Case goods are making an even larger presence in walnut than last year which is wonderful because walnut is a beautiful species and it enhances both dark and light decor making it a wise investment.  Oak is also on it’s way back into case goods again.

Having introduced walnut last year, Huppe stepped it up a notch this year with almost retro inspired dining and bedroom items that will fit into any space with ease. They are clean and airy pieces with both classic and contemporary vibes.

From Huppe’ – designer Joel Dupras shown with his wonderful walnut dining pieces. I love the retro styling and the contemporary twist on the wall mounted shelving allowing you  the freedom of creating your own unique look by positioning shelving, open and enclosed, where you desire it.
Shades of grey this bedroom set shown at the show has a 60’s vibe and clean lines.

The new lineup of dining sets from Viebois is sleek as well.  They’ve introduced a stylish walnut veneer as well as a new rustic inspired line of Larch wood. My only concern here is – Larch is very low on the Janka hardness scale, making it less durable than some of the other available species.

Walnut veneer dining set with very edgy styling from Viebois.  Check out these fabulous chairs. This piece really shows off the walnut.

At the Midi display dinettes that expand and reduce with the slide of a hidden leaf allow a four seating table to double in size creating space for a dinner party in an instant. My preference was the harmony contemporary series.

Midi tables with easy to open hidden leafs are a great addition for condo owners looking to have extra space in a pinch for dinner parties.

For exterior furnishings American Home & Patio Co. had their new Lauren collection. This set has an extendable exterior glass table option with extremely comfortable armchair/cushion combo available in white sand or taupe sand colours. I also loved the retro inspired “man cave” interior chairs of metal/leather combo not yet on the web site.

Exterior Lauren collection. Chair shown in Taupe sand and Table shown in White sand.
This replica retro inspired chair is from the American Home & Patio Co.

Amisco, one of my favorites, had interesting new offerings ranging from almost a country chic feel to a flashy contemporary edge. I particularly liked the sexy styling of the Urban Collection black glass table coupled with New York Collection – Empire Chairs.   New beds like the French country inspired Rosette or Asian urban styled Mantra were also charming.  They are aslo offering new fabrics and a new metal shade as well this year.

Urban Collection Table & Empire Chairs from Amisco
Rosette bed – Amisco
Mantra bed – Amisco

Mattresses and pillows are also big highlights at the show and I was intrigued by the Pur Gel lineup from Galaxy Bedding. The new Pur Gel line is revolutionary in design.  This series is non-toxic and a pure delight to relax on.  It is a combination of gel/latex and is sure to be a hit.

Another pillow contender was Blu Sleep Products.  Wonderful pillows made of luxury Italian latex.  Some infused with natural elements enhancing your sleep further.
If a new lounge chair is in your future no matter which company you prefer they have all given a nod to chairs that swivel and rock or glide while enveloping you in extreme comfort.

Pur Gel pillow
Pur Gel mattress – Galaxy Furniture & Bedding
BLU sleep products – luxury latex pillows
NCA Design Importers – Taupe accessory piece such as this coffee table and this unique stool.

As always there are also imports as well as Canadian companies at the show and I always look for those offering items that have a unique appeal.  These pieces are often more budget focused.  Many offshore imports were replicas of pieces I have shown before and they ranged from well constructed to not so much but the prices also reflected this.  One of my favorite importers is NCA Design looking for edgy colourful pieces often with a polished or chrome appeal. Shown above and below are a few of their newer additions.

NCA Design Importers- Hidden Storage coffee table
Same table in closed position – great storage for toys, books or gaming items.

The Trends Display are is where a series of vignettes are offered using a combination of many distributors from the show highlighting how the furniture can be used in room settings.  Always a favorite of mine I was less inspired this year than in previous years but here are a few of the displays I found appealing.

Here is a great dining room showing just how nicely unmatched pieces of varying woods can be combined and yet a room look well dressed.  Last years colour tangerine tango warmed the space.
This funky, fun living room combo shows how classic pieces with a twist, as in the gold painted arms and legs and coffee table,  can look modern if mixed with the right combination of edgy accessories.
This chic dining setting mixes grey pieces with contemporary lighting and area rug to give it an ethereal old world charm.
Rustic inspired chairs were everywhere such as this piece from Zuo Modern
A reproduction of a classic stool gets a twist with perforated metal legs and an rustic oak seat. Perfect for busy family living
Celedon Art has a great line up this season including this watery inspiration of a  European Mansion.  Subtle grey tones and the understated elegant frame will make this a welcome piece in both modern or classic decor.
Also from Celedon this fabulous wall display of French chic wall art has brushstrokes of shimmery accent.  Just enough to inspire viewers to take a second look.  These different images can be hung in a grouping as shown, or individually  in a foyer, dining room or bath.
Sua.v – James or/Edward murphy bed closed

In homes tight for space, there were fabulous murphy beds selections from Sua.v in Quebec.  The James & Edward series have has the appearance of a bookcase wall-unit, yet inside hides a full size bed with integrated headboard and choice of a side wardrobe or storage shelving unit. Sleek stainless hardware a several colour options allow it to fit easily into any décor.

Sua.v – murphy bed open
Palliser Furniture was showcasing some of their new fabrics in classic inspired patterns.
Also from Palliser some other new inspirations.  Grey has finally really hit the furnishing industry.

It was a huge show and this was only a small sampling but really shows how great the upcoming furniture year proves to be.

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