Inviting fresh takes on tableware, lighting and furniture welcome us back to entertaining. 

1. Perfect Plush

The low-slung Jalis Corner Sectional, by designer duo Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub for CORSitzmöbel, comes in four units — right-facing, left-facing, armless and corner. Select your upholstery choice — bouclé, chenille, corduroy or leather— in the configuration that works for your room. Here’s to cozy seating that encourages guests to lounge and linger in style. Jalis 4-unit SectionalSofa, $18,840. dwr.com

2. Marble Run

A statement vessel to hold fruit, veggies, flowers or a plant, the Lago can be displayed as a striking showpiece on its own. Carved in Mexico City by the Ayres design collective, this artisanal marble bowl elevates — literally and figuratively —any tablescape. Diameter, 17.75”; depth, 13.75”. Available in black or white marble. Lago Vessel, $725. obakki.com

3. Bench Mark

Welcome extra guests with this minimalist 72-inch-long Coolican & Company Adelaide Bench made with locally and ethically sourced hardwood. It’s ideal for larger dining tables or for additional temporary seating in a hallway or an outdoor space. Available in white oak or blackened ash. Adelaide Bench, $1,679. coolicanandcompany.com

4. Neutral Party

Now that we’re welcoming guests back into our homes, it’s nice to take a break from plain stainless-steel forks and knives. The cream, black and mocha stony marbling on this acrylic-handled cutlery set from Sabre Parisis visually striking and surprisingly versatile, complementing a wide range of tableware and linens, from simple to patterned. Bistro Dune Noir 5-PieceCutlery Set, $124. misettetable.com

5. Light Show

Great lighting complements any gathering. This conversation-piece chandelier, designed by Lukas Peet for ANDlight, takes its organic cues from weathered river rocks. Each pebble pendant is made with two glass-blown shapes connected by a machined-aluminum LED holder and heatsink, providing consistent light output. Available in multiple forms and sizes, the pendants can be arranged in helix, double-helix and cluster configurations to create a customized chandelier that will enhance a diverse range of spaces. Offered in pearl, slate and citrine finishes. Pebble Series Chandelier, price upon request. andlight.ca

6. Table Side

This sculptural side table can be moved around with ease. Use it to set up an interesting vignette or, for cocktail hour, to hold drinks in style. The geometrically synchronized shapes and the natural wood grain of ash wood (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) make this a standout piece of furniture. Available by special order. Insert Side Table, $904.25. oldfaithfulshop.com

7. Fresh Stems

Part of the H Project at Holt Renfrew, Estelle Colored Glass’s vibrant stemware is equal parts playful and opulent. The company’s hand-blown, vintage-inspired glassware (and cake stands, too) are available in a variety of shapes and a rainbow of cheerful hues. Designed in South Carolina and artisan-made in Poland, these wine glasses offer an elegant choice for formal dinners and garden parties alike. Set of 6 coloured-glass wine glasses, $240. holtrenfrew.com

8. Well Served


Set your table with Atelier Marie-Hélène Robillard’s milky-translucent fine porcelain dishware, handcrafted in Terrebonne, an off-island suburb of Montreal. Inspired by the texture of the peony flower and its foliage, this six-piece set includes two each of delicately curving serving platters, tasting plates and miniature pinch bowls. Peony serving set, $366. simons.ca

By Truc Nguyen –  *This article originally appeared in INSIGHT: The Art of Living | Spring 2022.



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