Demand for stylish, unique furnishings isn’t slowing down in the city, and that sentiment is reinforced with new furniture store openings, a much-lauded expansion, and a highly anticipated pop-up shop.
Though house-hunting may not be at the top of the list for many city-dwellers, interior designing is on another spectrum. It’s easy to make a space look fresh and feel different, simply by adding or swapping out a few items.
For those who like to flex their creative muscles at home, check out some of these new spots to scavenge for one-of-a-kind pieces, which range from eccentric statement items to luxury European accessories.
Armani/Casa (1656 West 2nd Avenue)
Many people associate the name Giorgio Armani with Italian high-fashion, but the well-known label is also synonymous with luxury home goods. The first Armani/Casa store in Vancouver is scheduled to make its debut on September 24, which will feature high-end furniture and furnishing accessories in a stylish and sophisticated space. Visitors will be able to find everything from dinnerware to dining chairs, and from lighting fixtures to coffee tables. Owning designer furniture won’t come cheap—you can expect single-item price tags to cost more than your annual IKEA haul.
Poliform Vancouver (779 West Pender Street)
Another luxury furniture store to enter the Vancouver market is Poliform, which carries quality and innovative pieces from global brands. The 5,000-square-foot showroom and concept store offers various furniture items like sofas and chairs, as well as custom kitchens, walk-in closets, and bookcases. Spread across two levels, there are plenty of furnishings to ogle at, which are placed in a space distinguished by dark wood, glass partitions, and natural stone—holy trinity much? Home-enthusiasts who work downtown can visit this shiny, new spot for inspiration during lunch breaks and coffee runs.
Livingspace (1706 West 1st Avenue)
This Vancouver establishment celebrated its 30th anniversary back in May, and honoured its three-decade milestone in the business with a $2 million redesign and fifth-floor expansion. Increasing its footprint to 30,000-square-feet, the expanded showroom features Italian brands like Paola Lenti and Molteni&C/Dada. Guests can expect plenty of fun colours, materials, indoor/outdoor furniture sets, and dreamy high-end kitchens, closets, and furniture. Even though the furniture price tags here are probably beyond reach for many, this Armoury District space and its shop-in-shops are worth a visit.
WallpaperSTORE* Pop-Up at Leisure Center (950 Homer Street)
Yaletown’s lifestyle concept shop Leisure Center will play host to Canada’s first WallpaperSTORE* pop-up, the world’s first online curated design store. Running from September 19 to December 31, 2019 and coinciding with Vancouver’s Interior Design Show, visitors will find the online destination’s latest collections, which will be showcased in an avant-garde space designed by Canadian design studios Jeff Martin Joinery and New Format by Henry Norris. The installation will also feature greenery created by local vendor Celsia Florist, which alludes to the PNW’s natural topography. We have no doubts that this pop-up will serve as the backdrop of many photogenic Instagram posts during its run.
KARE Vancouver (1275 West 6th Avenue)
If you’re looking for something bold to spice up your living space (and to create chatter when your next guest stops by for a visit), check out KARE Design, which recently found its permanent home on the bottom floor of Fairview’s Inspiration Furniture. Originating from Germany, KARE’s massive inventory consists of items that range from jewel-toned velvet seats to globally-inspired paintings to dynamic wallpaper prints. Self-identified as a company that exhibits modern elegance, shoppers will notice and appreciate a mid to high-end price scale. A stroll through its showroom will leave you wondering why you didn’t think of adding a multicoloured horse statue in the living room.