With Canada Day quickly approaching, there’s no better time to partake in a little patriotic pride. Whether it’s architecture, decorating or furniture design, Canadians excel in every creative field. Here, we celebrate five of our homegrown best.
From the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the Experience Music Project in Seattle to the Art Gallery of Ontario in our own backyard, Toronto-born Gehry is famous the world over for his groundbreaking architectural work. We’ll never be able to afford a Gehry building — yep, he designs houses, too — but we might save up for one of the stunningly sculptural bracelets he created for Tiffany & Co.
You might not instantly recognize her name, but you’ve almost certainly coveted her boldly patterned bedding and ultra-glam furniture. Ottawa native Lemieux is the founder and creative mind behind DwellStudio, the hugely successful New York-based home furnishings brand with a SoHo boutique and an e-shop that’s inspired endless hours of fantasy redecorating.
We’ve always liked to think pink, and it turns out we’re in excellent company. Canadian-raised designer Rashid is also a big fan of the hue, as evidenced by its frequent appearance in his work — and his wardrobe. With a whopping 3,000-plus designs in production, Rashid has created products for Alessi, Veuve Clicquot, Umbra, Artemide, Samsung and countless other high-profile clients.
Best known for his game-changing, zeitgeist-capturing novels (Generation X, anyone?), Vancouver’s Coupland launched a critically lauded second career as a visual artist and furniture designer in 2000, creating memorable works like the Hockey Night in Canada side table. He recently designed a furniture collection for SwitzerCultCreative, a luxury furniture company that specializes in sustainable design.
No list of Canada’s top designers would be complete without HGTV’s own Sarah Richardson, the award-winning interior designer and host of Sarah’s Cottage, Design Inc., Sarah’s House and Sarah 101. The multitasking design maven also has her own paint line, furniture collection and an upcoming book — we’re guessing she doesn’t get much sleep.