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This month New York gallery Relative Space is hosting From Quebec, a boutique show featuring 36 talented designers from Montreal. From housewares, to furniture, to toys and apparel, the designs in the show highlight the ingenuity coming from our friends to the north.
 

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Inspired by modern trends paired with a Canadian twist, the crisp, bright and youthful designs represent a sensibility unique to Quebec.

National pride runs throughout the show, as shown in these cheeky <a href="http://www.hugodidier.com">Hugo Didier</a>-designed mugs.
National pride runs throughout the show, as shown in these cheeky Hugo Didier-designed mugs.
Designed by recent University de Montreal grads <a href="http://www.loyalluxe.com">Maud Beauchamp and Marie-Pier Guilmain</a>, these cutesy cardboard pet houses reflect the notion that pet products should be better designed and more refined than what's ty
Designed by recent University de Montreal grads Maud Beauchamp and Marie-Pier Guilmain, these cutesy cardboard pet houses reflect the notion that pet products should be better designed and more refined than what's typically available in most shops. Their first design (right) was inspired by Canadian hunting cabins.
Reflecting an innovative use of materials, <a href="http://www.bipede.ca.com">Bipede</a>'s jellyfish-esque suspension lamp is made from plastic zip ties.
Reflecting an innovative use of materials, Bipede's jellyfish-esque suspension lamp is made from plastic zip ties.
Louise Bousquet has been designing porcelain pieces for more than 30 years. Her appetizer set includes two porcelain cones and a goblet set within a minimalist wooden stand.
Louise Bousquet has been designing porcelain pieces for more than 30 years. Her appetizer set includes two porcelain cones and a goblet set within a minimalist wooden stand.
Hangers from <a href="http://www.tomainsideout.com/">Toma Objects</a> are everyday objects imbued with playfulness.
Hangers from Toma Objects are everyday objects imbued with playfulness.
<a href="http://www.furnicreations.com/">Furni Creations</a> is known for minimalist design balanced by a nod to the past. Case in point: the Alba alarm clock.
Furni Creations is known for minimalist design balanced by a nod to the past. Case in point: the Alba alarm clock.
Part of the Quebec Museum of Fine Art's permanent collection, the <a href="http://www.iel-lachance.com/">Solair chair</a>—designed in 1972 by Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini—is one of the country's design icons. Popular in the 1960s and 70s, the desi
Part of the Quebec Museum of Fine Art's permanent collection, the Solair chair—designed in 1972 by Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini—is one of the country's design icons. Popular in the 1960s and 70s, the design has been reissued and is soon to be distributed in the U.S.
One of the few references to maple in the show is <a href="http://www.bulkmaplesyrup.com/eng/home.html">Export 2002</a>'s pure maple syrup, held in a vintage-inspired can.
One of the few references to maple in the show is Export 2002's pure maple syrup, held in a vintage-inspired can.
The Husky Chair, by designer <a href="http://www.od-design.com/Husky%20OD.htm">Olivier Desrochers</a>.
The Husky Chair, by designer Olivier Desrochers.
<a href="http://www.kinoguerin.com/default_eg.htm">Kino Guérin</a>'s Knot Bench is a contemporary take on mid-century bentwood furniture designs. Guided by a desire to balance art and function, and curve and straight lines, Guérin creates limited-edition
Kino Guérin's Knot Bench is a contemporary take on mid-century bentwood furniture designs. Guided by a desire to balance art and function, and curve and straight lines, Guérin creates limited-edition pieces like this bench.
Annie Legrouix founded <a href="http://www.dringdring.ca/dringdring_accueil_1.html">Dringdring</a> in 2005 and produces hand-painted metal bicycle bells in her Montreal studio.
Annie Legrouix founded Dringdring in 2005 and produces hand-painted metal bicycle bells in her Montreal studio.
These little bottles hold apple ice wine, a popular local drink.
These little bottles hold apple ice wine, a popular local drink.
<a href="http://www.ravisolution.com/">The Ravi Solution wine chiller</a>, designed by Michael Dallaire, works by attaching a device that's meant to be stored in the freezer to the top of any wine bottle, instantly chilling the liquid as it's poured.
The Ravi Solution wine chiller, designed by Michael Dallaire, works by attaching a device that's meant to be stored in the freezer to the top of any wine bottle, instantly chilling the liquid as it's poured.

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