In the latest edition of our lookbook, we sought to feature beautiful works of art alongside our stylish new collection. By partnering with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental & Sales program (AR&S), we tapped into the artistic talent that lives in our city.
"We always feel that artwork makes furniture come alive," explains Zoe Garred, Article designer. "You can dress a room with furniture, but until you introduce artwork it really doesn’t feel like there’s a soul in the space."
As a Vancouver-based company, we take pride in showcasing the beauty and architecture found here in the Pacific Northwest. This reflected in our lookbooks, which feature our mid-century modern and contemporary furniture in homes that often have direct views of our lush forests and expansive ocean.
Working with the AR&S, we are delighted to feature two British Columbian artists alongside our furniture — Scott Bertram and Carole Sinclair.
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Since 1952, the AR&S has grown to include over 80 artists who the AR&S helps to sell or rent their works. Every spring, AR&S puts out an open call to any British Columbian artist wishing to be involved. The artists are then screened by a rotating third-party panel ohe mantra of furthering people’s careers, particularly emerging artists, is appealing to us as well," says Garred.f curators, collectors, designers, academics and other professionals in the art community.
"Hearing about the rigorous process the A&RS goes through for artists to be in the program, I knew that we would be working with some high-caliber artists and we really loved the idea of being able to help local artists. The mantra of furthering people’s careers, particularly emerging artists, was something we find really appealing as well," says Garred.
Every artist accepted into the program is featured on a rotational basis in the AR&S' publicly accessible showroom, which is tucked away in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s annex building.
AR&S Manager Zoe Mackoff de Miranda says the AR&S works to benefit both artists and the gallery itself.
"I think for any artist to be associated with the program, it’s a feather in their cap to say that they’re connected to the Vancouver Art Gallery," she explains. "As a non-profit program, it’s a beneficial cycle that we are helping to support artists and their incomes, and they in turn are helping to support the art gallery by allowing us to be directly connected to artists, particularly new and emerging ones, in the community. It’s so valuable for us to really be able to say that we have a pulse on up and coming artists around B.C.."
"Our partnership with the AR&S means we are able source high quality artwork and support local artists. This connection to the art community is something we look forward to continuing to develop over the coming years," says Garred.
Mackoff de Miranda adds, "As a non-profit venture, if we have any part in helping a local business to be engaged in the local arts community and helping artists, it’s something that is a win across the board for the artists who we advocate for."
We look forward to including more talented artists alongside our delightful designs in future lookbooks.
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- Sofa: Chester, Charme Oxblood ($1999/C$2299)
- Coffee Table: Amoeba, Walnut 29.5" ($199/C$249)
- Shelves: Archive, 77"H Tall ($699/C$799)
- Sofa: Chester, Claret Red ($1399/C$1599)
- Chair: Nord, Galaxy Gray ($499/C$599)