How lucky are we to have so many Québec designers in the field of table art! Working with ceramics, stone, wood, wool, linen, jute or sisal, among other materials, these artists revive handmade ancestral art forms from Europe and the Americas.
Let’s start with the essentials: table linens. Huit Juin, a company recently founded by the sister duo of Laurence and Marie-Andrée Mackrous, creates colourful and fun table linens for any occasion. You won’t find lace or ruffles here! Their products offer a nice blend of contemporary designs and bright colours. You will find place mats, table napkins, tablecloths and fabric containers that can double as bread baskets or flowerpot covers for small plants used as centrepieces.
Monique Sainte-Marie offers practical, traditionally handwoven products that are made of hemp twine in a variety of colours. These unique baskets, which come in various shapes and sizes, will add some natural texture to your table decor that’s second to none. Use them to hold bread or silverware wrapped in table napkins, or to cover a bottle of water or wine.
Tableware designer Basma Osama creates plates, cups, bowls, pitchers and serving dishes with a sleek, contemporary look and in colours that are both soft and bold. Her one-of-a-kind creations are made entirely by hand in Montréal.
Chic & Basta is the brainchild of Manon Martin and Louis Durocher. This virtual boutique specializes in selling handmade Québec products and has a vast selection of carefully curated items. The husband and wife team who own the company have a keen eye for discovering artisans and for promoting original, quality products.
Cora Kim, who works under the name Mikaroc, is an artist who covers a number of disciplines, including pottery. Her work is a blend of aesthetics, functionality and cultural identity; it often blends delicate forms with unexpected colours and textures.
Hh specializes in the production of objects, furniture and even kitchens with a modern design and made primarily of wood. An iconic product of the Québec-based brand À Hauteur d’homme, this maple kitchen board is made entirely in Montréal from FSC-certified local wood. It can be used as either a cutting board or as a serving board for your dining table.
If creation fever strikes and you are feeling artistic, why not indulge your creative whims in one of Céramic Café’s part-café, part-workshop studios? You can paint a variety of ceramic objects, from a Mickey Mouse piggy bank and fun knickknacks to coffee cups, soup bowls, serving platters and water pitchers. While the technique seems simple enough, you will still have to exercise real patience, as several coats of paint are needed to achieve a uniform and opaque colour.
Table art is part of the fun of hosting others, and when it involves discovering local creations, the experience becomes that much better!
Passionate about colour, vintage decorative elements and hand-made items, Vanessa Sicotte celebrates décor in all its splendour. Vanessa is the mastermind behind the Damask & Dentelle blog—and author of a book in the same name—where she has been sharing her favourite décor discoveries since 2009. She is also the host of Sauvez les meubles and Marché Conclu on Canal Vie. Since fall 2015, viewers can reap Vanessa’s valuable advice by watching the Marina Orsini show on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, where she is featured as décor commentator.