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Vancouver retailer Provide Home has been a go-to for leading local and international home decor and accessories since launching in 2007. Provide has such a loyal clientele (many of whom work within the design industry) and have had such a good run recently that it has opened a second location. The new Provide Design Gallery (1636 West 2nd Ave) is just around the corner from its first location (West 2nd and Fir) in Vancouver’s Armoury District.
The motivation for this second location was a larger space to showcase furniture collections and the like, says Provide Home founder David Keeler.
One of these collections includes a sofa, day bed, shelving unit and bed made by Lock & Mortice. This is the second furniture collaboration between Lock & Mortice and Provide Home, says Keeler.
The design works well with how people live on the West Coast, and the price point for such quality furniture appeals to people, he adds.
Some leading international design brands Provide will offer in its new space include Ben & Aja Blanc, Arno Declercq and Caroline Blackburn.
And local designers whose work it will showcase include Matthew McCormick, Studio Sturdy (Martha Sturdy), Brent Comber, Hinterland, Ben Barber, Quake Studio, Cloth Studio and Pauli-Ann Carriere.
Provide has collaborated with designer Deagan McDonald of Vancouver studio Origins for a coffee table collection available exclusively at Provide Design Gallery.
It will also showcase hand-carved wooden side tables (natural or charred) by designer Julien Peltier and art by Gillian Haigh.
“I’ve loved her work for a while and want to buy it for my own home, so it’s great to show her work here,” says Keeler.
Provide has also commissioned a collection by Alberta designer Seth Christou. “He makes wood chairs and other furniture pieces. They’re really sculptural but also really functional at the same time.
“There is such fantastic local design talent, who make things to such a high level, that as a consumer in the city, it’s great to know you can have an incredible table made to the same quality or even better than something made in Italy, but not have to wait the six to eight months for it to arrive or deal with shipping,” he says.
Provide’s new gallery space will also feature smaller home accessories alongside the larger works, presented as small vignettes, to give people an idea of how to style their coffee table or living room.
The gallery has a moodier feel than the first retail location. Keeler says he’s focusing on creating specialized interior environments that allow for more collaboration with designers and showcase local designers with international pieces mixed in.
“I have loved curating beautiful design at Provide and have always enjoyed the mix of local and international; with the new Provide Design Gallery, I am now able to do that at a greater level.”
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