Bookhou emphasizes the handmade, incorporating natural materials, felt and fabric swatches into everything from decorative pillows and purses to chairs both big and small.
Arounna Khounorraj & John Booth's Bookhou boutique emphasizes the handmade in their expanding product line
Who: Bookhou Design (bookhou.com)
Signature product: Bookhou's product range has exploded since designer Arounna Khounorraj and her husband, John Booth, launched the lifestyle line in 2003. Bags, home decor pieces, a baby collection and furniture all make up the Bookhou mix, but one of Khounorraj's favourite products is a simple die-cut trivet available in red, ivory, grey or blue felt.
Design philosophy: "Our work has a natural aesthetic that emphasizes handmade and small production," says Khounorraj. Tea cozies and storage boxes screened with turquoise dots and glass vases glazed with tree scribbles straddle the line between casual and formal home styles.
New works: Khounorraj and Booth open the first Bookhou boutique at Dundas and Palmerston (798 Dundas West) this month. Look out for fresh products including adult- and kid-sized seating and wall art pieces in the shapes of clouds, raindrops and houses. Until the store's launch, shop online for printed linen bags and maple-veneer mobiles at bookhou.com.
Dainty chairs made from recycled furniture parts, animal softies, die-cut spiral felt trivets and decorative buttons all get the Bookhou touch.
Where to buy: Felt trivets will be $20 at Bookhou's One Of A Kind Show (oneofakindshow.com) booth (S-37) at the Direct Energy Centre (Exhibition Place) November 27 to December 7.