Cushions are cool again -- bold accent pieces that instantly update even the most tired sofa. One trend we're thrilled to track is the number of textile artists who are crafting great one-offs and small editions.
Yasmine Louis Textile Printing specializes in retro graphics and snappy texts (1, $40). She sells direct from her studio (by appointment, 257 Niagara, unit 105, 416-304-0490) and through local retailers First Hand (Queen's Quay Terminal, 207 Queen's Quay West, 416-203-7773) and J. Alfred Prufrock (682 Queen West, 416-504-0706).
Jonathan Adler's sturdy hand-woven Peruvian wool cushions (2, 12) are going for big bucks in New York City. The $130 price tag at Felix (24 Bellair, unit 7, 416-927-8752) is a relative bargain. Felix's house-label red raw silk striped number, by Tanya Djelueh, makes a splash for $70 (3).
Camille Turner looks to traditional Ashanti symbols for the Adrinka collection on her Sashita label (4, 11), available for $50 to $70 each at Alteriors (527 Danforth, 416-466-3622), Arts on King (169 King East, 416-777-9617), Bounty (York Quay Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, 416-973-4933), B.I.T.H. (28 Lennox, 416-588-3934) and direct from www.passport.ca/~sachita.
Toronto's Ruckus girls are known for their strong graphics, like their green-on-green Hosta (5, $50). Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas West, 416-979-6610), Eye Spy (1100 Queen East, 416-461-4061, and others), J. Alfred Prufrock, Red Pegasus (626 College, 416-536-3872, Shampoo (32 St. Andrew, 416-542-1576) and via 416-535-2468 or www.ruckusdesigns.com.
The Mondrian model by New York's Bambina di Chocolata (6) is $80 (Felix).
Soniac, by Sonia Chen, redefines patchwork with stunning hand-printed panels pieced with silks, linens and cottons (7). $56 at Lily Lee (261 Danforth, 416-461-1017) and $59.95 at Pavilion (739 Queen West, 416-504-9859).
Need a custom size or colour? Textile artist Penelope Stewart is happy to work on commission, $80-$150. Stewart & Company samples (8) are at Alteriors, Bounty, Kombinaat (250 King East, 416-363-7907), 727 Design (727 Queen East, 416-461-6769) and by appointment (416-538-4589).
Exquisitely hand-silkscreened silk chiffon makes fine artist Evelyn von Michalofski's EVO line very special (9, $160 at Felix).
Kinna Sohna imports traditional handcrafts by master artisans throughout India, including delicately embroidered mirrored cushions from the Jat tribe of Gujarat (10, $44.95 at the Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre, 416-599-5321, and by appointment, 416-203-0332). They've also got a booth at Harbourfront Centre's Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival, August 17 to 19 at York Quay Centre (416-973-3000).