BRIKA — Behind the Goods

Behind the Goods: Canadiana-inspired enamelware from Forest & Waves

Behind the Goods Makers Q+A

When we first came across Edward Juan of Forest & Waves’ designs, we were smitten by the nature-centric illustrations on his line of enamelware that is practical enough for camping but charming enough for home use. BRIKA chatted with Ed about how the ocean, mountains and trees have been his greatest muse in his journey as an artisan in home goods. Where do you find the inspiration for your design? Mostly nature, but also everywhere! I live in Vancouver, B.C., where the mountain meets the ocean. I get my inspiration from a hike or a jog through Stanley Park, which is right by...

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Behind the Goods: Graphic illustrations and bold colors from LUprints

Behind the Goods Q+A

Graphic illustrations with bold pops of color are defining features of LUprints’ aesthetic, and the reason why their Toronto tea towel and animal print coasters remain BRIKA bestsellers. But as any artisan knows, the process between an idea and how it will take shape is multifaceted (and can often involve additional trips to the drawing board). With that in mind, we chatted to Ulla Clark, the face behind LUprints, about how she takes an Edison bulb idea for a new product and brings it to life. Where do you find the inspiration for your design? I am influenced by my surroundings, where we live...

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Behind the Goods: Handmade wooden furniture from Son of a Woodcutter

Behind the Goods entrepreneurial Meet BRIKA Q+A

In case you haven’t heard the news, BRIKA is delving into serious, world-dominating territory with our announcement about expanding into the furniture category. With the newfound ability to offer the very best in exceptionally made tables, desks and shelving and more, our Maker family has expanded to include carpenters, metalsmiths and lighting maestros. Jack Fouracre, the reclaimed wooden furniture designer and face behind Son of a Woodcutter, is one such artisan. BRIKA visited Jack at his studio in Toronto’s east end to get the scoop on how he makes his beautiful, expertly crafted furniture pieces. Why is the notion of using...

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Behind the Goods: JUST B SMILING's pressed flower phone cases

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It's hard not to immediately fall in love with JUST B SMILING's phone cases, and the audible chorus of ooh's and aah's when anyone lays eyes on them is certainly a testament to this fact. Beautiful and functional, each flower in Britt Stillie's line of phone accessories is plucked from her own backyard (even the case tags are made of seeds, ready to be planted!), making each colorful piece truly one-of-a-kind and a perfect gift for any occasion. As part of our Behind the Goods series, BRIKA chatted with Britt about starting her own business and the creative process that goes into putting...

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Behind the Goods: BRIKA’s Creativity Crawl Map

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BRIKA first met Toronto-based artist LeeAndra Cianci earlier this year when we came across her pop culture-infused illustrations depicting everything from Beyoncé and basketball stars to pizza and pugs. Embedded in her drawings is a decidedly heady dose of Canadiana: be it Ryan Gosling quotes, Raptors wins or Drake lyrics, there’s an undeniable Canuck quality to many of her doodles, making her a perfect candidate to illustrate BRIKA’s Toronto Creativity Crawl map. Devised of the need for a centralized resource in which to reference the city’s workshops, cultural hubs, beautiful shops and cafes for independent creatives, the Crawl is both...

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