10 Gifts Ideas For Her

10 Gifts Ideas For Her

by Louis Durocher April 19, 2017

Mother's Day is May 14!

Browse a selection of inspiring products for her, designed by independent designers and craftsmen. Buy less, buy better!

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Nadine Hajjar - Design & Woodworking

Nadine Hajjar - Design & Woodworking

by Manon Martin April 13, 2017

Imagination is not given, nor is it acquired. Imagination is experienced. Nadine Hajjar's imagination draws its origins from her childhood in Beirut, Lebanon, and it developed further throughout her adventures abroad.

Trained back home as an interior architect, she worked in this environment to realise that she was actually and truly attracted to the shape, texture and above all, function of the Object. Nadine therefore decided to specialise in furniture and industrial design by enrolling in, and obtaining, a Masters degree at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.

Nadine was kind enough to answer our questions.

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Christian Roy - Potter

Christian Roy - Potter

by Manon Martin February 23, 2017

A glance at the creations of the potter / ceramist Christian Roy is enough to detect his know-how, and his great attention to detail. It must be said that the craftsman made a hand for twenty years by turning, among others, for Evelyne Rivest-Savignac and Pascale Girardin, two ceramists recognized in Quebec.

The objects that Christian creates challenge us by their raw and refined side. When I saw for the first time pictures of the personal collection of everyday objects that Christian created for the table, I knew right away that I wanted to meet this talented ceramist. And when I went to his studio, where I was able to take in his hands his magnificent bowls, cups, and goblets, I had a real thunderbolt. From that moment, I absolutely wanted Christian to be added to the list of talented creators Chic & Basta is promoting.

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Rachel Grenon - Ceramist

Rachel Grenon - Ceramist

by Manon Martin October 31, 2016

I always have a great pleasure to share the journey of inspiring designers who in their authenticity have taken, at some point in their working lives, the decision to do what animated them, made them vibrate, and Rachel Grenon is part of these inspiring people.

After living in Montreal, Vancouver and Whistler, Rachel chose to live in the Eastern Townships in 2003 for its natural beauty and proximity to the city.

A recognized ceramist, her utilitarian and sculptural ceramic pieces have been seen across Canada, in design or craft fairs and at Wanted Design in New York, in 2014 and 2015.

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Celia Raquel Jimenez - Cucamanga

Celia Raquel Jimenez - Cucamanga

by Louis Durocher June 20, 2016

Celia Raquel Jimenez, owner of Cucamanga, spends her summers cooking for tree planters in the northern parts of Canada, allowing her to be closer to nature where she wild harvests ingredients for her Boreal Forest Line. She was kind enough to answer Chic & Basta questions. She spoke from her heart.

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Josée-Mélanie Lupien - La cabane atelier - Fichu Chiffon

Josée-Mélanie Lupien - La cabane atelier - Fichu Chiffon

by Manon Martin April 13, 2016

The first time I met Josée Mélanie of Fichu Chiffon, I immediately had a crush on her beautiful throws. In a modern style, these are handcrafted using traditional methods.

When discussing with the creative, we feel her great passion for textiles, and her taste for things well done, made to last.

Josée-Mélanie was kind enough to let us into her world and answer some questions for Chic & Basta. I leave you to discover her through this interview!

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Why Is This Page In English?

Why Is This Page In English?

by Louis Durocher February 22, 2016

Recently we had to make tough choices, we decided to display the Chic & Basta site in English by default. Why is that so? Aren't we suppose to promote makers and designers from Quebec, the French speaking province?

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Pierre Chayer - Pierre Chayer Artisan

Pierre Chayer - Pierre Chayer Artisan

by Louis Durocher February 09, 2016

Pierre Chayer is an avid wood craftsman. Forever in search of exceptional raw material for various woodworking projects, he promotes clean lines that highlight the pieces of wood he uses.

Among his creations are objects for the table and kitchen; pepper or spice mills, salad bowls, salad utensils.

Pierre was kind enough to receive us into his workshop and answer some few of our questions.

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Line St-Jean - Line St Jean Art & Design

Line St-Jean - Line St Jean Art & Design

by Manon Martin November 27, 2015

Line St-Jean is a painter-artist, a very talented multidisciplinary artisan, and a friend of mine a long time. With a pure delight, she paints canvases and objects and prints linens by hand.

For the artist-artisan, noble materials such as linen and hemp are white canvases, where she expresses the influence of his artistic work. Line designs collections for home, small series produced one by one with kindness and happiness. Each object with its irregular fingerprints and eye-catching details invites to poetry.

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Monique Ste-Marie - Sainte Marie design textile

Monique Ste-Marie - Sainte Marie design textile

by Manon Martin November 09, 2015

Monique Ste-Marie is part of this new generation of designers-craftspeople who manage to bring traditional know-how to the service of a resolutely modern aesthetic vision.

After completing training at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (MCCT) in 2012, Monique moved into her studio in Montreal, where she weaves beautiful utilitarian and functional baskets and objects, with original shapes and attractive colours.

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Christian Michaud - Parallèle soixante

by Manon Martin October 05, 2015

Actor since the early 2000s, some years ago Christian Michaud decided to take training in cabinetmaking at Artebois school in Quebec and wood carving courses from Quebec sculptors. For him, a new passion began.

Christian Michaud - Parallèle soixante - Chic & Basta

Already in love with cooking, it was obvious that Christian decides to design items for the kitchen and table, among them beautiful hand-carved spoons. In love with the great major northern areas, he chose Parallèle soixante for his company name to refer to the geographical line at the 60th parallel north.

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Tony Gaudette - Milan

by Manon Martin September 01, 2015

Tony Gaudette - Milan

Tony Gaudette, the designer who heads Milan, grew up in the Italian community in the North Shore of Quebec. In the streets of his childhood he was immersed in a world where food and art of living well transcended everything else. Passionate about wood products, he spent eight years learning woodworking, and he himself crafted the first products of Milan. This talented creator of objects is also a Quebec college teacher for ten years.

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