The Home Front: The latest from Sarah Richardson

Laveta Brigham

Article content continued “There’s everything you need to complete any room in your houses. From sofas to rugs, coffee tables to credenzas, dining tables, chairs, media consoles, you name it, we designed it,” she says. Sarah Richardson for Palliser collection, in a converted 1906 church in Creemore, Ont. Photo by […]

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“There’s everything you need to complete any room in your houses. From sofas to rugs, coffee tables to credenzas, dining tables, chairs, media consoles, you name it, we designed it,” she says.

Sarah Richardson for Palliser collection, in a converted 1906 church in Creemore, Ont.
Sarah Richardson for Palliser collection, in a converted 1906 church in Creemore, Ont. Photo by Valerie Wilcox /PNG

There is a no-nonsense feeling about everything Richardson turns her hand to, and her collection for Palliser is the result of tried and true design styles and materials that she’s used during her long and successful career, combined with new designs.

In her new collection, the Silhouette sofa is a reproduction of one she designed for her own home in Toronto, and other sofas and chairs are replicas of pieces she’s been designing for her private clients for over a decade.

With home furnishings increasingly following the path of fast fashion, Richardson says her underlying motivation for this collection was to channel all of her learnings as a designer into  durable furniture and furnishings at an affordable price point that people can feel happy about. It can be daunting for people to choose furniture pieces they like that work together — and not break the bank doing it. As a designer, Richardson says she hopes to take the guess work out of it.

“We spend so much time thinking about the details, the scale and proportions and realizing these environments, so it’s not just a chair, but how does it look and feel in daily life, and within an environment,” she says.

Making it foolproof for customers has been the driving force since day one for Richardson and her team. From the first sketch to selecting every one of the fabrics and making sure they meet the standards for durability, practicality and feel.

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