I have a friend I love named Russell Baker, and he designs furniture. Beautiful, understated, quality furniture that is manufactured at his workshop in Vancouver, BC and sold in stores both in Canada and in the United States. For the last few years Russell, along with his partner David Eichorn, has had a retail showroom at 27 E. Pender, Vancouver BC, that will knock your socks off. Along with his own furniture he also sells lighting and rugs (among other things) that you'll probably be prepared to gnaw your own fingers off to get (am I projecting?). If you're anything like me you'll want to live there, you'll want to lounge there, you'll want to throw out everything you own and start over. More often than not you'll find Russell himself there, and he's one of the smartest (and funniest) guys you'll ever meet. So go already!
The beautiful and glamorous Jill Elliot
These are my own (non-professional) photos. For more, you know, STUNNING photos, take a look at the website: http://www.bombastfurniture.com/