A New Home.

So, things have been kind of busy around here.  We're spreading our wings.  From now on, please visit us here: http://shop.walrushome.com/blogs/news

It's still very new for us, so we'll be doing our best to add as we go.  If you're in Vancouver though, you know there is always more in store.

eeps!  Exciting times....

NEW: Areaware

'Designed by German artist Cordula Kehrer and commissioned by fair trade NGO Preda, this whimsical wastebasket is made by the indigenous Aeta people of the Philippines using traditional basket weaving techniques.
This basket, which combines hand-woven and sustainably harvested rattan with colorful plastic, asks us to consider larger questions about the nature of design, the role of the hand-made, and the place of craft-based cultures in a globalized economy.'
'Balance these ten faceted stone-size shapes to create your own sculpture. Tumbled in a water-based paint, and packaged in a cotton drawstring bag.'  
'Material: Resin and Marble. A thick, fibrous rope coiled and cast into a beautiful bowl.' 
'Cast from an 18th century Italian church key. Includes stainless steel ring to hold your keys.' 
'An industrial yet refined weighty tape dispenser.'
'Sophisticated in its rustic simplicity. A magnetized bottle opener that you will find indispensible. One magnet catches the bottle cap; the other allows the bottle opener to be kept on the fridge.'
'Sleek, horse-shoe shaped silicone doorstops which conveniently loop over door knobs when not in use. Sold in sets of three (one each of black, gray and green).' - winner of the Good Design award.
'Sturdy and secure, the set of two wedge-shaped stops props your door wide open. Alternately, use the cork wedges on your desk as an iPad rest or for note pinning. Each of the pair is painted orange on one side, with the reverse yellow and green. Designed and handcrafted by the designer in his Brooklyn studio.'

'Display your iPhone® with Hand Dock™, a wall-mounted docking station that helps alleviate desktop clutter. Cast from designer Harry Allen’s own hand, it finds further function as an object of art and an unusual conversation piece.'

'Unconventionally simple and eco-friendly, this flashlight belongs on your table, not hidden in a drawer. The designer's intention was to take the industrial edge off an iconic, mass produced object and to give it new life. Flashlights are typically made from plastic or Aluminum. New growth Beech wood transforms the utilitarian into something tactile and engaging. The end cap, which unscrews for easy battery replacement, houses the convenient on/off switch. With energy efficient LED bulb.' 
'Material: Organic Cotton, polyester filling' - 2 sizes available in store. 

"Areaware is a New York City based producer of everyday objects that are both functional and unusual. Our goals are to create thoughtful products that inspire an emotional response and to explore design languages as a means of creating new syncretic forms. We like to think we have a good sense of humor and that our objects are poetic. We wish to create a forum for young and local talent and together, we hope to become a strong voice for American design. We believe that appreciation for beauty is central to what it means to be alive and want to embody this principle in even the simplest things."

I love this. Feels like they sum up how we buy perfectly!

p.s. had to look up the definition of syncretic: syn·cre·tism noun \ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌti-zəm, ˈsin-\
1: the combination of different forms of belief or practice
2: the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms

Valentine's Day Round Up.

beautiful new morse code necklaces and bracelets...$88, words such as love, peace, lucky...
restock of city lights. Amsterdam, London, New York... and of course the city of love, Paris.$38

local favourites Beta5 are back, an assortment of chocolates and caramels. starting at $9. 

another local fave - pyrrha necklaces.  starting at $128. 
bkr water bottles, new special edition heart!
limited quantities of the amazing slippers...

 vancouver designers, banquet atelier, capture valentine's with their heart prints, tattoos and cards. 
handsome silver and bronze cuff links. starting at $105.

all the way from new zealand, classic wool scarves. $85. 

lots more in store.  happy family day long weekend...

please note shop hours for monday will be 12 - 5pm.  

native shoes for kids are here.

yes, it's true. anna's been busy unloading heaps of boxes!  this is it kids. we tell you every year, get 'em while you can.  we're going to tell you again, please get them when you see them. this is especially true this year as stock is extremely limited.  due to production delays, this may be our only spring/summer shipment.  sorry adults, looks like you're out of luck this year...

great new colours in our most popular styles!!

new jewellery from moorigin...



"moorigin desires to bring you exquisitely designed products that reflect the timeless beauty, simplicity and innocence of nature. at moorigin we pay attention to each part of the production process: from the intricate designs to the strict material selection, all the way down to our clean and simple packaging.
our hope is that when you own one of our timeless products you are reminded of all things unique, pure, lovely and simple. the things that make this life beautiful." necklaces, earrings and brooches are available. 

perfect.  we love the things that make this life beautiful too....

starting at $36.

happy new year!

photo courtesy of Janis Nicolay (thank you Janis!!xo)

thank you for your support this year.  it means the world to us. 

wishing you much health, joy and happiness today and always...cheers to 2013!

shop hours:
december 31st         closed
january 1st               closed
january 2nd             open regular hours (10am - 7pm)

caroline and daniel 

*holiday hour revision

sunday. december 23            11am - 5pm
monday. december 24          10am - 2pm
christmas day                       closed
wednesday.december 26      closed
thursday. december 27         closed
friday. december 28             10am - 7pm

happy happy holidays!

love all of us at walrus. xo