As far as we’re concerned, there’s no finer place to stay in Newfoundland than Fogo Island Inn, one of the major achievements of a $25 million regeneration project on the island just off the coast. A large part of what makes the 29-bedroomed venue so very lovely is its bespoke furniture, now available from KLAUS by Nienkämper at the firm’s long-established Toronto showroom. Around 70 pieces from the range will be permanently available from KLAUS either from the studio’s physical showroom or the online version, having previously only been accessible through the hotel’s on-site shop.
Fogo Island Inn was designed by acclaimed architect Todd Saunders and is finished with furniture and accessories – ranging from side tables and dining chairs to sconces and hangers – which were custom-designed by a range of international talents and are handmade by craftsmen from Fogo and Change Islands. Profits from the Inn and the furniture sales are being reinvested in what is one of Canada’s oldest communities – another good excuse to treat yourself to a piece from the range. The makers immersed themselves in the island’s traditional culture, materials and production methods to create contemporary furniture that draws on familiar, handmade forms. English designer Donna Wilson’s Bertha chair, with its flat wooden arms and woollen cushions, the settee-like Get Your Feet Up by Ineke Hans and Elaine Fortin’s decoratively-economical Punt Chair are among the highlights.