Thursday, November 5, 2015

attica takes double gold in "best of halifax" survey - join us for our celebration sale until nov. 21st!

We're thrilled to announce that Attica has again been voted as "Best Furniture Store" and "Best Home Decor Store" in Halifax! We're so ecstatic, in fact, that we're having a store-wide sale to celebrate. From now until November 21st, save 25% on all in-stock furniture, rugs and lighting! Plus, you'll find more specials in-store, with savings up to 50% on select items.

This is our way of saying thank-you! Your vote of confidence means a lot, and it's also wonderful to see so many independent, locally-owned stores winning in the various survey categories. We're so happy that you really, really like us! Thank-you!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

the making of "modern chinoiserie"

This past October marked our participation in the third year of Dine By Design East, a charity fundraiser that we co-founded with local decorator Jonathan Legate and East Coast Living Magazine. The event provides a wonderful venue for the design community to come together and raise funds for design scholarships for NSCAD University. To date approximately $60,000 has been raised.

Dine By Design East provides ten design teams with a blank canvas to create a 10' x 10' dining room, and and the opportunity to unleash their imagination, as there is no client providing parameters. Each year we create something very different from the year before. This year our inspiration was based on Instagram posting about a year ago by Christiane Lemieux, founder of Dwell Studio and author of Undecorate, of an image of de Gournay handpainted wallpaper:

The background imagery is based on Chinoiserie, a design influence since the 17th century, Chinoiserie, from 'chinois' the French for Chinese, was a style inspired by art and design from China, Japan and other Asian countries. During the time of Louis XV, entire rooms were painted with Chinoiserie compositions, often depicting garden scenes. European craftsmen developed fanciful furniture styles, including fretwork and glazing. 

Our concept was to work with traditional Chinoiserie elements, and combine them with pieces with mid-century and modern influences. Because we were incorporating the garden theme into our design, we also wanted to integrate natural elements such as branches and birds. This is our inspiration board:

Being fine art graduates of NSCAD University, it's important to us to have something handmade in rooms that we create. We decided to take on the very ambitious project of doing six paintings, each 3'w x 7'h, for a total of nine feet in length on each wall, based on de Gournay's Japanese Garden. Internet searches revealed details, but with just some small jpgs to work with, we decided to tackle the drawing ourselves, use our imagination for the missing elements where necessary, plus add our own personal style.

the painstaking process of the drawing is underway

painting begins

more colour is added and the panels begin to come to life

Suzanne Saul paints flowers

Christopher Joyce paints birds

bird and branch detail

Suzanne adds more silver leaf while Chris works on the custom dining table

painting the custom fretwork ceiling

selecting the custom frame from Secord Gallery for a peacock print

set-up is underway in the Attica booth at Dine By Design East
the custom Peacock table designed and made by Christopher Joyce takes center stage

the front view of Attica's "Modern Chinoiserie" display

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

girls' night out pop-ups at attica! join us thursday, sept. 24th, 4-8pm

Join us for a fun evening of fashion, wine, chocolate and design with pop-up shops on Thursday, September 24, from 4-8pm at Attica! 

Muriel Dombret Clothes

Guest fashion designer Muriel Dombret from Ottawa will be here for the evening with Heroine Clothing, bringing lovely new fall fashions for you to try on and order. 

Petite Riviere Winery in La Have, NS
Rousseau Chocolatier, Halifax, NS

Sample and buy wine from Petite Rievere Winery in La Have from the beautiful south shore, and chocolates from Rousseau Chocolatier. 

Donna Hiebert Design
 Donna Hiebert will have her handmade artful jewelry, and Spirit Spa will be on hand to help you further bring our your beauty with eye lash demonstrations and make-up tips and tricks. 

Spirit Spa lash extensions
Plus, see new designs for your home from Attica, with new introductions from G.Romano, EQ3, Calligaris and more!

The new Oslo sofa by G.Romano

Saturday, September 5, 2015

noteworthy trivia

With solid oak legs and a powder coated white metal surface, the Trivia collection by EQ3 adds modern styling at an affordable price to any decor. The oak is finished with nitroceluous finishing material and is finished with a low-sheen clear coat to showcase the natural beauty of the solid oak legs. The metal top is powder-coated in a matte white finish.

Trivia coffee table with Solo leather sofa
Trivia console table

The Trivia desk is equipped with a cord management slot that is perfect for tidying up the work surface.
Trivia desk
Trivia side table
Trivia coffee table

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

celebrate attica's 20th anniversary!

 Wow! It was in 1995 that Christopher Joyce and Suzanne Saul started Attica, Atlantic Canada's first contemporary design store. At the time, we had our custom furniture and design workshop combined with our showroom. Today, we've expanded and grown to bring you the largest selection of modern design. Celebrate with us and save 25% on all regularly priced, in-stock furniture and inspiration until July 26th. Plus, save up to 50% on select items. Visit us to see our in-store specials!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

a taste of downtown halifax

This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of Attica in Halifax. Started by two NSCAD graduates in 1995, Attica is Atlantic Canada’s first and largest contemporary furniture store. To kick start the festivities we’re having a one-day food festival in the store to showcase the talented chefs, local restaurants and food and beverage establishments of downtown Halifax. We love being part of the downtown community, and we want everyone to know what makes it a special place to be by inviting members of our community to join us for a very special day.

"We are very excited to host restaurants and food vendors from our downtown Halifax community," said Suzanne Saul, Attica Furnishings co-owner and twenty-year interiors industry veteran and decorator. "Store customers can engage with and enjoy local fare from downtown food producers and find out more about their businesses, while viewing the latest in contemporary home fashions and saving 25% store-wide."

While you enjoy the four floors of design at Attica, savour samples from Sugah!, Rum Runners,  Economy Shoe Shop, Ciboulette, Rousseau Chocolates, Five Fishermen and Layers Cakes. They're just some of the businesses that make Downtown Halifax a great place to explore and enjoy.

Sugah! Downtown Halifax

Rum Runners Cake Factory, Downtown Halifax

Economy Shoe Shop, Downtown Halifax

Ciboulette Cafe & Catering, Downtown Halifax

Rousseau Chocolatier, Downtown Halifax

Five Fishermen Restaurant, Downtown Halifax

Layers Cakes, Downtown Halifax

Sunday, April 5, 2015

the malta collection

Now at Attica! We're always excited to introduce new Canadian designs, and the latest is the Malta collection by Mobican. We're not the only ones that think that there's something special going on here: the Malta collection has been selected for the International Market Center Trend Watch 2015 at High Point. It's shown here in a matte teak finish. Check out the rest of the collection here: