Finding Beauty in Objets D’Art

“A thing of beauty,” John Keats once wrote, “is a joy forever.” And, while the 19th century poet probably didn’t have carry-on suitcases and finely stitched sneakers in mind when he put his thoughts to paper, the sentiment stands true today. Because each of these objets d’art — whether it be an angular aluminum chair or choice chess set — has been crafted with care, produced with artistry, and will be passed down for generations to come. “Its loveliness increases,” Keats added, describing the individuality and value of such trinkets or treasures. “It will never pass into nothingness.”

Samarcande Chess Set by Hermès

Hermès chess set, objet d'art
Learn More

There’s no better advantage in chess than a sumptuous, sculptural set. This handsome offering from Hermès — with squares of natural mahogany and cassia wood set within the dense sapodilla wood of its structure — is finished with handles saddle-stitched from taurillon leather in France. ($8,350)

MK1B Chair by Required Objects

MK1B Chair by Required Objects objet d'art
Learn More

Pleasingly inconsistent due to the nature of its waxed aluminum finish, the first iteration of Required Objects’ MK series offers easy access from one armless side. Influenced by the brutalist and postmodern movements, its abstract, angular frame is available powder-coated in any colour. ($2,700)

American Collection Painting 63 (Bacon) by Brian Rideout

Painting by Brian Rideout
Learn More

Featuring the painting Study for a Pope VI by Francis Bacon — and interior design by Liaigre — this oil-on-canvas by Toronto-based artist Brian Rideout playfully references modernist decor and embarks on a “meta” confrontation of the two elements of painting’s identity: documentation and decoration. ($10,500 USD)

Rolling Trunk by Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Rolling Trunk
Learn More

In the label’s signature monogram canvas, this carry-on case is a direct descendant of Louis Vuitton’s historic trunks. Fitted with smooth-rolling wheels, a retractable top handle, and combination locks, its wooden slats, rivets, and reinforced corners put a modern spin on a classic design. ($11,800)

Shoe Box by Dior Men

Shoebox by Dior Men
Learn More

Containing a must-have new addition to Dior’s Spring 2024 collection — the B57 sneakers, which fuse elegance with sportswear and are distinguished by their retro allure — this leather-trimmed, silver-clasped shoe box features three wide windows through which you can view your finest shoes. (Price upon request)

Photography: Michael Kazimierczuk (Impossible Studios)

Photo Assistant: Ness DeVos

Prop Styling: Jess Anderson

Styling: Haley Dach