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Handcrafted Holiday Gifts From Fogo Island Workshops

From the Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island Workshops offers beautifully handcrafted objects for the home, tokens of comfort and luxury that everyone deserves to receive around the holidays. Shorefast is a charity and community business on Newfoundland’s Fogo Island, with all operating surpluses returned back into the Fogo Island economy. Founded by businesswoman Zita Cobb, who grew up on the Island, Fogo Island Workshops is Shorefast’s design branch that works to repurpose discarded materials to reduce waste and preserve traditional cultural crafts like quilting and woodworking. From robes to bedding to small wooden decor and intricately designed furniture, Fogo Island Workshops makes it possible to support local craftsmanship and the local Fogo Island economy while connecting with the natural world. 

For the Homebody 

To replicate the Fogo Island Inn experience at home, the iconic Linen Robes given out to every guest at the Inn are also available for gifting in white or natural hues and made of 100% washed linen. Specifically constructed to wick moisture away from the body, these robes grow softer over time, so their receiver can enjoy deeper relaxation with every wear. To further honour the Inn’s relationship with the environment, sheet sets in its rooms were recently upgraded to Linen Sheet Sets in Queen and King ($1,200 CAD) sizes. For the person who craves more restful downtime, the ideal year-round material, 100% flax linen, naturally regulates body temperature so that the skin can indulge in its cozy fibres for high-quality sleep. 

For the One in a New Space

For the housewarming that never happened or simply a person who has been wanting to spruce up their space without knowing how to, the Pegrail is the answer to elevated room organization, available in custom lengths. Adding a touch of Fogo Island Inn simplicity to any room in the home, the Pegrail is sturdy enough to hold towels, bags, dog toys, and more, whether hung up in the mud room or the front porch. For the one looking for a touch of unique home luxury this season, the Fogo Island Arts Edition offers a one-of-a-kind Pyjama Quilt, made from remnants of pyjamas created by Jeremy Lang & Zin Taylor during their Fogo Island Arts residency.

For the Slow-Living Connoisseur

From the Premises Collection come mindfully designed furniture pieces that articulate the need for simplicity in small-scale spaces while fulfilling the desire for aesthetics. In line with the collection’s message of dematerializing objects to minimize resource consumption, the simple Kitchen Stool was created by Swiss designer Anthony Guex, who merges quiet aesthetics with the utility of urban life. Made by hand from ethically grown and regionally sourced birch by the craftspeople at Fogo Island Workshops, the Kitchen Stool is of ideal proportions and fits into any home space. The Washed Long Board also comes in round and square shapes, in the smoothest regionally sourced Yellow Birchwood one could imagine. For the one who loves growing their collection of kitchen and cooking tools and perhaps deserves an upgrade on their cutting board, the Washed Boards provide the ideal surface for preparing fruits and vegetables or for presenting a platter of charcuterie before a dinner party.