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A Bellissimo exclusive, Lovely Nova Design is an internationally published furniture designer that combines two distinct approaches in creating their handmade furniture. In their Historic Infusion Foundry Line, Jessica Skinner fuses historic foundry elements with a modern industrial aesthetic to meld Royal Canadian Navy history with the needs of today's client. In their Hand Painted Line, Lovely Nova Design mixes vintage charm with contemporary colours and techniques to offer a truly unique coffee and dining tables, dressers and more. Each piece that Lovely Nova Design creates is crafted by hand in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

THE LOVELY NOVA STORY

Somewhere just outside of Nova Scotia there is a foundry – one abandoned for over a hundred years. Lovely Nova Design discovered this piece of forgotten history and purchased what lay within. “These pieces aren’t just historic, they are storied,” explains Jessica Skinner, Lead Designer behind Lovely Nova Design. “These pieces were used for steel production and mass production for the royal Canadian Navy First world war. They celebrate the history of foundry production and railroad transport in Canada; our past is incorporated into pieces meant to be used today, and to see the next hundred years as well.” Lovely Nova’s designs are finished using a paint, wax and paint marine epoxy sealant process. This is a labour intensive curing technique, but the result ranges from painted velvety, mat finish to glass capsule shine that creates not only durability but a custom patina that can’t be replicated by any other process. The specialty Lovely Foundry line makes use of the precious, time-dated metal work, embedding parts of Canadian history into a number of designs including small and large coffee tables, rolling bars and kitchen islands, as well as large foundry harvest tables. Working with the foundry pieces is like creating a time capsule,” explains Skinner. “We’re saving the history, embedding the work into usable beautiful functional pieces that will last at least another hundred years.”

Somewhere just outside of Nova Scotia there is a foundry – one abandoned for over a hundred years. Lovely Nova Design discovered this piece of forgotten history and purchased what lay within. “These pieces aren’t just historic, they are storied,” explains Jessica Skinner, Lead Designer behind Lovely Nova Design. “These pieces were used for steel production and mass production for the royal Canadian Navy First world war. They celebrate the history of foundry production and railroad transport in Canada; our past is incorporated into pieces meant to be used today, and to see the next hundred years as well.” Lovely Nova’s designs are finished using a paint, wax and paint marine epoxy sealant process. This is a labour intensive curing technique, but the result ranges from painted velvety, mat finish to glass capsule shine that creates not only durability but a custom patina that can’t be replicated by any other process. The specialty Lovely Foundry line makes use of the precious, time-dated metal work, embedding parts of Canadian history into a number of designs including small and large coffee tables, rolling bars and kitchen islands, as well as large foundry harvest tables. Working with the foundry pieces is like creating a time capsule,” explains Skinner. “We’re saving the history, embedding the work into usable beautiful functional pieces that will last at least another hundred years.”