Steeped in British style as a result of 13 years spent living across the pond, Goodge Place co-owner Emily McLean honed her London-influenced design eye to open up a concept shop off South Granville in Vancouver last winter.

Pat Sweeney is drawn to places where many fear to tread. Hanging over the edge of the Cliffs of Moher with his arms balanced and neck craned at 90 degrees, the farmer-turned-trailblazer from County Clare on Ireland’s far west coast calls to a crowd to overcome their vertigo.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: To Omer Arbel, beauty is like a “behind-the-scenes force”, and it is the investigation of this force, and the search for it, that forms the foundation for all of his work.

Ingenious design is translated into simple forms at Japanese label Muji, known for its flexible product range that aims to be universally relevant (and delves into homeware, stationery, clothing, and more).

Just over a year ago, the Australian state of Queensland completed an 18-month-long, $24.5-million project to spruce up the coastal town of Airlie Beach. The landscaping spit-and-polish was a complement to Airlie’s existing central lagoon which overlooks the Coral Sea.

Just as our lungs must breathe, our skin must breathe, too. Enter Intraceuticals, an Australian line of skin-care products that not only expedites this process but improves upon it with their innovative Clinic Treatments.

When arbiter of opulence King Ludwig II ruled Bavaria in the 19th century, he was renowned for his extravagant castles and for dressing with a flourish of style. “The dream king,” as he was known, also insisted on wearing Roeckl leather gloves, which helped the brand earn recognition as an official supplier to the royal court of Bavaria.

“Every time I think I know anything about chocolate,” says artisan chocolatier Greg Hook, “I start to rethink it.”