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from around the world, in­clud­ing well-tai­lored sec­tion­als and an ex­panded leather col­lec­tion. These pair nicely with SF’S mid-mod cre­den­zas, ac­cent ta­bles and oc­ca­sional chairs, as well as area rugs and ac­ces­sories from Den­mark’s Su­per­liv­ing. 885 CALEDONIA RD 416 783 3333 SHELTERFURNITURE.CA


Source Of Fur­ni­ture and Ac­ces­sories, in­deed. With all things home decor spread across 40-plus show­rooms that span a stag­ger­ing 18,580 square me­tres, SOFA is an al­ways-evolv­ing re­source for in­te­rior de­sign pros. Each show­room fea­tures the lat­est trends and styles in fur­nish­ings, ac­ces­sories, ap­pli­ances, tex­tiles, floor­ing and light­ing from top in­ter­na­tional man­u­fac­tur­ers. A few of the build­ing’s must-visit cor­ners in­clude Aga Marvel, Dis­tinc­tive Ap­pli­ances and Vic­to­ria + Al­bert Baths. THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CEN­TRE, 6900 AIR­PORT RD 905 678 5626 TRADE & BY APPT ONLY VISITSOFA.COM

South Hill Home

An el­e­gant se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings by top-tier de­sign­ers from around the world can be found here. Along­side fine Euro­pean seat­ing, ta­bles and light­ing from the likes of Sé and Gubi, you’ll find an in­ter­lock­ing bronze ring LED chan­de­lier from Christo­pher Boots; Gilles Caffier’s gen­tly lu­mi­nous ta­ble lamps with black mar­ble shades and scaly Pan­golin vases; and ac­ces­sories like min­i­mal­ist can­dle hold­ers from Dan Yef­fet with brass disc in­serts to re­flect the flame. 200 DUPONT ST 416 924 7224 SOUTHHILLHOME.COM

Space Fur­ni­ture

Own­ers Alex Bak and Laura Payne of­fer a va­ri­ety of cus­tom mill­work and fur­ni­ture – but that’s not all. They also build con­tem­po­rary cab­i­netry for kitchens and bath­rooms, floor-to­ceil­ing fire­place sur­rounds, float­ing stair­cases, me­dia units and clos­ets. Stain­less-steel and Co­rian coun­ter­tops are made to or­der with in­te­grated sinks, pro­vid­ing a seam­less, easyto-clean kitchen sur­face, while SF’S art­ful win­dow se­cu­rity bars look like wav­ing grasses or rip­ples on wa­ter. 479 QUEEN ST E 416 955 4559 SPACEFURNITURE.CA

Stoney Creek Fur­ni­ture

While more tran­si­tional than mod­ern, there are great North Amer­i­can-made fur­nish­ings to be found at SCF. We were im­pressed by the crafts­man­ship (and pric­ing) of fabric- and leather-uphol­stered so­fas from Fu­tura Leather, Jonathan Louis and Sty­lus, as well as by Glen from Moe’s, a mid-mod arm­chair with ta­pered wooden legs and tai­lored grey cover. There’s also hand­some four-poster beds, bunk beds for the kid­dos and Serta mat­tresses ga­lore. 7979 WE­STON RD 800 263 8575 STONEYCREEKFURNITURE.COM

Stu­dio b/plan b

A vast space houses im­pec­ca­bly crafted mod­ern fur­ni­ture that ranges from Wal­ter K.’s dreamy beds to sculp­tural con­soles by Caste. Ex­clu­sives in­clude tran­si­tional seat­ing and light­ing from Holly Hunt, hand-wo­ven out­door sets by De­don and light­ing from Penta and Oluce. Don’t miss Paola Lenti’s Sabi se­ries of out­door seat­ing wrapped with luxe rope cord, plus Merid­i­ani’s uphol­stered Kira bed with a back frame that re­sem­bles a cushy loveseat. The in-store Hästens shop show­cases hand­made mat­tresses from Swe­den’s be­spoke bed man­u­fac­turer. 380 KING ST E 416 363 2996; 416 941 1010 STUDIOBHOME.COM; PLANBOFFICE.COM


Lo­cated in an 1880s com­mer­cial build­ing, Style­garage is a des­ti­na­tion for in­dus­trial-chic wares and made-to-or­der fur­ni­ture. You’ll find roomy club chairs, flex­i­ble Jieldé task lamps in av­o­cado green and saf­fron yel­low and var­i­ous cus­tom­iz­a­ble wood din­ing ta­bles and kitchen is­lands. Up­stairs is the mid-mod col­lec­tion of couches, chairs and cof­fee ta­bles by Toron­tode­signed line Gus Mod­ern. Of note, the Aubrey Sofa’s tufted cush­ions and piped edg­ing give it a glam­orous vibe while re­tain­ing the fuss-free sen­si­bil­ity the brand is known for. 78 OSSINGTON AVE 416 534 4343 STYLE­GARAGE.COM

Suite 22 In­te­ri­ors

Home to sharp con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian fur­ni­ture, Suite 22 has tai­lored liv­ing, din­ing and bed­room vi­gnettes that boast such heavy-hit­ters as Cat­te­lan Italia, Lago, Ar­ketipo and Tac­chini. Stand­outs in­clude Naos’ ce­ramic-topped Boo­gie ta­ble, whose ge­nius pivot mech­a­nism al­lows the ex­ten­sion to tuck away with a sim­ple push. An­other adapt­able won­der is Saba’s New York Suite arm­chair with re­versible cush­ion­ing – you can change the seat’s per­son­al­ity with one flip. 429 RICH­MOND ST E 416 703 8322 (ALSO: 160 BUL­LOCK DR 905 554 6084) SUITE22.CA


Ger­many’s Draen­ert, Spain’s BD Barcelona and Italy’s I 4 Mar­i­ani are among the ex­clu­sive Euro­pean fur­ni­ture lines on dis­play in a spa­cious show­room. New ar­rivals in­clude Draen­ert’s au­to­mat­i­cally ex­tend­ing stone din­ing ta­ble, Fon­tana, and the Blow side ta­ble, which com­bines a seem­ingly con­traire mar­ble pedestal and hand-blown glass top. The Niky sofa by I

4 Mar­i­ani fea­tures a struc­tural base as stylish ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ment and leather up­hol­stery sport­ing a dis­tinc­tive sar­to­rial fold. Look for Capo d’opera’s stor­age units in a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and fin­ishes. 247 DAVENPORT RD 416 515 0005 TEN­DEX.CA

Tusch Seat­ing

Though it caters to de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects, any­one with, well, a tush can pe­ruse Tusch’s colour­ful stools, desks and chairs from Italy and Spain, in­clud­ing ex­clu­sives from Tonon and Bil­liani. Look for Ex­pormim’s Twins, a pair of out­door chairs with match­ing wide pans and high backs but in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­ity; Man­delli Pagliarulo’s tubu­lar Nolita stools in lemon, lime and teal; and Emilio Nanni’s award-win­ning Fratina chair, with its gor­geous bent-wood back, ash frame and rope seats, avail­able in nu­mer­ous fin­ishes. 251 BARTLEY DR, UNITS #3 & 4 416 368 6100 TUSCHSEATING.COM


Old meets new here in a range of retro, mod­ern and tran­si­tional fur­ni­ture. Look for mid-cen­tu­ryin­spired so­fas by Toronto’s Gus Mod­ern, wood-frame beds by Mon­treal’s Mo­bi­can, as well as other cool Canuck of­fer­ings in­clud­ing rus­tic oak-ve­neered din­ing ta­bles, dresser sets and en­ter­tain­ment units. Or, em­brace a nos­tal­gic old-hol­ly­wood aes­thetic with Korsin’s Lock­lear lounge chair with a yel­low vel­vet-uphol­stered seat set on a glam­orous metal­lic frame. 310 KING ST E 416 366 7477 (ALSO: 1400 CASTLEFIELD AVE 416 787 8488) UP­COUN­TRY.COM

Ur­ban Mode

In­side what used to be an auto shop is a ver­i­ta­ble rain­bow of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings and ac­cents: Soft­line’s ul­tra­com­fort­able Eden lounge chairs, Mu­uto’s strik­ing Un­fold pen­dants and Blu Dot’s Splash coat racks, avail­able in bright blue, red and yel­low. Look for pieces by Dan­ish brand Hay, a no­table new ad­di­tion to the store: its shapely Uchiwa lounge chair was in­spired by the tra­di­tional Ja­panese hand fans, while the slat­ted steel Hee chairs are ideal for both in­door and out­door use. 145 TECUMSETH ST 416 591 8834 URBANMODE.COM

West Elm

The Lib­erty Vil­lage out­post em­pha­sizes af­ford­able fur­ni­ture ba­sics and ac­cou­trements for condo dwellers: clean-lined beds, mod­u­lar sec­tion­als and stor­age ta­bles, as well as splashier items like Ikat shag rugs and over­sized Luna chairs. West Elm’s Lo­cal ini­tia­tive asks Toronto de­sign­ers to hand-pick home­grown items; cur­rent se­lec­tions in­clude hand­crafted soap from Skip­ping Stone and re­claimed-wood cof­fee ta­bles by Son of a Wood­cut­ter. 109 AT­LANTIC AVE 416 537 0110 WESTELM.CA More con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture: Bauhaus, Casa Di Luce, Euro­lite, Stu­dio Pazo and Torp Inc.

De­sign Ac­ces­sories


The brain­child of graphic de­signer Chris Hanz is his ode to func­tion­al­ist sen­si­bil­i­ties, spe­cial­iz­ing in high-qual­ity desk sup­plies and house­wares with a stripped-down aes­thetic and clear pur­pose – you won’t find any dec­o­ra­tive items here. You will, how­ever, find spring scis­sors and bam­boo tooth­brushes from Nomess Copen­hagen, brass

DUX pen­cil sharp­en­ers and stain­less-steel catch-alls from Good Thing. 1081 QUEEN ST W 416 822 8374 AV­ER­AGE.IS

Bergo De­signs

Boast­ing home ac­ces­sories from top Euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ers, Bergo offers an eclec­tic ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional de­sign. Among the se­lec­tion of Eva Solo ac­ces­sories from Den­mark are carafes cov­ered in zip­pered in­su­la­tor co­zies that ab­sorb con­den­sa­tion. Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer Seletti’s se­ries of plates printed with planet im­agery are out of this world, while ma­cho cof­fee mak­ers also abound. 28 TANK HOUSE LN 416 861 1821 BERGODESIGNS.CA


With most items fashioned on-site, Bookhou offers small-batch lo­cal fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories at their best. Natural ma­te­ri­als are at the fore­front: totes and pil­lows in linen and waxed can­vas are adorned with mono­chrome geo­met­rics,

flo­ral prints or hand-drawn de­signs. Other gems in­clude pat­terned tea tow­els and pen­cil cases in na­ture-in­spired hues, minia­ture ce­ramic vases and a line of screen-printed note­books and cal­en­dars. Among the cus­tom hard­wood pieces are shapely benches and chairs with in­tri­cate curves that re­call mid-cen­tury Fin­nish de­sign.

798 DUN­DAS ST W 416 203 2549 BOOKHOU.COM


Brika is a des­ti­na­tion of choice for whim­si­cal home decor, gifts and sta­tionery by ar­ti­sans from across North Amer­ica and around the world. Favourites in­clude Morn­ing Cul­ture’s hip­pie-chic La Playa throw blan­kets, glam­orous black-and­gold pa­pier mâché bowls by Swazi­land’s Quazi De­sign and kitchen ac­ces­sories that blend style and func­tion – like Stak Ce­ram­ics’ glazed ipad docks that house kitchen uten­sils along­side your tablet. 642 QUEEN ST W 844 472 7452 (ALSO: 768 QUEEN ST E 844 472 7452) BRIKA.COM


At-home mixol­o­gists shouldn’t miss the glass­ware, uten­sils and al­co­hol-re­lated nov­elty items at this em­po­rium for ev­ery­thing cock­tail. Past a wall of lo­cal bit­ters (am­bi­tious vis­i­tors can sam­ple each one) are new and vin­tage coupes, co­pi­tas and tum­blers. Op­po­site, you’ll find up­scale es­sen­tials in­clud­ing Cock­tail King­dom’s Yarai mix­ing glasses, Bos­ton shak­ers, min­i­mal­ist Ja­panese tools and vin­tage cut-glass gob­lets. 972 QUEEN ST W 416 858 2932 (ALSO: 20 KENS­ING­TON AVE 416 858 2932) BYOBTO.COM

Cam­bie De­sign

CD is a trove of Cana­dian-made ce­ramic ob­jects and bright tex­tiles sourced from Morocco and Peru: fringed al­paca-blend throw blan­kets, pom­pom-trimmed pil­low cov­ers and pat­terned wool rugs made in the An­des Moun­tains us­ing tra­di­tional weav­ing tech­niques. The ex­quis­ite ce­ramic pieces on dis­play in­clude Xe­nia Taler’s striped blue porce­lain coast­ers and Shayna Steven­son’s hand-glazed cups. 1048 QUEEN ST W 416 516 7132 CAMBIEDESIGN.COM

Craft On­tario Shop

More than 400 ar­ti­sans con­trib­ute to this trove of hand­crafted ob­jects – made of ce­ramic, glass, tex­tiles, sil­ver and wood – that’s art­fully dis­played in a dou­ble-height show­room. The se­lec­tion ranges from func­tional house­wares, in­clud­ing Ka­t­rina Tomp­kins’ ver­sa­tile dou­blesided triv­ets (cork on one side, Co­rian on the other), to state­ment pieces: Inuk­shuk stat­uettes, curvi­lin­ear wood sculp­tures by Davoud Khos­ravi and prints from Inuit and Abo­rig­i­nal artists. 1106 QUEEN ST W 416 921 1721 CRAFTONTARIO.COM


Ja­panese house­wares and desk­top ac­ces­sories con­sist of ev­ery­thing from the su­per-kawaii (H Con­cept’s quirky ba­nana-shaped door stop­pers and chubby porce­lain Flow­er­man vases) to the prac­ti­cal, like Hario’s min­i­mal­ist syphon cof­fee

pots. Scel­te­vie’s vi­brant Takuzen place­mats and Ko­tori’s wooden shoe­horns sit some­where in be­tween. Fun of­fice ac­ces­sories – in­clud­ing +d’s lus­trous brass Birdie let­ter open­ers – are sure to brighten the desk of even your grouch­i­est co­worker. 11 BALD­WIN ST 416 260 0710 CUBESHOPS.COM Dis­till A multi-level space houses a re­volv­ing col­lec­tion of Cana­dian fash­ion and hand­made ob­jects by both cel­e­brated names and fresh tal­ent. New Brunswick ar­ti­san Yolande Clark’s porce­lain vases splashed in painterly com­po­si­tions are ac­cented with gold leaf, while Gfurn’s Multi cubes – cushy ot­tomans cov­ered in hun­dreds of wool balls – are avail­able in cool colour com­bos or a muted neu­tral pal­ette. 24 TANK HOUSE LN, STE #103 416 304 0033 DISTILLGALLERY.COM Drake Gen­eral Store

DGS’S three-storey flag­ship offers a bar­ber­shop, cof­fee bar and re­tail space with enough room, of course, to also host the store’s sig­na­ture Cana­di­ana-in­spired goods: Mette Dit­mer’s cozy waf­fle-knit blan­kets, Pue­bco’s in­dus­trial-chic steel bev­er­age dis­pensers, din­ner­ware de­pict­ing su­per-sat­u­rated land­scapes and glass tum­blers sport­ing hu­mor­ous quips and kitschy il­lus­tra­tions. 1151 QUEEN ST W 647 346 0742 (ALSO: HUD­SON’S BAY, 176 YONGE ST, LWR LVL 416 861 6009; HUD­SON’S BAY, 44 BLOOR ST E 416 972 3333 X4137; 2607 YONGE ST 416 966 0553; 61 FRONT ST 416 214 6449) DRAKEGENERALSTORE.CA

Easy Tiger

ET is a haven for Toron­to­ni­ans crav­ing so­phis­ti­cated, min­i­mal­ist house­wares from around the world. Sheets, tow­els, shower cur­tains and throws from Dusen Dusen, cov­ered in squig­gles and sym­bols, im­part a bold look to any room. Sim­ple stemware from Ja­pan-based Kinto and stark white enam­el­ware by Makoto Koizumi pro­vide low-key, but equally re­fined, coun­ter­parts. 1447 DUN­DAS ST W 647 748 6161 EASYTIGERGOODS.COM

The Fin­nish Place De­voted ex­clu­sively to Nordic prod­ucts for the home, FP boasts the widest se­lec­tion of Marimekko mer­chan­dise in Canada. Bags, kitchen­ware and bolts of fabric in the com­pany’s sig­na­ture poppy pat­tern are plen­ti­ful, and are joined by a black-and-white table­ware col­lec­tion with bas­ket-weave graph­ics and or­ganic cot­ton tex­tiles printed with for­est an­i­mals. Also here are Iit­tala’s func­tional house­wares, in­clud­ing curvy vases, beaded glass­ware and a new batch of blue plates and bowls that evokes clas­sic speck­led cam­p­ware. 7670 YONGE ST 416 222 7575 FINNISHPLACE.COM Gar­diner Museum Shop

Atop the long shelves of the Gar­diner’s gift shop are unique ce­ramic and glass pieces by ar­ti­sans from Canada and be­yond. From Toronto, find Shay Salehi’s dec­o­ra­tive bowls that fuse glass beads into bold colour gra­di­ents that look del­i­cate and volcanic, and Chari Co­hen’s land­scape-in­spired ce­ramic cups, vases and wall-hang­ings. From Jingdezhen, China, come Mid­dle King­dom’s colour­ful nest­ing her­mit bowls, fired rim-down to cre­ate a con­trast­ing edge of unglazed ce­ramic. 111 QUEEN’S PK 416 408 5066 GARDINERMUSEUM.ON.CA

Good Egg

Mika Bareket’s sunny kitchen-ac­ces­sory bou­tique is stocked with Le Creuset, Staub and Fal­con Enam­el­ware ready to trans­form ba­sic in­gre­di­ents into next-level cui­sine. Other kitchen es­sen­tials in­clude Bialetti espresso mak­ers, aca­cia cut­ting boards from Iron­wood Gourmet and Rosti Mepal’s pas­tel mix­ing bowls. 267 AUGUSTA AVE 416 593 4663 GOODEGG.CA

Good Neigh­bour

As it turns out, a two-storey tur­reted cot­tage is the ideal set­ting for GN’S se­lec­tion of ca­sual and cool home and life­style ac­ces­sories. In-store sta­ples like Her­schel bags, Hud­son’s Bay blan­kets and Ter­roni’s giftable food­stuffs (think pep­per­oncini pic­canti) are com­ple­mented by lo­cal looks from Peace Col­lec­tive and Jenny Bird Jew­elry. Also on of­fer are per­son­al­i­ty­packed home­wares like Led-lit plas­tic cac­tuses and co­conut fi­bre door­mats by Reed Wil­son that state “The neigh­bors have bet­ter stuff.” 935 QUEEN ST E 647 350 0663 GOODNBR.COM

Gron & White

Looking for that Scan­di­na­vian touch? At Britt Nils­son’s on­line bou­tique you’ll find din­ner­ware, decor and light­ing from such es­tab­lished Dan­ish brands as Nor­mann Copen­hagen, Ferm Liv­ing and Menu, all in muted tones for a calm­ing ef­fect. Equally de­light­ful is an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of goods from in­de­pen­dent Nordic de­sign­ers and artists, like Anne Linde’s pow­der-coated shelves, Iris Hantverk’s con­crete shav­ing cups with bad­ger-bris­tle brushes and whim­si­cal sta­tionery by One Must Dash. GRONANDWHITE.COM

Har­bourfront Cen­tre Shop

Near the Simcoe Wavedeck is a gift shop that boasts Cana­dian-made stock and award­win­ning de­signs from afar. These in­clude lim­ited-run house­wares and ob­jets d’art from cur­rent and pre­vi­ous artists-in-res­i­dence at Har­bourfront’s Craft & De­sign Stu­dio. Favourites in­clude Rekin­dle’s made-in-toronto mud­dlers; Stinson Stu­dio’s burl bowls carved in ru­ral eastern On­tario; and Larch Wood’s cut­ting boards crafted from Cape Bre­ton trees. Each visit is a tu­to­rial in home­grown de­sign. 235 QUEENS QUAY W 416 973 4993 HARBOURFRONTCENTRE.COM/SHOP

Home Smith

A cozy aroma (cour­tesy of Lin­nea’s Lights can­dles) and charm­ingly eclec­tic fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories ra­di­ate wel­com­ing vibes to cus­tomers. A whim­si­cal se­lec­tion of dec­o­ra­tive books from T.E. Lawrence spells out a David Bowie quote on one shelf, while the floor is ac­cented by a col­lec­tion of Beija Flor vinyl mats do­ing a spot-on im­per­son­ation of Moroc­can tiles. 309 RONCESVALLES AVE 416 484 3702 HOMESMITHHOUSE.COM

Hop­son Grace

At the heart of this Bur­di­filek-de­signed table­ware bou­tique sit two mar­ble-topped din­ing ta­bles ar­rayed in bone china, glit­ter­ing cut­lery, mouth-blown glass­ware and thrilling cen­tre­pieces. The thought­ful se­lec­tion from top man­u­fac­tur­ers and ar­ti­sans spans a range of price points. Look for Lisa Corti’s in­tensely coloured flo­ral linens, earth­en­ware from Gien fea­tur­ing del­i­cate hand-painted brush­strokes along the con­tours of shell-shaped plates,

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