Into the of­fice

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - PURSUITS - – RANDI BERGMAN

Up your desk game with de­sign pro Chris Hanz’s of­fice ac­ces­sory picks

Good de­sign is a rel­a­tive con­cept, but of­ten it means ac­quir­ing pricey pieces that can stretch your bud­get. So, how does one achieve a smart look with­out a big spend? “You usu­ally need less than you think, so my ad­vice is al­most al­ways to slow down; don’t pick a week­end to go out and fur­nish your life,” Chris Hanz says.

Hanz should know. The graphic de­signer turned im­porter ear­lier this year opened Av­er­age, a Toronto store that fo­cuses on high-qual­ity, high-func­tion desk sup­plies and house­wares with a time­less aes­thetic. “I look for a sense of seren­ity in the ob­jects I sur­round my­self with. I like things to have a place, pur­pose and func­tion with­out a great deal of ex­pres­sion.”

That con­cept ex­tends to Av­er­age’s of­fer­ing, which in­cludes a range of Hanz’s favourites from Copen­hagen, where he stud­ied de­sign, along­side brands from around the world. Here he shares a few favourites for an at-home work space.

1. WALL MIR­ROR

“This mir­ror is the per­fect bal­ance of re­duced and beau­ti­ful. I re­ally en­joy ob­jects peo­ple don’t think about a lot, like mir­rors, even though we all have one. I think those ar­eas are in­ter­est­ing chal­lenges for a de­signer to ex­plore.”

Wall mir­ror by Moebe, $299 at Gron + White (gro­nand­white.com).

2. JOUR­NAL

“I’m try­ing to be less dig­i­tal, so I found pick­ing up a use­ful note­book/plan­ner to be the eas­i­est, con­crete step I could take in that di­rec­tion.”

Even Weekly Jour­nal by Notem, $39 at Chez Nous Chez Vous (cncv.ca).

3. TA­BLE LAMP

“To me, the TR se­ries from Menu is one of the most in­ter­est­ing lights on the mar­ket. This tall ver­sion to­tally trans­forms a room on a side ta­ble, shelf, bed­side or desk.”

TR mar­ble ta­ble lamp, $339 at Av­er­age (av­er­age.is).

4. WOOL BLAN­KET

“Tekla is a brand that’s so easy to fall in love with. They couldn’t find their style of sheets and blan­kets they wanted, so they de­cided to make their own. A year later they’re sold at some of the best stores in Europe and even opened a pop-up ho­tel this past sum­mer in Por­tu­gal with hote­lier/artist An­dré Saraiva.”

Wool Blan­ket by Tekla, $280 at Av­er­age (av­er­age.is).

5. TRAY

“Things need places and this smart desk or­ga­nizer does a bril­liant job of hold­ing mail, keys, pens, phones, note­books et cetera.”

Strata Tray by Mer­cury Bureau, $99 at Neigh­bour (shop­neigh­bour.com).

CU­RATED PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JOSEPH SARA­CENO; PROP STYLING BY WIL­SON WONG

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