DE­SIGN DES­TI­NA­TION: Toronto — a trea­sure trove of amaz­ing ar­chi­tec­ture

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page - Joseph Pu­bil­lones

Be­hold, the Toronto sky­line! The Queen City has amassed an in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture, show­cas­ing the tal­ents of world-renown ar­chi­tects such Daniel Libe­skind, Toron­to­nian Frank Gehry and Will Al­sop. The city that al­ready ranks 8th in the world for the num­ber of skyscrap­ers will be even more im­pres­sive with 10 to 20 new skyscrap­ers set to be fin­ished by 2020. A city of con­trasts and con­tra­dic­tions, Toronto’s un­usual city plan­ning melds and jux­ta­poses build­ings where Old Toronto ex­ists side by side with the new T.O.

Toronto is a global city and one of the most pop­u­lated cities in North Amer­ica. Cana­di­ans can be proud of their na­tion’s sin­cere sense of in­clu­sion. The month of June around the world is known for LGTBQ pride. Toron­to­ni­ans es­pe­cially let you know how proud they are the minute you step off Union Sta­tion with rain­bow ban­ners hang­ing in be­tween the train sta­tion’s col­umns and then through­out the city’s store win­dows, dis­plays and rain­bow flags fly­ing next to the iconic Maple leaf flag ... even a rain­bow tinged glass rail­ing in one of the bet­ter de­part­ment stores.

Smack dab in the fi­nan­cial dis­trict is The De­sign Exchange, Toronto’s de­sign mu­seum. It is lo­cated within an art mod­erne build­ing, which was built for the stock exchange and used as such un­til 1982. Serenely built of lo­cal stone and sur­rounded by a steel su­per­struc­ture sky­scraper, the in­te­rior dis­plays a re­mark­able use of Cana­dian nickel for doors, light­ing fix­tures and stair­way ban­is­ters. A cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion shows off the tal­ents of mid-cen­tury Cana­dian de­sign­ers, which used air­plane tech­nol­ogy to de­sign and build fur­ni­ture from chairs to stereo sys­tems. (234 Bay Street, Toronto)

De­sign afi­ciona­dos bee­line to Klaus: Toronto’s long­est run­ning con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture and de­sign store. Like a deck of cards, the loft-like space shuf­fles alternating floors dis­play­ing so­fas, chairs and art. The store has a great mix of time­less clas­sics with Cana­dian­designed fur­ni­ture such as Fogo Is­land Inn, Lam­bert et fils stu­dio and the works of artist Thrush Holmes. His art­work is made up of mixed-me­dia can­vas com­bin­ing oil paint­ing and neon lights. Holmes’ work was re­cently shown at the 2017 NYC Kips Bay De­signer Show House in the all black en­trance hall.

Mjolk (milk) is a re­tail breath of fresh air. This cool shop, is in­cred­i­bly hip, Zen and un­der­stated. The own­ers bring to­gether the de­signs of Scan­di­navia and Ja­pan in a space that echoes an earthy min­i­mal­ist home. Items are dis­played in their junc­tion neigh­bor­hood shop with a cu­ra­to­rial savvy, which makes each sim­ple item even more de­sir­able. The metic­u­lous work of Ja­panese artist Nori­hiko Ter­ayama is fea­tured in two gi­ant shadow boxes filled with pre­served flow­ers, grasses and sticks, as well as other smaller items. The store’s aes­thetic mantra is that their de­signs are “pure, hon­est and es­sen­tial”. And they are.

Even in a fast-paced city like Toronto, peo­ple take time to smell the bananas. La Banane is a great and un­ex­pected ex­pe­ri­ence, com­plete with great cui­sine along­side great mu­sic — disco to be precise. This unique French in­spired restau­rant has three dis­tinct seat­ing ar­eas: ta­bles, ban­quettes and the mile­long mar­ble topped raw bar and bar, and of course, ba­nana art. This restau­rant is the com­plete brain­child of hus­band and wife, Chef Bran­don Olsen and Sarah Keen­ley­side. The in­te­ri­ors are awash in dark emer­ald green walls, filled with vel­vet set­tees, high back chairs and two chan­de­liers from the ’70s that just cant be missed.

Ev­ery course was a mouth­ful of temp­ta­tion from the duck-fat pret­zel pan d’epi ap­pe­tizer, to the tuna-bathed brown but­ter, and the per­fectly crusted Eurobass en-croute. As a grand fi­nale, what could pair with a chilled glass of cham­pagne, but their sig­na­ture dessert ... Ziggy Star­dust Disco Egg is a true ed­i­ble work of art. Each piece is an aer­ated cho­co­late geo­met­ric egg ves­sel, which is coated in­side with salted cho­co­late, sour cher­ries and filled with Peru­vian cho­co­late truf­fles. Make a reser­va­tion if you can! It seems like it’s al­ways full...all the best places are.

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