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1 EQ3

With an eco­nom­i­cal ap­proach to de­sign,

EQ3 pro­duces in­tel­li­gently crafted and retro-sleek fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. Its lat­est col­lec­tion in­tro­duces the Re­play sofa with con­fig­urable seat op­tions, the Arie ot­toman and the Chiara Lounge Chair in wal­nut or black ash. Add geo­met­ric ac­cents with Ball lamps in var­i­ous fin­ishes, stor­age boxes suit­able both for vast li­braries and sim­ple ar­range­ments of tchotchkes or the Posey se­ries of pas­tel ce­ramic vases in play­ful forms that will bring fresh en­ergy to any room. 51 HANNA AVE, UNIT #3 416 533 9090 (ALSO: 222 KING ST E 416 815 2002) EQ3.COM

2 Fisker In­ter­na­tional

Headed by own­ers with a grow­ing de­sign–build busi­ness (they out­fit­ted The Globe and Mail’s new digs), this 220-squareme­tre loft is a no-non­sense show­room. Stop here for high-end Ital­ian and Dan­ish fur­ni­ture and mill­work, in­clud­ing seat­ing from Plank and Mater De­sign, clos­ets and bed­room fur­nish­ings from Pre­sotto and kitchens from Ce­sar, as well as con­tract fur­ni­ture from Howe. Also: light­ing from heavy­weights ILED, tossb and Ma&de. Now open: an af­fil­i­ated show­room for In­ter­norm’s en­ergy-ef­fi­cient tilt-and-turn win­dows at 1445 Court­ney­park Drive East, Mis­sis­sauga. 58 STE­WART ST, UNIT #100 INFO@FISKERINTL.COM BY APPT ONLY FISKERINTL.COM

3 Har­bourfront Cen­tre Shop

Near the Sim­coe Wavedeck is a gift shop that boasts Cana­dian-made stock and award-win­ning de­signs from afar. These in­clude lim­ited-run house­wares and col­lectible jew­ellery, as well as ob­jets d’art from cur­rent and pre­vi­ous artists-in­res­i­dence at Har­bourfront’s Craft & De­sign Stu­dio. Favourites in­clude Rekin­dle’s made-in-toronto mud­dlers, Stin­son Stu­dios’ burl bowls carved in ru­ral East­ern On­tario, Larch Wood’s cut­ting boards crafted from Cape Bre­ton trees and honey soaps made from the Har­bourfront Cen­tre’s own rooftop bee­hives. Each visit is a tu­to­rial in home­grown de­sign. 235 QUEENS QUAY W 416 973 4993 HARBOURFRONTCENTRE.COM/SHOP

4 Ha­worth

The dash­ing task chairs, desk sets and stor­age op­tions found in this show­room chan­nel the verve of Suits, cour­tesy of such de­sign stars as Marcel Wan­ders, Jasper Mor­ri­son and Pa­tri­cia Urquiola. The Ital­ian-de­signed, U.s.-pro­duced Lo­tus chair, avail­able in black and vi­brant turquoise, and the Poppy dowel chair are guar­an­teed to liven up any board­room. Be sure to visit Ha­worth’s pop-up space at The Omni King Ed­ward Ho­tel, which will be open un­til the be­gin­ning of sum­mer while the show­room is be­ing up­dated. 55 UNI­VER­SITY AVE 416 363 3486 HA­WORTH.COM

5 Hu­man­scale

This LEED Gold–win­ning HQ houses a wealth of er­gonomic and re­spon­si­bly made desk chairs and LED task lamps. Well­ness in­forms the mer­chan­dise, too: Quick­stand Eco is an easy-to-use ac­ces­sory that cre­ates an ad­justable sit-stand workspace out of any sur­face, in­clud­ing at home, while Of­fi­ceiq, an ac­tiv­ity tracker in­te­grated into chairs and desks, re­minds users when it’s time to move. Also: the stream­lined In­fin­ity light uses ef­fi­ciency-boost­ing oc­cu­pancy sen­sors, while the lob­ster tail-in­spired Trea chair au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs ten­sions to ac­com­mo­date the user. 488 WELLING­TON ST W, 6TH FL 416 979 0470 HU­MAN­SCALE.COM

6 I Have a Crush on You

Owner Amy Kwong jok­ingly de­fines her Lib­erty Vil­lage space as “a gift shop, gallery, de­sign stu­dio and sweat shop rolled into one.” Among the unique items in her quirky Smit­ten Kit­ten line are lug­gage tags in­spired by vin­tage bag­gage claim slips, retro mo­tel key­chains named af­ter Toronto neigh­bour­hoods and let­ter­press cards fea­tur­ing pop-cul­ture icons. Other fun finds: Matthew Del De­gan’s DIY Love­bot, Ver­ameat’s fan­ci­ful crit­ter neck­laces and a box of “Stop Talk­ing” busi­ness cards. 51 JEF­FER­SON AVE, STE #201 416 880 6369 IHAVEACRUSHONYOU.CA

7 In­ter­face

Long a source for strik­ing and sus­tain­able mod­u­lar car­pet tiles for the A&D com­mu­nity, In­ter­face now serves the pub­lic with an open-to-you show­room – a bright, airy space com­plete with a great view of the city. The tex­tile squares and planks in the glue-free re­place­ment Tac­tiles can be added with­out dis­rupt­ing a lay­out. We es­pe­cially love the var­i­ous tex­ture com­bi­na­tions in the Near & Far col­lec­tion, as well as the World Wo­ven line’s mix-and-match Skinny Planks and co­or­di­nat­ing squares. 134 PETER ST, STE #1602 800 667 0819 IN­TER­FACE.COM

8 Lee Val­ley Tools

Don’t let the rows of old-school cab­i­net fix­tures and aproned staff fool you – this wood­worker favourite has a ton of hard­ware essen­tials for the DIY condo set. The

1,860-square-me­tre space car­ries high-qual­ity com­po­nents, in­clud­ing in­vis­i­ble cab­i­net hinges, soft-close door slides, LED tape light­ing and a di­verse range of knobs, pulls and han­dles. Cul­ti­vate herbs like a pro with the space-sav­ing Grow-light gar­den and ad­justable stands, or stock up on fire­wood starters and split­ters, even with­out ac­cess to a car. 590 KING ST W 416 366 5959 (ALSO: 1275 MORNINGSIDE AVE 416 286 7574; 167 CHRISLEA RD 905 264 1208) LEEVALLEY.COM

9 Light­form

Once home to the En­gelite lamp fac­tory,

LF’S sprawl­ing show­room and ware­house em­braces the raw aes­thetic of the build­ing’s for­mer ten­ant. It stocks ex­cit­ing light­ing im­ports from across North Amer­ica and Europe, in­clud­ing stun­ning de­signs from Foscarini, Moooi, Parachilna and Roll & Hill. Show­stop­pers in­clude sim­ple, Nordic-in­spired pieces from &tra­di­tion, the clas­sic-meets-in­dus­trial Orig­i­nal BTC line, sculp­tural pen­dants from Stick­bulb and the won­der­fully sparkly Bac­carat crys­tal col­lec­tion. Flos’s con­joined show­room is ded­i­cated to new and clas­sic icons by the likes of Michael Anas­tas­si­ades, Jasper Mor­ri­son and the Castiglioni brothers. 267 NI­A­GARA ST 416 745 5656 LIGHT­FORM.CA

10 Love Me Do Baby & Ma­ter­nity

Kids – and new condo com­mu­ni­ties – grow up so fast, so how per­fectly suited is this bou­tique for all things mom and baby to Lib­erty Vil­lage’s in­flux of young fam­i­lies? De­sign-con­scious par­ents will ap­pre­ci­ate the award-win­ning Ubbi di­a­per pail, the Dan­ish-in­spired Tuo Con­vert­ible High Chair from Skip Hop and Baby­moov’s Hy­gro+ hu­mid­i­fier – com­plete with touch­screen, chang­ing colours and an es­sen­tial-oil dif­fuser. Lit­tle ones will en­joy play mats from Mis­ter Fly, and sim­ple Man­hat­tan Toy’s Mio themed build­ing block sets that can be turned into cas­tles, car­riages, even cat­a­pults. 50 LYNN WIL­LIAMS ST, UNIT #2 647 347 7619 LOVEMEDOBABY.COM

11 Sis­temalux

Though its usual beat is kit­ting out in­sti­tu­tional and com­mer­cial spa­ces like the Whit­ney Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art, Roots and the LCBO, Sis­temalux also car­ries ar­chi­tec­tural light­ing for the home, dis­played in a show­room that could fool vis­i­tors into think­ing they’ve stepped into an art gallery. Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer iguzzini uses in­no­va­tive track sys­tems and sculp­tural down­lights to il­lu­mi­nate with­out glare, while ex­te­rior light­ing from Simes lets you light your steps with re­cessed floor and wall fix­tures. 383 ADE­LAIDE ST W 416 408 3995 SIS­TEMALUX.COM

12 Spac­ing Store

Hop on the Spad­ina street­car to 401 Rich­mond to see the ul­ti­mate hub for citi­fied de­sign. Rob Crox­ford’s vin­tagestyled TTC and tourism posters are stacked along­side con­tem­po­rary prints, and a wall of sub­way-stop but­tons en­cour­ages you to rep your favourite neigh­bour­hood. Pick up rac­coon-themed gifts, city-in­spired glass­ware or Love My Lo­cal’s Toronto-shaped serv­ing board, then sift through over 100 non-fic­tion ti­tles about The Six, in­clud­ing Spac­ing’s own pocket-sized book se­ries and the lat­est is­sue of their mag­a­zine. 401 RICH­MOND ST W 416 644 1017 SPACINGSTORE.CA

13 Steel­case Work­life Cen­ter

SWC’S open-con­cept space presents a plethora of in­no­va­tive of­fice so­lu­tions in­spired by res­i­den­tial de­sign. If you’re in the mar­ket for task chairs, Ges­ture ad­justs to any pos­ture, while Co­a­lesse’s car­bon-fi­bre Lessthanfive (pounds, that is) chair can be cus­tom-or­dered in any Pan­tone hue. The er­gonomic Brody Work­lounge of­fers pri­vacy screens for dis­trac­tion-free work­ing. New col­lec­tions in­clude the B-free line of mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture and seat­ing and the Steel­case Se­ries 1 chair, cus­tom­iz­a­ble with ad­justable arms or even a coat hook. 200 KING ST W, STE #2400 416 542 7700 STEEL­CASE.COM

14 Swipe De­sign

It would be un­fair to call Swipe sim­ply a book­store given its ar­ray of giftable de­sign prod­ucts for home and of­fice. Scan­di­na­vian min­i­mal­ism is cel­e­brated with ce­ramic and glass house­wares from Marimekko and Iit­tala, which sit along­side chalkboard cups from Magisso and Areaware’s stack­ing

pine Block­i­tec­ture pieces, adding whimsy to the shelves of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign books. Red Dot Award-win­ning Se­crid wal­lets with a scan-proof alu­minum card pro­tec­tor are avail­able in a range of colours. 401 RICH­MOND ST

W 416 363 1332 SWIPE.COM

15 Tokyo Smoke

Founded by Quad­ran­gle Ar­chi­tects’ Lorne Gert­ner and his son (and for­mer Google exec) Alan, this in­dus­trial space is equal parts cof­fee shop and cannabis-cul­ture bou­tique. Im­pulse-buy items cater to your ap­petite for sleek de­sign: next to such favourites as Fel­low’s Duo cof­fee steeper and ce­ramic Hario brew­ers are home­wares that add per­son­al­ity. These in­clude Con­crete Cat’s Ed­mon­ton-made mar­bleized in­cense hold­ers and ash­trays, as well as lo­cally pro­duced Tokyo Smoke x Bren­nan Michael

in­censes and can­dles in such fra­grances

as Go, Re­lax, Re­lief and Bal­ance. 850B ADE­LAIDE ST W (ALSO: 874 COL­LEGE ST; 668 QUEEN ST W) TOKYOSMOKE.COM

16 Ul­tra Light­ing

Lo­cated just below street level at Spad­ina and Rich­mond, UL is an eclec­tic trove of light­ing for cost-con­scious shop­pers. Its eye-catch­ing lu­mi­naires in­clude Jonathan Adler’s bam­boo-in­spired Meurice chan­de­lier and Maxim Light­ing’s Saki, a tran­quil ac­cent piece that ra­di­ates gen­tle il­lu­mi­na­tion. With a wide range of Euro­pean-in­flu­enced stock from Al­le­gri, Kalco, Ar­te­ri­ors and Euro­fase,

UL has some­thing for ev­ery­one – and for any light­ing sit­u­a­tion life throws your way. Watch this space, as the store plans to carry modern fur­ni­ture in the near fu­ture. 129 SPAD­INA AVE 416 868 9606 (ALSO: 805 DUN­DAS ST E 905 272 8766) ULTRALIGHTING.CA

17 Vacu­ums Plus

“A space en­tirely de­void of mat­ter,” reads the def­i­ni­tion for “vac­uum,” but VP is not de­void of any­thing. This su­per­mar­ket of res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial vac­uum clean­ers car­ries prod­ucts from Elec­trolux, Rowenta and Sam­sung. The pièce de ré­sis­tance, though, is an ode to Ger­ma­nengi­neered in­no­va­tion: the en­tire wall ded­i­cated to Miele’s crowd-pleas­ing suckerup­pers. New of­fer­ings in­clude Caf­fi­taly cof­fee ma­chines and Ne­spresso-com­pat­i­ble cof­fee pods, as well as Dyson’s robotic vacu­ums, which make the prospect of clean­ing much more ap­peal­ing. 101 SPAD­INA AVE 647 748 7587 VACUUMSPLUS.CA

18 West Elm

This Lib­erty Vil­lage out­post em­pha­sizes af­ford­able fur­ni­ture ba­sics and ac­cou­trements for condo dwellers: clean-lined beds, mod­u­lar sec­tion­als and stor­age ta­bles. New items in­clude soft vel­vet Thea seat­ing, play­ful USB lamps to keep your elec­tron­ics fully charged and the Gem Cut Side Ta­ble, which makes a state­ment all on its own. 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 (ALSO: 2434 YONGE ST) WEST­ELM.CA

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