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The brain­child of graphic de­signer Chris Hanz, Av­er­age is an ode to func­tion­al­ist sen­si­bil­i­ties, spe­cial­iz­ing in high-qual­ity desk sup­plies and house­wares with a time­less aes­thetic and clear

pur­pose. Among the stand­outs are con­crete soap dishes and bath brushes crafted from horse­hair by Swe­den’s Iris Hantverk; Ja­panese slow-drip cof­fee brew­ers; YUL’S run­way-ready knap­sacks and totes; and note­books for ty­pog­ra­phy lovers from Den­mark’s Nor­mann Copen­hagen. 1081 QUEEN ST W 416 822 8374 AV­ER­AGE.IS

Bergo De­signs

Boast­ing home ac­ces­sories from top Eu­ro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ers, BD of­fers an eclec­tic ar­ray of in­ter­na­tional de­sign. Among a med­ley of ob­jects is the Cube­bot by Areaware, a Ja­panese-in­spired puz­zle that con­verts from an in­nocu­ous cube into a robot; shiny carafes and dishes from Alessi; and col­lectible roller pens from ACME. Mean­while, Tom Dixon’s Brew col­lec­tion con­tains a PVD stove­top es­presso maker with an ex­ag­ger­ated han­dle – an un­likely mar­riage be­tween art deco ge­ome­tries and fu­tur­is­tic aes­thet­ics. 28 TANK HOUSE LN 416 861 1821 BERGODESIGNS.CA

Black Rooster Decor

Nina Ber-donkor and Prince Brefo-donkor’s bou­tique sparkles with the glam­our of a Hol­ly­wood Re­gency manse. Its wide se­lec­tion of state­ment­mak­ing fur­ni­ture and decor ob­jects grav­i­tates to­ward the op­u­lent, like Jonathan Adler’s vel­vet Maxime club chair, or benches and ot­tomans swathed with sheep­skin or rab­bit fur. Smaller pieces in­clude brass sculp­tures, black and white ceram­ics and rich, earthy throw pil­lows; ac­cents in gold and Lucite add to the space’s sump­tu­ous al­lure. 1025 QUEEN ST E 416 465 7778 BLACKROOSTERDECOR.COM


With most of its items fash­ioned on site, Bookhou of­fers small-batch lo­cal fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories at their best. Nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als are at the fore­front, like totes and pil­lows in linen and waxed can­vas adorned with monochro­matic geo­met­rics or hand-drawn de­signs. Other gems in­clude screen-printed linen stor­age buck­ets, draw­string pro­ject bags for craft­ing sup­plies and, among the cus­tom hard­wood pieces, maple ve­neer mo­biles 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 North Amer­ica and around the world. Favourite house­wares in­clude Xe­nia Taler’s striped ce­ramic coast­ers hand­made in Toronto, Mon­treal tex­tile artist Blanc Laine’s pas­tel wo­ven wall hang­ings, Van­cou­ver Can­dle Co.’s line of neigh­bour­hood-in­spired can­dles (in­clud­ing Yorkville and Queen West) and Morn­ing Cul­ture’s hip­pie-chic La Playa throw blan­kets. 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 boozy nov­elty items at this emporium for every­thing cock­tail. Past a wall of lo­cal bit­ters are new and vin­tage coupes, co­pi­tas and tum­blers. Else­where in the store, find up­scale es­sen­tials like Fi­nal Touch’s stain­less-steel Yarai mix­ing glasses, wood and cop­per mud­dlers, 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 thought­fully cu­rated ob­jets 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. Other house­wares in­clude MLKANHNY brass spoons, Sara Clark’s rope wall hang­ings and Akai Ce­ramic Stu­dio’s gold-rimmed plates. 1048 QUEEN ST W 416 516 7132 CAMBIEDESIGN.COM

Craft On­tario Shop

More than 400 ar­ti­sans con­trib­ute to the col­lec­tion of hand­crafted-in-canada art and de­sign ob­jects that’s art­fully dis­played in this dou­ble-height show­room. The se­lec­tion ranges from func­tional house­wares and gifta­bles – in­clud­ing Kayo O’young’s iri­des­cent free-shape bowls, Thomas Aitken’s over­sized mugs and Gold & Gin­ger’s hand-sewn bags – to such con­ver­sa­tion pieces as Willy Sky’s stone an­i­mal carv­ings, Inuk­shuk stat­uettes and prints from var­i­ous Inuit and Abo­rig­i­nal artists. 1106 QUEEN ST W 416 921 1721 CRAFTONTARIO.COM


Spe­cial­iz­ing in Ja­panese house­wares and desk­top ac­ces­sories, Cubeshops el­e­vates ba­sic ob­jects into su­per-kawaii works of art. H Con­cept trans­forms a doorstop into a quirky banana, while prac­ti­cal­ity comes into play with Hario’s min­i­mal­ist cof­fee syphons. Scel­te­vie’s vi­brant Takuzen place­mats and Ko­tori’s wooden shoe­horns sit some­where in be­tween. Fun of­fice ac­ces­sories like +d’s brass Birdie let­ter open­ers will brighten the desk of even your grouch­i­est co-worker. 11 BALD­WIN ST 416 260 0710 CUBESHOPS.COM


A re­volv­ing col­lec­tion of Cana­dian fash­ions and hand­made ob­jects by both cel­e­brated names and fresh tal­ents fill Dis­till’s space. New Brunswick ar­ti­san Yolande Clark’s porce­lain vases splashed in painterly com­po­si­tions are ac­cented with gold leaf, while

YYY’S one-of-a-kind hand­made stoneware teapots are de­fin­i­tive Zen. We es­pe­cially love Makiko Hich­er­naka­mura’s multi-func­tional earth- and pink-toned tum­bler/cup/bowls and EIKCAM’S porce­lain hang­ing planters tied with leather string. 1360A QUEEN ST E, UNIT #2 416 304 0033 DISTILLGALLERY.COM

Drake Gen­eral Store

DGS’S three-storey flag­ship of­fers a bar­ber shop, cof­fee bar and re­tail space with enough room left over (of course) to also host the store’s sig­na­ture Cana­di­ana-in­spired goods, among them Ar­borist’s Moun­tie-printed coast­ers and mugs, vin­tagein­spired pro­vin­cial pen­nants and Mette Dit­mer’s waf­fle throws. If home goods with an in­ter­na­tional flair are more your thing, look to Malin+goetz’s can­dles, OMMO’S 1970s-style kitchen uten­sils and Pue­bco’s enamel lamp­shades. 1151 QUEEN ST W 647 346 0742 (ALSO: HUD­SON’S BAY, 176 YONGE ST, LOWER LEVEL 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 so­phis­ti­cated min­i­mal­ist house­wares from around the world. Hay’s swirly Lup can­dle­hold­ers, in brass or matte black, add a sculp­tural el­e­ment to the ta­ble, while Lind­sey Hamp­ton’s speck­led ceram­ics de­light with pas­tel hues. A se­lec­tion of every­day es­sen­tials el­e­vated through luxe ma­te­ri­als and savvy de­sign make per­fect gifts for the de­signophile: think linen-cov­ered Shi­nola note­books, One Sky Turk­ish ham­mam tow­els and Tsub­ota Pearl lighters in a rain­bow of colours. 1447 DUN­DAS ST W 647 748 6161 EASYTIGERGOODS.COM


Les­lie Zys­man’s long­stand­ing Cab­bage­town bou­tique re­flects the neigh­bour­hood’s com­fort­able idio­syn­crasy with a ro­tat­ing in­ven­tory that high­lights quirky, retro-in­fused fur­ni­ture, light­ing, kitchen­ware and tex­tiles. The cozy shop of­fers an ar­ray of such vin­tage and an­tique pieces as stun­ning Ital­ian glass chan­de­liers, strik­ing wool tex­tiles and teak fur­ni­ture. Zys­man also car­ries vin­tage cloth­ing and jew­ellery, plus a unique se­lec­tion of art­work. 249 GERRARD ST E 416 934 9009 ECLEC­TI­SAURUS.COM

Fabrique 1840

Que­bec fash­ion brand Si­mons has launched an all-cana­dian on­line mar­ket­place with all the hygge and wabi-sabi looks you want. Shop Shaker-in­spired wood fur­ni­ture from Toronto’s Cooli­can & Com­pany along­side geo­met­ric rugs and ta­pes­tries from Mon­treal’s Haut Beau. “Cana­dian de­sign needs to be as cel­e­brated as Scan­di­na­vian or Ja­panese de­sign,” says co-owner and pres­i­dent Peter Si­mons. And with 50-plus Canuck ar­ti­sans in the shop, we heartily agree. FABRIQUE1840.COM

The Fin­nish Place

De­voted to Nordic prod­ucts for the home, FP boasts Canada’s widest se­lec­tion of Marimekko mer­chan­dise. Bags, kitchen­ware and bolts of fab­ric in the com­pany’s Myn­steri flo­ral pat­tern are plen­ti­ful, and joined by the black-and-white Bas­ket table­ware col­lec­tion, as well as or­ganic cot­ton tex­tiles printed with for­est an­i­mals. Iit­tala re­sets the ta­ble with artful yet func­tional house­wares, in­clud­ing curvy vases and beaded glass­ware. 7670 YONGE ST 416 222 7575 FINNISHPLACE.COM

Gar­diner Mu­seum Shop

The mu­seum’s ded­i­ca­tion to ex­hibit­ing the best in in­ter­na­tional ceram­ics con­tin­ues in the cu­rated ob­jects that oc­cupy the dra­matic lin­ear shelves of the gift shop. Up top sit cage-like sculp­tural vases by Toronto’s Chiho Tokita, which dou­ble as graphic art­works, while below, Bar­bara Ban­field’s wood­fired teapot, with wo­ven-cane han­dle, is a stand­out. Out­side, a vit­rine fea­tures Loren Ka­plan’s del­i­cate mono­chrome wo­ven ves­sels com­posed of hun­dreds of in­ter­lock­ing porce­lain strands. 111 QUEEN’S PK 416 586 8080 GARDINERMUSEUM.ON.CA

Good Neigh­bour

Ar­rayed in a tur­reted two-storey cot­tage, GN’S se­lec­tion of cool home and life­style ac­ces­sories makes for cheer­ful shop­ping. You’ll find sta­ples like Her­schel bags, Hud­son’s Bay blan­kets and LAFCO can­dles com­ple­mented by lo­cal pieces from Drake Gen­eral Store and Jenny Bird Jew­elry. Along­side these clas­sic Cana­dian es­sen­tials and lo­cally sourced goods is a wide range of decor items, in­clud­ing retro New­gate clocks and art books from Phaidon. 935 QUEEN ST E 647 350 0663 GOODNBR.COM Britt Nils­son’s on­line bou­tique serves up Scan­di­na­vian din­ner­ware, decor and light­ing from Dan­ish brands in­clud­ing Nor­mann Copen­hagen, Ferm Liv­ing and Menu. Equally de­light­ful is the se­lec­tion from Copen­hagen’s Moebe, which

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