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AM Stu­dio

Home to in­tri­cate and imag­i­na­tive light­ing, AMS fea­tures ready-made and cus­tom work. Swarovski crys­tal cre­ations are on dis­play, as are lu­mi­naires in metal and glass that has been fused, blown and drawn into dra­matic sculp­tural forms. For a softer look, white porce­lain pen­dants in cus­tom ar­range­ments pro­vide a warm glow. Pop­u­lar of­fer­ings in­clude com­po­si­tions of sleek metal­lic tubes lined with LEDS, crys­tal pen­dants in or­ganic shapes and retro-in­spired glass orbs. 1270 CASTLEFIELD AVE 416 783 4100 AMSTUDIO.CA

Artemide

Find every­thing from in­no­va­tive pen­dants to out­door fix­tures in this man­u­fac­turer of dis­tinc­tive Ital­ian light­ing’s wedge-shaped show­room. Its sleekly fu­tur­is­tic lineup in­cludes Foster + Part­ners’ thin-stemmed Orsa pen­dant, which, when the LED bulb is switched on, re­sem­bles a shim­mer­ing, up­side-down cham­pagne glass. Also on hand: Bjarke In­gels Group’s wall-mounted Al­pha­bet of Light sys­tem of il­lu­mi­nated let­ters and num­bers that spell out the ABCS in graphic script. 5 MILL ST 416 628 6718 ARTEMIDE.CA

Casa Di Luce

Among this scrupu­lous se­lec­tion of mod­ern Eu­ro­pean res­i­den­tial light­ing, which brags clas­sics from Artemide and Lu­ce­plan, you’ll find more out­ra­geous of­fer­ings: look for Slamp’s Cl­izia pen­dant, re­sem­bling a ball of pe­tals frozen mid-ex­plo­sion, or the Zaha Ha­did–de­signed Aria chan­de­lier of sculpted acrylic fins. Other stand­outs are LZF’S bil­low­ing, twisted wood ve­neer forms and Vita’s light-as-air pen­dants in nat­u­ral goose feathers. Also on site: glass-topped ta­bles from Cal­li­garis and Cat­te­lan Italia. 89 TYCOS DR, UNIT #102 416 650 9837 CASADILUCE.CA

Dark Tools

The pieces in DT’S bright and airy show­room em­pha­size ar­chi­tec­tural il­lu­mi­na­tion sys­tems that can trans­form any space. Fix­tures from such fa­mil­iar names as Brokis, Secto, Life­line and Lu­ce­plan are dis­played gallery-style along­side more un­con­ven­tional pieces, like Buzzis­pace’s bell-shaped pen­dant with sound-ab­sorb­ing qual­i­ties, and Vis­tosi’s Pup­pet, which has chan­de­lier arms that can be hung in­di­vid­u­ally to cre­ate unique con­fig­u­ra­tions. 750 LAKE SHORE BLVD E, UNIT #2 647 725 3275 DARKTOOLS.COM

Euro­lite

Home­own­ers seek­ing beau­ti­ful and strik­ing Eu­ro­pean light­ing head straight here for new of­fer­ings from a lineup of brands in­clud­ing Ingo Mau­rer, Quasar, Ar­turo Al­varez, Saas, Ve­soi and Il­fari. Of the larg­erthan-life crys­tal bub­bles in Bomma’s Tim col­lec­tion (hand-blown pieces orig­i­nally cre­ated to house Tim Bur­ton’s movie char­ac­ters for an ex­hibit), the most im­pres­sive shapes mea­sure up to 75 cen­time­tres in di­am­e­ter. Seletti’s Mon­key lamps – a fam­ily of white resin pri­mates hold­ing LED light bulbs – en­cour­age jump­ing on the bed. 200 QUEENS QUAY E, STE #6 416 203 1501 EURO­LITE.COM

Light­form

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

Light­maker Stu­dio

Michael Stam­ler and Denise Mur­phy’s snazzy, made-to-or­der light­ing fix­tures fuse vin­tage, mid-cen­tury-mod­ern and in­dus­trial in­flu­ences into truly sculp­tural pieces. Both the Mode and Float chan­de­liers mount bud-like glass globe shades at the end of ele­gant brass branches, while Zig-zag’s rigid geo­met­ric frame es­chews na­ture al­to­gether, favour­ing right an­gles capped with lus­trous brass cones. The metal­lic Curve sconce, with its mix of brass and steel, packs the visual im­pact of stripped-down vin­tage head­lamps. 15 CASE GOODS LN, STE #202 647 965 2224 BY APPT ONLY LIGHTMAKERSTUDIO.COM

Lite­mode

There are plenty of ele­gant con­tem­po­rary light fix­tures to dis­cover among Lite­mode’s crys­tal chan­de­liers – in­clud­ing fuss-free pen­dants, flush-mounted ceil­ing lights and mod­ern sconces, from Lu­miniz, WAC Light­ing, Maxim, ET2 and Euro­fase. Many of the tran­si­tional and up­scale ur­ban prod­ucts present clas­sic ma­te­ri­als in edgy forms, or vice versa: flute-shaped down­lights in chrome, artsy over­sized in­ter­stel­lar pen­dants, or pol­ished nickel chan­de­liers with steam­punk flair. 8355 JANE ST, UNIT #2, VAUGHAN 905 738 8889 LITE­MODE.CA

Prima Light­ing

PL’S tran­quil show­room flaunts an ele­gant ar­ray of barely-there track lights, sculp­tural desk and floor lamps, dra­matic pen­dants and grandiose chan­de­liers from Swarovski and Al­le­gri Crys­tal. Find

stand­outs from Artcraft, Euro­fase, Lutron, Nuevo and Schon­bek, as well as Monte Carlo’s so­phis­ti­cated ceil­ing fans. Round­ing out the 2,325-square-me­tre open-con­cept show­room’s se­lec­tion are ac­cents for the home, like Bern­hardt’s ex­quis­ite fur­ni­ture, Ar­te­ri­ors’ ac­ces­sories, and mir­rors and wall art from John-richard. 255 BASS PRO MILLS DR, VAUGHAN 905 851 1188 PRIMALIGHTING.CA

Sesco­l­ite

For nearly a cen­tury, Sesco­l­ite has braved ev­ery light­ing trend. To­day’s dis­crim­i­nat­ing se­lec­tion of state­ment-mak­ing in­door and out­door light­ing taps Hub­bard­ton Forge, Troy and Canada-based Kuzco. Find stream­lined mod­els in Euro­fase or, for a dash of un­ex­pected whimsy and glam­our, ex­plore de­signs by Cor­bett or Schon­bek by Swarovski. Lu­mi­naires with sim­ple lin­ear pro­files, geo­met­ric cages or strik­ing dual black and brass fin­ishes stand out among this year’s crop. 1461 CASTLEFIELD AVE 416 651 6570 (ALSO: 4175 FAIRVIEW ST, BURLING­TON 905 632 8659) SESCO­L­ITE.COM

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

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 any light­ing sit­u­a­tion that life throws your way. 129 SPAD­INA AVE 416 868 9606 (ALSO: 805 DUN­DAS ST E, MIS­SIS­SAUGA 905 272 8766) ULTRALIGHTING.CA

Union Light­ing

Canada’s largest show­room of light­ing and fur­ni­ture for ev­ery taste vaunts a stag­ger­ing sup­ply of chan­de­liers and ta­ble lamps, din­ing sets, bed­room suites and buf­fets that range in style from taste­fully mod­ern to de­light­fully retro. Ex­pect to spend a full day ex­plor­ing the show­room’s cu­rated vi­gnettes for a true sense of the scope of its of­fer­ings, which now in­clude out­door pa­tio fur­ni­ture, de­signer-in­spired drap­ery, bed­ding and a full line of high-end mat­tresses. 1491 CASTLEFIELD AVE 416 652 2200 UNIONLF.COM

Viso

A source for creative and stylish light fix­tures, Viso car­ries 35 made-in-toronto lines. Top sell­ers in­clude the beau­ti­ful Fort Knox pen­dant – a poly­car­bon­ate fix­ture avail­able in a va­ri­ety of metal­lic fin­ishes – and the gor­geous dual-tone mar­ble and cast-glass beauty of the Wan­der­ing Star. Thin LED, de­signed by Felipe Lis­boa, which can be spec­i­fied in a va­ri­ety of metal­lic fin­ishes, re­quires zero main­te­nance and is en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. 388 CARLAW AVE, STE #207 416 461 8476 VISOINC.COM

Za­neen

This de­signer des­ti­na­tion de­liv­ers ar­chi­tec­tural, dec­o­ra­tive and ex­te­rior light­ing from lead­ing Eu­ro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ers, from stream­lined sus­pen­sion mod­els and track light­ing to more eclec­tic of­fer­ings. Cini&nils’s ring-shaped sconces cast hour­glass shad­ows. For a warmer feel, Fam­buena of­fers shades hand-wrapped in rope or satin and pen­dants with dan­gling cot­ton strands that re­call the swing­ing ’60s, while Quasar’s wispy, metal-framed con­stel­la­tions evoke a mag­i­cal starfield. 30 TYCOS DR 416 247 9221 BY APPT ONLY ZA­NEEN.COM

More light­ing: 18 Watt, Av­enue Road, Com­mute De­sign, De­sign Within Reach, Elte, Hol­lace Cluny, In­dus­trial Storm, Kiosk, Klaus, Quasi Modo, South Hill Home and Suite 22.

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