After nearly 30 years on Toronto’s Queen Street West, Red Indian Art Deco (536 Queen Street West, 416.504.7706) is closing its doors May 7. Shop owner Brad Hill is moving his business to a converted church in Sauble Beach up on the Bruce Peninsula. “I’m going back to my roots in real Art Deco,” says Brad, “no more of this ’60s and ’70s stuff.”
It’s true that Red Indian has slipped a few rungs on the provenance ladder in the past decade. Once upon a time Hill made regular shopping trips to France and England where he stocked up on genuine ’30s and ’40s pieces, like the breathtaking sycamore armoire, below ($5,200). But rising oil prices and shipping costs put an end to the overseas sprees and he became a dealer of more recent vintage furniture and decorative items.
Don’t get me wrong, Hill’s still got some great pieces on the floor, with more coming out of storage in the weeks ahead. And with prices slashed from 20 – 70 per cent, you can score some sweet deals before the lights go out.
Hill had some amazing coffee tables last week; the one above is marked down to $115 and the one below, with its classy, Knoll-style base is $175.
If you’re a collector of Deco-era tchotchkes then run don’t walk to this sale. Hill has old clocks, vases and decorative objects galore, most of them marked down 40 per cent.
Other items that caught my eye were the side tables below left ($50 for the pair), the cool 50s wall clock ($100) and the little Alvar Aalto-style stool/side tables ($40 for the pair). So long Red Indian, we’ll miss ya!