There’s nothing high-end about the D.O.T. Furniture brand, at least there wasn’t until it opened its new location at the corner of Davenport Road and Dupont Street, just a stone’s throw from Toronto’s swish Designer’s Walk. Featuring three floors of furnishings, much of it geared to the outdoors, D.O.T. Elite (146 Dupont St., 416.927.7847) represents the retailer’s attempt to raise its profile and its game. The showroom styling leaves a lot to be desired, particularly the lower level which looks more like a storage locker than a display space, but there are some good-looking pieces down there.
In fact, I was quite taken with many of the store’s outdoor offerings, especially the sexy DaVinci resin wicker set above and below with it’s fab infinity sign coffee table. Always a sucker for curves, I love the looping arms and I think you could do a lot worse in terms of style for the money: the DaVinci sofa, chair and coffee table (including all cushions) is priced at $4,850, which, if you’ve priced this stuff, is a pretty fair deal.
The Pablo, below, is another attractive design. I neglected to get the price on the round love seat/daybed but a set featuring two chairs and a side table is going for $2,050. Hello, condo balcony.
The Monet deep seating set, below, is priced at $5,000, including all displayed cushions.
In the basement, I was impressed with the Lotus lounge set, below, on sale for $3,999, marked down from $4,750. It’s curvy and casual and most of all, versatile.
This is just the tiniest taste of what D.O.T. has to offer and there are definitely some bargains to be found. So if you’re looking to spruce up your patio, give the store a gander.