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D.O.T. Furniture: Bargain Brand Goes Elite

 

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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.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by Chris
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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Lois Says:

    Good morning, out of my price range, but curves do appeal to me as well…Lois of think I’ll head up to St. Clair and see whats going on
    swishy isn’t my style

  2. Hogtownmike Says:

    I wonder where people put these ‘outdoor rooms’ when the summer is over? I have trouble enough with the Parisian-style bistro set of 4 chairs and table, and the 2 collapsible loungers we have around our pool. They get stored in a basement storage room, but these large pieces would almost need a separate room that is empty 8 months of the year when the weather turns…

  3. Chris Says:

    Great point, Mike. I never really thought about the storage implications.

  4. Lindsay Says:

    I am surprised at these designs, I feel as though they will be dated within a few years.

    Mike, the way I store my outdoor set is we take the cushions indoors for the winter and store them, but the set itself, we leave outside covered in a tarp. That keeps it safe from the snow.

  5. Ty Guy Says:

    Actually the furniture is designed to stay outside all year round

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