I recently stumbled upon cubeshops, a sweet little store on Toronto’s Baldwin Street specializing in fun, functional Japanese products for the home. Colourful and clever, many of the offerings are from Plus D, an endlessly inventive design company. The ceramic number cups above ($13) can be stacked to form significant dates, perfect for a baby shower or other anniversary.
The Splash umbrella stand ($52) is great looking and comes in a range of colours. In fact, its emphasis on colourful products is probably the most distinctive thing about cubeshops.
I was quite taken with the Tsun Tsun soap dish ($16) . . .
. . . not to mention the powerful pop of the Tag Cups, which are heat insulated by the cupcake-like outer shell.
The Tate Otama ladle is designed to stand on a counter all by itself or it can be hung from the hole in the handle.
The Kangaroo Pocket ($16) is an ingenious little shower caddy that really sticks to smooth tile and has holes in the bottom of the rubber sleeve so water can drain away.
Cubeshops’ shelves are full of similarly seductive products for the home; it’s the kind of store where you find things you didn’t know you needed and then wonder how you lived without them.