On Thursday I dropped into the new Hollace Cluny showroom in Toronto’s Designer’s Walk where owner Susan Fowlie threw a hopping little soiree to celebrate an exclusive, new wallpaper line, the Hollace Cluny Collection by RSSD X ROLLOUT. Designed by Robert Sangster in partnership with ROLLOUT, the Cluny Collection “is about the combination of handmade and digital processes,” says Sangster, who’s been profiled on styleNorth before (pictured above is Poured and below is Saigon).
“The focus of the collection,” says the designer, “is to capture the spirit of the Hollace Cluny brand which is tasteful and contemporary but at the same time always adventurous, not afraid of innovation, not afraid to take risks. The Hollace Cluny sensibility is what provided the inspiration.”
I’ve missed Cluny since Fowlie and partner Kathy Janules decamped from their long-established location on Yonge Street near Roxborough. And while the shift to Designer’s Walk has resulted in more focus on “the trade,” the shop still welcomes consumers and home decorators.
“I would never turn my back on the public,” Fowlie assured me Thursday. “We were in Rosedale for 17 years and the public was very good to us. But our business was coming more and more from the trade so this move made sense.”
The new Cluny showroom is twice as big as the combined floors of the old shop with lots of light and space to really show off the goods. In addition to RSSD X ROLLOUT, Cluny is now the exclusive distributor of furnishings by Carl Hansen & Son, in addition to an extensive selection of other chic, contemporary brands.
A stroll through the new Hollace Cluny is like slipping into the pages of Dwell or LivingEtc. The space is beautifully styled without being fussy, great inspiration even if, like me, you can’t afford most of what’s on offer. The vignette below features Looking Glass wallpaper from RSSD X ROLLOUT.