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She’s A Beauty

Saturday, May 4, 2013 by Chris


While I was seeing Emanuel at Old Fashioned Restoration I popped across the street to Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West, 416.766.5500) where owner Pete Breeze has THE most stunning vintage Italian suspension light in the window. Priced at $3,500 the light would break the bank but OMG, what a stunner!

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Cutting Edge Lighting, Affordable Prices

Saturday, March 23, 2013 by Chris


I've been wanting to blog about Toronto's Lampcage for years. Literally. A few years ago there was an outside contributor who pitched me on writing about Dean Lee's awesome, upcycling studio but the writer never followed through and I never got back to Parliament Street to do it myself. Until last weekend. Dean has been scavenging and buying lamp and lighting parts for nearly 20 years now, cobbling together sexy, Frankenstein creations that fit into just about every stylistic category from cutting edge to transitional to outright traditional.

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Cluny High, Aalto Low

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Chris

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Every retailer has sales, even high-end peddlers like Toronto's design-conscious Hollace Cluny (1070 Yonge Street). Thing is, I can't even afford their sale prices, not usually. However, in the HC window at the moment are some ravishing Alvar Aalto pendant lights marked WAY down from $365 each to just $109. Now that's a discount! The shop girl told me the store has four left in stock. Aalto designed the A330S Pendant Lamp in 1937 and it is still in production from Finland's Artek, which is where these are from.

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Prize Pendant

Saturday, August 4, 2012 by Chris


I've been wanting a nice pendant light to go over my little dining nook and after one false start (long story, never mind) I finally have the light I've been coveting from Troy Seidman's delicious Caviar 20. I can't afford most of what's on Troy's site — he has a Don Howell walnut bed for $5,500 that rocks my world — but he was willing to do a deal on the pendant and I'm grateful. The light is vintage 1960s from Swedish manufacturer Atelje Lyktan. The scale of the light is perfect for the space and I love how the chocolate-coloured enamel speaks to the dark wood stain of the table and chairs. Beautiful. Thanks Troy!

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Shade Parade

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Chris


When I spotted the lamp through the window of High Park Antiques (342 High Park Avenue, 416.534.3833), it called to me like a glowing, blue beacon. The shop was closed so I phoned and left a message. When the proprietor rang back to inform me that the lamp was still available priced at $60 I committed to taking it, never mind that I hadn't actually seen the piece up close and personal. My new lamp is a Stiffel and when I got home and did a search of where I found the examples pictured. That's right, my $60 lamp is a 1stdibs habitué and you know what that means . . . crazy, stupid prices.

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