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Rolling Out a Hollace Cluny Exclusive

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 by Chris

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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.

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Russell Spanner Comes Home

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Chris

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Toronto-based Gus* Design Group has dipped into the Canadian design archives and pulled out a plumb -- a license to re-issue the Russell Spanner Lounge Chair with Arms, originally designed in 1950. Spanner's designs are as close as Canadian vintage furniture comes to iconic status -- he won a National Design Council of Canada award in 1954.

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New Canadian Classics?

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Chris

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On Thursday, I dropped into Toronto's Urban Mode for a preview of Alberta designer Tim Antoniuk's latest furniture series for his company, Question Objects. Truth be told, it was the three-drawer console above with its quirky, off-kilter legs that got me out to the media event. I wanted to see for myself if the quality lived up to the design on these Arctic-inspired, made-in-Canada pieces.

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2014 Design Week in Toronto

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Chris

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I happened to be on Queen Street West yesterday just as gallery owner Clint Roenisch was unveiling Dossier, a collection of objects and furniture from the 2014 graduating class of Furniture Craft & Design at Sheridan College; the show is part of this year's Toronto Design Offsite Festival, which runs tandem to Canada's biggest design fair, IDS 14, opening tomorrow night with the annual gala party then running Saturday and Sunday at the Toronto Convention Centre ($22).

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A Quick Trip Through IIDEX Canada

Sunday, September 29, 2013 by Chris

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On Thursday I took a quick spin through IIDEX Canada, the designer trade show owned and run by IDC, Interior Designers of Canada. IIDEX is very trade oriented, not a consumer show, so the focus tends to be on materials and innovative products, as well as on contract furniture and industrial suppliers. That said, the 2013 show pumped up the sex appeal with a number of special exhibits that felt VERY editorial, entertaining for the trade but targeted squarely at the press machine.

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