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New Canadian Classics?

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Chris


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


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


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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Toronto’s Hippest Flea Market

Monday, July 15, 2013 by Chris


I've been wanting to try the Junction Flea since it started last year and yesterday I finally made it to Dundas West and Keele for Toronto's hippest outdoor flea market. Organized by Paul Mercer (Smash) and Micah Lenahan (Russet & Empire), this is a flea market with a difference: from the tattooed, platinum blonde greeter at the entrance table (admission is $2) to the beer and super cool snacks (yummy tacos from ESÉ including vegetarian!), there's nothing run of the mill about the Junction Flea.

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The Star in a Star’s Condo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Chris


Drake was in the news last week when media outlets jumped on the fact that the Canadian hip hop star's Yorkville condo is on the market for $4.2 million. Naturally, the listing features photos of the 3,600 square foot unit at 1 St. Thomas and it is not a triumph of great taste, at least not in my opinion. As one astute commenter on BlogTO wrote, "Looks like someone went to Restoration Hardware and said, 'Give me one of everything.' " The one thing canopy chair quarterbacks agreed on was that Drake's map of Canada bookshelf is the coolest.

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