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Russell Spanner Comes Home

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Chris


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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Ve’ahavta Charity Sale

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Chris


Ve'ahavta, the Canadian Jewish Humanitarian & Relief Committee, is clearing out its warehouse with a major sale on Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm. My gal pal Susan was up there last week and snapped pics of some of the offerings, above. There's a lot of potential among the pickings although some of the pieces are a bit banged up, perfect for the do-it-yourselfer who's low on cash but big on vision. Students receive 25 per cent off; 200 Bridgeland Avenue, Unit D, 416.964.7698.

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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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Mod Pieces Designer Sale

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Chris


Lamp wizard Lia Fagan wrote to me yesterday to let me know about her 2nd Annual Mod Pieces "Shop Like a Designer" sale running through Canada Day. Lia is offering members of the public her designer discount, that is 25 per cent off any item in her online store, including her new line of very reasonably-priced pillows. The sale begins Friday, June 28th and ends at midnight on Monday, July 1st; enter coupon code "OHCANADA" at checkout to save 25% on your order.

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Guest Post: Do Good Bargains

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by Susan


A lamp I spied on the Listings List sent me out to Bridgeland Avenue in North Toronto, on the edge of the Castlefield design district. Turns out the sellers had a lot more than brass lamps for sale; Ve’ahavta International Tikun Olam Centre (200 Bridgeland Ave., Unit D) re-sells donated furniture and uses the proceeds to assist homeless and marginalized men, women and youth. Kirill Zaretsky, a senior director showed me around several rooms chocked full of donated furniture and accessories like the Jonathan Adler-esque mosaic horse (above left) and the set of simple lined cane back chairs (6 available). In yet another room Kirill directed my attention to an authentic art deco dining room table; with its elongated octagonal top and monolithic pillars I had no trouble picturing it in an office or boardroom of an up and coming young lawyer or architect.

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