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Pearsall Up or Down?

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Chris


Adrian Pearsall is not my favorite mid-mod furniture designer but he has some classics to his credit. This is not one of them. In fact, the pair of side tables we found at Flower Child in Cleveland are so rare we could only find a couple of pics of them online. That said, I have no doubt they are Pearsall, the splay of the legs and general countenance are unmistakable.

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The Hunter With His Kill

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Chris


Todd and I did not go to Cleveland last week in search of more Milo Baughman. But that's how things played out thanks to my man's keen eye. We were thrifting in the well-regarded but slightly junky Flower Child (11508 Clifton Blvd.) when we came across a stained, sagging sofa layered with cushions and clothes. Todd immediately recognized the arms and profile of the chrome frame as one of Baughman's popular designs for manufacturer Thayer Coggin. The hook was in.

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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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