Tag Archive | "Cabinetry"

New Canadian Classics?

Monday, April 14, 2014


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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The Star in a Star’s Condo

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


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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Church of the Knife

Sunday, June 30, 2013


Greg opened Toronto's Hacher & Krain in February 2012 following a first career in publishing and graphic design. A home chef who loves to cook, he knows the importance of having a good knife at the ready and his interest led him to research and seek out the best knives in the world. And while Hacher & Krain is certainly a specialty shop, its prices seemed eminently reasonable to me. Knives from Spain, France, Germany, Japan, Finland and Italy mostly fall in the $100 - $200 price range. "You don't have to spend huge money to get a great knife," says Greg.

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Old Wood Transformed by Greenwood

Monday, March 4, 2013


I admire Toronto-based craftsman Michael Greenwood as much for his work ethic and promotional savvy as for his talent in turning old wood into beautiful new furniture and building projects. Michael checked in with me a couple of weeks ago; business was a bit slow due to the winter so he was updating his blog and working his way through his contact list. As it turned out I needed a favour that only a woodworker could provide and so I dropped in on Michael at his new location in the artist colony at Stirling Road in Toronto's west end . . .

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Not So Ugly Duckling

Monday, May 28, 2012


You couldn't really call it ugly; even with its goopey, brown stain the cabinet was too inherently glamourous to merit the u word. But the finish was appalling and so my friend Susan was determined to give the piece a makeover, ideally in a tasty, high-gloss colour to approximate the Tommi Parzinger examples below. Suz decided on canary yellow and set about sanding the piece down to prep it for spraying. Much to her surprise and delight a swan began to emerge almost immediately. Susan was stunned by the beautiful wood grain and thought the piece might be teak although the jury's still out on exactly what kind of wood she was working with.

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