Tag Archive | "Contemporary"

A Window for Manuary

Sunday, January 10, 2016


This week's window at consignment shop, Of Things Past (1096 Yonge Street), is a real surprise because it screams man and that's not something I see a lot. All those dark masculine furnishings and accessories, and of course the transit-size Dior poster with its chunky chrome frame ($870). The poster is by artist Rene Gruau, the son of an Italian count, who built a fine career doing editorial and commercial illustrations for Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, as well as for Dior, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Givenchy, among others.

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Hipster Holiday in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to New York City since the mid-1990s. I caught up with the place over Labour Day weekend when my companion and I headed to his "spiritual home," Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In case you're not up on such things, that makes my man a hipster since Brooklyn is widely regarded as the hipster capital of the world. Think Toronto's Queen West to the power of five.

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A Fresh Take on Taxidermy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Walking past the newly re-opened Peter Pan Bistro on Toronto's Queen Street West (No. 373), I was stopped in my tracks by this art/decor installation from UK artist Debbie Lawson. The restaurant has installed three large would-be taxidermy animal heads, each created out of Persian carpet. The pieces are beyond striking.

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A Shared Point of View

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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The colour scheme in my flat is unorthodox, I’m the first to admit it. So I was oddly delighted to see Share Design featuring the Estorage Tablei by Rich Brilliant Willing for IKEA’s PS Collection. It’s as if the piece was riffing on my own living room, the colours are nearly identical. I couldn’t put the Estorage Tablei in my space if I wanted to, it would be matchier than matchy.

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2014 Design Week in Toronto

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


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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