Design store selections

Go-to shops for local and out-of-town design dweebs


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Ballenford Books on Architecture 600 Markham, 416-588-0800, www.ballenford.com. This Mirvish Village library pushes Taschen building porn, Toronto architecture postcards and published works by local firms.

Bergo 55 Mill, bldg 47A, 416-861-1821, www.bergo.ca. Cabinets of design product curiosities fill the Distillery District stop.

Commute Home 819 Queen West, 416-861-0521, www.commutehome.com. Commute meticulously curates found industrial objects and furniture relics.

Filter 75 Jarvis, 647-428-7265. This east-side space is an edited-down showroom for the mammoth vintage collection at the Queen West Antique Centre (1605 Queen West, 416-588-2212).

Function 13 156 Augusta, 416-840-1010 ext 138, www.function13.ca. This design, art and technology shop sits next to Kensington Market dance bar the Boat.

Klaus 300 King East, 416-362-3434, www.klausn.com. Klaus mashes up star international brands (Moooi, Droog, Thonet) and local pieces (Castor lights and Krane bags).

Ma Zone 63 Jarvis, 416-868-0330, www.ma-zone.com. Alessi, Koziol, Leonardo and Ritzenhoff colour explode in Armin Martiros’s boutique.

Made 867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384, www.madedesign.ca. Visit Made for a one-stop shop through contemporary Canadian design.

Magic Pony 694 Queen West, 416-861-1684, www.magic-pony.com. Quirky dolls, illustrator art and multimedia installations make up Magic Pony’s merch.

Ministry of the Interior 80 Ossington, 416-533-6684, www.ministryoftheinterior.net. A converted garage filled up with Jason MacIsaac’s high-design treats, including goodies from Established & Sons, Jielde and Marimekko.

Quasi Modo 789 Queen West, 416-703-8300, www.quasimodomodern.com. Accessories from Modernist manufacturers like Artemide and Iittala complement Knoll, Kartell and Herman Miller furnishings.

Studio Brillantine 10821/2 Queen West, 416-536-6521, www.studiobrillantine.com. Check out the mix of desirable objects from Philippe Stark Fossils to Barbapapa and Tintin figures.

Swipe 477 Richmond West, 1-800-567-9473, www.swipe.com. Font geeks and other design devotees can read up on their favourite discipline at Swipe.

Umbra Concept Store 165 John, 416-599-0088, www.umbra.com. Behind hot-pink plastic cladding are three floors devoted to Umbra’s design-for-the-masses products and limited-edition U+ collection.

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