EDAAS, 1168 Queen West, 416-821-2720, www.edaas.com Rating: NNNNN
On Nuit Blanche's rainy Saturday night, Edaas's inventory of home accessories, furniture and one-of-a-kind fashions was stashed away to make room for a bank of televisions displaying artist Pierre Tremblay's Window film installation. Art hoppers sipped cappuccinos from the espresso bar behind the cash desk as Parkdale culture cliques and uptown tourists made a pit stop on the way from the Gladstone to the Drake.
That night Thomas Quan's gallery-cum-coffee-shop-cum-design-boutique hid its retail identity, but by day Edaas easily integrates its art and fashion personalities. An in-house clothing line created by Quan's sister Jessica features sheer blouses with comic strip print inserts and cotton skirts with fluorescent piping. Plastic Warhol-themed ice cream cups and floral tumblers are packed in collectible boxes to spare your trash can another piece of packaging.
Quan's best buy is KrvKurva's La.Ga collection of shoulder bags made of construction-grade Tyvek cloth. Each sack is serged together with contrasting thread and decorated with digitized bird images or a knit bull's-eye.
Edaas picks: A recycled fridge door displays colour-your-own cards that come packed with a box of crayons, $5.95; the La.Ga bird bag goes for $59.99; pull up a stool to Quan's Cube plywood dining set, $1,600.
Look for: A new clock wall displaying well-designed time keepers, and a holiday clothing collection in black and white.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday noon to 6 pm.