634 Queen West, 416-203-3318; www.intheory.ca Rating: NNNNN
Originally a distributor of imported homewares, a few months ago Intheory took the next step and joined the Queen West decor dominion with the premiere of its retail lifestyle environment. A showroom for the firm's timelessly modern imported decor goods, Intheory features a selection of inventive design must-haves, like its top-stitched leather lighting fixtures, neo-retro furniture and ceramic tabletop items, all with the same East-meets-West sensibility. Owners Grace Tsang and Tony Chew developed their aesthetic while working with designers from around the world, but mainly in Thailand, to produce on-trend items for their different lines. Geometric design and organic materials allow the pieces to be easily incorporated into most contemporary interiors.
Intheory's picks : Pink Punk chair, $2,768; Odyssey lamp, $398; and wooden chopstick rests, $2 a pair.
Look for : Minimalist synthetic leather sofas, a wide selection of chopstick sets, sphere-shaped salt and pepper shakers and a killer fall product lineup.
Hours : Monday to Wednesday 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.