MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, 80 Ossington, 416-564-5814, www.ministryoftheinterior.net Rating: NNNNN
Canada's long list of government agencies doesn't include a Ministry of the Interior, but that didn't stop the new-business bureaucrats from denying Jason MacIsaac the right to that name for his new Ossington design loft. He used it anyway to I.D. the industrial space filled with eclectic furniture and accessories that pay homage to international style boutiques like New York City's Moss and Colette in Paris.
Under a fluorescent ceiling painted "galaxy hunter yellow," MacIssac curates modern home necessities like graphic Tres Tintas wallpaper, simple Marimekko bags, Dwell linens and Jielde floor lamps in white or acid orange. A backroom exhibition space showcases entire collections by contemporary design stars, starting with Brooklyn-based Jason Miller, whose recycled plastic coffee tables are cast to look like carved-out wood.
Colourful ceramic caricature vessels from Jaime Hayon's Showtime line are made for floral sprigs or keeping you company in your starkly chic abode.
Ministry of the Interior picks: A tweed Jason Miller chair strapped with silver leather strips mimicking duct tape, $4,500; playful Showtime vases in pink, white, yellow and navy, $400 to $1,150; overlapping fern leaves cover a roll of Tres Tintas paper, $95/roll.
Look for: An in-house furniture line launching in the fall.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.