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NOW surveys Toronto’s best design destinations

BERGO, 55 Mill, bldg 47A, 416-861-1821,

Robyn Berman’s Distillery District designphile mecca stocks signature finds from Alessi, Newson and Starck.

BOOKHOU, 798 Dundas West, 416-203-2549,

This Dundas West spot is home to John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj’s signature screened tea towels, felt trivets and kid-sized seating.

CUBESHOPS, 11 Baldwin, 416-260-0710,

Quirky and classic objects like pop up slippers and Rhodia notebooks fill this Baldwin nabe boutique.

COMMUTE HOME, 819 Queen West, 416-861-0521,

Commute repurposes industrial curiosities to create their cozy but contemporary take on interiors.

DESIGN WITHIN REACH, 435 King West, 416-977-4001,

Toronto is the only outside-the-U.S. city DWR has deemed worthy of one of its designer-drenched outlets.

DISTILL GALLERY, 55 Mill, building #47, 416-304-0033,

Textile and ceramic finds stand out in Distill’s locally made mix.

ELLA + ELLIOT, 188 Strachan, 416-850-7890,

What nursery doesn’t need a candy-red Kartell Ghost chair?

FILTER, 75 Jarvis, 647-428-7265,

A well-edited outpost of the Queen West Antique Centre (1605 Queen West, 416-588-2212).


Michael Watier

FUNCTION 13, 156 Augusta, 416-840-1010 ext 138,

Design books are this spot’s standout buys, but Function13 also stocks art, music, clothing and aesthetically savvy knick-knacks.

GOOD EGG, 267 Augusta, 416-593-4663,

Foodies with a feeling for design eat up Good Egg’s chic culinary picks.

HARDWARE, 760 Queen East, 416-462-3099,

Owners Murray Duncan and Jordan Tabachnik reinvent salvage finds as industrial showpieces.

INABSTRACTO, 1160 Queen West, 416-533-6362,

This west-end store is our long-standing go-to for mid-century everything.

KLAUS, 300 King East, 416-362-3434,

A King East maze of Moooi, Hay and Nienkamper furniture.

MA ZONE, 63 Jarvis, 416-868-0330,

Minimalists, beware: Armin Martiros’s shop explodes with bold colour.

MADE, 867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384,

Ground zero for Toronto’s indie design scene.

MAGIC PONY, 694 Queen West, 416-861-1684,

Grown-ups play with the Uglydoll and Kidrobot-type toys sold here.

MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, 80 Ossington, 416-533-6684,

Ossington’s coolest design spot keeps its cred by cleverly curating pieces by the hottest names on the international interiors scene.

MJÖLK 2959 Dundas West, 416-551-9853,

Our newest design must-shop hearts anything that whispers classic Scandinavian simplicity.

ONETWENTY MODERN, 120 Ossington, 416-537-4400,

An offshoot of Quasi Modo (789 Queen West, 416-703-8300) with an equally discerning design eye.


Ethan Eisenberg

PALAZZETTI, 1020 Lawrence West, 416-785-7190,

Drool over iconic pieces by Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Isamu Noguci.

SMASH, 2880 Dundas West, 416-762-3113,

A massive showroom that feeds the city’s appetite for industrial cast-offs.

STUDIO BRILLANTINE, 1518 Queen West, 416-536-6521,

A playful sense of form and colour characterizes collections from George Nelson, Iittala and Koziol.

STYLE GARAGE, 938 Queen West, 416-534-4343,

Gus* Modern furniture makes up the bulk of Style Garage’s stock, complemented by Roost accessories and the store’s own customizable pieces.

SWIPE, 401 Richmond West, 1-800-567-9473,

A library of architecture and advertising reads for design bookworms.

UMBRA CONCEPT STORE, 165 John, 416-599-0088,

The hot-pink flagship for Canada’s most ubiquitous international design brand.

UP TO YOU, 1483 Queen East, 416-778-6487,

A second-floor stop outfitted like a designer flat worthy of an Apartment Therapy post.

URBAN MODE, 145 Tecumseth, 416-591-8834,

A new modular prefab addition is full of furniture by Minneapolis-based Blu Dot.

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