Castor’s recycled tube light ($600 to $1,900 for lights 38 centimetres to 2.4 metres long, Klaus, 300 King East, 416-362-3434, www.castordesign.ca) hangs everywhere from new Ossington “it” resto Delux to the revamped Chelsea Hotel in New York City.
For sheer volume, nothing beats Karim Rashid’s Garbino can ($8.50, Umbra Concept Store, 165 John, 416-599-0088, www.umbra.com) for Umbra. A trash bin might not be the most glamourous design legacy, but if it gets you into MoMA, whatevs!
Textile designer Virginia Johnson’s colourful brush strokes and charming illustrations are incorporated into home furnishings and clothing sold across North America, Australia, Costa Rica and Italy. Pillows ($95 on sale, 132 Ossington, 416-516-3366, www.virginiajohnson.com) play with her patterns, weaving together abstract nature motifs.
You can’t get more mass-consuming than Costco (100 Billy Bishop, 416-635-8175). Toronto design firm Kerr & Co.’s (www.kerr-co.com) Soprano fork, knife and spoon set ($79.99) for Gourmet Settings offers bulk shoppers chic cutlery to eat through their family packs and supersized snacks.
Mid-century MS-SC stacking chairs have crossed over from uncomfy childhood memory to Canadian design classic. This yellow one is part of the Design Exchange’s Canada In The Making (www.dx.org/canadainthemaking) collection, but Kate Eisen at INabstracto (1160 Queen West, 416-533-6362) also has four specimens (“which some doofus painted green,” she says) selling for $275 a pop.