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Black Pug DMK

Posted by Sarah Kelsey / Posted on April 7, 2009

Black Pug DMKMy aversion to antique stores started early. I can remember being dragged into them by my parents who, while road-tripping across the country, wanted to see if there were any cute knickknacks available. The only problem? I've always hated knickknacks. And dust. And the smell of mothballs. All things that, with great consistency, seemed to exist in the joints my parents brought me to.

camerasLuckily, since then, the backcountry road trips have ceased and I made the decision to move into the city, a choice that's exposed me to some of the amazing antique stores across Toronto. I'm especially excited to have stumbled on Black Pug DMK, a brand new (and very stylish, mothball-free) haunt in Parkdale.

Black Pug DMK mirrorOpen for about a month on Parkdale's antique strip (just at the base of Roncesvalles), Black Pug offers a great mix of old and new furnishings. Many of the creations have been made by owner Daisuke Ito using steampunk, an artistic amalgamation of Gothic and Neo-Victorian style combined with a little do-it-yourselfness (think machine-like but glittery objects and books by H.G. Wells or Jules Verne).

scale jugsAs soon as you enter the store it's apparent Ito knows what he's doing. All of the pieces have been handpicked with a purpose (something Ito does weekly with dealers who pop by the store) and everything is organized in such a way that you don't feel overwhelmed or like you're being cluttered by objects.

goblets+redcabinet.jpgFrom the 1950's cast iron desk ($1150), to the Eames office chair ($395), to the early Canadian 1900's wash stand ($325), I find myself loving every piece.

interac+jars.jpgThere are classic phones ($195) and old-school clocks ($175) alongside letter boxes ($195), display cabinets ($1295) and a 19th century Victorian sofa ($1900). One of the store's show-stopping pieces is a 9-foot teak table made in Denmark in the 1950s ($1950). And the retro cash register and manual typewriters give me a giggle.

Black Pug DMKIto's even managed to combine his clean-cut aesthetic with the traditional dig-through-an-antique-store vibe by adding small bins of trinkets around the room (from mugs to glasses, and coins to globes, and even cameras to books, there are dozens of awesome smaller pieces up for grabs).

clocks.jpgIt's all so cool that I sort of crave a return to the parental antique trips of yore. Almost. But not quite.






Writing and photos by Sarah Kelsey



Kent / April 8, 2009 at 10:26 am
I want to go to there
Jessica / April 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm
What a fantastic assortment of nicknaks - love those salt and pepper shakers.
Karen / April 10, 2009 at 11:41 am
i've gone, and it definitely stands out from the rest of the chaotic queen street antique stores. would definitely recommend checking it out.
patrice / January 15, 2010 at 02:36 pm
Been there, amazing store!

The owner (Japanese native named Daisuke) is a very creative guy and really have a special talent and amazing taste for design.

The store seem to be a collection of his special selection of antique and vintage stuff; more like an art gallery of the owner favorite pieces than a standard retail store.
Kyle / November 7, 2010 at 10:44 am
The owner is a dick!
jay / July 1, 2012 at 03:30 pm
I like this place, very creative items.
katrina / April 23, 2013 at 09:17 pm
Hey amigos. No personal anger ball here. Love and love and understanding and chill. If anyone likes to see unique display of little and big items, black pug is one of the place from which you can get some creative and funky inspiration. And actually if you lucky you may even meet the black pug, haru. She is crazy but adorable. Amigos! Chill . Peace and love all
mike / November 25, 2013 at 03:31 pm
Try checking out the vitage furniture at
Frank / August 17, 2015 at 02:29 pm
Visited when it opened. Proprietor has amazing sensibility, both staff ppl I dealt with were accommodating and bright. Are they laid-back and cool? Yes, and if that scares you, you're missing the point of our unique, unparalleled, Terrordome. (Purchased rare Maple desk chair, flawless condish, great find.)

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