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Cabinet Furniture

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on January 26, 2011

Cabinet Furniture TorontoCabinet Furniture in the Distillery District feels just like a timeless cottage retreat. As I enter the showroom off the main square, all I can see is wood--everywhere.

Cabinet Furniture TorontoCabinet Furniture first opened a showroom on Birch Avenue near the Summerhill subway station before creating a second space here in the Distillery about a year and a half ago. Since then it has been attracting customers from all different walks of life who are looking to invest in lasting pieces of solid wood furniture.

Cabinet Furniture TorontoEach item in the showroom is designed by owner Ron Briand, who first opened a custom workshop with his father back in 1995. Back then, the pair built everything themselves, but now the pieces are made at a factory in Scarborough. All of the beds, dressers, nightstands and dining tables can be fully customized, and Briand will work with you to pick the stain, size, hardware, etc. Finished pieces are delivered in about 8 to ten weeks.

Cabinet Furniture TorontoThe furniture can be created from a wide selection of different woods, including historic 200-year old Douglas Fir. Each piece seems to have a modern edge, but not so much so that they will look dated in a few years. A best-seller is the sleek-looking Captain's Bed, which has two drawers on each side and a headboard that can be upholstered with a variety of different fabrics ($2,849 for king). I've seen similar styles before, but the Cabinet bed looks like a real, distinguished piece of furniture, as opposed to the flimsy knockoffs offered by the large furniture chains.

Cabinet Furniture TorontoAnother popular collection is the Union collection of tables featuring an 'X' stand at the bottom. The dining room table is another best-seller (starts at $1999 for maple, $2699 for walnut), along with the Union round table (starts at $1595 for maple, $2099 for walnut) for smaller spaces. Cabinet Furniture's showroom also has couches, sectionals, and contemporary lighting fixtures sourced from other companies, adding to its simple, stylish impression.

Cabinet Furniture TorontoCabinet Furniture TorontoPhotos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

24 Comments

TheWord / January 27, 2011 at 10:42 am
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Thanks for the review.

This place is outrageously expensive for what you're getting. If you want nice handmade wood furniture try the Pine Store on King East. It's all custom made and a fraction of the price; and your money is going to a local craftsman. He can make anything you see in this store.
SpaceDog / January 27, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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Organic meets modern. My favourite. They have beautiful stuff.

By the way TheWord, I checked out The Pine Store's web site. I'm sure their stuff is nice and well made, but it is a very different aesthetic. I would say it has a rustic feel. The two stores are not for the same customer.
Bargain Hunter / January 27, 2011 at 01:25 pm
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Take a trip out of town - a few hours at most - in a NE direction and you'll find beautifully hand-crafted furniture for a steal. Typically reclaimed barnwood and such but ain't nothing wrong with a little character.
Apples and Oranges / January 27, 2011 at 01:32 pm
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Yes, the world is full of options. Sometimes I feel like a burrito and sometimes I'm in the mood for pan-asian fusion cuisine. One may be cheaper than the other. Neither is better, just different.

Why do mofos always need to offer a contrary opinion on these things, rather than commenting on the content of the post?
Gabe replying to a comment from Bargain Hunter / January 27, 2011 at 03:06 pm
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Thanks Bargin hunter. Do you know of a specific store or location I can check out in the NE? I dont want to pay $2000 for a table
Steve / January 27, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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You should check out the furniture in NYC!!!
Bargain Hunter / January 27, 2011 at 09:10 pm
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@Gabe - check out applehillfurniture.ca - they have beautiful furniture that is worth a days drive through the countryside.
nn / January 28, 2011 at 01:42 pm
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if you dumbasses don't want to pay what it costs for custom furniture then don't buy it and quit whining. shop at Ikea or EQ3
Ed / January 28, 2011 at 01:56 pm
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ALSO CHECK URBAN AMISH INTERIORS AT 86 PARLIAMENT ST (JUST UP THE STREET) URBANAMISH DOT CA
ALL THE SAME CUSTOMIZATION AND COMPETITIVE PRICING.
rek replying to a comment from Apples and Oranges / January 28, 2011 at 02:52 pm
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Because you might like that table, but not the price, that's why.

It's certainly more useful that complaining.
Space Apple replying to a comment from rek / January 28, 2011 at 03:55 pm
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Maybe because I have worked in and appreciate design, I am slightly puzzled by certain types of comments. I suppose it is a matter of perception. In the same way some people can't differentiate between a mazda and a maserati, others apparently think a table is a table. Just because they are both made of wood does not mean they're in the same category.

One can say this about anything really. Again, I'm not suggesting one is better than the other, but they don't warrant a comparison.

Let me ask you, if you wanted tickets to go see radiohead but they were sold out, would it make sense for someone to say, "that's okay, i have tickets for justin bieber" ?
TheWord replying to a comment from Apples and Oranges / January 28, 2011 at 05:53 pm
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I think making alternative suggestions is a pretty legitimate comment; not to mention seemingly useful for someone who might be looking for reviews of furniture stores.

@Space Apple: "just because they are both made of wood does not mean they are in the same category." > Likewise, just because someone affixes a ridiculous price tag on a product does not make it of superior quality. As someone who has "worked in and appreciates design" you would be able to recognize the difference between a product made in factory (like Briand's) and a product made by hand from material sourced locally by the person who is actually going to make it.

Also, your analogy sucks and doesn't make any sense. Keep practicing and you'll get it one day.
Space Apple replying to a comment from TheWord / January 28, 2011 at 07:38 pm
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Jeez, The Word,sensitive much? You said, "I think making alternative suggestions is a pretty legitimate comment." I'm saying, they are not really alternatives when the styles are dissimilar. That's just my opinion of course. Are you telling me that the appearance of your two examples are similar?

I thought Canadians were supposed to have above average intelligence. How many ways can I reiterate that I am not calling one item better than the other. I am saying that they appeal to different people, so comparisons are inane. My analogy, which you didn't get, points out that such comments are non sequiturs.
Sterling Silver Jewelry / June 24, 2011 at 08:41 am
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Squigola / January 8, 2012 at 04:33 pm
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I'm looking to decorate a new office and home downtown Toronto and would prefer to purchase from local designers/furniture makers without a long drive anywhere. Custom design is a must, and I prefer wood materials.
Thanks for the suggestions so far - any others any one else knows of, preferably downtown, or not too far away? (Not looking to drive for hours in any direction.)
@Space Apple - an American stating you thought Canadians were supposed to have "above average intelligence"? Thank you for sharing that - it's refreshing to hear of an American stating such a thing, as opposed to the opposite which is normally what I tend to hear.
Michael replying to a comment from Squigola / January 9, 2012 at 06:01 pm
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Hi Squigola.
I design and build custom furniture made from local and reclaimed materials in downtown Toronto.
If you would like to discuss your furniture needs please check out my website - greenwoodstudio.ca - and send me a note.
Thanks.
Matthew Grossman replying to a comment from Squigola / February 12, 2012 at 06:11 pm
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Dufferin and Hwy 7 , custom cabinet shop. In house designs and free consults.
alessandro di paolo / March 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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im a vintage and rustic furniture maker from italy and im doing the same kind of stuff here...i can tell that there is 1000 way to joint 2 pices of wood...you can do in 5 minutes or in 1 hour...which one is more expansive?wich way is more good?you can see the same table but is not!thats also true that somebody put 500 dollar more just because is famous shop!anyway is better let do the job at one nice craftmam and not at the big company....he will spend more time and attention at your stuff!
Bernard / October 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm
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No offence to the Pine Store that the first person recommends, but my first impression of seeing the online photos are hand-me-down furniture. I can see this furniture in barns (not even cottages). You pay for what you get for. If you want dirt-cheap furniture, it may last you a couple of years.
Estella / June 27, 2013 at 10:05 am
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wen / June 9, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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If you want MDF garbage brad nailed together and covered in wood filler and the darkest stain possible to hide all the mistakes, buy furniture from ron briand and cabinet. If you want quality custom furniture, look elsewhere.
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