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Domison Furniture Boutique

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on April 10, 2011

Domison TorontoDomison Furniture Boutique has opened a showroom in Toronto - branching out from its flagship store in Montreal. The furniture strikes me as part comfy/classic, part modern, and part retro. Impossible? No. It seems for Domison, it's all about the mix of textures, colours, and shapes, making a piece that's somehow both timeless and edgy.

Domison TorontoThe Toledo sofa, for example, seems to embody both modern sleek and retro vintage. The three-piece sofa is quite angular in shape, and with two low rests, it can be repositioned in a variety of ways. But it's the lime green nylon fabric that gives it a vintage edge. Of course, if lime green isn't your thing, you can choose from a variety of fabrics and colours, fully customizing the sofa (around $4500) to suit your needs.

Domison TorontoDomison was opened in May 2008 by Thein and My Ta Trung on Saint Laurent in Montreal, showcasing both independent local design along with the signature collection. They're hoping to incorporate the same sort of mélange for this Toronto showroom, on Jarvis south of King.

Domison Toronto"We want to create pieces that are both comfortable and edgy," My tells me as we chat during Domison's grand opening. "We're always trying out new shapes and materials."

Domison TorontoThe brother and sister team tested out the Toronto waters during the Interior Design Show in January. My says the decision to open up in this lofty industrial space was just part of a "natural progression."

"You guys are our neighbours," she says. "We always hoped to open up something here."

Domison TorontoDomison's mix of spider chairs, wall cubbies, understated sectionals and more were all designed in Canada with the intention of keeping things affordable. "Great design is not always affordable," My says. "It's really important to us that we keep costs low." Domison couches can range from $1,500 to $4,500. The showroom will also display accessories by local Canadian designers.

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Discussion

16 Comments

glueboy / April 10, 2011 at 04:00 pm
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Edgy furniture sounds painful. I'd stay away from the stuff.
stickman / April 10, 2011 at 05:43 pm
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lame joke, glueboy. looks like nice stuff, I'm looking forward to visiting!
Brick / April 11, 2011 at 10:19 am
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Such practical furniture.
Chiquita Banana / April 13, 2011 at 04:39 pm
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Great store. Great designers. Not so knowledgeable dude behind the counter, but he's temporary.

The collection looks like a mix of older, safer designs, and much more exciting newer pieces. I hope they keep moving towards the edgy - we need this kind of affordable, well-made, well-considered design in Canada. I love the Toledo sectional.
buy oem windows 7 / July 6, 2011 at 06:35 pm
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Jess / March 25, 2012 at 09:03 pm
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I do not understand the hype about this store?? With so many reviews about the store, and the brother and sister designers, I was expecting a lot more style and quality. The faux wooden furniture is predominantly MDF or particle board. The sofas are sloppy, poorly made, and all overpriced!A total waste of my time!
david moore / May 3, 2012 at 05:03 pm
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-------------this store is the ''REAL.THING''.............. incredible selection of IDEAS AND ITEMS .......... if u love clean , low profile , INDIVIDUAL furniture thats also super freaking functional GO THERE ..... ITS CANADIAN AND OWNED by THE NICEST GUY and his SISTER-------------MUCH SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Susan / June 14, 2012 at 07:06 am
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And they didn't pay their rent and it is now closed thanks to the sheriff. Sign was added to the door this week.
Joe / June 22, 2012 at 11:31 am
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If you were unlucky enough to have ordered something from them, like we did, call the montreal store, at least you'll get an answer. Horrible customer service given the circumstances, but some answer is better than limbo.
Kelly / June 25, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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No wonder their phone mailbox is full and they are not returning emails. Damn.
Does anyone know if they are sticking around in Toronto?
Joe / June 28, 2012 at 12:57 am
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They are NOT returning to Toronto. They confirmed it to me in email Call Montreal Or call your credit card company now. Hopefully you can get your deposit back.
ameet / June 28, 2012 at 02:49 pm
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Its matter of time where all the small furniture shops or High end shop wont survive in Toronto. only Chain store will last.
KDS / July 9, 2012 at 04:33 pm
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Arrrgh! I put down a $750 deposit on a custom-made dining table which I'm guessing I'll never see. Such a shame. Thein is such a nice guy and I really love their designs.
Michael / August 8, 2012 at 10:02 am
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$900 down on a sectional in April; have been jerked around for 15 weeks now. Emails and phone calls un-returned. Customer service non-existent. Terrible terrible experience.
Michael replying to a comment from KDS / August 8, 2012 at 10:53 am
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Did you end up getting that table in the end?
KDS replying to a comment from Michael / August 10, 2012 at 09:28 am
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@Michael: Well, I've exchanged a couple of emails with Thien and he's told me that in spite of the store closing, Domison's factory is 100% up and running and I will absolutely see my table. Fingers crossed.

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