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Kiosk (King East)

Posted by James Buttivant / Posted on December 5, 2010

Kiosk TorontoKiosk has opened its latest store in Toronto, this one near King and Berkeley just a stones throw from Klaus. The new showroom is essentially a multi-level museum of avant-garde furniture, extraordinary design items and boundary-pushing decorative elements. It's also a beautiful space that intelligently mixes glass, metal and wood that lends this store an atmosphere of a kind of "colourful sterility."

Kiosk isn't new to the Toronto design scene. They have long had a store on Jarvis near King and just recently closed their Dupont/Christie location in favour of this latest effort. The new Kiosk showroom is incredibly spacious, with three floors dedicated to the stylish (and expensive) furniture we've come to expect from them. Each piece is well separated from the next, allowing the shopper to peruse the showroom a little more slowly and carefully. During my visit, I found myself stopping and standing at practically every item, admiring each piece intimately like it was a work of art.

Kiosk TorontoIn some ways I'm used to furniture stores that display their furniture arranged like it would be used in my home, like seeing a rug, coffee table, couch, side table and lamp all staged and displayed nicely together to make me convinced that somehow I could achieve this look in my own house. With Kiosk, it's a bit trickier to make that mental transition to imagine it all working in my own place. But, in some ways, so many of the pieces were knock-outs that I might be inclined to think they would have the same dramatic impact outside of the showroom.

This type of layout at Kiosk really made me pay attention to items that I may have overlooked at other retailers. For example, I was really taken aback by the "Daddy Long leg" floor lamp with spidery, skinny, metal legs and big fat top for $1,943. It had a lot of life and personality to it and looked like it could scurry away at any second.

There was also a dark grey and oak media storage unit that was quite handsome and elegant for $6,417 and an "Eileen" dining table, also oak with grey accents for $4,880. Both of these pieces would complement each other well, or really stand out as show stoppers in any home or space.

Kiosk TorontoI also loved the "Up 5" armchair and matching "Up 6" ottoman designed by Gaetano Pesce. The two items are attached and supposedly they symbolize female shackles. But, all I saw was the coolest and most comfortable looking armchair I've ever seen. Looking like a giant red balloon, it has soft, rounded curves and kind of looks like the chair would be giving anyone who sat in it a bit of a hug. For $3,678, it's tempting to save up for this kind of statement piece.

Downstairs at Kiosk, I spent quite a bit of time examining the Carlo Mollino designed "Carvour" writing desk for $13,280. It reminded me a bit like a sailboat as it had a wide, sleek and smooth plate glass top, with glossy black parts attached to a highly varnished oak frame. I couldn't decide if I'd rather sit at it to write the next great Canadian novel or stand behind it and fire all my underlings. Either way, it's a powerful desk and a thing of beauty.

Kiosk TorontoThe third floor of Kiosk is a bit more refined and elegant as it's where they display their French design pieces. Again, everything is very chic, but in many ways also very practical. I enjoyed many of the dining chairs, bookshelves and storage units. Again, I took my time browsing and appreciating each piece and really began to understand that many of these items could either be integrated seamlessly into my own place to give it a bit more polish and maturity, or I could utilize a similar technique as Kiosk and arrange any item so that it could serve as a centrepiece around which everything else in the room would evolve from. Either way, the furniture and accessories at Kiosk are beautiful, useful and stylish.

Kiosk is a great store to visit, and if the cash flow is there, then it surely is a great store to shop. The designs are cutting edge, without being offensive and they are all functional, usable and in some cases, incredibly welcoming. The new showroom itself is beautiful and only serves to elevate everything above standard furniture and turns them into pieces of art.

Kiosk TorontoPhotos by Dennis Marciniak who tried his best to get photos of the space by shooting through the windows because Kiosk management wouldn't allow him to take any photos from inside the store.

Discussion

12 Comments

Derek / December 5, 2010 at 01:05 pm
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Great store, wonderful to admire the furniture design even if you can't afford it.
jan / January 25, 2012 at 01:59 pm
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Great store but the people are not friendly.
Andrew replying to a comment from jan / August 13, 2012 at 09:13 am
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Ditto on Jan's comment. I was in the store. I can afford the furniture while the minimum wage staff walk about like the customers are there minions. What a joke. Crappy service. I'm going to let Kiosk in on a little secret. People who can afford your furniture demand good service something that they are sadly lacking.

Andrew
Anne Maire / August 31, 2012 at 09:10 am
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I agree, I sent a note asking the price of a sofa they are selling....they did respond. I did buy the sofa but not from them......keep up the good work Kiosk you should be out of business soon.
Anne Maire / August 31, 2012 at 09:10 am
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Sorry, they didn't respond is what I meant to say
Zeb / September 18, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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I've just spent time reading reviews about Klaus, italinteriors and Kiosk...All amazing stores showcasing fantastic product and innovative design. Their presence on the King East Strip is encouraging Toronto to establish an official design district. I know the owners personally of all three establishments. They are all family run companies in their second generation. I have always found the service to be attentive and thorough.
I can only encourage the bloggers on these posts to contact the companies and ask to speak to management. These are small businesses who care about their business and their city. I am sure they would appreciate you taking the time to voice your concerns in order for potential improvements to be made. "Anne Maire" kiosk design has created an exceptional one of a kind space that totals over 20,000 square feet within a toronto housing corporation building...what an amazing collaboration....It could of easily been a Dollarama....stop hating on blogs and give these companies a chance to discuss and address your concerns.
Linda P. / July 5, 2013 at 08:37 am
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What?? Firstly, the spot is awesome and inspiring. Also, the gentleman that waited on me was not only informative but sent me off with loads of catalogues and a friendly smile. A jewel on King.
Loretta / August 22, 2013 at 11:48 am
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Agree with Jan and Andrew's comments. I went in to inquire about a light. I had to make 2 rounds in the store before someone decided to get off their ass to help me. Service was cold and the salesperson clearly did not care about making a sale. I ended up finding the same chandelier at another store in B.C. The salesperson at the B.C. store was quick to respond, offered me a discount and free shipping. When I emailed the salesperson at Kiosk if they could match the discount from the B.C. company, he didn't even budge. What is with minimum wage sales staff and their snotty behavior? Unbelievable. Beautiful store. Awful sales staff. Will not return.
Lola R / August 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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I have recently moved from New York and it was recommended that I visit Kiosk for new furniture.

I am quite familiar with B&B Italia furniture as I have some pieces in my NY home and I consider it to be one of the best brands available.

Upon entering what I found to be an exceptionally beautiful store I was greeted and serviced by a gentlemen named Paul - I believe he is one of the owners.
I found the service to be impeccable.
Not only was I provided with all the necessary information, Paul also visited my new home and we spent the better part of an afternoon discussing new and exciting possibilities, he even suggested I consider a different approach to a specific space, knowing well that his recommendation would reduce the amount of furniture, resulting in less potential sales...I really appreciated his honest approach.

Great store, great product, great service.

Lola r.
Loretta replying to a comment from Loretta / August 26, 2013 at 09:55 am
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Paul (one of the owners at Kiosk) actually reached out to me after reading my comment. He took the time to hear what I had to say and offered his apologies for my experience at Kiosk. Although my first couple of experiences at Kiosk wasn't as pleasant, Paul was able to make up for it. I look forward to meeting Paul in person and experiencing Kiosk again. Thank you for the great customer service Paul! Much appreciated!
Joseph / May 20, 2014 at 10:46 am
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I agree with Zeb on voicing concerns about staff to management or to the owners themselves. These are wonderful family owned establishments that offer quality furniture. I even call them works of art. There's no sense hating on blogs and driving them out of business. They are an important part of Toronto as a city. We are lucky to have retailers that have this kind of product offering. I would hate it for them to go out of business.
Joseph / May 22, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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I have visited Kiosk once March of this year and was attended to by a gentleman named Max Gingras. I say that his service was exceptional. He provided me information about the prices of pieces I was interested in as well as some other useful information. I think Kiosk has improved in their game after taking in all the negative feedback

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