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Love the Design

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 25, 2011

Love the DesignLove The Design, the new Leslieville shop opened by artist and designer Christine Flynn, combines Flynn's signature stationary and photography art with 1920's finds and chic industrial vintage furniture.

"Everything in here I would put in my own home," Flynn tells me as we walk around the store. "These are pieces that will really complete the look of your space."

Love the DesignFlynn has been creating things all her life. She took design and photography in university, then worked in a small design firm for six years before deciding to pursue her own art. After an attempt in a three-flight walkup on Queen West fell flat, Flynn finally opened this space early March, achieving what she calls a "life-long dream."

Love the DesignThe west wall of the boutique shop exemplifies what Love The Design is all about. There, Flynn spent 30 hours pasting pages from three early-1800's books onto the wall, covering it entirely. "First, I picked out the pages with the most beautiful images," she says, referring the Farmer's Almanac that sparked the idea. "Then it was about arranging everything so the most interesting photos and typography could be seen."

Love the DesignThe idea of finding new, domestic uses for old industrial materials seems to unify everything in the shop. From the vintage Toronto maps, which have been mounted, covered with a thick layer of resin, and stamped with numbers or letters from Flynn's collection of Letraset ($225 for 8x10), to the pained blue architect's chair ($325) that would add a great eclectic element to a conventional kitchen bar, everything has been restored for a fresh take.

Love the DesignBesides a fantastic 1920's original doctor's cabinet ($2695), I was completely won over by an amazing 1920's wall block of numbered mailboxes. I checked around the back, and sure enough, the original names were still there, with a Velma Thomas holding steady in unit 54, Mary Cobban in 24, and J. Wolfe Jr in unit 2. Oddly enough, the piece struck me as the perfect solution to housing, organizing, and displaying my growing collection of loose leaf teas. Now I just need to find $3495...

Love the DesignFlynn's photographs, many of which capture Ontario landscapes and horses ("I grew up with horses. I love them"), are resin-covered and mounted, displayed around the store. They vary in price and are created in limited editions of 10. The other popular item at Love The Design is the customizable 1940's Toronto trolley sign, one of which is proudly displayed at Bobbette & Belle a few blocks down the street.

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Dongler / March 26, 2011 at 04:01 pm
This place has nice stuff but you better be willing to part with at least one arm and maybe a leg. The people working there are somewhat stuck up as well. Jaws antiques has better stuff for much cheaper right down the road, the only thing is that you have to look through all the junk to find it.
LMIH / March 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm
Nice stuff ... really, really, REALLY expensive though. Not worth it.
marben / March 29, 2011 at 04:52 pm
this store is a great addition to leslieville. the art is wonderful - this artist is truly talented and priced accordingly. it was my 3rd time in this past weekend and i bought one of the subway signs - i love it
Janice / May 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Way to expensive! So many other great stores in Leslieville that I would rather support.
kristine / July 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm
Similar subway signs have been around forever! It seems like this artist just copied what has already been made. I've seen other stores with similar vintage decor and farmer's market items at a much more reasonable price. Not worth it.
anthony / October 4, 2011 at 01:01 am
Beautiful store, but it might be more at home at Yonge and Summerhill than Queen and Greenwood. By the way, the pages glued to the wall couldn't possibly be from an early 1800's book. Early 1900's more likely.
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alex / June 4, 2012 at 05:02 pm
y'all are crazy. this place is one of a kind. amazing style perfectly expressed.
Al / November 25, 2012 at 01:56 pm
A spectacular one of a kind store. I just found gifts for 6 people who love design. The space is as much a gallery as it is a shop, and its worth a visit just to admire Christine's art. Leslieville needs more creative venues like Love The Design.
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