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OneTwenty Modern

Posted by James Buttivant / Posted on August 10, 2010

OneTwenty ModernOneTwenty Modern is a high-end furniture and design store on Lower Ossington. The smallish space is a fun journey into the world of eclectic decor, designer collections and fascinating pieces of furniture - most of which are, of course, functional - but style comfortably sits side-by-side with functionality at OneTwenty Modern.

The first thing anyone would notice is a bright pink, cotton string armchair. It looks like a giant net, but is in fact a Fernando and Humberto Campana designed Vermelha chair with pink ropes intertwined with each other and the steel frame, lending the entire piece an air of an animated net or basket. The piece retails for $11,678, but ignoring the price point, the mind races to how spectacularly that chair would dominate (in a good way) any space or room.

One 20 ModernAnother piece that I'm sure would catch anyone's eye is a large Valentina four-door cabinet. With highly polished laquer, the cabinet ($6,982) is covered in a bright oversized Italian comic strip. They don't make bigger conversation pieces than cabinets with Italian comic strips on them.

Frank Gehry side tableOriginality and daring ideas flow through almost every piece at OneTwenty Modern. Another standout piece is a set of Frank Gehry designed corrugated cardboard side tables (20 x 20 ¾ x 17) these nesting tables would lend any space a generous hint of whimsy. I don't like furniture that doesn't do anything, so it's refreshing to see such high-end pieces that still have a job to do. In the case of the side tables, it's a $2,349 job.

One 20 ModernOneTwenty Modern also has a large variety of tables, paper suspension lamps, dining chairs and rugs to serve any design style. One of my favourites is the Noguchi Replica end tables by Modernica. Now, I was never good at looking at a piece of furniture (or art) and being able to wax on about the piece's influences or style. So, I will have to take OneTwenty Modern's word that the end tables are inspired by Isamu Noguchi. At 20" high and with a 24" diameter top, the stem of the table is chrome plated and criss-crossed in the same unusual way as the cotton string armchair. Shoppers can select a black or white laminate top ($429), maple top ($558) or a walnut top ($615).

One 20 ModernThe price points at OneTwenty Modern aren't for everyone (myself included), but I like the fact that if I had the funds, then I wouldn't feel like I'm throwing my money away down some self-indulgent hole in the name of style or design. It seems every piece in this showroom is a solid and substantial piece that could suit nearly every home or lifestyle. Making a purchase here might not be an option for me yet, but it's definitely made it into my mental bookmarks of places where "future James" will come and shop.

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Geoff / August 11, 2010 at 09:55 am
Hate to break it to you. But paying $2,349 for some Frank Gehry cardboard tables is pretty much the definition of "throwing [your] money away down some self-indulgent hole in the name of style or design." Maybe "future James" will realize this before he wastes that future money.
Twohy / August 12, 2010 at 02:25 am
I love this place. Don't have the money to shop here anytime soon, but it makes me happy every time I pass it by.
agentsmith / August 12, 2010 at 11:20 am
$2350 for some glued-together cardboard? That's pretty much the definition of obscene markup. I wonder what the condensation from a cold drink would do to these pieces of crap?
AudioHug / January 4, 2011 at 08:41 pm
Shop around - they are either to small to receive great pricing from their suppliers, have not reconized parity of the dollar or, i guess just over priced, I went looking for a bed and found it for $900 less at other stores (highend store I might add).

Sorry - would have loved to have bought from and independent..
Steve / March 8, 2013 at 02:01 pm
I was going to buy a Bonaldo table from them but ended up finding it for much less at Suite 22 Interiors in Markham. Last I heard 120 Modern was closing shop anyway.
Milan / October 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm
I realize it sounds cheap, however, I discovered an incredible vintage outdoors lantern on a hard rubbish set on the weekend!
Now I am in search of wrought iron patio chairs to match.
You know just what they say, one mans trash is another mans prize!

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