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Smash

Posted by Stephanie Cloutier / Posted on February 18, 2009

Smash TorontoSmash, a design store meets art gallery in the Junction, makes an immediate impression with a large, pink Jesus prominently on display. It dangled above me, hanging haphazardly from the top of the gallery window right by the entrance. Hesitating, my eyes then veered to the rusted metal racks filled with industrial-sized spindles of string, and beyond where a large banquet table propped with modern lamps, oversized wrenches, and a profusion of lab beakers occupied the middle of the room.

Is Smash a movie set? A surreal junkyard? No, but it has elements of both and is one of the most interesting new stores to grace Toronto in the past 12 months.

SmashBefitting its eclectic neighbourhood, Smash fills its long, gutted space with an amazing collection of salvaged industrial/architectural items, many of which were procured during a recent buying trip to Argentina. To some, these large, massive objects and furniture may seem like ancient artifacts of our utilitarian past but they do offer a refreshing, contemporary feel - even if serious creativity is required to imagine how they might fit inside the average Toronto apartment.

The whole store is filled with unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that won't be found anywhere else in the city. An industrial vanity ($1,400) or steel medicine cabinet ($1,275) serves a more useful purpose than a tall church window or wrought iron gates. Think outside of the box and you can build your own furniture with beams of reclaimed lumber collected from demolished buildings and barns, and other salvaged material and artifacts scoured at various sales and auctions across North America and abroad.

On the recession-friendly side of things, there are a number of affordable objects available here as well including multi-coloured suitcases ($40) and contemporary art pieces by local artists such as Kagan McLeod ($20 and up).

Smash DesignOn a stretch of Dundas West dotted with antique stores, Smash is one of the stars. There's so much eye candy here it's ridiculous. And since opening in the Spring of 2008, many have flocked north of Bloor to attend the store's diverse art happenings curated by Jerome Jenner in his gallery space that is infused throughout the store. Remember that bright pink Jesus?

Discussion

24 Comments

martin / December 6, 2008 at 05:35 pm
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absolutely Smashing!
Anonymous / October 25, 2010 at 06:55 pm
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My issue with Smash is that they sell the products "as is" in most cases and don't have any idea how they should showcase them properly. They just throw things together in a careless manner.
smash / November 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm
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anonymous - sorry we didn't have things showcased properly for you. we were probably too busy throwing a sold tag on the item in question
Antiquer / February 2, 2011 at 11:04 am
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wow can't wait to come check it out!Looks amazing in the pics,everyone's a critic! I prefer the thrill of the hunt when I shop for treasure
See you soon
Connaisseur / February 11, 2011 at 04:18 pm
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Avoid this dump. Overpriced junk with a side of smug service.
glen / February 14, 2011 at 04:57 pm
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your last customers were unfairly cruel and your response/reply was appropriate/to the point,nice one! l was in today talking to you about blackboards and salvo. keep up the good work l certainly didn't sense any smugness, are we sure they maybe didn't mean mustiness and even that would be an exaggeration,glen
Bloggeezer / February 20, 2011 at 01:51 am
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If you're in the market for an old suitcase this is the place for you. If you need reassurance that a reclaimed autobody shop sign from the '90's is a 'design' piece for your condo, you are in luck. Curated by douches for douches.
sharon / July 15, 2011 at 01:17 pm
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Haha..........the smash response is classic example of their attitude when I discovered this store and stepped in it for the first time. Classy! However, if your into used items, it does have neat stuff.
AV replying to a comment from smash / September 20, 2011 at 09:42 am
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And that would be MY problem with smash; its a collective of assholes who are so smug that it makes you want to leave the second you step inside. Get over yourselves
prefab / September 21, 2011 at 02:44 am
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Went by last week.
A sparse, largely uninspiring selection sold with an art gallery attitude and grotesquely inflated pricing. Most offensive was the obviously deliberate lack of effort to display or sell anything. Gorgeous space though, can't wait what goes in next
Unsatisfied shopper / October 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm
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Not only are the people smug and the items overpriced, but I am almost certain that one of the girls helping me farted.
girlwhofarted / April 2, 2012 at 01:52 am
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I did toot, yes, but it was only a light stinker nothnig heavy
Donna / July 11, 2012 at 11:11 am
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To call these guys "smug" is being kind. Street-pickings with price-tags guaranteed to make your head spin.
not a customer replying to a comment from smash / August 7, 2012 at 08:04 pm
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I was going to visit this store until I saw that response from smash. Attitude like that means the store will be bulldozed in no time.
Alex / October 5, 2012 at 06:10 pm
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I'm with you "not a customer." Boo to Smash for being so sensitive - learn to take criticism. Next tags I predict you'll be throwing: CLOSED.
Marc / February 27, 2013 at 10:03 am
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Please take a look at my website for a forever evolving selection of beautiful antique furniture.

www.laframboisefurniture.weebly.com

I have a custom built section for rustic and modern furniture options. As well as a section of restored furniture pieces that I have given a beautiful distressed antique look too.

I am constantly adding new items and the prices are always below retail cost!
darrell / May 26, 2013 at 07:26 am
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i was looking for a vintage store to visit but from their reponse to a customer above i wont be visiting. Lost sale.
Peggy Skene / June 26, 2013 at 09:17 am
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I am looking to have a frame made from weathered reclaimed wood - do you do small custom projects?
Peggy Skene / June 26, 2013 at 09:20 am
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I am looking to have a frame made of weathered reclaimed wood, do you do small custom projects like this or could you steer me in the right direction - would still like to come down and look at those suitcases - What is your exact address?
Regards - Peg
Peggy Skene replying to a comment from Marc / June 26, 2013 at 09:24 am
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Hi Marc

Do you do small custom framing projects with reclaimed wood?
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