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Suite 22

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 2, 2011

Suite 22Suite 22 is a Markham design shop offering modern Italian furniture and decor. Exclusively. While the trend in furniture shops nowadays seems to be offering a bit from here and there, Suite 22 owner Roberto D'Ulisse says his concept was always about Italian design. "After I went to the furniture show in Milan," he says, "it was all downhill from there. Or uphill--however you want to look at it."

Suite 22Roberto greets me at the stairs when I first walk in Suite 22 and I mistakenly (yet fortunately, silently) assume he is the son of the owner. He just looks so young in his "I [heart] 90's" t-shirt, surrounded by an impressive array of shapes, angles, and glass in a 10,000-square foot showroom. But Roberto assures me that this is his business, launched with a kickstart from, and the continued assistance of, his family.

Suite 22"This business branched off from my father's," Roberto says, adding that his father has kept generally within the realm of chairs. Suite 22 on the other hand, offers furniture and d├ęcor for the bedroom, living, and dining.

Suite 22Roberto first introduces me to his wall of clocks--one of many--and estimates he must offer 1,000 different styles. My favourite in the showroom is a modern take on the classic cuckoo clock ($420), where that ever-punctual mechanical cuckoo indeed pops her head out right on the hour.

Suite 22We then explore the showroom and Roberto gives me the lowdown on the various lines--Lago (with which Suite 22 has an exclusive Canadian agreement), Bonaldo, Doimo, Tonin and more. Bonaldo makes the sprouting, brightly coloured coat racks by the front entrance $450, as well as the massive white glass top dining table, with funky, crisscrossed, multicoloured legs ($6,300).

Suite 22"I tend to stick with mid- to higher end, edgy, things that you won't find anywhere else," Roberto says when I ask what he looks for on his annual trips to Milan. He's a personal fan on the Lago Air collection, which incorporates glass and floating shelves in many of its entertainment consoles and bookshelves. Each piece can be customized based on the buyer's specification, which will ultimately determine cost. The downside of such exclusive Italian design is, of course, the wait, which will generally be about 12 weeks from placing to receiving the order.

Suite 22I'd wager, though, that you'd be hard-pressed to find anything like the Colletto Lago bed ($4,000) somewhere else, which, strangely, is almost like a bed with bumpers. The entire perimeter of the mattress is lined with a flexible foam rail, which can be turned down at the foot and sides to create a headboard effect, or else left up for those keen on getting their eight hours in a pseudo-crib. Is that how they do it in Italy?

Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

16 Comments

Stef / November 2, 2011 at 01:40 pm
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Roberto has a gorgeous showroom and provides great, friendly service. Product offering (as you can see from the pics) is second to none. I fully recommend Suite 22 to everyone and I can't wait to visit again - excited for my next purchase!
Roberto / November 2, 2011 at 02:04 pm
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Thanks Mom!
mezimeen / November 2, 2011 at 02:57 pm
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I have to admit i'm impressed with the selection. I just hope the 'mid to high' product choices don't slip into the chrome hell a lot of stores fall into. Stay true to the leading edge design and clients will flock to it - including me one day.
Good luck.
David / November 2, 2011 at 04:40 pm
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Nothing is worth a trip to Markham.
minnes / November 2, 2011 at 04:52 pm
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Woah, I like the looks of this place. It makes me want to go to Markham...and not much does (except for a few friends I have there). The showroom looks great. I think I'd like one of those cool little desk lamps.
Johnny / November 2, 2011 at 07:43 pm
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Been here in the past and ended up buying a Mimo sofa and Cattelan kitchen table. Love both purchases still after a year. Totally worth the drive to markham, congrats on keeping it truly Italian. I'll be back.
Jenna / November 2, 2011 at 08:45 pm
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Beautiful store with gorgeous, high quality furniture and decor. Would highly recommend to anyone!
Chloe / November 3, 2011 at 11:19 am
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do you guys sell bed frames too? I've got the mattress but need something to put it on!!
Maryam / November 3, 2011 at 03:29 pm
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Love Suite22! Not only is the furniture gorgeous but it's well made and the quality sets it a part from other furniture companies. Highly recommend it!
Roberto replying to a comment from Chloe / November 10, 2011 at 04:48 pm
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Hey Chloe yes we do offer a wide range of bed frames both queen and king size all made in Italy. Feel free to view the full collection at www.suite22.ca and if you have any questions you can email me directly at info@suite22.ca

Thank you for the kind words everyone.

And to the person who made the "thanks mom" comment, that was actually funny, well done :)
Rick / November 22, 2011 at 12:50 am
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Suite 22 is the slickest looking showroom north of King St. More importantly - the service is second to none. If you're looking for well designed, high quality pieces for your home then you have to give Roberto a chance. He will earn your business and have you coming back for future purchases.
David / November 26, 2011 at 03:10 pm
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Great store with an amazing selection of Italian furniture and design. The drive was a bit out of the way since Im in the city but totally worth it, bought most of my furniture from Suite 22 and so happy with everything so far. Highly recommended.
Rachel / December 2, 2011 at 04:07 pm
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ive been to this store a few times because i love their showroom. havent bought anything yet but will be returning to buy a few things once my condo is ready. the clocks they have on display are amazing!
Matt / December 15, 2011 at 05:40 pm
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Thanks to BlogTO I dropped by to check this place out and left with a cuckoo clock. Incredible display and selection of italian clocks. I'll be back. Thanks BlogTO!
Alex / July 17, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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Dropped by last week to check out their sofas and ended up buying a new table (Lago Air), coffee table (Bonaldo Pebble), and sofa (Bonaldo Peanut). So impressed with the selection and the very competitive pricing. Long drive from the city but definitely worth it.
William / May 6, 2013 at 09:55 am
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Stopped by this past weekend and was so impressed. Great service, HUGE showroom with a lot to see. My fiancee and I will be back once our condo closes to start shopping. Can't wait!

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