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Williams Craig Design Studio

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on October 22, 2012

Williams Craig Design StudioWilliams Craig Design Studio is making use of its new streetside digs by combining its corporate business with its own carefully curated design boutique.

The firm spent more than 13 years shrouded from sidewalk view, up in a warehouse space over at Queen and John. Earlier known as UW Design Group, the company morphed into its current incarnation when designer Karen Williams partnered with architect Joelle Craig. And earlier this year, the women made the decision to pick up and move to Ossington.

Williams Craig Design Studio"It was psychological more than anything," Karen says when I ask about the move. "We wanted to get back to street level; to shake things up."

This space on Ossington offered the perfect opportunity, with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of walk-by traffic.

"We started laying out the space," Karen says, "and we realized, why not have a sort of gallery here?"

Williams Craig Design StudioWilliams Craig is invisibly divided into three parts. "This area is our boardroom," Karen says, motioning toward the east end of the 35-foot table made from salvage hemlock. "Back there is our studio," she says, pointing to the other end of the table. "And this is our gallery shop."

Williams Craig Design StudioKaren says many of the firm's clients are marketing agencies and advertising boutiques, and the Williams Craig "shop" certainly has a bit of that vibe. The centrepiece, of course, is the fantastic shelf made of vintage wooden Pepsi crates, which shows off an assortment of painted decorative bottles. "Sometimes people think gold can come off as a bit Gotti," Karen says, referencing a painted gold bottle ($49) beside an assortment of matte black, "but with the right setting, it can work."

Williams Craig Design StudioThe space is outfitted with a modest assortment of pieces that simply meet the Williams Craig criteria of, "things we love." "We're not CB2, we're not West Elm," Karen says. "It's really curated, and more about what we do, what we love."

Williams Craig Design StudioA few of those items include wooden iPad stands ($39) and iPhone stands ($19) made by a woodworker contact of the firm, a gorgeous leaning cut-out coatrack made from the same hemlock as the 35-foot table ($249), and a mid-century-inspired round chair with teak arm accents, with room enough for two ($1375). If you couldn't already tell, wood, repurposing and nature (hey there, water buffalo skull) have a definite presence at Williams Craig.

Williams Craig Design StudioKaren says her assortment of suppliers is constantly shifting, and might soon include a couple of woodworking women from the neighbourhood who stumbled into the space shortly after its opening. Design-enthusiasts can count on a new floor display every three months or so, with the shop open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. most weekdays, and about five hours in the afternoons on weekends.

Williams Craig Design Studio



mayor dodge / October 22, 2012 at 09:16 am
My, oh, my what one can find in abandoned warehouses these days. Even used skulls, LOL.
Brycycle / October 22, 2012 at 03:33 pm
great addition to the avenue - very glad to have you as neighbors!
WC collective replying to a comment from Brycycle / October 22, 2012 at 05:19 pm
Thanks so much! Come by and introduce yourself sometime.
Chrissiev / October 22, 2012 at 07:30 pm
Awesome creative ladies!
Maureen / October 23, 2012 at 08:24 am
WOW so inviting. Wishing you all the success you can handle.
Kaytee / October 30, 2012 at 01:06 pm
"We wanted to get back to street level; to shake things up." That makes sense. All that stuff in the rectangular white cavern does look like is was dug up from some lost alleyway. Better prices for the same grot in a yard sale, though. Don't you hate pretension? It's not art if you stumbled upon it. What did you contribute? I can see lots of old yuppies congregating there wistfully recalling their disposed of disposable income. I will look the other way.
Giselle replying to a comment from Chrissiev / November 9, 2012 at 04:24 pm
HA! creative as finding rusty railroad spikes in a scrap yard! I buy antlers at pet food stores for my rottweilers to gnaw on for less than nine dollars. Next, you'll paint a few empty beer cans and sell them for fifty five dollars each. What a scam. Flea market stuff even looks better, girls.
sharon mintz / March 17, 2014 at 06:18 pm
Do you have a contact number . Do you renovate bathrooms.
Mike Robinson / December 14, 2014 at 09:29 am
Karen , too bad some people just cant see the creativeness in simple things . Usually negativity comes from people who are jealous, that's right folks I said it, if you were creative enough to use these items in your homes décor you wouldn't be here writing your negative b.s.
cudos Karen.
DJ replying to a comment from Giselle / February 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm
So your home looks like a pet store, I gather?

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