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The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2012

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 9, 2013

design stores torontoThe best new design stores in Toronto in 2012 were more about little treasures than big statement pieces. With the exception of the odd warehouse-sized boutique (I'm looking at you, Metropolis), many of the design shop hits from 2012 were all about the ornamental faux-antler coffee-table-topper or vintage pop-art print. These design stores wouldn't necessarily help you furnish your barren new condo living room, but they might help supply those pretty finishing touches that can transform a space from student-chic to grown-up complete.

Here is the list of the best new design stores in Toronto in 2012.

See also:

The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2011
The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2010

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus

While not ‘new’ in the typical sense, Kid Icarus did unveil itself bigger, better, and with a new program designed to incubate emerging artists in fall of 2012. With more than three times the square footage and a whole lot more pretty printed inventory, this paper and crafts store kept Kensington Market as its home digs, but stocked its new space with evermore stuffed art sculptures and DIY kits. A Pinner’s paradise, that’s for sure. More »

General Tao

General Tao

General Tao is one of those eclectic design stores that is riddled with absolute must-haves that you never knew you needed. Sorry, discretionary budget. But really, who could resist a Triceratops-shaped piggy bank, bowls made of warped vinyl records, or robot tea infusers? Never mind awesome paper lanterns and unique vintage furniture. That’s it, General Tao, just take my money. More »

Everyday Housewife

Everyday Housewife

A throwback name for a retro-inspired space. Designer Bev Hisey decided to turn her studio into a storefront in May of 2012, offering her collection of carpet and cushions direct to the consumer. Paired with an intimate assortment of vintage housewares, the Everyday Housewife space is lush with bright colours, varied textures, and a sense that you should go home and put on an apron. More »

Stroudfoot

Stroudfoot

Famous among Toronto’s restaurateurs, Stroudfoot decided to take its “sleek decay” style direct to people looking for an alternative to big box design stores. Occupying a sprawling loft space off of Atlantic Avenue in Liberty Village, Stroudfoot is part custom furniture, part refurbished vintage pop-culture pieces, and part pink Godzillas and other Japanese toys. Kaiju fans rejoice. More »

Williams Craig Design Studio

Williams Craig Design Studio

Who better to tap for select contemporary design pieces than the contemporary design pros themselves? William Craig Design Studio decided to make optimal use of its new streetside Ossington space by combining its corporate office with a gallery shop open to the public. Pieces in this sparsely stocked store are limited to the design firm’s absolute favourites, including rustic wooden iPad stands and hemlock leaning coatracks. More »

Monocle Shop

Monocle Shop

First came the magazine, then came the global brand. And now, Toronto has its very own Monocle retail shop (what of it, London?). New to College Street in October, the Monocle Shop has everything the worldly, sophisticated, modern “Monocle” man needs, including pure cashmere throws from Ongolia and Nordic Air limited edition prints. And remember, a home isn’t a home without a flameless Hinoki wood diffuser from Japan. More »

Town

Town

This store is a bit of a paper paradise. New to Bloordale in October 2012, this place is plush with prints of your favourite celebs, cards for every occasion, gifts bags, bows, and ties, and of course, the most eccentric of wrapping papers. Find the odd gift and home décor item here, too, including coffee table books on birds and ornaments to decorate your tree or otherwise. More »

Discussion

12 Comments

huh? / January 9, 2013 at 01:53 pm
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I could have sworn the headline said Best New DESIGN Stores....these are hardly design stores.....rather vintage finds from a garage sale set in a retail space (not all listed, but most)

just my $0.02
steve / January 9, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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Design is in the eye of the beholder.
Michaelis / January 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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As a hipster myself, I don't approve of this list. BORING
Franics / January 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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@huh? Don't quite understand what you are saying Kid Icarus does not sell vintage finds from a garage sale.

@Michaelis you spoke like a true hispter. Bravo.
lol / January 10, 2013 at 02:47 am
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more shit no one needs.... spending insane amounts of money or curated crap!
comments / January 10, 2013 at 09:43 am
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Blog TO needs to implement an up-vote / down-vote system to weed out nonsensical comments like this. So many of the comments on this blog are so insulting that I actually don't want to read the blog anymore.

Please reply if you agree...
theinternet / January 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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I upvote @comments! If there was a upvote system only the best comments would be seen.
Danielle replying to a comment from comments / January 11, 2013 at 01:33 pm
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I agree - there seems to be a lot of small minded MEAN people who have nothing better to do than critisize. Go out and do something with your own lives...didn't your mother's teach you if you have nothing nice to say....
RE / January 17, 2013 at 08:02 am
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This is weird!
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Artisancomplete.com is a foremost pop display design & printing company in Ontario. They are specialized in designing cardboard, counter, corrugated and custom displays. They also design store displays, point of purchase and retail displays depending on your demand.
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