best new design stores 2014 toronto

The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2014

The best new design stores in Toronto for 2014 brought new blood to the city's design scene (and precipitated more than a few redecorating sprees). Whether your bag is sleek, modern decor fit for a luxury condo, vintage and reclaimed items full of scrappy charm, oddball art and gifts, or even something you made all by yourself, design aficionados had a lot to cheer about (and drop cash on) this year.

Here are the best new design stores in Toronto for 2014.

See also:

The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2013
The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2012
The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2011
The Best New Design Stores in Toronto, 2010



Spacing Store
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Spacing Store

Toronto finally has a shop dedicated to...itself. Spacing Magazine has converted their side biz making TTC buttons and streetcar T-shirts into a permanent store in the 401 Richmond building, creating a shrine to Toronto iconography (and the ultimate gift store for every infrastructure nerd).

I Have a Crush On You
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I Have a Crush On You

Amy Kwong spun her successful greeting card line, Smitten Kitten, into an entire Liberty Village storefront festooned with tinsel, hints of neon, and plenty of offbeat, oddball gifts. Her cards (printed in the in-house studio) are still represented, in addition to home goods and gadgets (cell signal-blocking handkerchief, anyone?)


Stylegarage (Ossington)
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Stylegarage (Ossington)

Homegrown furniture lines Stylegarage and Gus*Modern converted the former AWOL Gallery on Ossington into this sprawling, two-floor showroom, now chock-full of modular, customizable pieces that ooze contemporary Canadiana.


Elte Market
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Elte Market

North-end home goods store Elte set its sights on a younger, cost-conscious demographic when it opened its more modern offshoot, Elte Market, in the Castlefield Design District this fall. With thousands of pieces in stock, they're aiming to be a one-stop shop for folks kitting out new homes.


Vintage Home Boutique
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Vintage Home Boutique

St. Clair West's newest home boutique stays true to the name with plenty of '50s and '60s pieces (including a sea of teak and rosewood items), but they also offer reproductions of retro design classics, as well as custom-order sofas.

Elephant In The Attic
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Elephant In The Attic

At this "experience shop" on Dundas West, you'll be just as likely to be serenaded or listen to a passage from a wacky self-help book as you are to find quirky vintage prints or upcycled framing services, but your day - and your apartment - will be all the better for the visit.



The Shop
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The Shop

Technically, they're not a store, but at this makerspace on College (part of the MakeWorks complex), you'll be able to buy yourself a little bit of know-how on all kinds of hands-on activities. Classes are available in woodworking, welding, ceramics, screenprinting, shibori dyeing, and more.

RADform
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RADform

Tucked into the George Brown campus downtown, Radform has everything you need to transform your place into a hyper-modern cabinet of curiosities. Their stock, made up of specially-imported European design lines, ranges from the mundane (molded plastic chairs) to the outlandish (ostrich-shaped tables with attached lamps).


Sourced & Salvaged
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Sourced & Salvaged

Does your place need a glass-jar light fixture, a time-worn vintage crate, or a small flock of skeleton keys? You'll find it all in this cozy basement shop in Cabbagetown, which specializes in found and reclaimed antique pieces.

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