Hollis + Morris
Hollis+Morris is a contemporary lighting and furniture store that specializes in minimal pieces of steel and wood.
Tucked inside a building that once manufactured Cooper hockey sticks, the pristine Toronto showroom is an assemblage of owner Mischa Couvrette's minimalist visions.
Mischa refers to his furniture as "Canadian, but not Canadiana." Using wood from Southern Ontario, Hollis+Morris strays away from the city's penchant for trendy hulking live edge wood furniture, instead option for more futuristic work.
With a focus on the sleek integration of wood and metals, LED lights play a big role in their designs and are embedded into geometric wood fixtures to create their pieces.
A marine biology grad, Mischa started off tinkering in his dad's garage and soon found himself working on a steel boat that he and his friends sailed down to Guatemala.
A degree from Sheridan later, his passion for woodwork was full blown, going on to debut Hollis+Morris at the Interior Design Show in 2014 and to outfit stores like Kit & Ace.
Focusing on lighting and dining room pieces, Hollis+Morris is perhaps best known for its Bolt sconce ($2,400), an LED embedded wood fixture that gives a subtle source of light and comes in walnut or oak.
The space features some furniture from partner brand Montauk, with contemporary couches that couple well with more sleek lighting like the Pillar Pendant.
The Link light ($1400) is a creative fixture of brass or copper that allows the buyer to get creative. If bought in multiples, these lights can be joined to create shapes limited only by your imagination.
The off-kilter Corktown bar stools ($470) – which look like giant chess pieces – are elegantly awkward. The Hexagon light ($1200) works similarly to the Bolt, and can light up a room suspending or hanging on the wall.
The Parkdale chair collection starts at $800 per and incorporates metal with woods – my favourite being a pale chair integrated with rose gold metal, a colour combination you don't often see.
Upstairs from the showroom, a young team of carpenters and workers assemble Hollis+Morris' pieces using local wood and metal from distributors in the States.
I'm told that the use of LED lights in their fixtures means that the lights can stay on for 15 years and not run out of juice. Hollis+Morris charges $150 to switch out the LED strip for you, but as a young company, they haven't had to do that quite yet.