The Line sells contemporary furniture representing an array of artists from all over the world. Lee Brown is the curator of the gallery which combines design, fashion, and a strong cup of coffee.
Located at Spadina and Wellington Streets across from picturesque Clarence Square Park, the Line is an entire browsing experience, with a large event space and a coffee bar in the back.
Brown has been curating art and interior designs for 15 years, and wanted to showcase unique and artistic approaches to furniture. He developed the gallery as a creative space where people could come in, have a coffee and take in their surroundings, while enjoying the artwork on the walls and on the floors.
A mix of design, texture and structure, the gallery is meant to be a place to linger in. And, it certainly feels that way as I walk in and spend more time than I intended to, looking at the photography and trying to determine if any of the pieces would fit in my apartment.
The most interesting furniture piece, placed in the middle of the floor, is two wooden loungers facing each other connected to create one square lounger, where you can lie back and sip your drink.
And as you browse the art on the walls, or get comfortable in a armchair, you can try on Andy Warhol sunglasses ($500) by C2Apparel. There's also beautiful stemware and candlesticks made by Tat Chao, an industrial designer from Montreal, and funky umbrellas from B.C. company Downpour ($60-70).
Armchairs and sofas displayed in the main room capture your attention by mixing different textures and colours like royal purple and bright pink.
The furniture combine ergonomic value, comfort, and beautiful design from brands like Ego Paris, Vondom, Giellese, Bodema and Peter Cardou. The Line offers floor model pricing on all showroom items, and will typically change pieces every three months.
At the back of the gallery is the Line Design cafe serving single espresso coffee ($2.25-2.75) made using a La Marzocco espresso machine with beans from Ethopia and Brazil. The Line will be offering different blends of coffee on a regular basis.
It's traditional Italian coffee and the first sip hits you right away. This stuff is strong, and the Line will be offering different blends of coffee on a regular basis.
Photos by Hector Vasquez