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.
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).
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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