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Celebrating past and present at CBD

The newest addition to Toronto’s King Street East Design District celebrated its official grand opening this week, and showed off its hefty collection of furniture and home decor items.

Creations By Design (CBD Co.), located at 81 King Street East, specializes in the concepts of reinvention, reusing and renovation.

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The shop’s owners travel extensively in Canada and abroad, in search of unique pieces that can be revamped into stylish new items that appeal to a variety of different tastes and budgets.

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Elements of both new and old are very evident in many of the items at CBD. For instance, drawer units made from rustic wood are refinished with rich new stains or repainted with modern patterns, and metallic finishes are used to add a contemporary feel to vintage items.

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The result is an eccentric collection of furniture that embraces the history of each item, with a fresh spin.

With similar elements of past and present in the boutique itself, including exposed brick alongside freshly painted walls and rich hardwood floors, CBD has created a very appropriate backdrop for its collection.

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In a market that’s largely dominated by major mass-producers of merchandise, it’s refreshing to see the emergence of new independent retailers promoting unique items that aren’t found on other stores’ shelves.

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Timothy Oulton brings British flare to King Street

A trendy new kid has arrived on Toronto’s home furnishing block.

British furniture brand Timothy Oulton recently launched its first three Canadian locations, including one in Toronto’s King Street East Design District. The other galleries are located in Victoria and Montreal.

The brand specializes in vintage-style handcrafted furniture with distinct British flare, such as curtains and cushions adorned with the Union Jack, historical-looking trunks, and classic chesterfields constructed with gently distressed leathers.

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Timothy Oulton’s “Beat Generation” room concept

Every item the company sells is handmade, and many incorporate old, repurposed materials. “Pieces are designed to celebrate the history of the materials,” the company explains, “and to give them a second life.”

This philosophy is certainly reflected in many of the items in Timothy Oulton’s collections. Encompassing rich colours and whimsical details, the furnishings are visually striking and full of character, but also practical.

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Timothy Oulton’s “Metro” room concept

The brand is named after its founder and creative director, who also runs the furniture company that owns the brand, Halo Group, alongside his brother Charlie. The pair learned about the furniture business from their father, Major Philip Oulton, who founded the company in 1976, when it was known as Halo Antiques.

Timothy Oulton's Loft Living Room Concept

Timothy Oulton’s “Loft Living Room” concept

Timothy Oulton’s expansion into Canada comes as the brand has expanded aggressively into international markets in recent years. In the past year, it has opened galleries in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, among other global cities.

The brand now has 35 locations around the world.

The Toronto gallery is located at UpCountry – a large showroom that carries the collections from various designers, at 310 King Street East, near Parliament. The new Timothy Oulton space features various furniture collections spanning 2,700 square feet of space.

Even if you’re not in the market for a new table or ottoman, Timothy Oulton – and, for that matter, many stores in Toronto’s Design District – are worth visiting for simply a glimpse of the artistic creations and comprehensive decorative displays that are showcased within.

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A proper launch for Fiber Living

Indoor-outdoor furniture store Fiber Living, which opened last month (Fiber brings its furniture to Toronto), received an official welcome to the city’s design district with a launch party this week.

  

Hoards of people showed up for Thursday’s party to peruse the store’s stylish furniture while sipping drinks and munching on gourmet appetizers.

The owners have done a great job of transforming the space, which was formerly an auto-repair garage, into a bright and modern store that showcases the furniture extremely well.

  

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Fiber brings its furniture to Toronto

Toronto’s design district is growing, with the addition of another trendy furniture boutique.

Outdoor chairs and table by Viva Designs

Fiber Living is the newest retailer in the area, located on Berkeley Street near King and Parliament. It’s the second boutique for Fiber; the other is in Haliburton, Ont.

Fiber carries a selection of indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, fireplaces and rugs at mid-level prices.

With collections that are modern and trendy, the shop targets “design-savvy, young professionals,” according to the shop’s co-owner Ion Nicolae.

Globo lights by Slide Designs

But practicality and quality are also top of mind for the owners when they’re selecting merchandise. For instance, the outdoor furniture in Fiber Living’s house line, called Viva Designs, is made from material that is smudge-proof and virtually immune to fading, UV rays and harsh weather conditions.

Other brands available at Fiber Living include:

  • Slide Design – lighting fixtures from Italy
  • EcoSmart Fire – eco-friendly fireplaces from Australia
  • Magnificô Innovation – custom-designed fireplaces for outdoor environments from Montreal
  • Gian Rocco – artistic faux plants from Asia
  • Capel Rugs – a wide range of rugs from the U.S.
  • Fatboy Canada – beanbag chairs, hammocks and parasols from the Netherlands

The new boutique is housed in a newly renovated 3,000-square-foot space that was formerly an auto-repair garage. The modern, urban shop will be available for rental for private events.

I bet the new shop will adapt well to the King St. East neighbourhood, which has become a destination for Torontonians’ furniture shopping needs.

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