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Furniture and photography

Furniture retailer Leon’s will be opening the doors of its downtown Toronto location to photographers and art fans this weekend, as it hosts a photography exhibit entitled Toronto CLICKS.

The pop-up gallery, presented by online photography community Streets of Toronto, takes over the Leon’s at the Roundhouse store near the Steamwhistle Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 18th.

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Streets of Toronto is an online photography community with more than 25,000 followers. Contributors use the hashtag #StreetsOfToronto on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to showcase urban photography of landscapes, architecture and public spaces across the city.

Saturday’s exhibit will showcase the work of 50 Toronto photographers, and will mark the launch of StreetsOfToronto.com – the official website for the organization’s upcoming digital and print magazine, as well as a branded line of merchandise.

The 40,000 square-foot furniture store boasts a modern, loft-like atmosphere that’s certainly appropriate for this kind of artistic event.

The exhibit will be open to the public from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday. Visitors will be able to purchase photographs, and can enjoy light refreshments as they take in compelling images of this dynamic city.

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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 smaller, more urban Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel’s little sister is moving to town.

CB2, an urban furniture chain owned by the popular U.S.-based furniture giant, is opening its first Canadian store at Queen and Bathurst tomorrow.

CB2 operates 11 stores in big cities throughout the U.S., where it sells affordable and modern furniture and home accessories that are especially well suited to apartments, condos and lofts.

Uno Lobster Left Arm Sofa at CB2. $1,199.00.

The chain’s merchandise includes sofas, desks, beds and other furniture, along with rugs, pillows, lighting fixtures, artwork and a huge variety of other accessories. Items are colourful and fun, and incorporate new trends of all kinds.

A condo-dweller myself, I’m personally very excited about the arrival of this new destination for modern furniture.

I’m a fan of Crate and Barrel, and I’m always looking for ways to brighten up my home. So I look forward to seeing what its sister chain has to offer.

The store will fit in well at Queen and Bathurst – a neighbourhood that’s already home to plenty of furniture and home accessory stores, like BLVD Interiors, Morba and Design Republic.

Once the Toronto store is up and running, Canada will get its second CB2 store in Vancouver next month. Live elsewhere? No problem. You can now shop remotely at CB2.com in Canadian dollars.

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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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