We tour you through the neighbourhood’s best furniture & lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen & bath showrooms
“Star Trek characters never go shopping.” – Douglas Coupland, Canadian artist and novelist.
Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, King West specializes in fashionable condo gear and Suits-worthy office furniture. With 21 stores to browse, you’ll find everything from hipster coffee gear to super-cushy sofas. Click a pin on the map below to get more information about any of this urbane design district’s hottest shops.
Seven standout discoveries from our favourite design shops
Coalesse table by Steelcase
Seed 02 pendant by Roll & Hill at LightForm
Stagg kettle by Fellow at Tokyo Smoke Found
Diffrient world task chair by Humanscale
Madison armchair at Casalife
Helvetica perfume at I Have a Crush on You
Monroe sofa by West Elm
Two top showrooms that always impress
Go ahead and judge this shop’s architecture and design books by their covers – they’re some of the best-looking tomes in print. Alongside Swipe’s extensive selection of artful reads is the sort of kitchenware and office accessories you might soon find in a “Best Designs of the 21st Century” anthology. Bookworms can enjoy a mid-chapter snack on an Iittala plate decorated with dapper foxes, or brew a cup of java in a conical Alessi espresso maker.
This retailer’s sleek flagship on the ground floor of a Financial District bank tower resembles a futuristic space station. The designs on display are just as forward-thinking – desks and chairs are ultra-comfy and ready to transition from work to play. While many pieces seem destined for the headquarters of trendy social media companies, any work environment can benefit from such friendly furniture.