We tour you through the neighbourhood’s best furniture & lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen & bath showrooms
“Life is all about seating and lighting.” – Graydon Carter, Canadian-American journalist.
Queen East is a hood ‘humming with vintage cool, brilliant baby stuff and contemporary heirlooms. With 28 stores to browse, you’ll find everything from classic Eames chairs to hand-carved stools from Zimbabwe. Click a pin on the map below to get more information about any of this eclectic design district’s hottest shops.
Seven standout discoveries from our favourite design shops
Bolio pendant by Viso Inc.
Kaplus ice tray by Art.Lebedev Studio at Up to You
Bean chest by Greentea Design
Pinokkio table lamp by Hala Zeist at Zig Zag
Peacock storage box by 3 Sprouts at Baby on the Hip
Teak dining chairs at GUFF
Issey Miyake ceramics by Iittala at Studio Pazo
Two design destinations that constantly delight, surprise and deliver
Housed in a 1907 industrial building modernized by Yabu + Pushelberg, Avenue Road is an architectural marvel. Giant triangular steel trusses command attention on the top floor, while a central glass atrium carries natural light all the way down to the basement displays of office furniture. Throughout this dramatic setting, vignettes display artful arrangements of luxe furniture upholstered in plush fabrics, gilded with glam metallics or cut from richly-veined marble.
Twinkling chandeliers illuminate shelves filled with backpacks, ballet tutus and even a family of plush emus at this enchanting children’s boutique. We especially love the shop’s stylish takes on such everyday nursery essentials as nightlights and storage bins. Looking for educational toys? Check out Uncle Goose’s set of wooden blocks decorated with words from foreign languages.