We tour you through the neighbourhood’s best furniture & lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen & bath showrooms
“I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too-intimate contacts with my own furniture.” – Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), American architect.
Toronto’s West End is where industrial wares and locally made woodwork mingle with minimalist Scandinavian and Japanese imports. With 20 stores to browse, you’ll find everything from Shaker-inspired wood seating to lamps made from recycled bicycle parts. Click a pin on the map below to get more information about any of this hip design district’s hottest shops.
Six standout discoveries from our favourite design shops
Mia vase by LSA International at Zebuu
Kyoto floor lamp by Stellar Works at Julien Armand
Gamma Omega bar stool by Pekota Design
Pillow by Keephouse at Scout
Cesca chairs by Knoll at Queen West Antique Centre
LP table at Green Light District
Two top showrooms that always impress
Favouring a palette of muted pastels and light woods, this furniture showroom may just be one of the most peaceful places in the city. Their exclusive accessory and lighting collections – designed in collaboration with such Scandinavian and Japanese heavy-hitters as Anderssen & Voll and Oji Masanori – are manufactured right here in Toronto to showcase local talent.
Love that rough vintage aesthetic but don’t want to go digging through scrap piles? Smash is your spot. The showroom’s exposed brick walls provide the perfect backdrop for its well-curated mix of industrial gems. Finds like old storefront windows and vintage streetcar signs let you own a piece of a Toronto history.