We tour you through the neighbourhood’s best furniture & lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen & bath showrooms
“I went window shopping today! I bought four windows.” – Tommy Cooper (1921-1984), British prop comedian.
Queen West is a vogueish promenade lined with big boxes and stalwarts, dives and the always divine. With 35 stores to browse, you’ll find everything from condo-sized sofas to brass cocktail shakers. 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
Mix modular sectional by Gus Modern at Stylegarage
Field lounge chair by Blu Dot chair at Urban Mode
Componibili by Kartell at Neat
Cavalier bar cart at CB2
Girard Colour Wheel ottoman by Herman Miller at Quasi Modo
Mug at Drake General Store
Two top showrooms that always impress
While Umbra is best known for its playful housewares, the manufacturer’s recent foray into furniture design marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Canadian company. The Tier side table and Coiled stool shown above – two standouts from the company’s Shift collection designed in collaboration with industry up-and-comers – are minimalist, but still packed with that signature Umbra personality.
This shop serves up a classic Queen West combo: timeless vintage finds mixed with more modern fare. On the retro front, find Kofod-Larsen lounge chairs and ceramic Lotte lamps. These sit alongside such newer creations as pendant lights made from disposable beer kegs and co-owner Julie Jenkinson’s chunky jewellery.