21 Design Stores from Toronto You Should Know About

Posted by alyssacharles on Aug 29, 2012 | No Comments

Sick of plain and mundane home accessories? So are we. As design junkies, we sought out to find the most eclectic selection of design objects and accessories in Toronto. If you’ve got an eye for style and refined design, you’ll surely appreciate the quirky aesthetic found in each item and discover the unique utility in every object. 

Each store provides a distinctive sort of shopping experience, offering everything from Canadian handcrafted creations to inspiring international imports. Whether you’re seeking an antique conversation piece for your home or an item to add inspiration to a generic workspace, these 21 stores are your dream destination for funky and functional design objects and accessories

Amarynth

Inspired by a mythical flower that’s always in bloom, the Amarynth Gallery is dedicated to Venetian glass and hand made sterling silver. Their magical selection of objects has been featured in publications like Toronto Life, House & Home and Home Décor.

161 Cumberland Street

Atomic Toybot

Part toy store, part art gallery, part bookstore, Atomic Toybot has a little something for everyone. Looking for something fun to do on Thurssday nights? Why not amble over to Atomic Toybot and try painting your own vinyl figure. It’s the newest trend in contemporary art and we know you don’t want to get left behind.

978 Queen Street East

BYOB

BYOB is just like your favourite kitchen knick-knack store, but instead of your countertop, everything here is for your bar. Vintage wine glasses, animal-head wine stoppers, antique flasks and more

972 Queen Street West

CUBESHOPS

CUBESHOPS is a community of specialty shops that represent commodity markets of specific cultures. Each item is selected with its unique cultural aspect and significance in mind. Whether Japanese, Canadian, or European, CUBESHOPS chooses products that represent the traditions and beliefs of each particular culture.

11 Baldwin Street

distill

distill has an eclectic collection of hand made objects of various mediums: paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal work, mixed media, furniture,  textiles, fashion and accessories.

24 Tank House Lane, Suite 103

Drake General Store

By capturing inspiration from the classic general store, the museum shop and the flea market stand, the Drake Hotel General Store has successfully created a unique destination for classic and modern goods and goodies. Each of the stores is filled with a sense of whimsy and nostalgia.

1144 Queen Street West

Everydayhousewife

Everydayhousewife (Bev Hisey) is the culmination of years of obsessive collecting.  Her curated collection, including geo-patterned cushions and an extensive library of carpets are now available to purchase online or at the Bev Hisey/Everydayhousewife studio-retail outlet.

1066 Dundas Street West

Gardner Museum Shop

The Gardiner Museum Shop features a carefully curated, deep presentation of one of a kind and studio ceramics with a focus on Canadian artists, as well as a selection of beautiful glass, wood, and jewelry by international artists.

111 Queen’s Park

Hot Hunt

Even before the doors of the first Drake General Store opened, the owners have been on a vigorous hot hunt- searching high and low for peculiars. An extension of the Drake’s General Store, Hot Hunt provides treasure hunters with eclectic antique pieces all the time.  The salvage journey allows the discovery exceptional pieces; each vintage item that is found has a history, is a character and adds personality to a space.

1140 Queen Street West

Labour of Love

Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, Labour of Love is con­stantly re-inventing themselves by let­ting cre­ativ­ity flow within their win­dow and floor dis­plays. From fine let­ter pressed sta­tion­ary to a vari­ety of hand-crafted items, the Labour of Love team takes pride in their pas­sion and prod­uct knowl­edge about the sev­eral artists and their pieces.

242 Carlton Street

Magic Pony

Magic Pony is dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of the best in young contemporary art. We operate as a studio, gallery and retail environment, combining elements of art, design and popular culture to create an unique shopping experience. As curators, printers and publishers, Magic Pony functions as a outlet for communicating and sharing new visual concepts.

680 Queen Street West

Mi Casa

Whether you’re a new condo owner, homeowner or interior designer searching for new ideas, or just looking for that special item, Mi Casa is the perfect spot for making your home more unique.

238 Carlton Street

Miracle Thieves

Miracle Thieves is a colony of joyful rebels. They are a destination point for Toronto’s creative community and a landmark for visitors of Toronto as both a place of authentic and welcoming mega-city culture, and somewhere to purchase high quality creative work by Toronto based artisans.

249 Crawford Street

ROOM 2046

ROOM 2046 is a multi-disciplinary lifestyle brand comprising a shop, a cafe, and a studio. Based in the Summerhill neighbourhood of Toronto, ROOM 2046 shop offers an eclectic selection of well-designed products ranging from clothing to housewares, sourced internationally.

1252 Yonge Street

Scout

Scout is an independent gift shop specializing in handmade and Canadian designers. Scout prides itself in providing a unique shopping experience.  Beautiful  letterpress cards, handmade jewelery, unique house wares, handbags and other accessories

405 Roncesvalles Avenue

Shop AGO

Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, shopAGO is home to a well curated assortment of product.  The selection not only supports the AGO’s art collection and design aesthetic but also appeals to a broad range of visitors, devoted members and destination shoppers alike.

317 Dundas Street West

Studio Brillantine

At Studio Brillantine the idea of presenting the latest design object is always exciting. The Studio Brillantine collection consists of objects that are specially chosen due to their historical significance, quality and function and their emotional and visual impact as well as their innovation, humor and vision.

1518 Queen Street West

The Centre Shop

At The Centre Shop, they love designers who make products that offer your life a sense of what’s possible, with a good streak of creativity, and a lot of that practical innovation you can use everyday. Dedicated to researching the world of design and craft to bring extraordinary accessories, gifts, and one-of-kind delights, into your life. The Centre Shop carries MoMA and Red Dot awarding-winning designs as well as Canadian crafts on the cutting edge

235 Queens Quay West

Umbra

Established 31 years ago by graphic designer Paul Rowan when he couldn’t find a nice window shade to hang in his new apartment window- so, he made one. And others liked it! It was from this first product that Umbra got its name – ‘umbra’ means ‘shade’ in Latin. Since that time, Umbra has grown to become the world leader of innovative, modern, casual and affordable design for the home.

165 John Street

Up To You

Up To You is a shop founded by brother and sister team Bill and Dimitra Doufekas. Upon entrance this concept shop appears to be the living quarters of a young professional making their way in the world. Reminiscent of exclusive shopping experiences found in Europe, Up To You has become a destination for those in the know.

Nevertheless, the duo credits their fun and lively space as a form of retail therapy in which everyone is invited to enjoy. Up To You’s take on postal correspondence- send it, seed it and water it. A hybrid of a gift and a greeting card, this mini-garden prolongs the enjoyment of the standard postcard.

1483 Queen Street East

WORKShop Inc.

WORKShop is an experimental design centre & gallery located on the concourse level of 80 Bloor Street West in Yorkville, Toronto’s luxury shopping district. The centre was established in February 2010 to further the visionary design work of Hong Kong-based Kin Yeung whose approach establishes reciprocity between design traditions and excellence spawned in China over many centuries and today’s contemporary urban life styles in both the East and the West.

80 Bloor Street West, Concourse Level

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