50 Contemporary Furniture Retailers from Toronto You Should Know About

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 | 3 Comments

Whether you’re looking to purchase something that’s imported from Italy or handmade right here in Canada, each of these retailers have one thing in common- they share a passion for quality home furnishings and accessories.

From chrome finishes and custom upholstery to reclaimed wood and recycled fabrics, each item incorporates modern elements combined with timeless flair. So before you embark on your next trip to IKEA and purchase something you’ll probably have to assemble yourself, check out these 50 contemporary furniture retailers who offer an impressive array of eclectic pieces.

Akroyd Furniture

Akroyd Furniture is the eponymous furniture practice of Robert Akroyd. His studio hand-makes one piece at a time. Projects range in scale from end tables to entire rooms of built-in cabinetry. A core aspect of the practice is to work with local and regional woods.

Akroyd Furniture is located at 15 Case Goods Lane Studios 101 + 102.

AT Design Group

Simple and Beautiful they are the two words that define the form and function of AT Design Group.  AT offers an exciting selection of home furnishings and accessories. Extraordinary pieces gathered from around the world and right here at home. Other inspired decorating elements have been created by their design studio.

AT Design Group is located at 5 MacPherson Avenue.

Atelier 688

Located in an art district warehouse loft, Atelier 688 showcases the work of local Canadian artists and designers with a leaning towards the use of reclaimed and vintage materials.

Atelier 688 is located at 688 Richmond St. W # 201.

Avenue Road

The former Consumers Gas Co. building was transformed into a thee-level, 15,000 square foot showroom by acclaimed interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg. Each item at Avenue Road is carefully selected to reflect their principles of quality, authenticity and style.

Avenue Road is located at 415 Eastern Avenue.

Barrymore Furniture Co.

Barrymore has been a Canadian tradition since 1919. Barrymore craftsmen produce outstanding custom-made sofas, chairs, sectionals and beds. At Barrymore, furniture isn’t manufactured; it’s made by hand. Committed to quality you can see: watch-cutters, sewers and upholsterers with years of training, experience and dedication at work through the large windows in their showroom.

Barrymore is located at 1168 Caledonia Road.

Belle Epoque Home Décor

Although its name recalls French country, owners Andrew Dymecki and Kathryn Botsford focus more on edgy Euro. The shop’s furnishings are ideal for condo dwellers – the glossy, mirrored surfaces from their latest line of white glass furniture will make small spaces instantly look bigger. Other pieces incorporate new twists on classics, like a PVC-upholstered, Louis-inspired chair.

Belle Epoque is located at 1066 Yonge Street.

Biltmore Domiicile

Biltmore Domicile has been around for over three decades specializing in custom sofas that are timeless, modern and always with a touch of classicism. Their furniture line is based on quality, versatility and its ability to withstand the test of time.

Biltmore Domicile is located at 55 Mill Street.

BLVD Interiors

Contemporary & modern furniture and accessories store BLVD Interiors is located in the urban and fashionable Queen St. West shopping district of downtown Toronto. Their philosophy has always been to showcase top-quality elegant furnishings for modern homes & condos at genuinely affordable every-day prices.

BLVD Interiors is located at 707 Queen Street West.

BoConcept

Their mission is to make modern design furniture available to the urban-minded customer. Products can be customized and coordinated to match the needs and dreams of their customers by taking holistic approach in the development and design of their product range. BoConcept believes in making their products affordable because they want to spoil our customers by giving them great value.

BoConcept is located at 230 Adelaide Street East.

Calligaris

The Calligaris group came into being through its passion for wood. Founded by Antonio Calligaris in 1923, this family-run company designs, produces and distributes chairs, tables, beds, sofas, storage units and furnishing accessories. Calligaris distributes to 90 countries world wide and produces 120 thousand units per month and has over 7000 product variations for the kitchen, living room and bedroom.

Calligaris is located at 170 King Street East.

Casalife

Sustainably made multipurpose furniture and accessories made by Canadian and international designers can be found in East Liberty Street’s Casalife. From bedroom, living and dining to home office and lighting, Casalife offers perfect space saving furniture solutions for condos.

Casalife is located at  170 – 171 East Liberty Street.

Caviar 20

Founded by Troy Seidman, Caviar20 is an online boutique, with a by-appointment-only exhibition space. They offer a curated mix of 20th century and contemporary design alongside blue chip fine art. Their mission is to help clients find the perfect decorative objects or art pieces- regardless of era, budget or aesthetic as well as assist clients interested in collecting or selling important 20th century design.

Caviar 20 is located at  135 Tecumseth

CB2

CB2 is a modern extension of Crate and Barrel that first opened in 2000. With stores in San Francisco, LA, New York, Miami, Vancouver and Toronto, CB2 offers affordable furnishings for apartment, loft or home.

CB2 is located at 649-651 Queen Street West.

Crate and Barrel

Inspired by European home furnishings, Chicago couple Gordon and Carole Segal set out to make these designs available to others. Since their first store opened in 1962, Crate and Barrel has come a long way, they have expanded to 7000 stores worldwide.

Crate and Barrel is located at 3401 Dufferin Street (Yorkdale Shopping Centre).

Custom Fireplace + Design

Custom Fireplace + Design is the exclusive North American importer and distributor of French Focus contemporary fireplaces, an artistic hand-crafted line of wood burning, gas and bio fuel fireplaces. CF + D has become the leader in designing and fabricating fireplaces for both commercial and residential locations.

Custom Fireplace + Design is located at  5490 Harvester Road.

Design Rebpublic

Design Republic creates “Furniture for the People” –designing and building a large part of their collection with products and styles that can’t be found anywhere else. They offer an interesting and unusual array furniture and home furnishings, from the edgiest modern sofas to design classics to industrial and vintage pieces.

Design Republic is located at  639 Queen Street West.

Design Solutions

Design Solutions offers furniture packages that can be mixed and matched to ensure every home reflects the resident’s needs, taste and lifestyle.  These designer-created packages of high-end furniture can be purchased, delivered and installed within 72 hours and are uniquely poised to meet the needs of the urban condo resident.

Design Solutions is located at 143 King Street East.

Designers Walk

Designers Walk is a commercial centre of showrooms for the interior design community to source and purchase products for their clients. With over 50 companies on display throughout the 6000 square feet of space, the Designers Walk offers hundreds of premium brands in home furnishings, all under one roof.

Designers Walk is located at 168 Bedford Road.

EQ3

Winnipeg-based company EQ3 designs, produces and sells affordable, modern furniture for every room in your home. Customize pieces with fabric or leather finishes and legs to put your own spin on each piece. EQ3 has 11 stores in Canada and the US, with a 12th location opening summer 2012 in Toronto’s Liberty Village.

EQ3 is located at 222 King Street East.

Eliile

Founded by Nathaniel Garcia, boutique furniture agency, Eliile (pronounced e-li-el) represents brands like Andrew World America (seating/tables), Fontana Arte (lighting), Paloform (concrete fireplaces) and Royal Botania (innovative hammocks) to the trade. Trade Showroom open by appointment.

Eliile is located at 74 Stradford Street.

Elte

Léon Tenenbaum, (who’s initials rooted the company name) founded Elte in1919 in Paris, France. Over 90 years later, Elte has established itself as a leading retailer of home furnishings. Elte’s spectacular showroom is one of North America’s largest retail establishments with over 200,000 square feet of space, housed in two buildings.

Elte is located at 80 Ronald Avenue.

Gus*

Gus* Design Group creates original modern furniture and home accessories inspired by mid-century classics and simple, everyday forms. A mix of elegance and industrial, Gus* combines great design and practical purpose to create stylish spacing furniture and accessories.

Gus* is located at 940 Queen Street West.

Hästens Beds

After over 100 years of making handcrafted beds, Hästens’ focus is still quality. Founded in 1852 with a vision to give the world the best beds using nothing but all natural filling materials, including pure flax, wool and cotton, pine and hypoallergenic horsehair.

Hästens is located at 55 Mill Street, Building #8.

Homestyle Furnishings

Homestyle Furnishings offers the latest in refined Italian leather sectional sofas, couches and armchairs in addition to their comprehensive collection of tables and accent pieces.  Their aim is to create trendy and timeless pieces with an eclectic yet sophisticated look.

Homestyle Furnishings is located at  1190 Caledonia Road.

Interior Elements

Since 1996, Interior Elements has provided the best in Italian design and service to a discerning clientele. IE provides an exclusive offering of high-end, modern, contemporary Italian design to those who share their passion for quality and excellence. Clients have included W Hotels, CIBC, KPMG, Pearson Airport’s Terminal 1 and the St. Regis Hotel.

Interior Elements is located at 255 Davenport Road.

John Paul & Co.

Boutique interior furnishings showroom, John Paul & Co. was established in 2009 with a focus on the European fashion-houses. Inspiration for many of their collections comes straight from the fashion runways of Paris and Milan. John Paul & Co. provides its clients with the most up to date home furnishings, imported directly from Italy.

John Paul & Co. is located at 122-124 Avenue Road.

Kantelberg + Co.

A mixture of traditional antique furniture and stunning modern and rustic pieces provides Kantelberg’s clients with stimulating home furnishings. One of kind items from artist’s collections and international design shows. Kantelberg also features soft upholstery and specialty flooring.

Kantleberg + Co. is located at 1150 Castlefield Avenue.

LA (Living Arts Design)

Living Arts Design owner, Christopher Wood has been designing furniture and interiors for over twenty-five years. Since opening in 1994, LA Design has become a leader in the interior design industry within Toronto and has been described by such publications as Canadian House and Home as “the Innovator”.

LA Design is located at 788 King Street West.

Limitless

Founded in 1980, Limitless originally began as a furniture company made for high end living in Holland. One of the fundamental beliefs at Limitless is that the highest quality product is achieved from peace and balance. The designers devote themselves to designing new products, research and develop new materials as well as, but not limited to, studying what makes a product more ergonomic.

Limitless is located at 366 Adelaide Street East, Suite 150.

Louis Interiors

Established in 1961, Louis Interiors has built a reputation in the manufacturing of high quality furniture. Quality and craftsmanship has made Louis Interiors the choice supplier in over 200 restaurant, hotel and corporate interiors throughout Canada and the United States.

Louis Interiors is located at 1283 Caledonia Road.

Made

Made is a design product retailer working to build a valuable resource of modern Canadian design. Handmade works and small production pieces by industrial designers, craftsmen, architects, designers and artists are given equal focus. The unique array of furniture, lighting, ceramic, glass, textile, jewelry and home accessories reflect original ideas and thoughtful design with an emphasis on quality and usability.

Made is located at 867A Dundas Street West.

Montauk Sofa

Built on a philosophy that all objects are designed to be used and infinitely reused. Montauk’s reclamation program creates opportunity to reprocess and responsibly recycle components that cannot be reused. Customers have the option of purchasing a product that has been made with reclaimed items or  completely virgin materials.

Montauk is located at 220 King Street East.

Palazzetti

Palazzetti created access to the public for classic and modern furniture in 1981. Since then, Palazzetti has refined its collection to include a large selection of museum quality pieces at affordable prices.  All of Palazzetti’s Modern Classics are imported from Italy and are made with the highest quality and craftsmanship, creating the perfect combination of timeless design, excellent quality and affordable price.

Palazetti is located at 1020 Lawrence Avenue West.

Poliform

Poliform provides sophisticated solutions for a variety of lifestyles, differing aesthetic desires and conceptual needs. A variety of solutions ranging from bookshelves, wardrobes, beds and other complimenting pieces create a versatile collection tailored to suit the needs of each client.

Poliform is located at 99 Jarvis Street.

Quasi Modo Modern Furniture

Martin Myers’ shop carries the heavy hitters of modern design, including lights and accessories by Artemide, Herman Miller and Foscarini, as well as a hearty selection of Kartell offerings amassed on the entire lower floor. The selection is similar at the Ossington location, formerly known as OneTwenty Modern, though there are also larger items like Missoni’s signature multicoloured bedding and linens.

Quasi Modo Moern Furniture is located at 120 Ossington Ave and 789 Queen Street West.

Relative Space/Floorworks

Relative Space & Floorworks have two guiding principles: sustainability and design. They like to minimize their impact on the environment and maximize an appreciation of design. For over twenty years, their core staff has been committed to sourcing products, from trade shows in Milan to Shanghai, that perfectly fit within the fast-changing world of urban lifestyle.

Relative Space and Floorworks is located at 365 Dupont Street.

Resource Furniture

With showrooms in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal and Hong Kong, Resource Furniture is now setting a global paradigm for living in multi-functional environments. Since their opening in 2000, Resource Furniture has imported and distributed modern furniture from the most innovative European designers.

Resource Furniture is located at 366 Adelaide Street East, Suite #102.

Restoration Hardware

Operating as a curator of fine historical design pieces with 87 retail stores and 10 outlet stores throughout the United States and Canada, Restoration Hardware is one of the fastest growing and most innovative luxury brands in the home furnishing marketplace. With an assortment of furniture, lighting, textiles, and children’s products, Restoration Hardware offers unique, timeless and sophisticated pieces, perfect for any room in your home.

Restoration Hardware is located at 2434 Yonge Street.

Roche Bobois

Committed to reducing negative impacts on the environment, Roche Bobois fuses creativity, customization and responsibility into each of their collections. In 2006 Roche Bobois launched an eco-friendly line of furniture called the Legend Collection. Their philosophy of environmental protection is implemented everyday in addition to their commitment to quality and creativity.

Roche Bobois is located at 101 Parliament Street.

Selene

For over 30 years, Selene has been providing customers with quality products manufactured and imported from Italy. Each piece reflects superior design, practicality, comfort and durability.

Selene is located at 8051 Keele Street.

South Hill Home

South Hill Home focuses on timeless design, contemporary elegance and furnishings that make your home become the place you’ve always dreamt it could be. Combining classic ideas and modern elements, SHH will help you create an environment that is uniquely your own and will suit your home and your lifestyle.

South Hill Home is located at 200 Dupont Street.

Space Furniture

Space Furniture works with an ever-expanding variety of materials including steel, wood, glass, ceramic, and plexiglass to deliver high quality products.  Continuously seeking new materials and methods to remain on the leading edge, Space Furniture aims to build innovative, well designed, functional furniture that is both durable and affordable.

Space Furniture is located at 479 Queen Street East.

STYLEGARAGE

Opened in 2000, the original STYLEGARAGE space is where you’ll find their signature made-to-order upholstery, storage, dining, and accents. This is your destination for custom modern furniture, tailored to your needs in your choice of materials.

STYLEGARAGE is located at 938 Queen Street West.

Suite 22 Interiors

Suite 22 Interiors is proud to offer strictly Italian-made products that can be customized to fit your needs. Opened in 2006, Suite 22’s new showroom in Markham Ontario has approximately  10,000 square feet of space, allowing them to display many of their products for both the residential and commercial market.

Suite 22 Interiors is located at 160 Bullock Drive.

Teatro Verde

Teatro Verde first opened in 1997 in Hazelton Lanes as a home and garden lifestyle store. They have become famous for their aesthetic sensibilities, as they are not afraid to mix period styles, ethnicities, time periods and icons. Teatro Verde features unique, beautiful and original pieces that define global style and eclecticism and has become a constant source of inspiration to the design community and lifestyle media.

Teatro Verde is located at 98 Yorkville Avenue and 2901 Bayview Avenue.

TENDEX

TENDEX was established in 1983 with the aim of bringing quality European brand name furniture to the Canadian marketplace. In 1994, TENDEX relocated to its current midtown location on Davenport Road, in the Yorkville neighbourhood. With over two decades of experience as an importer and retailer in Toronto, TENDEX is pleased to offer exclusive high-end brands from Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

TENDEX is located at 247 Davenport Road.

Up Country

Up Country features a variety of great products for your home from leading and innovative designers like Gus, Halo and Timothy Oulton. Their Toronto showroom has over 44,000 square feet of great items to choose from and most of these are showcased on http://www.upcountry.com.

Up Country is located at 310 King Street East.

Urban Amish

The goal of UrbanAmish Interiors is to create a place where classic Amish design and craftsmanship comes together with your style to create the home of your dreams. Amish is not a style but denotes the pinnacle of quality, learned by individual craftsmen from knowledge and skill passed down through the generations. UrbanAmish Interiors offers both contemporary and classic styles made to the highest level of craftsmanship.

Urban Amish is located at 86 Parliament Street.

West Elm

West Elm believes that great design should be affordable and creates big ideas for small spaces (big spaces too).  They strive to be green and use natural materials to create products with clean modern lines.  In addition to creating pieces that are functional and stylish, West Elm works with artisans and nonprofit workshops around the world to create beautiful living spaces.

West Elm is located at 109 Atlantic Avenue.

Zenporium

While on honeymoon in South East Asia, couple Serene and Omar were inspired to start a furniture business. Impassioned by a green approach to furniture building and a natural twist to urban space design, they worked with artisans on developing hybrids of design and function.  Using salvaged or reclaimed wood from various sources such as retired fishing boats, uprooted coffee plantation trees, old rail wood and demolished teak structures is a fundamental element to their designs.

Zenporium is located at 998 Queen Street East.

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    August 9, 2012

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