Sunday, February 8, 2009

Designers Walk

Thout's "forkedUP", wall tile for storing your utensils

It's been a busy week in T.O. for design shows. A lot of smaller galleries create shows to take advantage of the design buzz created by the larger interior design show. For the last few years I've avoided the trade show and its fish bowls full of business cards and taken in lower-key shows like Made Design's Radiant Dark and The Gladstone Hotel's Come Up to My Room. A bonus this year was Thout's temporary showroom space of new furniture pieces. The convenience for us has been all of these shows were within a few minutes walk of each other on West Queen West. As chain stores like H&M, Zara, The Gap etc etc replace independent book sellers and vintage clothing shops on Queen West, the blocks West of Shaw that make up the West Queen West strip continue to be a great way to find secular inspiration on a Sunday afternoon.

Photos of Thout's showroom
Photos from Come Up To My Room

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