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Canada Day might be slightly different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style. For all you design-fiends out there, we’ve rounded up seven small-batch Toronto furniture makers and designers to help you celebrate Canada Day while supporting local.
For twin woodworkers Lars and Jason Dressler, sustainability and environmentally responsible practices are top-of-mind in their creative process, so it’s no surprise the duo opts for repurposed materials and Earth-friendly sources in their craftsmanship. Using wood and little else since 2003, the brothers have developed a sizeable catalogue of unique pieces, including storage, lighting, seating, sculptures and more. Right now, we’ve got our eye on the Cross V Table, available in three sizes and available in ash, walnut, white oak and blackened oak (with others available on request). Crafted with rounded ends or bold edges, it’s a table fit for coffee, dining and even the office. Call for more details and pricing at Brothers Dressler.
Coolican & Co.
Toronto’s Coolican & Co. knows a thing or two about quality design. Recognized for local, handmade wood furniture and contemporary twists on classic objects, Coolican’s dedication to craftsmanship means his products are built to last, so you can continue to love them over the years. Case in point, the Sorauren shoehorn. Laser-cut from solid brass and available in three sizes, it also features a simple leather loop so you can make it functional decor anywhere in your home. Starts at $175 at Coolican & Co.
Hollis + Morris
What’s a Canada Day Celebration without a few gourmet treats? If you’re on the hunt for minimalist, functional pieces to showcase your fare, look no further than local studio Hollis+Morris for this set of three Tidal Pool Trays. Designed in Toronto and made from solid walnut or white oak, you can choose from three available sizes, making them easy to stack, layer or arrange both individually or as a playful set. As a bonus, your space will start to look a little like Hollis+Morris designer Mischa Couvrette’s home. Set of three, $507; individual pieces start at $155, at Hollis+Morris.
Mary Ratcliffe Studio
For Toronto maker Mary Ratcliffe, designing and building is second nature. Ratcliffe, who grew up in her father’s workshop, began exploring the creative process from a young age. To this day, she continues to craft handmade objects and furniture from raw materials with sustainable practices as the cornerstone of her work. Our dream piece? The Catch All, handmade from composite stone, each surface is refined and finished in a unique way, making every piece one-of-a-kind display for jewelry, keys or tiny keepsakes. $118 at Mary Ratcliffe Studio.
Specializing in custom, hand-crafted doors and functional furniture, 1925 Workbench designs and crafts each of their beautiful pieces right here in Toronto. Founded in 2012 by creative couple Rock Huynh and My Le Nguyen, the studio offers ample flexibility with each of their designs, so you can customize that credenza, bed, console table or storage system to fit your needs and unique style. We love their signature solid walnut stools, available in two heights, 18″ and 9″, which make for easy accent pieces that can be used for occasional seating, as a side table or, in a pinch, around a dining table. Call for pricing and sizing, at 1925 Workbench.
Charuk & Ford
Inspired by the likes of Hans Wegner and Børge Mogensen, Toronto’s Charuk & Ford designed and crafted their own take on Scandinavian design: the Atlantic Chair. Fashioned with a mortise-and-tenon frame and steam bent back, the dining chair is made exclusively in white oak and available with natural or black oil finishes, or none at all. With over a decade of furniture-making experience, the pair sets out to create sustainable, quality pieces that can be passed to future generations and minimize environmental impact. Atlantic Chair, from $949, at Charuk & Ford.
Founded in 1999, Canadian furniture makers Robin Speke and Thomas Klein have been designing and building custom, contemporary furnishings with the goal of creating elegant, long-lasting design built from superior materials for the home, office and anywhere in-between. What’s on the top of our list? The Contour credenza. Made with a solid wood base and curved quartz top, the piece features premium wood veneer panels and push-to-open doors, making it a sleek, eye-catching addition to the dining room, living area or kitchen space. Available in multiple finishes from smoked walnut to natural oak and clear matte varnish. Call for details and pricing, at Speke Klein.