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5 Urban Chic Designs Inspired by the City

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Housewares with slick, architectural character

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EXPOSED BRICK
Shaped like a cinder block, WAC Lighting’s sconce is not just another brick in the wall. Available in powder-coated white or brushed-nickel finishes, the rugged fixture can be mounted upward or downward to cast a Dundas Square–like glow. $240, at Prima Lighting

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DISH DUTY
Luca Nichetto’s Inception drying rack proves just as mind-bending as the sci-fi movie for which it’s named. Sold in pink, blue or grey, the silicone organizer recreates Manhattan in miniature. Prop dishes up against landmarks such as the Chrysler Building. $160, at Neat

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METRO MOTIF 
Berlin designer Jürgen Dahlmanns takes cues from another German visionary: Fritz Lang, the director of Metropolis. The pattern of this wool-and-silk Tibetan area rug recreates the shard-like towers from that film’s megacity. $12,950, at Weavers Art

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DOWNTOWN CORE 
Inspired by the foundations of the modern high-rises being built on every corner, Umbra Shift’s three-tiered side table is the perfect addition to a new condo owner’s bedroom. Available in grey or marine powder-coated steel, as well as a matching coffee table. $350, at Umbra Store

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GARMENT DISTRICT
The simple frame of Porro’s Storage by Piero Lissoni recalls the orderly I-Beams that adorn Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto-Dominion Centre towers. Bay Streeters are sure to appreciate the varnished-aluminum closet system’s clever modules. Call for pricing, at Italinteriors

Originally published in our Spring 2016 issue as Urbane Chic.

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