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5 Toronto Made Designs to Buy Right Now

Who needs tropical vacations? Stock up on these blissful souvenirs from 5 Toronto makers

By Sara Cunningham

From lighting to jewellery design, this city has no shortage of talent. These are five Toronto must-haves as chosen by the editors of DL.

Heavyweight Knit
How local creative director and graphic designer Jessica Hotson finds time to hand-weave her gorgeously plush, one-of-a-kind wall hangings in her home studio from all natural materials – such as wool or intricately knotted, hand-dyed cotton macramé – is a tightly woven mystery. FROM $300.

Easy Ryders
Ryders are the sunglasses of choice for eco-conscious femme fatales. The shades are milled, tumbled, polished and assembled by hand in Guild Eyewear’s west-end studio. Besides having a local footprint, they’re also 100 per cent hypoallergenic. One of Guild’s Design Week shades also appears on our DL Loves list for 2018. $250.

Toronto Made Design

The Real McCormick
Toronto native Matthew McCormick has a way with light. It’s what takes him, blowtorch in hand, from tinkering in his father-in-law’s garage to his own lighting shop in Vancouver, where sophisticated illuminations, like his Dodeca multi-faceted rings in copper, bronze and brass, are born. His latest light, Mila (shown above), was awarded one of our DL Loves tags at the Interior Design Show. FROM $7500. Available at South Hill Home.

Looking Glass
The Euclid Mirror makes everything look better. Crafted by Peter Coolican in a workshop on industrial Sterling Road, the steam-bent solid white oak arch embodies Shaker minimalism. For modern homes, it can either be mounted or allowed to lean against the wall. Hidden within are the loving details typical for its maker: brass pinned lap joints and, in the frame’s base, half-blind dovetails. At 200-centimetres tall, it has our full attention. $1800 at Coolican & Company.


Jewel of the North
Anne Sportun could have been an archaeologist, but in the late 80s, she opened her first jewellery atelier instead. For her, tradition is everything. Her studio still sets precious gemstones, diamonds and her signature organic-inspired textures and matte finishes by hand. For understated elegance, look no further. How about a leather black cord bracelet adorned with a convex matte gold petal for posterity? $510 at Anne Sportun, 742 QUEEN ST W and in her online shop.


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