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Where to Shop Now: King West

We tour you through the neighbourhood’s best furniture & lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen & bath showrooms

By Naomi Finlay

Star Trek characters never go shopping.” – Douglas Coupland, Canadian artist and novelist.

Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, King West specializes in fashionable condo gear and Suits-worthy office furniture. With 21 stores to browse, you’ll find everything from hipster coffee gear to super-cushy sofas. Click a pin on the map below to get more information about any of this urbane design district’s hottest shops.

Fave Finds:

Seven standout discoveries from our favourite design shops

   Coalesse table by Steelcase

   Seed 02 pendant by Roll & Hill at LightForm

   Stagg kettle by Fellow at Tokyo Smoke Found

   Diffrient world task chair by Humanscale

   Madison armchair at Casalife

   Helvetica perfume at I Have a Crush on You

   Monroe sofa by West Elm

Editor’s Picks:

Two top showrooms that always impress


Swipe Design

Go ahead and judge this shop’s architecture and design books by their covers – they’re some of the best-looking tomes in print. Alongside Swipe’s extensive selection of artful reads is the sort of kitchenware and office accessories you might  soon find in a “Best Designs of the 21st Century” anthology. Bookworms can enjoy a mid-chapter snack on an Iittala plate decorated with dapper foxes, or brew a cup of java in a conical Alessi espresso maker.



This retailer’s sleek flagship on the ground floor of a Financial District bank tower resembles a futuristic space station. The designs on display are just as forward-thinking – desks and chairs are ultra-comfy and ready to transition from work to play. While many pieces seem destined for the headquarters of trendy social media companies, any work environment can benefit from such friendly furniture.

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