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MINIMAL Toronto Brings the Art of Modern Living Home

With exclusive European brands and superior service, MINIMAL delivers a curated collection of contemporary furnishings for a modern lifestyle

By Designlines in partnership with Minimal Toronto

The MINIMAL showroom, recently opened in downtown Toronto, features contemporary Italian furniture new to this part of the world and never before seen in our city. The company was born over 25 years ago in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where proprietor Michael Cunningham got his start in his father’s high-end European furniture showroom. Growing up surrounded by furniture from the likes of Eileen Grey, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, Michael knows the best-of-the-best and how to provide top-tier customer service.

Horm/Casamania’s Billie sectional features a sturdy aluminum frame, deep cushions and a beautifully tailored silhouette.

Relocating from Ireland to Toronto in 2013, Michael honed his skills at two high-end showrooms in the Design District on King Street East. Exposure to the local trade combined with his entrepreneurial spirit led Michael to recognize there was an opportunity to provide a greater array of products and services he believed was missing in the marketplace. This inspired his next step: the launch of his own brand. In a hidden, historic building off of King Street West, the MINIMAL showroom opened mid-2020 – a great feat during the pandemic – and has quickly established itself as a jewel in the furniture business.

Henry Glass’ Adela sliding doors, pictured, make homes endlessly adaptable.

More than simply a boutique showroom, the design team at MINIMAL provides a full range of services to designers and customers alike, including specifications, design consultation and project management. With experience in new construction and renovations, MINIMAL works with architects and contractors to coordinate the installation of their beautiful interior door systems, built-in millwork and kitchens, ensuring their seamless integration into any environment. Michael’s careful curation of products are able to outfit the whole home, ensuring the complete MINIMAL lifestyle. Providing unparalleled service, MINIMAL is open by appointment for your convenience.

With unique features like drop-down drawers and rotating tables, theCut kitchen system is the perfect marriage of Italian innovation and modern aesthetics.

Within MINIMAL’s kitchen lines is a truly unique offering which must be seen in-person to be believed: theCUT kitchen system. Designed by architect Alessandro Isola, the system offers numerous unique features, including fully stone-clad cabinetry, drop-down drawers, rotating tables, customizable central units and modular shelving. theCUT can be tailor-made from a vast range of materials and finishes. Additional streamlined kitchens are available through MINIMAL’s Record Cucine systems – this brand is a natural fit in contemporary surroundings and offers on-trend luxury, comfort and convenience.

With glass doors set in gunmetal grey or metallic brown frames, Pianca’s Milano system transforms the closet into a visual feature of the home.

Having spent a great deal of time in our homes over the last many months, most of us have probably culled our closets in an attempt to create some semblance of control in the chaos we are living in. Taking that up a notch (or many), MINIMAL creates fully customized wardrobe systems, as simple or as luxurious as the heart desires. Available in a variety of wood, glass, stone and metal options, Pianca provides beautiful solutions limited only by one’s imagination. MINIMAL will create a closet even your living room will envy.

Like all of MINIMAL’s bathroom solutions, Idea’s modular Cubik, pictured, is fully customizable.

Not to be outdone, MINIMAL has a wide selection of bathroom fittings and furniture from the Ideagroup, whose family of brands include Idea, Blob, Aqua and Disenia. As with all of MINIMAL’s built-in cabinetry and millwork, Ideagroup offers completely customizable solutions that can be designed for even the smallest spa-like bathroom.

Tooy’s Nabila chandelier is a modern take on ’50s-era lighting, featuring borosilicate glass and brushed brass or black chrome details.

And then there is MINIMAL’s furniture, rugs, lighting and decorative accessories. With a commitment to the finest manufacturers and craftsmen, MINIMAL has curated its collection based on quality, refined detailing, material choices and expert fabrication. Potocco, Horm/Casamania and Miniforms are only a few of the furniture manufacturers represented by MINIMAL. Consider the rugs from Amini. Handmade in the regions best known for their rug-making traditions – Nepal, Morocco and Turkey – and featuring patterns from such icons of Italian design as Gio Ponti, Manlio Rho and others, these floor coverings are true works of art. Lighting from Tooy, whose forms bridge the gap between modern and classic, plus a wide array of accessories round out the offerings at MINIMAL and provide the finishing touches to a refined interior space.

Amini’s Composizione 74, handmade in Nepal from pure silk and Tibetan wool, is a striking monochrome reproduction of artist Manlio Rho’s Composizione. 

Whether searching for a key piece or a completely new living space, MINIMAL Toronto is definitely a go-to resource for creating refined and sophisticated surroundings, for both designers and homeowners. Book your appointment today at minimal-toronto.com.


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