Editor’s note: This feature story was published in winter 2012. For up-to-date info, refer to our Stroudfoot store listing.
Like the look of Yours Truly on Ossington? Curious about that red chandelier made of replica Bren guns at Origin’s Liberty Village location? Then get in touch with Jason Stroud. He caters largely to restaurants and retail spaces, but opened a showroom to accommodate the would-be clients who fall in love with his work while dining. The bright and colourful shop/studio is filled with one-of-a-kind designs, including refashioned restaurant pieces and creations from previously unexecuted drawings. Behind a sliding aluminum door is Stroud’s workspace—part workshop, part laboratory. Imagine a chandelier borne of piano keys surrounding three thin, tubular incandescent bulbs. Because many of Stroud’s pieces are made in house, custom sizes and designs are easily accommodated. Stroud also offers a Japanese collection: signs shipped from overseas and an ever-growing selection of brightly-coloured Kaiju (“monstrous beast” in Japanese) figures.
SHOP HERE FOR: Standout lighting fashioned from eclectic materials: a pendant made of thin, brass wire finished in silver ($1,200) is so tightly woven it resembles fabric; a somewhat sinister chandelier consists of white Mothra figurines ($1,500); and a long reclaimed wood mould, which Stroud thinks may have been a vent in a previous life, is repurposed as a light-diffusing wall sconce ($950).
BEST BET: Concrete side tables and stools (from $750) treated with photo transfers from Google Maps feature New York buildings, complete with detailed rooftops. The obvious finishing touch: a hot pink Godzilla (from $65).