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Our 2016 Guide to Toronto’s Best Design Stores


The city’s hottest design destinations – organized by neighbourhood

“A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), German-American architect.

From the downtown core to the ‘burbs and back, each neighbourhood has its own distinct mix of furniture and lighting shops, decor boutiques and kitchen and bath showrooms.

Our 2016 shopping guide gives you the scoop on the very best in modern and contemporary design.


Queen East: A ‘hood humming with vintage cool, brilliant baby stuff and contemporary heirlooms


King East: Luxe, architectural flagships filled with European statement pieces (and the odd duck)


King West: Fashionable condo gear and Suits-worthy office furniture in the Financial District


Queen West: A vogueish promenade lined with big boxes and stalwarts, dives and the always divine


Midtown: Tony boutiques stocked with both posh and practical solutions for the discerning shopper


West End: Where industrial wares and locally made woodwork mingle with minimalist imports


Uptown: Every home-renovator’s dream: Never-ending options for fixtures, fittings and furniture


And more… Not-to-miss destinations off the beaten path and just a short drive away


Get a closer look at what you can expect to find in the 2024 New Builds Issue of Designlines Magazine

In the 2024 Spring/Summer Issue of Designlines, we focus on New Builds and “celebrate the profound impact of creating something new, not just as an architectural endeavour but as a testament to laying down roots and shaping the very essence of our city’s identity,” editor-in-chief Joseph Cicerone writes.



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