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    SIMONS Part 16

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    Restoration Hardware
    Like Pottery Barn, this American chain just north of Eglington offers no-nonsense furnishings and accessories, but with a story behind some of the items (think J. Peterman from Seinfield)
    2434 Yonge St. and Bayview Village Shopping Centre (2901 Bayview Ave., 416-223-2055)

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    Tons of beautiful mahogany pieces sit under the chandeliers. Wander around the four floors (use the old-fashioned elevator instead of the stairs) and you’ll find mahogany chairs for the dining room ($875 each), a beautiful mahogany bed frame ($4,270), gorgeous desks and side tables, and a luxe chocolate leather sofa ($13,255). Clearance items are on the third floor. On a recent visit, a Timberlake desk was marked down to $4,165 (from $5,555), and a leather couch was $4,010 (regularly $5,350).
    906 Yonge St.

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    Kiosk Design
    The new Jarvis Street location carries such minimalist (yet comfortable) high-end lines as B&B; Italia, Stua and Vancouver’s Bensen Products, while the original space on Dupont is now filled exclusively with Ligne Roset furniture. Check out the Easy Calin Recliner in bright shades of orange and red. The back of this chair can be moved into three positions, while the footrest adjusts to four positions. Lots of furniture with great names: the red Yang One-Arm Settee, which has a steel frame and chrome metal feet ($2,803); the Happy Pedestal Table with a cross-shaped base ($428). It’s impossible to resist sitting on the Glup beanbag chair ($721) or the Escape Queen Bed ($3,944).
    672 Dupont St 416-539-9665 and 99 Jarvis St 416-601-1661
    672 Dupont St. and 99 Jarvis St.

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    From ergonomic chairs to computer stands and desks, Knoll’s showroom has the funkiest and most comfortable office furniture around. Life, a new chair designed by New Zealand’s Formway Design, is the latest addition to the company’s seating collection. There are no knobs and levers—by simply shifting your weight, the chair moves to accommodate your body and give lumbar support. Knoll recently introduced the BeBop Cart designed by Britain-based Ross Lovegrove. It’s available in a variety of configurations to store file folders, books, laptops, computers and more.
    145 King St. E.

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    Natural by Design
    Natural by Design specializes in Euro-chic wood furnishings and accessories. Germany’s Lambert line is sold here. Simple yet sophisticated designs constructed from solid wood are hallmarks of the Lambert collection, which includes shelving, tables and furnishings for the bedroom.
    655 Caledonia Rd., Caledonia Design Centre

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    Abitare Design
    Contemporary European furniture suited to both large and small spaces, as well as stackable bar stools and chairs in leather, plastic, wood and Teflon. Ships anywhere.
    234 King St. E.

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    Three other locations across Toronto. Functional, attractive, useful and never overpriced, Caban carries everything—furniture, accessories, dinnerware, linens—even bathrobes.
    262 Queen St. W.

    Home – Classic Contemporary, Toronto
    A family-owned business that’s been running 24 years, Italinteriors features contemporary furniture from Italian and Japanese designers as well as Philippe Starck. It also offers a line called Cassina, a series of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier reproductions. Other labels: Flexform, Molteri, Mario Bellini and Antonio Cetterio.
    359 King St. E.

    Home – Country, Toronto
    Harvest House Furniture
    Harvest House, a family-run Canadian manufacturer and retailer of solid wood furniture, specializes in sturdy heirloom-quality pieces that are built to last. This is the place to buy your family dining room table. Each piece is made to order (delivery time is about 12 weeks) and items come in pine, maple, oak, walnut or cherry. Owner Maurice (Mo) Coulter is always available for questions. Harvest House just introduced its Small Space Collection. Check out the elegant daybed: With a couple of simple manoeuvres, it is transformed into a double-size bed ($4,187 in walnut).
    160 King St. E.

    Home – Custom, Vancouver
    Cooks Upholstery
    This 53-year-old company recently took up residence in Yaletown. Draperies are a specialty and fall’s hot item, ultrasuede, can be found here.
    1014 Homer

    Home – Custom, Vancouver
    Upholstery Arts
    Paul Smith, Kate Spade’s brother Jack and this store are using geometric, bold graphics on their textiles.
    2430 Burrard St.

    Home – Custom, Vancouver
    K/A International
    Your stop for a huge selection of luxurious Spanish fabrics. New material, like fall’s chenille, arrives monthly.
    1237 Burrard St.

    Home – Custom, Montreal
    Make a telephone appointment with Ross Munro to visit his showroom of high-end, residential furniture. It’s all custom order, made in hardwoods with a natural finish. He’s a very busy man, with repeat clients from New York, Toronto and Palm Beach.
    6720 Jeanne-Mance St.

    Home – Custom, Toronto
    B.B. Bargoons
    Two locations in the GTA. This shop has plenty to offer, including home accessories and furniture, but it’s mostly know for its yards of delicious fabrics.
    2784 Yonge St.

    Home – Custom, Toronto
    Fabricland Empress Walk
    Visit to find a location near you. This location is dedicated to home decor and upholstery supplies, so you’ll be sure to find out what you need. If you can sew, you’ll save a ton of money.
    5095 Yonge St.

    Home – Custom, Toronto
    Louis Interiors Inc.
    Louis Interiors has been around since 1961 to custom make and reupholster furniture. Although primarily working with designers and architects, it does some private furnishings mainly by referral. Bring in a drawing or a picture of something you like and the in-house designer can work from it.
    1283 Caledonia Rd.

    Home – Custom, Montreal
    Customize your dream bench in a collage of wood, stone and iron. This is Quebec’s only importer of tumble marble from Italy, but the house specialty look is Tex-Mex and native. The showroom is closed on weekends.
    5000 d’Iberville St., Suite 147

    Home – Custom, Toronto
    Silva does mainly custom-made furniture, mostly from a picture or design, but it also has a reupholstering service. Although many of its clients are into more traditional furniture, Silva also makes plenty of things contemporary.
    50 Alexdon Rd.

    Home – Custom, Montreal
    Not just for closets, this store is the best way to tame the chaos of clutter. The storage solutions also apply to kitchen pantries, laundry rooms, home offices and even the mess in the garage. Materials range from plastic to cedar, as designers propose custom shelves for any of your budgetary needs.
    1373 Greene Ave., Westmount

    Home – Custom, Montreal
    With over 800 fabric swatches and 35 sofa models on the floor to customize, it’s hard to beat Casodi. With its own manufacturer, Casodi offers at least eight different sizes in every model—so owners of small condos will be sated. There are new sectionals and square corner pieces, with slipcovers or upholstery.
    5330 Royalmount Ave., TMR and 1824 Le Corbusier Blvd., Laval

    Home – Custom, Montreal
    Sylvain Picard is the resident designer/ owner at Ébénisterie, where his built-ins have been selling steadily for the past six years. Stereo stands and armoires for TVs are a popular custom item, as are his Mission-style accent pieces and one-off beds. Ask to see photos of his work and prepare to be inspired.
    4560 St. Laurent Blvd.,

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