As a designer, I love mixing furniture. I believe the most successful representation of Home comes when a residence conveys the presence of a ‘collector’ and a life well-traveled. Bringing furnishings of different eras, styles or geographies, gives a home a patina that suggests a journey taken over time. Nothing is too ‘matchy-matchy’ and the look suggests the resident has assembled their decor over many years, even if they executed it in 72 hours, which is what James and I recently did as we set up the Garden Suite of our triplex on Prince Edward Island. That reveal is coming soon, which is part of our Tales Of Upper Hillsborough series.
Which brings us to our celebration of INabstracto Mid Century Modern Furniture, Art and Design, if you’re looking for something styling from a bygone era with clean lines and a modern vibe.
Kate Eisen, the proprietor of INabstracto, is a long-standing resident of one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhood enclaves – West Queen West.
Located at 1160 Queen Street West at Beaconsfield Avenue, INabstracto is more than your run-of-the-mill vintage furniture store. Kate curates a wondrous, carefully selected and beautifully displayed collection of gently-used and previously enjoyed mid-century furnishings, lighting and design pieces created by designers from Canada, America, Europe and Scandinavia.
Also finding a home in Kate’s shop are new retail items: Canada’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Swiss-made FREITAG bags, satchels and wallets, Lotte lamps, Solair chairs, Cycle Signs by Trent Jansen, and Julie Jenkinson’s new studio project (recently showcased at the Design Exchange) featuring her own textiles, wallpaper and product design.
New to urbaneer and most definitely worth the visit is the newly opened VERSO, a vintage collection which is curated by Julie and tucked into the garage space behind the INabstracto shop. Recently featured in BlogTO and The New York Times, this not-to-be missed trove of vintage and period treasures is sensational in it’s visual appeal and features some truly astonishing finds.
Do make a point of stopping in to have Kate and Julie show you around! Just tell them urbaneer sent you!
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