Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson are two of the most design-conscious Torontonians we know. Not only are they the duo behind MADE, the design store and gallery favoured by aficionados, but also the curatorial team that mounts the Radiant Dark exhibition during Toronto's design week. This year's edition of work by Canadian artists and designers is entitled Assets & Values and will be held, aptly enough, at Commerce Court West on the corner of Bay and King. See Shaun and Julie's picks after the jump.
The Blue Line Room at the Gladstone Hotel - designed by Barr Gilmore & Michel Arcand. A beautiful room within the Gladstone: a hub of the Toronto Art & Design scene (and the room faces onto the quiet back of the building, so you'll still get a good sleep!).
Delux (photo via BlogTO)
Either Union or Delux. Both are on Ossington. Both restaurants are reliably great and busy! Teo Paul at Union & Corinna Mozo at Delux are two of the city's best chefs. Reservations recommended.
Caffe Brasiliano at 849 Dundas St. West. We are so lucky to have such amazing coffee just a few doors from our shop. Their food is very basic but portions are huge for the price - open lunches only.
Shaun is a big fan of menswear designer Philip Sparks whose studio is open to the public on Saturdays 12pm-6pm: The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen Street West, Suite 5005 (5th Floor). Philip is now producing limited edition home textiles for us from the offcuts of his collections.
Jon Sasaki Ladder Stack from the Unabashed Optimism show
Jessica Bradley Art Projects 1450 Dundas St. West - Jessica has an amazing selection of artists on her roster. Currently showing is the wry work of Jon Sasaki.
Cabaret Vintage at 672 Queen St West. This well established shop has a great selection of high quality vintage from a more glamorous time. Tao & Elizabeth are amazing at recommending pieces that look incredible on you.