The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
We’re suckers for modern design, playful details and artful touches combined with personalized service. Often trendy, or featuring some kind of new twist on the old, Canada’s boutique offerings are sometimes heavy on whimsy or light on furniture, but always unique. (more…)
Scandinavian style has steadily been gaining influence over the Canadian aesthetic in everything from clothing to furniture. Fortunately, no one seems to be resisting. Junction-area boutique Mjölk appeals to this movement with goods from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, as well as a smattering of minimalist items from Japan. Shelve those thoughts of IKEA though—John Baker and Juli Daoust’s streamlined space offers anything but mass-produced wares assembled with a hex key. Housed in a Victorian-era building, their long, narrow space with a birch bark accent wall showcases ceramics, textiles, books, art, lamps and furniture that exude functional sophistication alongside uniquely quirky finds such as sheepskin-covered rocking sheep and wooden children’s toys.