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Designlines Gift Guide: Winter 2019

12 Nifty Design Finds at the One Of A Kind Show

For this month's curated shop, we have partnered with Designlines. Designlines magazine is the source for all things related to contemporary design in Toronto, so it only made sense to partner with them and bring you their favourite finds from the upcoming One Of A Kind Winter Show!

Take a look at their picks below and enter the Designlines X One Of A Kind contest for a chance to win a shopping spree to the Show!


The holidays have arrived and if you, like us, feel that cookie cutter options from big box shops just don’t do it, we – quite easily, really – found 12 creative and designy gifts for everyone on your list. And, so, without further ado, here are Designlines magazine’s top picks from the One Of A Kind Winter Show.

For the Urbanite

We just love the juxtaposition and level of detail in this image produced by digital media artist Alex Pyro. At first it looks a little old timey, with the red brick buildings in the back drop, until you realize that it’s one of the newfangled streetcars that he’s captured on the long running 510 Spadina route. Ding ding!

Spadina Streetcar

For the Bartender

How beautiful are these Aurora tumblers by Artech? Made from upcycled beer bottles, the aptly named, dishwasher-safe glasses recall the Northern Lights as they sparkle with colours ranging from dawn-esque rose gold to midnight purple. Crafted in a traditional glassblowing studio nestled in the Highlands of Ontario, each one is unique.

Aura Tumblers

For the Sentimentalist

The hand-lettered stationery by graphic designer Christopher Rouleau will make the enthusiastic 416-dweller feel all sorts of ways. His impeccably stylized, three-colour holiday greeting cards recall the posters of the now razed Mirvish Village landmark, Honest Ed’s. Want more? Do check out Rouleau’s “Dishonest” signs as well.

Hand-Lettered Holiday Cards

For the Tea Enthusiast

If you have a hot bevvy fanatic on your list that is also a bit of a designophile, you’d be well off considering the ceramic work of Lea & Nicolas, a design studio that considers an object’s visual negative space as much as its practical, functional volume. The polished red stoneware mug and teapot (with strainer inside) are handmade in Montreal.

Teapot & Mug

For the Fashion-Forward Foodie

Oven mitts with flair? Yes, please. An octopus pattern on repeat? For sure! MS Creation’s fully functional, extra-long oven gloves are lined with Insulbright, a heat resistant material that reflects the warmth of an object, protecting the wearer from burns. Hand made in Stratford, Ontario, these mitts are also machine-washable.

Octopus Oven Mitts

For the Oddball

Peculiar, singular, eccentric and unconventional – what to buy the person that is just impossible to pin down? Surely a well-made yet quirky ceramic figure from Hamilton’s Swimming Fox will do the trick. We’re partial to the handsome Mermen but also fell hard for the raccoons swinging from clothes hangers, too.

Swimming Fox Mermen

For the Coffee-Loving Eco-Crusader

Choosing to be environmentally responsible does not mean having to be granola-bar-boring. In fact, the vessel from which we drink our java can be just as unique as our ideas around what a perfect brew is. Which is why we just love Tav Studio's reusable ceramic coffee cup. Each is wheel thrown and individually hand painted.

Coffee Cup With Silicone Lid

For the Jetsetter

A restful ride gets the traveler to their destination wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. This set by Volprive – consisting of a compact pillow, black-out eye mask and super light blanket, all made from merino wool – is tailor-made in Quebec for just that. The pillow, with its integrated lumbar and cervical support system has us most excited to take to the air.


For the Pet Lover’s Pet

These cat toys from Frisky Misky’s Feline Emporium are just too cute to pass up. Handmade in Ottawa using felt produced from recycled post-consumer bottles, the organic catnip-filled toys – in adorable pizza slice and donut renditions – will turn even the haughtiest furball into your new best friend.

Pizza Slice Cat Toy

For the Beardo in your life

Did you know that up to 70 per cent of all product applied to the body is absorbed? Treat the hairy man in your life with Educated Beards’ premium grooming products made from all natural and organic ingredients that not only enrich but smell great, too. We love this book-shaped kit – it’s a one-stop-barbershop!

Book of Beards

For the Craft Connoisseur

Salvaged Earth Designs, out of Winnipeg, rescues wood scraps from musical instrument and furniture makers, discarded hardwood pallets and flooring, and arborist tree removals. These bits and bobs are then transformed into immaculately hand-hewn kitchen utensils, which make for perfect additions to the holiday table.

Wood Utensils

For the Design Enthusiast

Treat the design-savvy in your life to a subscription to Designlines, Toronto’s ultimate guide to design. Also, make sure to pick up a free copy of the magazine for yourself when visiting the One of a Kind Winter Show. Free copies of the latest issue are available on the show floor.

Designlines Subscription

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