Cool Shop Alert!!!!
Yup! this one is definitely on my top coolest shops in TO list.
Kate Eisen’s keen eye for amazing mid-century classics is outstanding.
INabstracto has been open for 9 years and has been the mainstay on the West Queen West strip of shops. In fact, it’s only now that the rest of the hood has caught up to Kate’s visionary retail acumen.
Always sourcing the most amazing pieces, such as Vladimir Kagan (remember The Ultimate Sectional post?), Lotte Lamps (I’m developing a new fetish for these) to Scandinavian Teak and some 80’s vintage. What makes this shop amazing is that Kate combines the vintage with current product lines, like Freitag bags (Kate has the largest collection in Toronto) from Switzerland and Julie Jenkinson designs. She also has artist installations and is featuring Julie’s wallpaper and fabric right now.
See for yourself.
Julie Jenkinson wallpaper
Freitag bags and wallets. See what I mean! Tons!
Rene Prou chairs with Julie Jenkinson fabric.
Hand made wool birdie ornaments.
There is tons more and Kate is constantly bringing in new stuff every week. So get down there.
INabstracto is located at: 1160 Queen St. West, phone 416-533-6362.
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Lotte Lamps for me have the same distinction as rare ceramic finds such as Groeneveldt or Mobach . And although they are still in production today, finding one of the original carved pieces is a real acquisition.
“The Bostlund family originated in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the husband Gunnar trained at the Technical University as a ceramic engineer. His wife Lotte trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Danish School for Arts and Crafts. The original family business was in the production of technical ceramics – namely porcelain insulators – until a factory fire destroyed the business in 1952. Lotte had been occupied with painting and raising her fledgling family at the time. As rebuilding anything in the years after WWII in Europe was challenging, the young family decided to emigrate and made a new home in Oak Ridges, near Toronto, Ontario.
The husband and wife team began developing ceramic designs for Gunnar to produce, beginning with art pottery, including vases, teapots and salt and pepper shakers. The first lamps were produced in 1956. Two of the original three models continue in production today.
By the early 1960’s, their son Morten had developed the fiberglass lampshades, and the product we know as Lotte lamps was now complete. The popularity of Danish Modern design helped propel the business to solid growth, and now employed all of the Bostlund children as well….”
Still in production today in Ohio, Lotte Lamps can be found at INabstracto and other select stores across North America.
Check Lotte Lamps for further details.
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