Space: Andrew Gibson

October 7th, 2009


Who are you, what do you do for a living? Just a Toronto guy born and bred. Currently switching from retail management to graphic design. I’ve been in my Corktown pad for over six years now.


Inspiration for home? Smart and comfortable. I love the no-nonsense look of the German International style, and the warmth of mid-century designers. The house seemed to be telling me that it would look best as a cozy evening place with many pools of indirect lighting.

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Most Cherished item/ Favourite Piece? My lamps. I have several pottery lamps — I cherish them far more than their actual worth.


Best Deal? A lovely ’70s rosewood/chrome credenza that languished at the old Jarvis Street Goodwill for weeks, before I paid the $35 to take it home. It’s now the entertainment centre in my bedroom.


Biggest Splurge? An amazing Alessi four-piece Oronda coffee/tea service set in silver/gold by Oscar Tusquets produced in 1983. This piece cost more than any other item in my place, but its sooooo beautiful … if only I could make a good cup of coffee!



Most Gratifying DIY? Hmmm… there have been so many jobs over the past six years, but I guess I’d have to say the rear deck. I removed the back fencing and strung up some chicken wire, changing it from a gloomy enclosure to an open, airy, relaxing retreat. What would you do differently? New paint colours have been on my mind for a while now. The browns were right at the time I moved in, but after six years I’m definitely needing a change!


Plans for future? Sell everything, move and start over. I’ve enjoyed these things, and this space. But I want to pass them on to others, and find new things to work with and appreciate.


Anything to add? Only that if any pieces have caught your eye, please let me know … it’s probably available! Three top picks for sale: 1983 Alessi Oronda coffee/tea service set (sleeve bags also included) — $950; only 99 examples put into production! 1970’s Braemore sofa with Lucite frame – $1000; Zig Zag on Queen St. East has a similar version in brown corduroy for $1795 1970’s Wassily chair produced by Matteograssi – $450; gorgeous cognac leather strapping.



Thanks for sharing, Andrew!

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