Space: Andrew Gibson

October 7th, 2009

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for sharing, Andrew!

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