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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  1. That “Balls” print? In the bathroom? Total want. Where did you find that, if I may ask?


    7 Oct 09 at 8:05 am

  2. We have the same Paolo Piva glass coffee table! It’s a wonderful piece.

    Juli & John

    7 Oct 09 at 10:31 am

  3. Oh, this space is lovely. So many great pieces – its fun, masculine, and charming.

    I came SO CLOSE to buying a Paolo Piva table in Palm Springs. I regret not doing it now…I thought it might be too square for my den, but now I think it might have just been perfect. I love them!

    And the Balls print. Rad.

    the brick house

    7 Oct 09 at 2:59 pm

  4. The decor really expresses the warmth of the owner. What a great eye!


    8 Oct 09 at 5:16 am

  5. Hello, I absolutely adore your site and I just had to leave a note for you to say so !


    8 Oct 09 at 1:51 pm

  6. Thanks so much Pragha!

    Juli & John

    8 Oct 09 at 2:08 pm

  7. just passing on the news from Andrew, that the Balls print has already been claimed, sorry Debbie! a close friend claimed it before this Spaces post even went up. and knowing andrew for a while now, i can name quite a few people who have coveted this print. but he picked it up from either a goodwill or a garage sale and the print is by the artist Dennis Green. it is quite an awesome poster, especially ’cause it’s sorta mysterious.


    8 Oct 09 at 4:58 pm

  8. Love the web-site. Thanks for telling me about it John! Curious about Andrew’s invitation to get in touch about his pieces. Am most interested in coffee table & side tables (re the voids in my home).


    8 Oct 09 at 11:17 pm

  9. You can email Andrew at

    John & Juli

    9 Oct 09 at 9:37 am

  10. I have not had the chance to see Andrew’s place in several years, which makes this transformation so amazing! Well Done!
    Oh and I love the side tables.


    11 Oct 09 at 9:53 am

  11. very interesting blog ! do you know that ”kitka” in bulgarian means ”bunch”, like ” a bunch of flowers” :-)

    Maria & Vincent

    15 Oct 09 at 8:57 am

  12. Maria & Vincent: That’s so funny…I fear for the day when it means something bad. In Finland it means friction but we went with the Ukrainian cat. Why, I don’t know….


    15 Oct 09 at 9:06 am

  13. GREAT SPACE – what a great collection of pieces – and I love that he can tie together a 35$ wall unit with a $1000 tea service and make it all look seamless


    15 Oct 09 at 1:32 pm

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