Just Opened: Junction shopping gets even better with Metropolis Living

Just Opened: Junction shopping gets even better with Metropolis Living

(Image: Adam C. Freire) 

The place: Adding to the Junction’s growing rep as a design destination, this furniture and decor shop lives up to its tag line: “Industrial revolution…reinvented.” Owned by siblings and veteran vintage collectors Phil Freire and Maggie Gattesco, Metropolis Living—styled like a museum of props from a retro film set—pulls together refurbished housewares and untouched originals.

The stuff: Glassware—chemist bottles ($25–$95), large apothecary jars ($125)—is in impeccable condition, and metal-mesh locker baskets ($55) make for interesting storage of household bits and bobs. Typography nerds will lust after the original metal transit signs from New York and Chicago covering the walls, and industrial design buffs will appreciate Freire’s own meticulously refurbished pieces, such as a tabletop crafted from bowling alley floorboards ($2,895).

The customer: Soft-loft residents looking to up their home’s industrial cred.

Our favourite thing: An imposing glass-topped desk ($4,500), which has a base made of a painstakingly restored web of metal gears from a textile mill.

Metropolis Living, 2989 Dundas St. W., 647-343-6900, metropolis-living.com.