Lossless Toronto: Roll Call – Toronto Design Must-Reads
Toronto design bloggers tend to, like most folks in the province of Ontario, know one another. Sure it’s one thing to know your peers but this city is the epicenter of all six degrees activity. Point being it should be easy to suss out blogs to follow that are Toronto-centric, or by Toronto writers. If you’re slow on the curve or just never thought to look before here are some excellent blogs to follow and be inspired by.
Arren Williams is a stylist and trend reporter. You might have seen his face or byline around the National Post, House & Home, HGTV or Citytv’s CityLine. While Arren said “buh-bye” to the blog back in July due to the time commitments to his job as Creative Director of home Fashions for the Bay, the blog archives stand as an excellent resources and inspiration. Take a peak back into the entires and following the links and admire the images.
Atomics Design has a brick and mortar store on Queen (965 Queen St W) and one online. The front page of this site is home to a blog about all things mid-century modern. Like the name Atomic suggests the blog bursts with crazy design from a bygone era, in colours bright enough to blind you, and shapes crazy enough to astound you.
Fieldguided might have you fooled with it’s pretty in pink and roses layout, but this blog has nails under it’s little white gloves. You maybe have seen Fieldguided totes around, simple natural fibre bags with bold type proclaim “there is thunder in our hearts” and “Endless Bummer”. FG is the work of Anabela who works are a typesetter and the blog is filled with a ton of visual oddities and inspirations from fashion to flowers.
Kitka, as regular Lossess Toronto readers will note, is the blog of Juli and John from Mjölk. Chalk full of Scandinavian and Japanese design and aesthetics, the blog goes way beyond the store and weaves visual stories of our designed world. Beloved the world over, Kitka should be on the top of your blogroll.
Herriott Grace gives you a glance into the world of a collaboration between a father and daughter 3400 kilometers apart. What started out as a father’s care packages from Victoria to his daughter in Toronto is now a shop full of handmade wooden goods. From waffle cone forms to cutting boards. The blog is full of delicate photos of the beautiful goods with a splash of recipes and travel.
Ill Seen, Ill Said gets it’s name from the Samuel Beckett novel of the same name and while it reads mostly as a personal journal and photolog of an Etsy enthusiast the blog has a special section for Inspiring Women. Insights into the history of important works by women. My favourite being the most reason post on German-American textile artist and printmaker Anni Albers.
No Mean City takes a look at the big picture of architecture from a seat right here in Toronto. This is an excellent place to look if you’re wondering who designed and worked on that building that has been haunting you imagination.
Style North is a blog for people with “Elle Décor tastes and a flea market budget”. Founder Christopher Jones guides you right to everything you could desire to make your house a home here in Toronto.