Collection by Marc Kristal

Avenue Road


From the “Make Your Own Luck” desk: In June, the Toronto- and New York-based architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg opened the new furniture showroom-cum-gallery they designed for Avenue Road, in Toronto’s revivifying Leslieville district. As entrepreneurial as they are creative, Yabu and Pushelberg own the building (an architecturally significant, century-old former gasworks), hold a half-interest in Avenue Road itself, a company which markets an extensive but well-edited line of contemporary as well as classic furnishings and objects – and have several Yabu Pushelberg-designed pieces on offer in Avenue Road’s collection. With that much business incentive, small wonder that YP’s elegant renovation turned out so well.

To see images of the project, please visit the slideshow.

The architects inserted an atrium into the space by cutting away capacious sections of the first and second floors,...
Stacks of colorful rugs enliven the basement, which Yabu Pushelberg excavated to gain ceiling height.
The renovation showcases the original structure’s signature feature: a series of triangular steel trusses (though one,...
In addition to creating a psychological layer of security at the edge of the atrium, the porous design of the cases...
An elevated area at one end of the third floor serves as a platform for special displays.
Eileen Gray’s 1935 Bonaparte armchair and Petite Coiffeuse occasional table from 1929 form a stair landing tableau.
In one of the showroom’s many intriguing display combinations, four of Simon Pengelly’s 2008 Lotus dining chairs are...
The third floor’s upper level currently showcases Avenue Road’s extensive collection of outdoor furniture.
Though Yabu Pushelberg’s design appears to be an artful contemporary insertion into an historic interior, much is in...
Yabu Pushelberg’s three-level, 15,000-square-foot interior renovation of the circa 1907 Consumers Gas Company building...

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