On my last day in Toronto, I was invited over to Joe's place to check out his furnishings. We both have a love for mid-century design, and he had told me he had several pieces at home between him and his roommate Yannick, including a Herman Miller Eames lounger and several Panton lights:
Check out that Knoll table underneath that orange Panton hanging light!! I was in mid-century heaven!!
Then there was their beautiful dining room table, accessorized by these Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs!!! Joe told me how they were shipped over from Italy with their paper-cord seats!!!
I was given the full tour, from antiques left to Yannick from his grandmother to artwork that they both collect. Even in the kitchen I was able to get them to show me some teacups collected from a thrift store, stamped on the bottom with "Made in Occupied Japan." I love fellow collectors!!
But the piece de resistance was their Noguchi coffee table, which dominates their living room with its sleek beauty and aesthetic. It's downright gorgeous and frankly, it turned me on.
Afterwards, we went out to the Allan Gardens conservatory which was free to enter, and what I thought was the perfect place to have a first or second date! Just walking about, looking at all the different plants and getting to know one another. What could be more romantic? Heck, it was fun enough doing it with friends!
And with that said, it was a joy to see all my friends, old and new, during my week in Ontario. From throwing a frisbee in a dog park in Hamilton to exploring new neighbourhoods in Toronto, I was blessed with great company. Add a Kylie Minogue concert on top of that and Wow!! How do you follow a Kylie show? Why, how about an in-house museum tour of modern furniture and artwork? It was the cherry on top of my already amazing vacation. And yet, I still had a week to go as I jetted off to the airport to catch my flight to New York City... What wonders did NYC have in store for me....?