Furniture Made from Junk: Would You or Wouldn’t You?

During the Interior Design Show which ran at the Metro Convention Centre this past weekend, I came across Metropolis Living, a store out in the Junction area which sells furniture and home decor items made from material previously used for other things.  The exhibit, which had a very old “run down” feel really stood out among the modern minimalist and more classical looking booths that other vendors had.  Dark walls, low lighting and beaten up floors aren’t things that many of today’s vendors and designers would go for.  Or will they?

The Metropolis Living booth at IDS

With many loft developments in the city, there are probably people who would love to have that true industrial feel in their home and/or office.  While stark, all white furniture could work well in both new buildings as well as renovated, many may think that something that is more “junk-like” would add some character to places that already have that factory-like feel.  Don’t you think a desk made from, say, bicycle parts would look amazing in a suite with with very high ceilings, tall windows and brick walls?  They surely can compliment stark, all white furniture often seen in more modern homes.  However, it may be a little harder for the reverse.  Some of the items are probably better off in darker settings, meaning that they could look very out of place in a very twenty-first century suite with floor to ceiling windows.

Metropolis Living is located on 2989 Dundas Street West.  They are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.  They are closed on Mondays.

Would you purchase furniture made from material formerly used for something else?

  • Yes, of course! (60%, 3 Votes)
  • It would depend on whether it's the "right fit" for my space. (40%, 2 Votes)
  • No, definitely not. If I want old, I'd buy antiques. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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About Cynthia Cheng Mintz


Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.