Thinking Outside The Box

Posted on July 16, 2015

Love the creativity that Potash Architects took with this shipping container.

Shipping containers are often repurposed to create buildings, and this structure by Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects features one container balanced at a precarious angle. Named Shipping Container Terminal, the building provides offices and technical facilities at the Port of Ashdod – one of Israel's two main cargo ports, located about 40 kilometres south of Tel Aviv. Read more at

Cool Tat

Posted on July 14, 2015

You've been looking for a Gold Party Watch but everything is out of your price range. Not anymore! Check out Tattly's Party Watch (Gold).

You're ready to celebrate any occasion wearing this Party Watch (Gold) by Julia Rothman!

Amazing Small Space Living

Posted on June 09, 2015


We just loved the creativity of this space!

'Architect Christoph Kaiser turned a dismantled grain silo, purchased online from a Kansas farmer, into a cozy studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The 190-square-foot space is outfitted with a highly customized interior—only the Eames dining chairs were not made by Kaiser—that serves as a comfortable home for him and his wife.' Read more here. Via Dwell.

In Memory of Michael Graves

Posted on March 13, 2015

I was very sad to hear about the passing of Michael Graves yesterday on Twitter. As a top trending topic, it shows the impact that he has had and will continue to have as his designs, both buildings and products are celebrated globally. First produced in 1985, his iconic 9093 kettle from Alessi celebrates its 30th year in production this year. We sold a lot of those kettles at Urban Mode. Last night, Myrlene and I were remembering our Michael Graves moments and would like to share them with you here.

When Michael spoke at the Ontario College of Art in the 1990’s here in Toronto, we arranged a reception for Michael at Urban Mode. We had an amazing turn out and people were really excited to meet Michael. Unfortunately the only people unable to attend were Myrlene and John. After finalizing all of the details, they realized that they had booked to be in Europe at a trade show and wouldn’t get to meet Michael. I, on the other hand was very fortunate, and did get to meet Michael. All I knew at that time was that he had designed the Alessi kettle that was sold at the store. Looking back now, I now realize that that evening was one of the best in Urban Mode history.

In 1999 Myrlene and I were at Jerry’s eating lunch in Soho, when she looked at me and whispered “Is that Michael Graves over there?” I took a quick peek and said “I think so but I’m not sure”. I then glanced down at his socks and sure enough they were his signature blue. I told Myrlene she should introduce herself but she didn’t want to interrupt his lunch, so for the second time, she didn’t actually meet Michael.

This takes us to June 2013. When we heard that Michael would be the keynote speaker at Dwell on Design, we were excited. We made sure to get there early and get good seats. It was standing room only. When Michael came onstage, there was so much applause. You could feel the admiration that everyone had for him. Michael spoke for over an hour, sharing with us his early experiences while abroad in Europe, including art that he had created. He spoke about how those times really influenced him in both architecture and in product design but most of all he had an amazing sense of humour and the stories he told are still talked about today. While we didn’t get a chance to meet him at that time, we appreciated that we got to be there and hear Michael speak. To watch Michael's Keynote Speech at Dwell on Design click here.

Architecture. Design. Humour. - We remember you Michael for all of this and more.

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2015

Posted on February 25, 2015

This year we had an opportunity to attend the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. We were excited to attend a show that we had not experienced before.


Scandinavian furniture and lighting design is what drew us to this show. We have always

appreciated the clean lines and luxurious fabrics of Scandinavian design.

We were not disappointed.

Bright metallics and round shapes were prevalent for lighting this year.

Simple lines and gorgeous fabric.

We love this cute Guardian truck.

The set up for this booth was really well thought out. We loved the elegance of the black

against the white of the runway.

Loving the colour and stripes.

Wouldn't this bench look great outside Urban Mode?

Simple, clean displays really let the products stand out.


We found a lot of interesting ideas at this fair. We hope to bring some of our Scandinavian

finds to our showroom. Keep an eye out for them.

ICFF, WantedDesign and Bobby Berk - Part 2

Posted on June 04, 2014

Monday was our day to do ICFF. We were pleasantly surprised by all of the great designs we found both in furniture and accessories. In previous years, we found that there was what we call "runway furniture", furniture that is beautiful but just too expensive. This year there was a lot more affordable design and we wished we had more than just 1 day to walk the show. Myrlene and I both found that there was a lot of beautiful lighting this year. The use of colour was used both very boldly and in some quirky little details.

As the Dot Spot store for Blu Dot in Toronto, we were excited to see their new designs - we were not disappointed! Their new Mona Sofa is definitely going to be a hot seller. They have a new bedroom line of furniture called Lap that is just gorgeous. Blu Dot's new addition to their lighting section called Trace pendants will be very popular as well. There are too many new designs to mention them all, to see all of Blu Dot's new designs click here.

We have also had great success with Pablo Lighting. Pablo has added some great new pendants to their line. They have added a chandelier to their Cielo series which will garner lots of excitement. Their new Swell lighting, which can be used for outdoors comes in great colours  and will be coming soon to a balcony near you. These new lights will be on our website very soon!

As you can see from the pictures below, ICFF was a real success this year.

Anne by Ross Lovegrove

Colourful side tables by Cosi Come

Hot new Mona Sofa by Blu Dot

New Chip Stools by Blu Dot

We love the new Lap series by Blu Dot

New Cielo Chandelier by Pablo

New Swell Series by Pablo

New Swell Series by Pablo - 2

Nice details and colours by Newell Design Studio

Nurselog by Hinterland Design

Sweet storage by Thing Industries

New York City!



ICFF, WantedDesign and Bobby Berk - Part 1

Posted on June 04, 2014

Our trip to New York was short but we packed a lot in it. Our reasons for going was to go to WantedDesign, ICFF and to go to Bobby Berk's party. As some of you know, we carry Bobby Berk's modern furniture collection in our store. Bobby's party was held at his Soho store and was co-hosted by Surya and Jaime Derringer of Design Milk.

Our first stop was the party at Bobby Berk. We had a blast chatting with other people in the design world that we knew and just catching up. Bobby introduced us to Jaime who's blog Design Milk is one of our favourite design blogs. We also met Genevieve Gorder who is one of HGTV's stars. Both of whom have a great sense of humour as you can see from the picture below.

Bobby Berk, Jaime Derringer and Genevieve Gorder. I just love this pic!

Picture was taken by Bobby (I think)

Paper Sculpture at Bobby Berk Soho

Does anyone know what Bobby is saying in this pic? lol


We had a great time at Bobby's party. If you are ever in New York, we recommend that you stop by his store on Crosby street. It has a great mix of East Coast and West Coast vibes.

Thanks Bobby, we had a great time!

 On Sunday morning we were off to WantedDesign NYC held at the Tunnel. This is our 2nd year of going to Wanted and we were not disappointed. WantedDesign lets you meet the designers and manufacturers of the products and designs that are showcased there. It is also a great opportunity for design students to get a chance to show their pieces and get some feedback from designers, retailers and the public. Wanted is a hands on experience that you just don't get with other shows. As you can see by the pictures below, there was a wealth of talent at this years show.

Breathtaking light installation by Blackbody

Modern rocker by Garman Furniture

Cool ottomans by Studio Avni

Sleek metal bench

Simple but elegant table by Scott Jones

Scootin' around by Nimble Cargo Scooters

Great designs from Puerto Rico

Architectural planters by Vladimir Garcia

Great modern chair in the Bernhardt Textiles space

Love these ottomans by StudioBA


Stay tuned for Part 2!

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