Decorating & Design

August 18, 2011

CB2 Preview

The opening of CB2 in Toronto is finally set! After delays due to construction, Crate & Barrel’s sister store is firm on opening its first Canadian store on November 12th in the old Big Bop club location at 651 Queen Street West.

The store set up a little pop-up shop for media, so I got a sneak peek at some of the new products coming out this fall. In short: lots of sleek storage, cool lighting, great seating and chic tables.

I really liked the walnut box frames ($40), which are wide enough to stand up on a shelf or mantel. The new walnut wood Rig Barstool ($179) has cheery Canadian red metal accents and would look great in any space.

I’ve always coveted sling chairs, which have the cool look of camping furniture and are comfy to boot. Plus, they have a nice slim profile. This leather one ($449) has handsome braiding around the edges. The coffee tables on the right are by a designer the CB2 team discovered in Italy and looked great on the trendy tie-dye rug ($349) that’s also new for fall.

H&H editor Suzanne Dimma was eyeing this hefty metal Tic Tac Toe set ($45) for her cottage. (Browse photos of her gorgeous cottage in the October 2011 issue, on sale September 5th.)

The resin bathroom dishes, cups and pumps (from $6) looked like they were made of stone. The cute Tree Ring Holder ($12) and twiggy Arbor Shower Curtain ($50) continued the organic feel. The lovely wooden toothbrushes ($15/set of 4) are also from CB2 and have numbers on the bottom for easy identification.

These lights aren’t new, but the dainty profile of the desk lamp and the handmade vibe of the wooden floor lamp deserve a mention. The floor lamp also has a bright blue cloth cord that suspends the shade, adding a fun hit of colour.

There were also pillows and accessories and so much more! I already have my eye on a few pieces and might just buy them online while I wait for the store to open in three months. Not that I’m wishing for winter’s arrival — I just want summer [and] CB2.

For more of what we’re exicted about, see Gwen McAuley and Kathryn Bala’s picks from CB2.

Photo credits:
1-7. Kimberley Brown