The average condo size in Toronto has shrunk by 100 square feet over the last five years. Despite experiencing the biggest condo boom in North America right now, space and livability are huge issues for Torontonians. We can’t solve all our storage quandaries by placing $10 plastic bins from Ikea underneath our beds. More often than not, elevating to custom can turn any shoebox into a home.
Enter Positive Space Interiors on King Street East. This family-owned, Canadian-based manufacturer has been in the business of creating smart storage solutions for more than 35 years. With a larger, more extensive outpost already thriving in Mississauga, Positive Space’s downtown showroom opened in February with a scaled-down selection of city living separates to make any small space a wonder of real estate.
The sparse shop is true to the showroom aesthetic, devoid of clutter and colour to highlight the brand’s key offerings and accent pieces as they may look in your own room. Find queen bed units featuring multi-level, built-in storage (from $1,800 to $10,000) to a standard, but slim, chest of drawers ($1,950) to gorgeous, barely-there night tables (starting at $650). All pieces are made with the company’s unique touch: raw wood treated with oil — with impeccably-stained espresso finishes that will last a lifetime twice over — featuring drawer spaces lined with taupe micro-suede bottoms to avoid colour transfer from garments and minimize wear and tear.
While the downtown store caters mostly to the boudoir, there are also a few extras to consider, like an array of light fixtures (starting at $400) in an exclusive collaboration with Distillery District neighbour Eurolite (who recently completed a lighting project for Holt Renfrew). Positive Space also houses ALX Raw Design, a custom interiors firm from owner/designer Alex Arcese, which produces everything from furniture to kitchens to powder rooms.
Before you shop, check out the website and play with the Custom Bed Builder application. Otherwise, there’s always the option of importing an “off-the-rack” item from the brand’s suburban headquarters (look for collections dubbed “Condo” and “Studio”).
POSITIVE SPACE INTERIORS 167 King St E. (416) 360-8551. positivespaceinteriors.com.