Globe and Mail Style North
November ,2008 /
"Industrial Strength Koma Designs "

Lots of adjectives come to mind when I think of Koma Designs but “creepy” definitely tops the list. If Koma was a movie it would be Silence of the Lambs. Distressed concrete, exposed beams, massive industrial light fixtures and floating glass platforms suspended with heavy chains–this is the Koma aesthetic. And who could forget the alien that greets you at the door, lying prostrate beneath an intense surgical lamp?

And yet Koma has some way cool stuff, a fascinating mix of vintage modern and contemporary pieces. Those floating lamps in the top pic? Amazing. And for $147 each, they won’t break the bank, either. The custom leather rocking chaise at the centre of the frame is $2,100–you’ll certainly be the only kid on your block to have one of these.

Owned and operated by artist/designer Jamie Cheveldeyoff, Koma is Goth with a capital G. “I love playing with contrast,” says Cheveldeyoff, “and I love remaking old industrial pieces into furniture and lighting. I like to support local designers and represent them and their work. I have quite a few locally made pieces and am always looking for more.”

Pictured above is Toronto designer Christopher Oxner’s Sex Chair, a one-of-a-kind, polished concrete, rocking chaise ($5,300). The giant surgical lamp, below left, is $6,300 and the chrome octopus pendant is $970.

You really won’t find this stuff anywhere else! The hanging, woven basket chair, below left, is $1,270; the vintage artichoke-style pendant is just $90, the surgical floor lamp is $2,470 and the chrome spider floor lamp is $210. Koma is the kind of shop you’d expect to find in New York’s meat packing district–it’s unlike anything else in Toronto.

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