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April, 2009/
"Canadian Cool: Koma Designs Collective"

Toronto-based artist and design retailer Jamie Cheveldeyoff has brought 30 Canadian artists and designers together under a new initiative called the Koma Designs Collective. Yesterday’s sunny spring day was a good omen for Cheveldeyoff, who welcomed friends, family and customers to an unveiling party at Koma’s 2,000-square foot gallery/showroom in the Parkdale neighbourhood.

I was inspired by the creativity of the displays, many of which emphasize found and recycled materials like Gilbert Vanden Heuvel’s double coffee table (above, $350) made from recycled bicycle parts. Vanden Heuvel has also created a companion chair and ottoman made with recycled bicycle tires.

Unlike a typical retail situation, the Koma Collective permits the artists to set their own prices. Click through for a sampling of other unique Koma Collective pieces . . .

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