Globe and Mail Toronto Star
October 1 ,2004/Shopping
"Koma on Queen " by Daphne Gordon

Queen St. creeps ever farther west, with the opening of the funky decor stop Koma Designs in Parkdale, at 1239 Queen St. W.

Owner Jamie Cheveldeyoff has a background in art direction in film, as well as education in lighting design and architecture. His eclectic style swings from vintage to contemporary, Asian to American, and the resulting vibe at Koma is slightly-strange-hippie-with-cash.

"I love lounging," says Cheveldeyoff, explaining his penchant for low tables and cushions. "When space is an issue, if you put cushions on the floor and sit on them, it feels as if your ceilings are three feet higher."

An interesting surgical lamp ($5,000), loungey Thai cushions ($180 each) and a vintage Playboy magazine ($30) were all on display at the shop's recent opening party. But Cheveldeyoff, who also makes furniture and lighting from found artifacts, says thathis stock will be changing constantly as he travels to foreign locales and adds to his collection.

Koma Designs