Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:26 PM EDT
Found Design is Ottawa’s go-to spot for those looking for mid-century design with a pedigree. Co-owners Malcolm Cairns and Mike Shaiken consider themselves the hardest working pair in Canada when it comes to sourcing mid-century furniture and decor.
Found Design specializes in post-war furniture, with a focus on the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The odd piece of 1970s furniture and lighting, as well as select earlier pieces, are also part of their frequently updated collection. On any given day, their Bank Street South store has a number of Danish teak dining sets, sideboards, coffee tables, desks and occasional chairs, as well as other pieces such as vintage upholstered sofas and chrome and leather seating. A sizeable collection of vintage lighting and accessories, and retro artwork are also on sale to complete any room.
Names such as Hans Wegner, Eames, and Bertoia will be familiar to both serious furniture collectors and those who simply appreciate the aesthetic. Mike and Malcolm know the history of the pieces they sell, and the showroom is a who’s who of design. Shoppers can snag small accessories starting as low as $20 for vintage linens, and spend as much as $2,200 for a flawless rosewood dining table, with items priced everywhere in between.
In addition to the storefront in Ottawa’s Bank Street South neighbourhood, Found Design also has an online presence at www.founddesign.ca that includes pieces from their warehouse. The store offers door-to-door delivery as far away as New York, Chicago and Quebec City. In fact, Mike and Malcolm often fill their delivery truck with new discoveries on their way home, adding to their ever-changing stock.
Written by Daphna Mills.
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