The 7 Most Spectacular Lots at the Design Exchange Design Auction

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to warm up your favourite fancy pens and get your chequebooks out and at the ready. The third annual Design Exchange Design Auction is taking place in Toronto tomorrow and bringing with it a host of goods that you’re going to want in your home.

Both live and silent auctions will take place throughout the night and will feature limited edition furnishings, one-of-a-kind decorative pieces, and highly coveted design wares. We’ve chosen a few things you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

Maarten Baas’s Smoke Chair

Manufactured & Donated by Moooi


How many pieces of furniture in your home can you say were finished with fire? Probably none. The Smoke Chair should be your first and last. A true statement piece, this black leather chair will garner attention and impress guests with its cracked wood finish.

Garrison by Stacklab + Rebart

Donated by Stacklab


Own a piece of Toronto history while you still can. This elegant side table is a sculptural casting made using steel salvaged from the former historic Garrison bridge in Toronto. These tables were created in a limited series featuring only 102 units.

Freistil 173 Set by Muller Wulff

Donated by Jalice Interiors


You never expect furniture sold at an auction to actually be as comfy as it looks, but the Freistil 173 — designed by Danish duo Muller Wulff — is so cozy, you’ll have a hard time resisting the urge to sit in it while you’re bidding.

Halo Pendants by Matthew McCormick Studio

Donated by Matthew McCormick Studio


Recently exhibited at Milan Design Week, this elegant lighting system by Vancouver’s Matthew McCormick can be suspended in numerous compositions and doubles as an art installation in its own right.

Samsung Serif TV

Donated by Samsung


The Serif isn’t just a TV — it’s a minimalistic piece of furniture designed to complement virtually any environment it’s placed in. It looks great from any and every angle, and comes in a few different sizes and colours to sync perfectly with your home’s aesthetic.

Two-night Stay at Fogo Island Inn

Donated by Fogo Island Inn


Situated on an island off Newfoundland and designed by architect Todd Saunders, Fogo Island Inn has accrued worldwide acclaim for its jaw-dropping contemporary design and the equally stunning nature that surrounds it.

Twisted Light by Brothers Dressler

Donated by Brothers Dressler


Created by local Toronto designers Brothers Dressler, the Twisted Light is a pendant lighting fixture made from steam-bent reclaimed solid wood. The eight branches that coil around the bulb can be twisted and shaped to create a different look as often as is needed.

The Design Exchange Design Auction takes place Wednesday, May 17. Buy tickets here.