Aquavato, in Toronto’s King Street East design district, held its VIP grand opening in late September. The central feature of the space is an open-concept staircase whose treads cantilever off a three-point truss. That PoMo industrial look walked me 30 years down Memory Lane to the opening of the late, lamented Triede, the high-end furnishings store were design types would come to buy Michael Graves’s Alessi tea kettle or just admire the trendsetting polished finish on the Venetian-stucco walls. Today, the space’s elegant bones make a fitting backdrop to the large variety of luxury bathroom and kitchen fixtures on display.
Photo credit: David Lasker