Founddesign Ottawa 2017
Founddesign is Ottawa’s go-to spot for those looking for mid-century design with a pedigree. Owner Malcolm Cairns considers himself the hardest working man in Canada when it comes to sourcing mid-century furniture and decor.
Founddesign 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 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. Malcolm knows the history of the pieces he sells, 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 Little Italy neighbourhood, Founddesign 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, Malcolm often fills his delivery truck with new discoveries on his way home, adding to their ever-changing stock.
– Written by Daphna Mills.