In our ongoing quest for great design, we recently investigated Green Light District, David and Deborah Peets’ small, savvy shop at 365 Roncesvalles that any design aficionado located in or visiting Toronto should definitely know about.

The real eye-catcher was a series of lamps from Montreal designer Alexandre Brault under the brand BrollteDeceptively simple, Brault’s work utilizes fine papers made from 100% cotton, inks, pencils, silk-screening, stitching, perforations, wood, concrete, and thick glossy resin coatings. Rich, saturated colours combine in unique modern abstract designs (no two are the same) that glow like stained glass while simultaneously conveying the artist’s hand in motion in the painterly artistic tradition.

Lamp bases are available in waxed wood, but the ones currently on display at Green Light District have bases that combine the gritty unpredictable authenticity of concrete with the glassy polish of high gloss resin. Simple at first glance, the consideration that has gone into these objects results in a juxtaposition that just works. Simultaneously fast and dirty, and sophisticated and restrained, they are made to adorn any modern space without overwhelming it.

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