On any given day in the west end of Toronto, you might see Michael Simardone zipping by on his bicycle, his wild mop of black curls barely hidden under his cycling helmet. Or he’ll be wandering around with his bundle buggy filled with treasures: locally salvaged windows, doors and mouldings that he rescues from neighbourhood homes. Simardone Design in the Junction offers one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture created from entirely recycled materials.
After apprenticing in Toronto’s upscale Forest Hill and Rosedale neighbourhoods and working in the custom build industry since 1991, Michael recognized the need for unique pieces that his clients couldn’t find anywhere. Wanting a flexible schedule that would allow him to spend time with his two young boys and the freedom to design never-before seen items, Michael became a custom furniture designer and builder specializing in reclaimed building materials.
Michael lives on the very same street on which he grew up, and his family has been there for nearly 100 years. A true West-ender, Michael loves nothing more than scouring his Junction neighbourhood for materials that he can save and rebuild into a beautiful and must-have piece. From the initial design, drawing and building to delivery and installation, Michael builds from the ground up.
Uniquely Creative Designs
Some of his custom-made furniture includes a headboard made from a fireplace mantle, a cabinet made from a leaded glass window, a TV unit made from a mantle and a headboard made from a door pediment. His designs showcase the intricate features on forgotten materials and gives them new life: a beautiful window tossed onto someone’s lawn is transformed into a unique display cabinet.
Michael Simardone’s incredible designs have been featured in Canadian House and Home, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Home Workshop, Canadian Home and Country, and he is a regular contributor to Canadian Living‘s DIY features.
If you’re looking to spruce up your kids’ spaces, Michael can design and build beds, desks, armoires, bookshelves and anything else his imagination can conjure up. He will also design and install freestanding and built-in units should you want to have your kids’ toys hidden and have some adult space in your home.
A Designer to Trust
His shop is exactly what you’d imagine a busy furniture maker’s to be, and the noise from the saw might make him miss you if you come knocking. Be sure to call or email for an appointment, and Michael, who works one project at a time, will give you his undivided time to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.
Planning to expand this spring, Michael and his wife, Caroline, want to add a decor shop to Simardone Design, truly making it a complete home improvement destination. If you’ve been looking for that perfect piece to complete your home, check out Simardone Design for something you’ve always dreamed of but have never found.
3180 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-588-9111