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When Toronto interior designer Jeffrey Douglas is getting to know a new client, he asks the homeowner to pick three evocative words or ideas to describe his or her dream space. If the client's reply were something along the lines of tailored and modern with an Art Deco flair, Douglas might do well to suggest one of his own, soon-to-be released pieces of furniture. (The designer is launching his first line in May, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.)

The Damson sideboard, for example, is a handsome blend of stylized 1920s lines – with curved legs and swooping arcs inset into the top – and modern simplicity. It is primarily made of two materials: lacquered, pearl-coloured panels that offset shimmering, solid bronze.

Its simplicity, though, belies the thoughtfulness of the construction. Near-hidden panels on the front and sides pop open to reveal beautifully detailed shelves and drawers – places to tuck away all the items that don't fit neatly into three-word descriptions. Price upon request. Through douglasdesignstudio.com.

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