You can own a piece of the city as more designers are reclaiming old wood and steel from historic Toronto sites and turning them into artisanal housewares.

 

 Thank you to the Toronto Star for the shout out on our cold plate!

 

Once Toronto’s tallest building, First Canadian Place has a troubled history designer Glen Wallis calls a “long, sad saga.” The marble siding held for decades, but a felled piece shut down King St. in 2007, leading to the building’s recladding.

Wallis got his hands on 26 tonnes of the Italian Carrara marble and crafted it into 2,000 cold plates. Why cold plates? He was outside resting his feet on the marble and noticed his feet were cold, but his cheese warm.

First Canadian Place, the skyscraper housing the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal, was once Toronto's tallest building.
First Canadian Place, the skyscraper housing the headquarters of the Bank of Montreal, was once Toronto’s tallest building.  (NORM BETTS)  

Art created: Cold plates for serving cheese, fruit and charcuterie.

Cost: $40 for small, $60 for large.

 

The Cold Plate by designer Glen Wallis was crafted with reclaimed marble from the First Canadian Place tower.

The Cold Plate by designer Glen Wallis was crafted with reclaimed marble from the First Canadian Place tower.

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