Haligonian Roberta Munden
had been away from home for 23 years and working in the furniture market in Toronto for the past decade. "I was looking for a way to come back" to Atlantic Canada, she says. A visit to Upcountry in Toronto introduced her to "The Halo Collection," furniture from designer Timothy Oulton, who only offers his brand to a few, choice retailers worldwide. Now Munden is in the position to be able to bring Oulton's designs to Halifax, available exclusively in Atlantic Canada from her new store, London Loft
(Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, 404-3844), along with select other brands.
London Loft's concept of high-quality furniture and home accessories from the UK has a more masculine accent than some collections, says Munden. "It's geared toward men, to deco your man-cave," she says. There's plenty of handmade furniture utilizing vintage leather, dining tables using wood for 120-year-old ships, a collection of items incorporating metal from old planes, steamer trunks, even sporting goods such as punching bags, all with a Britannia twist.
"With the London Olympics, the Queen's Jubilee, I think people will get the idea," says Munden, of her timely store. And don't expect items to linger long. Every three months Munden will receive a new container of goods to keep the inventory fresh.