O.NIX DESIGN BOUTIQUE IS A BRAND NEW VENTURE LOCATED AT 550 QUEEN ST EAST, WHERE KING AND QUEEN MERGE, IN TORONTO.
THEIR STORY “To make a long story short,” Erika chuckles, “It all began in Germany, when in 2009 my husband Luis and I moved there for his 4 year job assignment. We found out when leasing an apartment that they don’t come with built-in kitchens. Much like we are used to bringing our own bedroom and living room furniture when we rent, the Germans are used to bringing their own kitchen. So, want to or not, caring for a newborn and all, I had my first job in kitchen design. I explored my options, became familiar with European kitchen planning standards and soon created a pretty decent kitchen for ourselves, dealing with one German company. Then two of Luis’ friends who were into remodeling at the time, saw my work and enthusiasm for designing and asked me to do their kitchen as well. After that, I pursued formal training and began setting up my new business.”
THE SHOWROOM It is a design studio with small display vignettes specializing in kitchens and living spaces; working with the public, designers and builders; focusing on the residential but versatile enough to include business or institutional needs.
TREND WATCH O.NIX Design Boutique offers three top-quality, internationally known brands (Zeyko, Biefbi and Störmer), with contemporary and classic kitchen collections featuring a modern twist. Each brand has their own stand-out attraction, yet commonly share modern features like high-gloss lacquers, lacquered glass, high-quality laminates and handleless doors. One high-end supplier, Zeyko, is known for a particular door finish called Metal-X. To achieve this look the mineral/metal is finely ground and processed so it can be applied as a paste on the front of the door; similar to painting but thicker so it actually becomes a beautiful and durable layer of metal, available in four colours – copper, gold, platinum and aluminum.
Text by Betty Barkman, As Seen In Canadian Home Trends Fall 2014