Movie producers know that Montreal’s Amherst Street is the go-to source for deco and modernist furniture. Most stores rent as well as sell their vintage pieces, classics with clean, geometric shapes and sharp lines. Amherst street has a few semi-secret sources, which we will share!
The renowned leader of the pack is Jack’s, which carries originals from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. In particular, their Danish stuff is fabulous. I even found a Hans Wegner awhile back! Cité Déco offers 20th century furniture from deco to modern. Antiquités A @ Z had great lamps in the window the day I passed by, and although is a bit of an ‘Open Sesame’ treasure trove of piled up pieces – old phones, even older commercial signs, and a stash of very old TV Guides – it is worth your while to peruse and peek. Antiquités Curiosités had divine deco wall scones amongst other ‘finds’ and also has Scandinavian vintage from the 60’s and 70’s. Montreal Moderne had terrific teak tables. Best bet? Walk the street a bit. (Addresses are below. Best to call to check as many are closed Mondays.) Everything you see is absolutely fantastic and most pieces are originals. Rent a van!
Cité Déco, 1761 Amherst, 514-528-0659, www.citedecomeubles.com
Antiquités Curiosités, 1769 Amherst, 514-525-8772
Antiquités A@Z, 1840 Amherst, 514-598-0144
Montreal Moderne, 1851 Amherst, 514-293-7903, email@example.com
Jack’s, 1860 Amherst, 514-596-0060, www.jacks70.com
ELLA GRILL offers fine Mediterranean cuisine which won’t break your bank after all those deco finds! A favourite place with Montrealers who love simple market-fresh dining in a not-too-noisy setting.
1237 Amherst, 514-523-5553, Dinner only www.ella-grill.com