Now, I know all you shelteristas may hate me for saying this, but I frankly found the store to be a letdown. After all the hype, all the hoopla, the glitterati-soaked launch party (held over a year ago), the allure of the beautiful Georgian exterior, I just expected something a little more...
Relevant? Impressive? Interesting? Unique?
I even gave the place and its team a good year to get settled. To work out the kinks.
Alas, I waited too long, or not long enough. Or maybe waiting has nothing to do with it. Having visited the store a few times now, my feeling is that Teatro Verde is just another expensive shop filled with overpriced furniture and banal bits and bobs. Is it beautiful? Yes. Is it special? Nah.
Consider the following:
Pair of green Foo dogs: $ 169.95
I'm all for quality products as opposed to cheaply made knock-offs, but come on. We've all got to draw a line.
As for the Foo dogs, while I like the acidic green, I feel like the whole idea of these Asian twists, purchased at high prices from North American importers, as opposed to from authentic first-hand sellers, is a little strange. My advice? Save your pennies, go on a trip to Asian and pick up a pair of Foo dogs as a souvenir for a fraction of the price. Spend your money on an experience, not just the LOOK of an experience.
Yes, Teatro Verde does have a few pieces I admire. Their Union Jack sofa was striking, though again, at $5995.00, I think I'd rather forgo brit pop thing in favour of a robust bank account.
Then again, if you've got money to burn and enjoy curated excess (even if it is a bit bland) Teatro Verde ma y be for you. It's just not for me.
100 Yorkville Ave
Toronto, ON M5R2C3
* Photos from the Teatro Verde website.