[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]ocated in Toronto’s up-and-coming Riverside district, three year-old co-working space East Room is in the process of expanding.
Operating out of an 1920s industrial warehouse and former jam factory, East Room currently has three floors of office and communal work space built above 507 Antiques in the basement. Local entrepreneurs Derreck and Sam Martin set up the private members’ club a few years ago above their father’s store, and furnished it with many of his mid-century pieces.
However, the 930 sqm basement is now being built out as part of an expansion of East Room, where there will be co-working space and a retail outlet for 507 Antiques. The store will also sell online and many of the items throughout the club will be for sale, meaning it doubles as a showroom. At the moment there is a convivial ground-floor lounge and coffee shop selling zucchini chocolate cake, cappuccinos and ginger root tea. Wifi is throughout the premises.Decorated with vintage film posters, antique leather Chesterfields and vases of magnolia, there is enough floor space for 250-person events.
Photography by Michael Graydon