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Design Manitoba features furniture with flair

With more than four decades of experience, Design Manitoba offers the best in quality contemporary and transitional furniture from across the country and around the globe.

Celebrating 42 years in business is no small feat, and Design Manitoba continues to evolve alongside ever-changing trends.

In 1977, John Tinkler launched the bustling business to introduce contemporary furniture to the Winnipeg marketplace.

"There was really nothing like us at the time, so it was very well received," said Tinkler, who co-owns the business with John Phelps.

"Over the years, we've had a couple different locations. We started off very small, and we've grown continually since then."

Today, Design Manitoba operates out of a sprawling space conveniently situated at the corner of Wardlaw Avenue and Donald Street. A couple blocks away at Scott Street and Gertrude Avenue, a second location serves as an outlet that opens periodically for much-anticipated warehouse sales.

"As the styles change, we're very quick to bring in whatever's the latest," Tinkler said. "We always have something unique for people to come in and see."

With a flair for furniture fashions, Design Manitoba offers eye-catching pieces that could be incorporated into any home.

"It's very simple with clean lines and a bit of mid-century modern influence to it," Tinkler said.

"We have furniture for every room, and we also sell art, rugs and lighting. We have everything you need to complete your home."

As an added advantage, qualified interior designers are on staff at Design Manitoba to offer professional advice.

"They have lots of years of experience and they're really good at what they do," Tinkler said.

"We also do in-home design so we can come to your home and advise you. That's ideal because then we know the scale of the space. We can see your taste and exactly what we're working with."

Not only can customers benefit from expert insights at Design Manitoba, they can also count on the quality of the products.

"We keep up with the current colours and whatever's trending, but some things stay the same. We've been selling good quality upholstery since Day 1, and that remains consistent," Tinkler said.

"The tables are solid wood. The upholstery is pocket coil springs. We've always taken great pride in the quality."

Adding an element of ease to the entire experience, Design Manitoba also employs its own delivery team.

"If you buy something from us, we'll deliver it to your home. Then we'll unpack it, assemble it and even put felt pads under the legs if you want," Tinkler said.

"We'll also take away the boxes. And if you want us to remove your old sofa, we'll take that away for you too."

Although a misconception might be that the store is expensive, Design Manitoba aims to maintain competitive prices.

"We're competing with everybody online and other bricks-and-mortar stores, so our prices are very good. At the same time, we're still able to keep the quality high. We're also known for being customizable, so if you want a sofa in a different fabric or style, we can help," Tinkler said.

"We have dining room tables that allow you to pick your colour, stain and legs, and whether you want leaves or not. It's completely customizable, unlike other stores that only offer what they've got on hand."

Although the showroom displays continually change at Design Manitoba, these days customers can expect to be dazzled by rich colours and luxurious fabrics when they walk through the doors.

"What's popular now is all the jewel-toned velvets. Blue, emerald, green and pink are all coming on strong," Tinkler said.

"Velvets are wonderful. They're so sumptuous and they add a richness to a room. They've been very well received."

If you have a different idea in mind than what's available in the main store or warehouse, Design Manitoba can help source items to transform your dream design into a reality.

"I've been doing this for a long time, so if you show me what you're looking for, I can easily find it. We have over 100 different suppliers, so the odds are that we can help," Tinkler said.

"We go to all the trade shows and travel the world to see what's out there. About 80 to 90 per cent of our products are Canadian, and we also bring in a few trending items from Europe."

And as Design Manitoba celebrates its 42nd anniversary, the mainstay business has clearly made its mark.

"I just love design," Tinkler said. "It's always interesting to me."

Design Manitoba's main store is open seven days a week at 101-326 Wardlaw Ave. and the warehouse is open for scheduled sales at 3-201 Scott St.

For more information, call 204-453-2390 or visit www.designmanitoba.com, where you can sign up for notifications and preview invitations for the warehouse sales.

Fact No. 1:
SELECTION . . .

Hundreds of sofas and sectionals in stock for immediate delivery & more choices if you prefer to customize

Fact No. 2:
EXPERIENCE . . .

Professional designers available to help to make your house a home.

Fact No. 3:
QUALITY. . .

From solid wood tables to pocket coil cushions only the highest quality is good enough.

Fact No. 4:
SERVICE. . .

We have a full service team to assist you. From selecting the perfect piece to delivering it & placing it in your home -

We look after it all.

Check out our online shopping section, all items there are available for online purchase and delivery in canada and the united states. more items will be added throughout the site as they become available.

Join our VIP LIST

To receive:
• Discounts
• Advance Notice of Sales
• Private Shopping and Designer Events
• Preview of New Collections

Fact No. 1:
SELECTION . . .

Hundreds of sofas and sectionals in stock for immediate delivery & more choices if you prefer to customize

Fact No. 2:
EXPERIENCE . . .

Professional designers available to help to make your house a home.

Fact No. 3:
QUALITY. . .

From solid wood tables to pocket coil cushions only the highest quality is good enough.

Fact No. 4:
SERVICE. . .

We have a full service team to assist you. From selecting the perfect piece to delivering it & placing it in your home -

We look after it all.

Check out our online shopping section, all items there are available for online purchase and delivery in canada and the united states. more items will be added throughout the site as they become available.

Join our VIP LIST

To receive:
• Discounts
• Advance Notice of Sales
• Private Shopping and Designer Events
• Preview of New Collections

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