East Room was founded in 2014 with the vision to develop an environment that enhances the personal and professional well-being of our members and extended community through intentional design, authentic programming, diverse community, and exceptional hospitality.
The Martin Family have been in the design and real estate business for decades.
Scott Martin (b. 1930-2008) began his professional life as an actuary, later shifting into real estate. Initially buying and converting residential properties around Toronto, he pooled his resources to purchase two commercial buildings, 50 Carroll St. and 507 King St. East, both of which are now East Room locations.
He was a loyal custodian to both properties, reshaping them from derelict industrial buildings into creative live - work communities. Film screenings, art installations, and after-hour concerts were commonplace and supported enthusiastically by Scott as he sought to foster a community that valued expression and experimentation.
Front row: Dave Anderson, David Bennell, Jim Anderson, so on, in the Funnel theatre.
Funnel Film Collective | January 10, 1979 | Photo by John Porter
Interior Designer. Opened manufacturing business in 1975; The Drapery Workshop.
Liz Young | 1993
InEdie Steiner and Stephen Niblock.
Funnel Film Collective | 1979 | Photo by Edie Steiner.
Cabinet Maker. Fascinated in the art of marquetry. Foremost restorer of fine furniture.
Victor Bortolussi| 1993
Printing and drying 2nd edition of Funnel t-shirts.
Funnel Film Collective| April 26, 1981 | Photo by Ross McLaren.
Artist. Motorcycle photographer.
Douglas MacRae| January 16, 2022
Artist of Three Dimensional Farmstead.
Julia McNeely | 1993
Scott and Beth B in the Funnel theatre.
Funnel Film Collective | October 17, 1979 | Photo by John Porter.
Scott's son, Kent Martin (b. 1960-2014), was the founder of 507 Antiques, one of the largest antiques importing businesses in North America, with stores in Toronto, New York, and Palm Beach. His business operated as a hub for the industry, catering to retailers, designers, and the general public alike-filling the homes of collectors around the world with one-of-a-kind pieces.
Derreck Martin, our co-founder and president, was born into this world of real estate and design with an instilled appreciation for the community driven approach to business and entrepreneurial spirit his grandfather and father embodied. East Room was created as a union of the two men’s lifelong pursuits, and continues to uphold their values to this day.
Through our deep focus on well intentioned design, diversity in our community, thoughtful programming and exceptional hospitality; we ensure your experience in our work environments are unique and unrivalled. We are dedicated to fulfilling this promise for every one of our members, whether they are an independent freelancer or an established company.
Put customers first
Be famous for friendly service. Care for people so that they can be their best. Focus on the customer and all else will follow.
Make a difference in our communities
Our locations are not insular, they are diverse connecting points for the broader community as well as our members. We strive to be a social, economic and cultural beacon in the neighbourhoods we inhabit.
We are one team
Our members and staff make the difference. By sharing our skills, knowledge and experience we become one team. Diversity makes us strong.
Strive for continuous improvement
Our work is never done. We work collectively to continuously improve our operations and productivity through a gradual, methodical and resourceful process.