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DECEMBER 8 – JANUARY 31
2015-16 EMERGING DESIgNER COMPETITION EXHBITION 
WINNER: ALEXANDER JOSEPHSON OF PARTISANS

 


 

The exhibition for the Emerging Designer Competition celebrates the future of Canadian design. Following a nationwide call, more than hundreds of designers in such disciplines as fashion, product design, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and graphic design submitted outstanding work to an esteemed jury of national and international design leaders. 

This year, hometown Toronto hero and internationally acclaimed Alexander Josephson was awarded the top prize for his innovative and influential approach to his field. Josephson is the co-founder of architecture collective PARTISANS, whose projects have made headlines in and graced the pages of the most authoritative design and architecture publications including Wallpaper*, Dezeen, Domus, ArchDaily, Designboom and Azure. His firm, which erected a literal cabinet of curiosities to display prototypes, sketches, and models of projects for 2015’s Dinner by Design at DX, has worked on iconic projects such as the Union Station revitalization, Bar Raval, the Grotto Sauna, and other notable work in Toronto, across Canada, and abroad. 

From December 8 to Janaury 31, DX exhibits selected works by the winner, and large-scale images of projects by the Cosentino People's Choice Winner and the winners in each category, that together represent the best in emerging Canadian talent.
 

EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION 2015-16 WINNERALEXANDER JOSEPHSON OF PARTISANS

COSENTINO PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: ERIC CHAN

CATEGORY WINNERS

FASHION DESIGN: YENTING CHEN

GRAPHIC DESIGNMARGHERITA PORRA

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNJESSICA NAKANISHI
 

LOCATION:
234 Bay Street, Toronto

HOURS:
Tues-Fri: 9AM–5PM
Sat & Sun: 12-4:30PM 

ADMISSION:
Free

 

NOW ON VIEW
DXUNCRATED: ICONS IN WOOD


 

What do Jacques Guillion’s Cord Chair, Clairtone’s G2 Stereo, and Jan Kuypers’ Helsinki Desk have in common? They are all objects designed in Canada and made using manufacturing processes learned from the wartime aircraft industry. Opening September 17, DX Uncrated: Icons In Wood, highlights the post-WWII shift in Canadian furniture production from artisan-style shops employing cabinetmakers to furniture cut, formed, and assembled on production lines by factory workers.

Until the mid-twentieth century, the industry was characterized by the ownership of small plants by local families, often for generations. Many of these artisan-style shops employed cabinetmakers in the guild tradition, with a single worker cutting, planing, and finishing the lumber for each object by hand.  During WWII, a number of Canadian furniture makers, such as Electrohome of Kitchener, Ontario, lent their skills to the aircraft industry through the fabrication of components for warplanes.

Following WWII, fast-growing families created a huge demand for new furniture. Meeting the need at prices consumers could afford required ingenuity, and a radical shift began. Several aircraft manufacturers, including Canadian Wooden Aircraft and Aero Marine Industries, switched to furniture production, recognizing that plywood processes could be perfect for this modern consumer. Furniture was now cut, formed, and assembled on production lines by factory workers, rather than handcrafted by cabinetmakers. Production managers, marketing staff and industrial designers became key forces driving the industry and Canada’s adventurous talents used moulded plywood to unite modernist concerns with efficient production and original design. 

Curated by Sara Nickleson, Curator and Director of Collections

Design Exchange Permanent Collection celebrates Canada's rich industrial design history from 1945 to the present, and will be expanding this fall to welcome new accessions. Spanning more than five decades, the collection includes more than 600 industrial design objects and archival materials including furniture, housewares, textiles, electronics, and lighting.

LOCATION:
234 Bay Street, Toronto

HOURS:
Tues-Fri: 9AM–5PM
Sat & Sun: 12-4:30PM 

ADMISSION:
Free