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Designed to win
oct 7, 6:30PM

 

 

How does a multi-million dollar campaign become a single symbol on a button? What informs the decision to wear a beige suit or knee-length dress to a formal dinner? This panel looks at the evolution and revitalization of campaign design – everything from the stage set and logo to the power suit and shoes – and how the current political climate informs the presentation of candidates and how these choices are stimulated with intellectual veracity and professional strength. On hand to talk about their first-hand experience are communications strategist Anne O'Hagan, political consultant Jean-Michel Picher and Bruce Mau Design's Hunter Tura.

About the speakers:

ANNE O'HAGAN

Anne O’Hagan is an accomplished communications strategist, advisor and content creator with experience and expertise that cuts across disciplines. Before establishing her consultancy, Anne held successive executive positions in the entertainment industry. She began her career as a reporter at Global Television News. O'Hagan was raised in Ottawa and Washington, D.C. with politics in her blood. She has served on political staff both federal and provincially and campaigned for candidates on both sides of the 39th parallel, including John Turner, George Smitherman, Krystia Freeland and Vice President Walter Mondale. Contributing to magazines for close to 20 years, O'Hagan has written about style and design, personalities and social trends. 
 

JEAN-MICHEL PICHER

Toronto native, Jean-Michel Picher is a veteran of dozens of political campaigns in the United States and Canada. Most notably, he held key roles on the National Advance Staffs for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John Kerry. In Canada he has served in the Prime Minister’s Office and acted as an advisor to the Liberal Party of Canada, the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Ontario Liberal Party and Ken Dryden’s Leadership campaign. Though trained as a lawyer, he has spent the bulk of his career involved in the design, production and execution of political media events. From press conferences, to retail visits, to town halls, speeches, rallies and international White House and PMO visits, he has seen how political systems, message desires and daily realities interact and inform how campaigns present themselves to the media and voters.  
 

HUNTER TURA

Hunter Tura is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Mau Design where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm, global recruiting and business development. His passion is for building truly great teams, helping develop strategies and driving growth for clients and brands. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has worked with business, cultural and design leaders from organizations such as Holt Renfrew, Estée Lauder Companies, Harvard University, Lincoln Center and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts on a range of brand initiatives. Prior to joining BMD, Tura was Managing Director at 2x4, Inc., responsible for leading operational and strategic business efforts in the U.S. and China, and previously was a designer at Rockwell Group in New York and has worked in the office of AMO/Rem Koolhaas. Tura is currently a member of the Board at the Van Alen Institute, a Trustee of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance in Manhattan, and a member of the Editorial Board for TASSMEEM, published by VCUQatar & the Qatar Foundation.

 

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DXCOMMUNITY
Design and national identity
SEPT 30, 7-8:30PM

 

 

A0 (ALSO Collective + Mason Studio) invites you to The Perimeter Series – a series of panel discussions on issues related to contemporary design practices, academia, and industry.

This third and final panel of our 2014 Perimeter Series tackles a topic close to home – or distant depending on your vantage point. Design and National Identity investigates the interplay between design, geography, politics, economics, history, and how they shape – and are shaped by – national identity.

This event is hosted by Design Exchange, and moderated by Shauna Levy. The panelists are:

+ Michael Prokopow, OCAD University
+ Vanessa Eckstein, Blok Design
+ Todd Falkowsky, Canadian Design Resource
+ Catherine Osborne, Azure Magazine

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.

DXTALKS
Designing Public Image
SEPT 29, 6:30PM

 

 

This panel discussion explores the top-level coifs, lashes and ‘staches that make headlines and heads turn, featuring Toronto’s top styling masters including hair stylist Tony Masciangelo of The Alcorn, esteemed portrait photographer Christopher Wahl and Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics guest curator, Jeanne Beker. We look at how the most powerful and influential heads of state present themselves and express who they are and what they stand for through hairstyles. Plus, the panel talks about how the changing tides in political power and economic shifts have informed consumer attitudes and choices over the decades. 

Moderated by Tiyana Grulovic, fashion director at FLARE. Presented by Trade Secrets and Rusk.

About the speakers: 

TONY MASCIANGELO

The illustrious and accomplished career of Toronto's hair and makeup artist Tony Masciangelo has spanned teo decades. He began his training in Toronto and continued to Los Angeles, New York and London. He went on to cement a 10-year career with a major salon and cosmetic company that sent him travelling across North America and Europe. He is a regular contributor to magazines such as FLARE, Fashion, Elle Canada, Glamour and Vanity Fair, Masciangelo has worked with some of North America's leading photogrpahers. He was worked on shoots for Holt Renfrew, Birks and L'Oreal and his celebrity clients include Kim Cattrall, Hillary Duff, Adam Lambert, Taylor Swift and Coco Rocha. 
 

JEANNE BEKER

For over 25 years Jeanne Beker – one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry – hosted the internationally distributed television series, Fashion Television. In 2012, Beker was honoured with the prestigious Canadian Award of Distinction at the Banff World Media Festival, and also received a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts & Communications category. In 2013, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television presented her with an Academy Achievement Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Canadian Television Industry and Beker was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fashion industry and for her promotion of Canadian designers. Last year, the Canadian Arts & FashionAwards awarded Jeanne with the CAFA Fashion Vanguard Award for her impressive anddedicated career achievements within the Canadian fashion industry.  
 

CHRISTOPHER WAHL

Christopher Wahl is a working photographer living in Toronto, Canada. He has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine to name a few. He is considered the top portrait photographer in Canada. His work is part of the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

 

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Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics OPENING RECEPTION
SEPT 17, 7-10PM
 


Design Exchange invites you to be among the first to experience the unveiling of Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics.

Guest curated by international fashion icon Jeanne Beker and DX curator Sara Nickleson, this exhibition explores how fashion is a mirror of society by highlighting how clothing has been used as a tool for communicating identity and political expression.

Get an exclusive look at the visionary works from the archives of Hussein Chalayan, Jeremy Scott, Moschino, PETA, RAD HOURANI, Christopher Raeburn and Jean Charles de Castelbajac that will be on view alongside items loaned by collectors of unique clothing by Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Mary Quant and Rudi Gernreich. 

Get into the groove with Bellosound and be mesmerized by the arresting imagery by acclaimed photographer Nick Knight, while you eat, drink and celebrate with Design Exchange on September 17, 7-10 p.m. 

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DXPARTY 
TABLE TALK
JUL 16, 6-9PM 


 

Join us on July 16 for a rapid-fire presentation on the fusion of food and design featuring some of Toronto's most celebrated chefs, designers and restaurateurs. Hear about unique menus, bespoke restaurant interiors and experiences and inspirations from the kitchen and beyond.

This hot ticket includes admission to the party, where you can indulge in gourmet delights by Oliver & Bonacini, seductive refreshments and sweet beats.

Finally, experience how food and design are interrelated by visiting TAPAS: Spanish Design For Food in the Exhibition Hall. A rich overview of Spain’s innovative design solutions and contributions to the world of food – currently and historically – through product, art, photography and video are on display. Discover traditional objects and their contemporary reinterpretations by such top-notch designers as Patricia Urquiola, Hector Sérrano and Estudio Mariscal

THE SPEAKERS

Jen Agg, owner of The Black Hoof, Rhum Corner and Cocktail Bar

Tyler Shedden, chef de cuisine at Café Boulud

Rob Bragagnolo, executive chef at Marben

Hamid Samad, partner at Commute Design

Chad Roberts, founder of Chad Roberts Design

Cherie Stinson, senior designer at Yabu Pushelberg

Anwar Mekhayech, partner at DesignAgency

Amy Rosen, food and travel writer

+ MORE

Moderated by Karon Liu, food writer at The Grid

Admission: $12.50 for DX members, $25 for non-members, $18.75 for student/seniors

DXCOMMUNITY 
GAINING INSIGHT FROM REAL USERS: A MULTI-DEVICE USER TESTING PRIMER 
JUN 24 3-7PM


 

User Experience is about more than Post-its and OmniGraffle. Like any design discipline, user experience is built on a series of core and processes. Integral to these is usability testing: there are few experiences as humbling as seeing users try your design for the first time. 

College and university students studying design as well as members of the digital design community are invited to join Usability Matters UX designers Adie Margineanu, Dale McRae and Linn Vizard and learn how to critically analyze a website and conduct a usability test, while avoiding common web design mistakes. Try your hand at administering a usability test and present your findings to an audience of industry professionals over snacks and drinks! 

Admission: $15 for DX members, $20 for non-members

DXEDUCATION 
CONNECT: ENABLING CHANGE DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION 
MAY 30 6-8PM 


 

On Friday, May 30, please join us for the opening reception of CONNECT: EnAbling Change 2013-14, an exhibition featuring exciting and innovative projects by post-secondary students in environmental, industrial and interactive design. Ing Wong-Ward, a producer for CBC Radio, delivers the keynote.  

The exhibition features winning work from Humber College, Carleton University, Fanshawe College, Algonquin College, George Brown College, University of Guelph and York University/Sheridan College.


Please RSVP to connect@dx.org.

The CONNECT: EnAbling Change awards ceremony and reception supporters and partners: 

DXCOMMUNITY 
THE JUNCTION SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
JUN 21, NOON-MIDNIGHT


 

On Saturday, June 21, join Design Exchange's imaginative and energetic educators from 12-5 p.m. and create colourful and whimsical sun-catchers to celebrate the solstice.

In the evening, we're partnering with TAS - Shaping Beautiful Cities to ask: What is your favourite thing? Tell us about your most adored accessory, gadget or piece of furniture and join the conversation on local and international design.

The Junction Summer Solstice is anchored by the intersection of Dundas Street West and Keele Street, the Junction neighbourhood follows Dundas Street West.

DXTOURS
THis is not a TOY CURATORS' TOURS
MAR 24, APR 28, May 12 6:30PM


Join us on March 24, April 28 and May 12 for a guided walk through This Is Not A Toy with curators John Wee Tom and Sara Nickleson. Learn about the exhibition’s inspiration, the major contributions made by guest curator Pharrell Williams, and the criteria that guided the curators’ selection of highly collectible toys and the artists behind them

Admission: $25+HST at the door

Curators’ Tour groups meet outside the elevator of the Exhibition Hall (Floor 3). 

Photo: Curators John Wee Tom (left) and Sara Nickleson (right). Photo by Arash Moallemi.

DXPARTY 
THIS IS NOT A WORK PARTY
CLOSING PARTY
MAY 14
6-9PM $18


 

Join us on May 14 for the last edition This Is Not A Work Party – the closing party for This Is Not A Toy. Unwind with a signature TAG Vodka cocktail and delectable treats! Get an exclusive look at This Is Not A Toy, curated by John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickleson, with Guest Curator Pharrell Williams. DJs Diana McNally and Pammm drop the beats while you pose for selfies with artist Corey Moranis' wild and wonderful edible cake artworks. Plus, artist Nathan Jurevicius, a toy designer whose work is part of This Is Not A Toy, leads an in-depth tour of the exhibition at 7PM. Don't miss this big ticket!

Plus, it's two parties for the price of one! Continue the celebration at the after party, hosted by INK Entertainment. 

 

Corey Moranis

Corey Moranis is a Toronto artist and baker who creates otherworldly magical cakes and has a serious interest in fashion. At OCAD University, she studies material art and design and is currently fascinated by knitting. She is colour obsessed and loves sparkles. More about Corey at givemesomemoranis.tumblr.com/ and cakefashionz.tumblr.com/

 

DJs Diana McNally and Pammm

Since 2011, DJs Diana McNally and Pammm have performed together as Dirty Talk, playing Italo Disco and European synth-pop inspired by arcade games, sci-fi and glitter. A mainstay in the Toronto indie dance scene, Pammm has launched and hosted numerous underground dance parties, including Lipstick, Cherry at the Drake Hotel, and she's performed with such artists as Junior Boys, Bit Funk and Chromeo. In addition to launching the cult dance night Midnight Static with DJ Gabe Knox, Diana McNally has performed at dives and discos in Montreal and Toronto, alongside Italo Disco mavens David Shaw and Chromatics.

Photo by: Ivy Lovell

 

Nathan Jurevicius

Nathan Jurevicius, an Australian artist working in Canada, has a diverse range of work that has been featured in numerous publications, advertising campaigns and galleries around the world. His most acclaimed project to date is the Scarygirl universe, a vision that is filled with psychedelic colours, dream-like compositions and heartfelt stories that recall fables and folklore from our shared cultural memory. Since its creation in 2001, Scarygirl has developed an underground following of fans across the globe through its limited edition toys, award winning graphic novels, console games and traveling art shows.

Scarygirl is in development for an animated feature film with Passion Pictures.

Photo by: Scott Ramsey

 

Mango Peeler

Mango Peeler is a tropical Filipino-Canadian Artist Athlete living in Toronto. Often described as a prolific artist, he works in a diverse range of media including collage, screenprinting, installation, fashion, food, projection, ready-mades, workshops, the internet, plant healing and performative athletics.

Repetition and endorphins fuel his artistic process that involves the collecting, sorting and patterning of found ephemera from daily training runs. Mango Peeler is interested in bringing people together through colour, energy and activating a sense of play.

DXTALKS
DAAN ROOSEGAARDE 
MAY 8 6:30PM


Using smart materials and microchips, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde builds interactive landscapes that explore the relationships between space, people and technology. "It's not about high-tech, but more about high-social," he has said. Working with a team of designers and technical experts at his social design lab, Studio Roosegaarde, he specializes in public space commissions, creating installations that respond to sound and movement.

His work has been exhibited in cities across the globe including London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and such projects as Intimacy, Lotus and Dune, have set the bar for technological innovation. Roosegaarde is currently working with Dutch construction company Heijmans to develop the Smart Highway, a sustainable road system that uses dynamic paint, glow-in-the-dark lines and wind light to adapt to various traffic conditions. In Eindhoven, he recently completed the permanent installation of Crystals, a project where hundreds of LED rocks can be arranged in infinite configurations by passersby.   

Photo: Daan Roosegaarde with Crystals during Dutch Design Week 2013.

DXPARTY 
THIS IS NOT A WORK PARTY
APR 23
6-9PM $18


 

Join us on  Apr 23, and May 14 for This Is Not A Work Party and unwind with a signature TAG Vodka cocktail and delectable treats! Get an exclusive look at This Is Not A Toy curated by John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickleson, with Guest Curator Pharrell Williams.

Plus, it's two parties for one price! Continue the celebration at the after party, hosted by INK Entertainment. 

 

APRIL 23

 

Enjoy the beats and brilliance while you sip on a TAG Royale, our refreshing signature cocktail, and indulge in treats from Nadège Patisserie. The local patisserie sweetens the deal with P'tit Choux, a cousin to the eclair, that are delicious bite-sized confections filled with custard. Flavours include chocolate, vanilla, coffee, strawberry, cassis and lemon.

Artist Alison S. M. Kobayashi presents a playful digital art projection, while Maylee Todd and Dan Werb of Ark Analog provide the beats. Plus, pop-up shop Magic Pony unveils a limited edition collaboration with LOVEBOT and art toy collector Jonathan Elias of Toronto's Lost and Found shop, provides an in-depth tour of the sculptures and tokens on display.

Plus, it's two parties for the price of one! Admission to This Is Not A Work Party includes entrance to the after party hosted by INK Entertainment.

Purchase tickets here. 


 

Alison S. M. Kobayashi

Working in Toronto and Brooklyn, artist Alison S. M. Kobayashi works in video, performance, installation and drawing. Her interest in found narratives resulted in two video works entitled From Alex To Alex and Dan Carter. Finding a lost letter in the former, and a discarded answering machine tape in the latter, Kobayashi imagines identities for each person mentioned in the narrative and performs the roles herself. In 2006 she won the TSV Artistic Vision Award for Best Local Short Film at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival and in 2007 she was awarded the Mississauga Arts Award for Best Emerging Artist. Her films have been shown in Canada, the United States., Spain, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. She is currently the Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn.

 

Ark Analog

With Ark Analog, Dan Werb and Maylee Todd have focused their energies on creating a sound that channels the spirit of dark, disaffected disco married to the math-like synth and drum arrangements pioneered by Kraftwerk. In the songs of January 2014's Dirty Power EP, these two traditions blend effortlessly, with Maylee’s aching vocals layered delicately over a throwback electro beat. The veteran touch of Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, who mixed the EP, can also be heard in the depth of sound and hints of subtle minimalism that runs throughout the tracks.

Photo by: May Truong

 

Lovebot

In celebration of the Toronto-wide Lovebot project to spread love and kindness initiated by Matthew Del Degan in 2012, pop-up shop Magic Pony presents the first ever Lovebot Designer Toy - a special collaboration between Lovebot, Magic Pony and Design Exchange. To commemorate the This Is Not A Toy exhibition, each Lovebot is adorned with the vibrant exhibition colours. This Lovebot release is limited to 30 individual 5" figures, each accompanied in handmade boxes with signed and numbered certificates. Come share the love! 

 

Jonathan Elias

A graduate of the Rotman School of Business, Jonathan Elias is the owner of two clothing stores – lost & found and Working Title – and has been an avid art toy collector for 13 years. He discovered his love for art early when his mother would leave him stranded at the Art Gallery of Ontario in his stroller to look at the paintings.

DXFAMILIES
THIS IS NOT A TOY FAMILY SUNDAY
apr 13 12-4PM


Held once a month during the exhibition run of This Is Not A Toy, Family Sunday invites parents and children to explore and engage with the wildly playful exhibit. Purchase a Kidrobot MUNNY from pop-up shop Magic Pony and create bespoke characters, fashion face masks and personal accessories inspired by the designer toys on display, and get in line for a face painting. Plus, make it a memorable experience with our exhibition-themed photobooth! Families may also participate in self-guided exhibition activities.  

On April 13, Sarah Febbraro and Elizabeth Underhill will face paint snazzy patterns created just for This Is Not A Toy Family Sunday.

Family Sunday is free with general museum admission or you can purchase a Family Pass for $37+HST at the door. Or purchase one online, here. Valid for two adults and up to four children under 12.

Organized by Design Exchange educators, DX Family Sundays offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children on Feb 9, Mar 2 and Apr 13.  

Image: DGPH 2/20 – Dunny Series, 2013; © Kidrobot, Inc. All rights reserved. “Dunny” and “Munny” are registered copyright and trademarks owned by Kidrobot.

 

DXTALKS
COOL & collected
Apr 1 6:30PM 


Moderated by FLARE Editor-in-Chief, Cameron Williamson,10 panelists deliver rapid-fire presentations on the art of collecting everything from rare Americana finds and oddball furnishings to tiny curiosities and contemporary art.

THE SPEAKERS

Joyce Lo, co-director of Drake General Store

Barry Campbell, Public Affairs Consultant

Kristin Weckworth, co-creator of Magic Pony and Narwhal Projects

Micah Lexier, Artist

Chris Tsang, owner of Mindzai

Cody Cochrane, owner of The Chief Salvage Co.

John Wee Tom, co-curator of This Is Not A Toy

Daniel Faria, owner of Daniel Faria Gallery

Jake Gold, The Management Trust

Morgan Mavis, The Contemporary Zoological Conservatory

Admission: Pay What You Can. RSVP here. Plus, see This Is Not A Toy for $10.

DXPARTY 
THIS IS NOT A WORK PARTY
MAR 26
6-9PM $18


Join us on Mar 26, Apr 23, and May 14 for This Is Not A Work Party and unwind with a signature TAG Vodka cocktail and delectable treats! Get an exclusive look at This Is Not A Toy curated by John Wee Tom and DX Associate Curator Sara Nickleson, with Guest Curator Pharrell Williams.

Plus, it's two parties for one price! Continue the celebration at the after party, hosted by INK Entertainment. 

 

MARCH 26

 

Join us as artist Krystle Tabujara sets up Refined Portraiture and sketches portraits of party attendees. While DJ Petra Glynt and DJ GlitClit (Lido Pimienta) provide the beats, Steve Cober and Kristin Weckworth – the creative forces behind Magic Pony – provide an in-depth tour of the sculptures and tokens on display.

Plus, it's two parties for the price of one! Admission to This Is Not A Work Party includes entrance to the after party on March 28 at Product Nightclub, hosted by INK Entertainment.

 

Kystle Tabujara

Krystle Tabujara

Artist Krystle Tabujara's Refined Portraiture is an ongoing project that started in 2012. The fragility of Tabujara's slender, quavering lines is balanced by the frank inclusion of the model's uncomfortable attributes. A cartography of physiognomy, Refined Portraiture maps the peaks and valleys of subjects' visages with simplicity by reducing and distilling their personalities. A solo show of portraits debuted in Onagawa, Japan in 2013.

 DJ GlitClit (Lido Pimienta)

DJ GlitClit (Lido Pimienta)

Known as “Colombian darling” and “SoundSister,” Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth from electronic heavy beats to out-of-this-world artful chanting. Since moving to Canada from Barranquilla, Colombia, she’s stormed stages, rocked conscious parties, and brought smiles to stony-faced crowds with enough energy to light a city block. With her collaborators, Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher and Blake Macfarlane, she bumps up Afro-Colombian rhythms with brass, experimental noise, walls of sound and her beautiful vocals to create a hyper-coloured hybrid sound that can’t be boxed into lazy genre tags. 

Photo by: Blake MacFarlane

Petra Glynt

Petra Glynt

Petra Glynt is the solo music project of Alexandra Mackenzie (whose other bands include Pachamama, Dentata and Romo Roto). The music gathers together aspects of her background as a drummer and trained vocalist to employ heavy percussion, vocal looping and a sample-based sound collage composed with a range of instruments from synths and kazoos to bells and gongs. In the likeness of her art practice, Mackenzie finds freedom and comfort in the infinite combinations made from synesthetic representations of colour, form, and rhythm fused with lyrics that speak to the cost of society's dependence on a consumer and capital-driven system on the planet and its people. She released her first EP, Of this Land, in June 2013 with Healing Power Records, and will be releasing a full-length album in late-Summer 2014.

 

Magic Pony

Magic Pony, established in 2002 by Steve Cober and Kristin Weckworth, is a centre for creative living in Toronto, Canada. As cultural creators the duo combines their collective backgrounds in art, design, communications, fashion, publishing, curating and exhibition-making to produce inspiring art and design projects. Operating as a united shop, gallery and studio, Magic Pony strives to put artistry and creativity into people's lives through meaningful collaborations, products, workshops and exhibitions. Opening its first brick and mortar establishment in 2003, Magic Pony was initially celebrated as the premiere Canadian retailer to offer limited edition art toys. For over a decade it has continued to pioneer cultural movements through a broad range of programming that presents creativity from all artistic spheres.

JANUARY 23 – 26, 2014
DXONTHEROAD
MY FAVOURITE THING


At this week’s Interior Design Show, Design Exchange and the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario ask: What is your favourite thing? Step into our video booth – designed by the young and talented National Design Collective – and tell us about your most adored accessory, gadget or furnishing. Whether it’s a vintage lamp, an appliance that makes carbonated drinks or a mobile phone, share your story and join the conversation on local and international design in Toronto.
 
My Favourite Thing is supported by ACIDO and the City of Toronto. Booth design by National Design Collective. Identity by Coolaide Design Field Office. Videographer: Reynard Li.

Special thanks to furniture showroom Klaus for providing Last Minute stools by Viccarbe.

JANUARY 25, 2014 1 - 4PM
DROP-IN FAMILY WORKSHOP at the community junction

 

Join instructors from Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, to build a collaborative scale model of our dream Toronto neighbourhood. From parks and gardens to bike paths and farmer’s markets — what will you build? Drop in to The Community Junction any time between 1-4PM on Saturday, January 25 to participate. Open to all ages!

Workshop location:
The Community Junction 
2934 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Admission is FREE

This drop-in family workshop is supported by TAS - Shaping Beautiful Cities.

DECEMBER 14, 2013. 1 - 2 PM
My First ToBeUs workshop with Matteo Ragni

On Saturday, December 14th, Join The Design Exchange and 100% ToBeUs creator and famed Italian architect Matteo Ragni for a special workshop for children ages 6 - 10 and their parents. Participants will follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest designers by working with Matteo to create their own My First ToBeUs model from a cardboard kit. 

This is the perfect opportunity to expose your child to design while having fun and creating a keepsake of a memorable day! Complementary admission to Playing Favourites II is included with registration.  The workshop is free, but space is limited!

Please note: registration for the My First TobeUs workshop is now full.  Contact education@dx.org to be added to the wait list.  Include your name, daytime phone number and number of children you would like to register in the body of your message.

Image credit: Alice Tallman

NOVEMBER 16, 2 - 5 PM
DX FAMILY OPEN HOUSE

 

Last Saturday, the DX opened its doors with a special thank you to all our supporters. Our Fall Open House was a huge success, bringing out design enthusiasts young and old, in celebration of the opening on 100% TobeUs and the continued appeal of Playing Favourites 2.

Guests were treated to design activities, snacks and hot chocolate and apple cider to beat the cold. It was a perfect way to spend a chilly Saturday in Toronto. Be sure to stay tuned for more family programming in the new year, with the launch of our next major exhibit, This Is Not A Toy!

OCTOBER 18, 2013
DX INTERSECTION

 

On Friday, October 18th, Design Exchange was transformed into a hotbed of design for its second annual DX INTERSECTION fundraiser. Over 800 guests from art, fashion, design and society joined this year’s GameChangers Byron and Dexter Peart of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie at a party inspired by the world’s best markets.

From the party’s entrance converted into an outdoor flower market supplying guests flower crowns and paper wrapped bouquets to the Trading Floor’s gritty underground market complete with 3D projections of the aurora borealis designed by Common Good, to the Pop-Up street market by La Carnita and Home of the Brave in the library, and the sounds of acclaimed electronic dance quartet Azari & III, this year’s DXI offered enchantment at every corner. Guests were captivated by the incredible Castor light installation presented by GE Monogram, as well as incredible music by Sennheiser and Embrace Presents.

 

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10
Protecting Canada’s Most Fabulous: Intellectual Property Laws in the Fashion Industry
Ashlee Froese & Guests

6:30PM

Protecting Canada’s Most Fabulous: Branding and Intellectual Property Laws in the Fashion Industry

Branding is critical in the fashion industry.  Style icon Christian Louboutin is notorious for turning up the heat on the red carpet. Louboutin piqued the interest of the business world when he set the legal courtroom on fire. In this infamous legal battle, Christian Louboutin challenged Yves Saint Laurent’s use of red soled shoes.  Gilbert’s fashion lawyer, Ashlee Froese, will lead a discussion with renowned fashion brands on how intellectual property laws can protect the fashion industry.  Renowned Canadian designer, David Dixon, and Meredith Sinclair, buyer of women’s wear at Target Canada, will provide their invaluable insights into the importance of branding a fashion line.

Tickets: $25 / $22 DX Members (includes admission to the Christian Louboutin Exhibition.)

Register Here

About the speakers

 

Ashlee Froese, host

 

Ashlee Froese is a branding and fashion lawyer at Gilbert’s LLP.  Ashlee is actively involved in the fashion and legal community and holds a board position with the Fashion Group International.  She is also Chair of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group, in addition to sitting on a number of national and international committees with the International Trademarks Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.  Ashlee owns and operates the website www.canadafashionlaw.com, which examines the laws and business affecting the fashion industry.  Ashlee is a regular guest lecturer and published author on fashion law with industry organizations, universities, legal associations and law schools throughout North America.”

David Dixon

Canadian born designer, David Dixon was trained and educated at Ryerson University. David Dixon enjoys tremendous media acclaim, standing out among his Canadian contemporaries as one of the leaders in fashion design. Recently, Dixon has also been recognized for his Entrepreneurial spirit, as a nominee for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2013. Currently the David Dixon Signature Collection can be found at The Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Simons, and specialty boutiques across Canada.

Meredith Sinclair

Meredith Sinclair has over 10 years of experience in the fashion industry and is currently a Senior Buyer for Target Canada.  At Target she has had the opportunity to contribute to the planning and launch of Target’s first International expansion.  Prior to Target, Meredith worked in both apparel and footwear, most recently as the Canadian footwear product manager for Nike.  Fitting as a self proclaimed shoe fanatic.

Meredith completed her Undergraduate Degree at Dalhousie University followed by a Fashion Merchandising Diploma at Seneca College.  Meredith is thrilled to be a part of an exciting and dynamic industry.

Presented by Gilbert's LLP

Image Credit: JR Bernstein

TUESDAY JULY 9
FLASHING RED:LOUBOUTINS AND THE CULTURE OF DESIRE
ELIZABETH SEMMELHACK

6:30PM

Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum

Elizabeth Semmelhack has been the Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum since 2000. She received her MA in Western Art History Theory and she did her doctorate work in Japanese Art History. Since coming to the Bata Shoe Museum her work has focused on the construction of gender in relation to dress with a particular focus on the history of elevating footwear.
As Senior Curator, Semmelhack has curated numerous exhibitions as well as written a number of books, essays and articles. She has been the shoe consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, is frequent lecturer and has been widely quoted in media such as The New York Times, Wall St. Journal and the Washington Post.

Tickets: $25 / $22 DX Members (includes admission to the Christian Louboutin Exhibition.)

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wednesday june 26
FGI Presents:
Red Hot Soles - A Discussion of
Footwear Fashion & Design

6:30PM

What is it about certain shoes that raise them from simple utility to an art form? How has Christian Louboutin mastered this blend of artistry and design?

Join Shauna Levy, President, Design Exchange; Barbara Atkin, Vice President Fashion Direction, Holt Renfrew and Leesa Butler, Director, Fashion Group International Toronto for an insightful and engaging panel discussion on footwear fashion and design.

Tickets: $70 / $45 FGI Members (includes admission to the Christian Louboutin Exhibition.)

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INDIA HICKS

TUESDAY APRIL 23
DOORS AT 6PM, TALK AT 6:30PM.

Internationally renowned designer and personality India Hicks joins us at the Design Exchange for a unique talk on the designer’s perspective on design and how it plays a part in her everyday life. Offering a captivating peek inside her world: from India’s beginnings, being born into a world of design, and her modern life and family’s experience of island living on the Bahamas, India offers intriguing experiences of growing up under the imposing eye of her father, the famous decorator, David Hicks and how this has influenced her own life. India’s talk also celebrates her new fine jewellery collection launching this spring, and her very first bedding range also launching this month.

$15 / Free for DX Members. Register here.

RON ARAD: WHAT WAS YOUR QUESTION?
PRESENTED BY
PQ EYEWEAR AND KARIR EYEWEAR
Tuesday March 12
5:00PM: Doors Open/ Ron Arad Book Signing
5:30PM - 6:30PM: Ron Arad Talk

Ron Arad simply is one of the most influential designers of our time. His constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Arad is an industrial designer, graphic designer and architect. Alongside his limited edition studio work, Arad designs for many leading international companies including Kartell, Vitra, Moroso, Fiam, Driade, Alessi, Cappellini, Cassina, WMF and Magis among others. He has also designed a number of Public Art pieces, most recently the Vortext in Seoul, Korea, and the Kesher Sculpture at Tel Aviv University. His architectural projects include National Design Museum in Holon, Israel (2010); Y’s (Yohji Yamamoto) flagship store in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan (2003); Hotel Duomo in Rimini, Italy (2006); Maserati Headquarters Showroom in Italy (2003); the Selfridges Technology Hall in London (2001); among many others. Arad and his work have been celebrated in the world’s most influential cultural instututions including the Museum of Modern Art , Pompidou Centre, de Pury & Luxembourg, Galerie der Moderne, Munich and more, as well as published in close to a dozen books.
And this March, Arad joins us in the DX Library. In town for the launch of PQ Eyewear exclusively presented by KARIR EYEWEAR, Arad will provide a talk on this new collection inspired by Le Corbusier, animal vertebrae, his work and vision.

$15 / Free for DX Members. Limited tickets available, advance registration is recommended.

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GIULIO CAPPELLINI
PRESENTED BY
AZURE
Tuesday March 19, 6:30 PM



Giulio Cappellini is a legend in Italian furniture manufacturing. Not only has he built a reputation for championing avant-garde contemporary design, but also for discovering talents such as Marcel Wanders and Jasper Morrison. Classics from the Cappellini collection have become museum pieces, setting the standard for modern design.

While in town as a juror for the esteemed AZ Awards (presented by AZURE magazine), Cappellini will be providing a talk on the DX historic trading floor on how he works with designers as well as how he has helped to evolve and nurture many of today’s most celebrated furniture designers.

$15 / Free for DX Members. Limited tickets available, advance registration is recommended.

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Talk supported by: Kiosk and Instituto Italiano di Cultura


DXTALKS


C'MON GET HAPPY
Happy people and what they know
February 26, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Moderator: Gabe Gonda, Editor, Arts, The Globe and Mail

Speakers: Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director, Luminato; Interior Designer Christine Ralphs, Lloyd Ralphs Design; Architect Ralph Giannone, Giannone Petricone Architects; Actress/Producer Arsinee Khanjian; Landscape Architect Claude Cormier; Architect Meg Graham, Superkul; Graphic Designers Vanessa Eckstein and Marta Cutler of Blok Design and Fine Artist & Illustrator Gary Taxali.

Join us for a rapid-fire rap session on happiness featuring the city’s celebrated designers, architects and creatives.


SONS OF ARCHITECTURE SERIES

Join the Design Exchange for a unique series of talks, which highlight the influence of architectural icons and explore how their efforts have paved the way for future generations to explore and live in the world of Design.

Featuring Dion Neutra
November 12, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm


Son of Richard Neutra, who is considered to have been one of modernism’s most significant architects, Dion Neutra took over his father’s practice in 1970. Dion has been instrumental in furthering his father’s legacy and countless preservation efforts in California.


Limits of Architecture
October 15, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

As in any critical relationship, the union of architect and engineer is a long and at times tumultuous history. An infinite struggle is enacted almost daily during the building process, yet these two seemingly disparate professions co-exist – but how? Drawing outside the lines of reason, this panel will embrace the dominion of architect and engineer, exploring schism, communication and perceptible limitations.

Introduction: Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail's architecture critic.

Speakers: Hassan Ally, SE, PE, P.Eng, Structural Discipline Leader, Arup Toronto; Richard Terry, Buildings Practice Leader, Arup Toronto; Professor Constantin Christopoulos, P.Eng, University of Toronto, Department of Civil Engineering; Stephen Teeple, FRAIC, OAA, Principal, Teeple Architects (Toronto); Calvin Smith, Sr. Vice President, Technical Director, HOK Canada.

Moderators: Professor Ghyslaine McClure and Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow (McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics)


SONS OF ARCHITECTURE SERIES

Join the Design Exchange for a unique series of talks, which highlight the influence of architectural icons and explore how their efforts have paved the way for future generations to explore and live in the world of Design.

Featuring Tomas Koolhaas
September 21, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

As an extension of our fall exhibition, Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, this talk will focus on Tomas’s up-and-coming feature length documentary titled “REM” about his father, renowned architect Rem Koolhass. "REM is a feature length documentary film about Rem Koolhaas. The film uses an unconventional approach by focusing on the experience and effect of the architecture rather than biographical information about the architect."


Curator Tours:
Vertical Urban Factory + Considering the Quake

September 13, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

New York-based architectural historian and curator Nina Rappaport provides an in-depth tour of Vertical Urban Factory. Visitors are granted the opportunity to explore the themes represented in the exhibition and to consider the ultimate question, can factories once again present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities?


Curators Dr. Effie Bouras, Postdoctoral Fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, take visitors on a extensive tour through Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge. Participants will explore the featured projects in depth and gain a detailed understanding of the language between the architect and the engineer.


The Tutu Project Auction
Featuring a discussion with Karen Kain and Caroline O'Brien
August 28, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 pm


Join us for an exclusive opportunity to own a piece of The National Ballet of Canada's history. Fifty-six one of a kind pieces made by some of Canada's top artists and designers, including VAWK, Julie Moon, David Dixon, Shay Lowe Jewellery, Juma and Corps de Ballet member Krista Dowson, will be auctioned as part of a fundraiser for the National Ballet.

Includes a special discussion with Karen Kain, Artistic Director of the National Ballet, and Caroline O'Brien, curator of 60 Years of Designing the Ballet.


Curator Tour:
BRAVOS: Groundbreaking Spanish Design

August 9, 2012
6:30 pm

Curator Juli Capella offers guests a tour of the exhibition which will focus on the individual designers and trends in Spanish Design.


Talking Tutus with Caroline O’Brien
July 24, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Curator and costume designer Caroline O'brien presents on the iconic tutu from a historical and contemporary perspective. Following the talk, Caroline will invite guests “back stage” for an in depth tour of the 60 Years of Designing the Ballet Exhibition.


Designing the Ballet: Panel Discussion
July 18, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Internationally renowned dance historian and critic, Michael Crabb, will moderate an informative panel discussion offering an intimate look into the design of the ballet from wardrobe to choreography to set design.

Panel guests include Astrid Janson (Award winning Costume and Set Designer), Marjorie Fielding (Wardrobe Supervisor, National Ballet of Canada), Richard Mongiat (Scene Painter) and Lorna Geddes (Dancer, National Ballet of Canada).


Exhibition Walk-Through with Olga Korper of the
Olga Korper Gallery

June 26, 2012
Tour starts at 6:30pm

Olga Korper was born in the Czech Republic and has lived in Canada since 1951. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Ontario College of Education. She was Art Director for Rexwood Publications for two years and subsequently taught art in Toronto and Montréal for four years. She took a year to travel around the world and opening Gallery O in 1973. In 1982 the gallery was renamed Olga Korper Gallery, which is committed to the promotion and exhibition of Canadian and international contemporary art of all media, both locally and abroad. The Gallery currently represents 32 artists, including Lynne Cohen, Christine Davis, Stan Denniston, Matt Donovan & Hallie Siegel, Robert Fones, Angela Grauerholz, Susanna Heller, Marianne Lovink, John McEwen, Claude Mongrain, Greg Murdock, Bobbie Oliver, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Ron Shuebrook, Barbara Steinman, Patrick Thibert, Denyse Thomasos, Tim Whiten and the esteemed Estates of Canadian artists Roland Brener, Louis Comtois and Paterson Ewen. Olga Korper Gallery is the solo representative of the Robert Mapplethorpe Estate for Canada.




Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture
Jim Taggart FRAIC
June 13, 2012
6:30 – 7:30pm

Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture investigates the increasingly important role that wood is playing in Canada’s search for a sustainable architecture for the 21st Century. The value now being placed on wood, and its re-emergence as a primary building material in contemporary architecture, can be interpreted in a variety of ways: as a means to re-engage with traditional building forms and materials; as a means to reaffirm regional and cultural identity in a globalized context; and as a response to a range of environmental imperatives.

Jim Taggart received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Sheffield, England in 1980. For 12 years he worked in design and construction in Canada and the UK. Since 1992 his focus has been public and professional education and communications in the areas of architecture, urban design and sustainable development. His most notable area of specialty is the role of wood in contemporary architecture, and he has written many technical case studies and general articles on the subject for national and international publications. Jim has also delivered more than 80 professional development seminars on behalf of the Canadian Wood Council in more than 30 cities across North America. Jim currently teaches history and theory in the architectural science degree program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is the editor of Sustainable Architecture and Building magazine (SABMag). His other writing and editing credits include: the pocket architectural guides ‘Downtown Victoria’ (2000) and ‘Historic Vancouver’ (2001); the first five editions of the ‘Cedar Book’ (2007 – 2011); ‘Busby: Learning Sustainable Design” (2007) and ‘Symphony of Structure –the work of Fast + Epp’; (2010). Jim is the recipient of numerous awards including a Certificate of Special Recognition from the Architectural Institute of BC for Services to the architectural profession and a provincial Innovation Award for his role in the AI BC’s Architects in Schools Program. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2010.


Photo Talks
In celebration of the Contact Scotiabank Photography Award Exhibition and Lynn Cohen, a series of photography + architecture/urban design/interior design talks by local and international speakers were offered throughout the months of May and June.

In Conversation: Lynne Cohen and Ann Thomas
June 6, 2012
Doors open 6:00pm
Talk begins at 6:30pm

Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada and one of the 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award Jurors, sits down with Lynne Cohen for a candid conversation about her work.

Ann Thomas is Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada. She has organized numerous exhibitions and installations in this capacity and is the author of several catalogues and publications such as Lisette Model (1990) No Man’s Land: Lynne Cohen Photographs (2001) Modernist Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada (2007). She is the editor of Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science, (1996). She has also co-authored a number of publications.


PHOTO + DESIGN
May 18, 2012
Doors open 6:00pm
Panel begins at 6:30pm

Panelists:
Michael Awad
Peter MacCallum
Marc Cramer
Nic Lehoux

This panel brings together four renowned Canadian photographers, whose works comment on the built environment and urban landscape, for a discussion about their practice and unique perspectives on photography and design.

Man Made Programming Series


In Dialogue: Stephen Burks and Company
February 10, 2012 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


A roundtable conversation with Stephen Burks and local designers exploring culture, hybrity and personal identity in design. Participants include hotel designer Del Terrelonge, architect David Peterson, industrial designer Kara Springer, and interior designers Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of MADE. Moderated by Kenneth Montague.



Man Made At Work – An Ad Hoc Community Workshop
February 12, 2012 
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Stephen Burks presents his readymade process of bricolage using diverse elements of inspiration in this one-day workshop, which invites the Toronto community to participate in the artists' spontaneous process of creative engagement. The workshop will provide visitors an opportunity to experiment with design using found and re-purposed items personally selected by Stephen. This workshop coincides with the exhibit Stephen Burks: Man
Made Toronto
.



Walk-through and film screening with Wedge Director
Kenneth Montague

March 5, 2012 
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Kenneth Montague, Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects hosts an exhibition tour, followed by a short film about the process of hybrid design.