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.


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.


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.

JANUARY 23 – 26, 2014

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


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


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.


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


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



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.)

Register Here

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


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.)

Register Here



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.

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.

Register here

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.

Register here

Talk supported by: Kiosk and Instituto Italiano di Cultura


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.


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)


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.

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

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.