Jan 17 - Apr 28
  DX Ground Floor  |  234 Bay Street

From flora and fauna-inspired underwater eco-turbines to mussel-inspired soy adhesives and bird beak-looking trains to breathing buildings, the natural world has increasingly become a source for design innovation.

In January, Design Exchange hosts Evolution, an exhibition by Toronto curator Sanam Samanian that examines how biomimicry – the design of products, services, and systems that imitate nature’s models – has given new rise to design thinking. More and more, designers are looking to nature for responsible design solutions, which has been fuelled by innovation in technology.

This exhibition invites visitors into a multisensory, imaginative environment that responds to present-day issues that are affecting design practitioners through a survey of products, things, and solutions. Get up close to experience Mahtab Oskuee’s intricately crocheted curtain embedded with responsive sensors; be awed by Brent Cordner’s new honeycomb-inspired architectural material; and have your mind bent by the interactive architecture of Philip Beesley (who has collaborated with the acclaimed Iris van Herpen). Plus, see contributions by Fugitive Glue, Mesh Cities’ Robert Ouellette, and Design Tennis.



Visitors will explore how Canadian designers take a closer look at the naturally inspired paradigms, such as biomimicry, and examine their role and influence in the evolution of design and how they are creatively solving man-made issues and conflicts through design informed by nature. Evolution asks, what is the future responsibility of the designer? How are designers evolving in response to rapid technological advancements? What role does nature play? And, finally, can human intelligence design better than nature?

Evolution is generously supported by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, The Social Collective, and Armin Youseffi.

Save The Dates

Evolution opens to the public on January 17, as part of Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 16 to 22) and runs until the end of April 28.  

On January 22 , join us for a free Kids’ Day where we’ll offer hands-on activities that demonstrate how nature and design intersect.
Details: Sunday, January 22, 1-4PM at Design Exchange (234 Bay Street)

In February,  join the curator and participating designers for an energetic and engaging talk about the intersection of nature and technology, how it’s influencing their work, and the how it’s changing design. Date to be announced soon.


Grand Cru/ation 

  To January 30
  Union Station: 65 Front St. W.

Looking for inspiration or waiting to catch your next train? Head to the newly renovated West Wing at Union Station and have a seat on Lilly Otasevic's Break~Wave bench, the winner of our Grand Cru/ation design competition in partnership with Nespresso. Otasevic’s winning work will on display as part of a new DX Satellite exhibition at Union Station until January.


The Winning Work

Inspired by the form of Nespresso capsules, Break~Wave, is a low-lying round bench topped with an undulating surface that mimics the organic properties of Nespresso’s velvety smooth coffee.

Check out these sustainable aluminum structures as you enjoy a much-deserved coffee break while waiting for your next train, amid the hustle and bustle of Union Station. 





Kids' Days

  Monthly  |  1-4 PM

Drop in to DX for fun-filled days of hands-on activities with inspiring lessons and DIY workshops led by creative and qualified DX Instructors.

Perfect for imaginative, curious and creative kids, all materials will be provided - markers, pipe cleaners, glitter, glue - even an app or two.



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