DX Community:

Volevo essere Walt Disney Premiere with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

  January 21 | 6:30 PM



The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with DX, launches the premièr of “Volevo essere Walt Disney”, Francesca Molteni’s homage to Alessandro Mendini one of the most brilliant architect and designer of our times.

Few people have been as instrumental in promoting avant-garde Italian design as Alessandro Mendini. The architect, designer, journalist, poet, and educator is best known for his holistic postmodern approach, freely combining elements from various cultures and time periods, while mixing the highbrow with kitsch. 

His acclaimed projects include the multicolored masterpiece that is the Groninger Museum and his iconic Proust chair, a 20th-century update to a Neo-Baroque French armchair, which he covered in a hand-painted fabric of Pointillist dots inspired by a painting by Paul Signac. (In 2014, he recreated the chair in marble). In 1979, Mendini teamed up with his fellow maestri Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi to create Studio Alchimia; three years later, he co-founded the influential Domus Academy.




DX Community:

FashionTech Toronto

  January 22 | 6:30 PM



Attend FashionTech Toronto to connect with leaders in the Toronto's fashion, beauty, retail, and tech communities, and learn about the industry disrupting, innovative companies coming out of Toronto.


Guest Speakers:

-Anoojan Vijayasri - Customer Engineer at Google Cloud

-Marie Stipancik | Head of Design at North (formerly Thalmic Labs)

-Christine Carlton | CEO and Founder of The September




DXTalk Series:
Forward Focus 

  Fall 2018
  DX  |  234 Bay St

Tuesday September 18

6-9 PM

Stay Fresh

In partnership with JanSport, Design Exchange hosts a conversation with some of Toronto’s top-notch content creators who are responsible for developing dynamic and compelling digital and IRL experiences. How do we create powerful and engaging stories and images that stand out from the rest, and how do the places we live, work and, play in shape the stories we show and tell?

Our guests include Umbereen Inayet, a producer for Nuit Blanche; Chris Unwin, the creative director at Free; artist Maxwell Burnstein and more.

Moderated by Marie-Philippe Jean, a Montreal-based communications expert and social media darling.


Friday September 28     

6-9 PM

MadeinSpain Lecture Series

In partnership with Spain’s Fundacion Arquitectura Contemporanea, Design Exchange is delighted to host the first Canadian edition of the MadeinSpain lecture series. Established in 2009, the series focuses on contemporary Spanish architecture and the current state of architecture.

For this presentation, our esteemed speakers will discuss sustainable cities, drawing from their experience and research. Joining us are architects María González and Juanjo López de la Cruz of architecture firm Sol89 in Spain, and architects Aránzazu González Bernardo and Michael Norman Fohring of Toronto’s ODAMI.


The Forward Focus: DX Talks Series is an essential part of Design Exchange’s public programs that provides opportunities to hear and learn from Canada’s design-driven disruptive and innovative creatives. Forward Focus is inspired and informed by the challenges and opportunities emerging as we explore urban issues and seek to build cities and communities that are inclusive, safe, beautiful, smart, sustainable, and resilient.




Embodied Light - The Baha'i Temple of South America Book Launch  

  Wednesday, June 20  |  7 PM
  DX  |  234 Bay St

Please join us in celebrating the publication of Embodied Light, a book chronicling the 14-year process behind designing and building the Baha’i Temple of South America. The evening will feature a conversation between Siamak Hariri and The Globe and Mail’s Architecture Critic Alex Bozikovic, followed by a reception and book signing.

Conversation will start at 7:15 p.m. promptly.

Reception and book signing to follow.

This is a free program, however registration is required. 






Electric Dreams

Free! Reserve your Spot Today
  Thur May 3  |  DX Trading Floor
Doors 6:30 PM  |  Event 7:00 PM

This free public event, Art as a Digital Experience, will bring together artists, technologists and art critics to discuss how exponential technologies will impact the next 100 years of art, design and entertainment. Panelists will discuss the ways in which digital technology is radically transforming the art world.

Modes of creation, curation, commercialization and consumption of art are all changing rapidly thanks to social media, the Internet, 3d Printing, VR and other tech innovations. The panelists will grapple with difficult questions about where we are heading as creators and consumers. Interactive questions from the audience will also drive the conversation. 
Prior to the panel, visitors can take part in a free Augmented Reality Art Exhibit. The exhibit integrates augmented reality technology to allow viewers to digitally interact with physical artwork. An otherwise static piece of artwork is enhanced with flashing colours, moving objects and more. Come early!
In Partnership with Lassonde School of Engineering





Peggy Sue



Rescheduled for

Tuesday, March 13, 6PM

@ DX  |  234 BAY ST


"Resiliency is about knowing what you want, why you are driving for it, appreciating where you are, seeing from where you've come, and knowing that failure just means pivot, figure it out, and do it different," says Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, our 2017 Emerging Designer Competition winner.

Join us for a conversation with Peggy Sue and Kelly Drennan of Fashion Takes Action, as they discuss the evolution of Peggy Sue Collection, including her recent trip to Shanghai for the Intertextile Shanghai Exhibition.


Deaven-Smiltnieks describes her guiding ethos, provides a peek at her design and fabrication process, gives us highlights from her recent trip to Shanghai with TESTEX, a textile industry leader, and discusses the experience as an emerging designer. 

Plus – limited pieces from Peggy Sue Collection will be available for purchase!





Doin' It For Themselves 


Free, Seating is limited
Reserve your spot!
Thurs, Mar 8
6:00 P.M. Doors Open
7:00 P.M. Talk Begins
DX  |  234 Bay Street

In Canada, women represent the majority of young university graduates, but are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, architecture, and traditional design disciplines. Perhaps change is on the horizon – in November 2017, the Business Development Bank of Canada committed another $20 million to its Women In Tech program total a whopping $70 million investment over five years.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting women entrepreneurs as they work to find the support they need to start and grow their businesses," said Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, last year.

On International Women's Day, we’re hosting a rapid-fire presentation featuring creatives, innovators, and disruptors who discuss their products, services, and systems that are poised to change the shape of things to come.

In six minutes and 40 seconds each, presenters take us through their startups, challenges, successes, and inspirations. The speakers for this program represent a progressive, innovative, and creative future. Their businesses inspire, promote change, and seek to improve lives on a global scale. And they're Canadian.

Admission is free. Space is limited, so be sure to register for your spot!

Presented by


Meet the Presenters

Alyssa Bertram
Founder of Easy
Izzie Colpitts-Campbell
Programming Director at Dames Making Games
Maleeha Alvi
Co-founder of Eatonomy 
Kristal Lewis
Founder of Senior Care Connect
Odessa Paloma Parker
Head of Content at Van der Pop

Sage Paul
Co-founder of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto
Biying Miao
Co-founder of Hot Pop Factory
Camille Mitchell
Executive director at BEAT
Katherine E. Kolnhofer
Expert in tech law
Renn Scott
Founder of Daily Goods Design Lab

 Anita Clarke, a computer nerd with a fashionable twist





DX x Ryerson School of Interior Design

Body Object Enclosure
Exhibition + Symposium

  Exhibition Oct 13 - Nov 13
Symposium Keynote Speakers Oct 13 + 14
  DX   |  234 Bay St

The tools and technologies used to shape materials in digital fabrication are permeating creative disciplines such as interior design, fashion, product design, and image arts. As a result, the ever present role of the licensed interior designer is changing dramatically.

Body Object Enclosure investigates how digital technology and fabrication in the context of interior design continues to advance our current education model and praxis by presenting a selection of works and never-before-displayed prototypes from the participating designers including pieces by Geoffrey Mann, In-flexions, Atelier Manferdini, and more.

The two-day symposium held at the Ryerson School of Interior Design and Design Exchange explores the topic of digital fabrication in the context of interior design and is organized around themes that reflect a change in scale from object to architecture in response to the range of scales found in the interior.

Keynote Speakers

Friday, October 13
Design Exchange
Noa Raviv


Saturday, October 14
Design Exchange
Katherine Faulkner





Dial Up
Ft Tennis

Tickets on sale now!
  Nov 10  |  9 PM
  DX   |  234 Bay St

For our final DXSocial of 2017 we're dialing up the '90s on its 56k time machine to take us all waaaaay way back.

It’s hard to appreciate how far design innovation has come without looking back and it’s easy to forget what a whirlwind the '90s were – it was the end of the world as we knew it (but we felt fine). We were drowning in a sea of Tamagotchis and Pogs with yellow Sony Walkmans and pagers on our waists.

Buckle up and get ready to bring it all back for a one night only '90s design takeover by Tennis! We’re dusting off our Nokia cellphones, donning our acid washed jeans, all while DJ George Thoms drops some big shiny tunes.

Join us at the DX for a night of '90s design nostalgia and drinks.

Let's get jiggy with it.

About Tennis

The rise of technology has created an environment that is constantly changing at an exponential rate. Audiences are increasingly more digital, the way we consume information and data has changed, and technology is now challenging traditional business models.

Tennis is a digital transformation agency that helps organizations unlock business models that can create new revenue streams, reduce cost, generate actionable data, increase efficiency or create stronger connections. As passionate problem solvers they do this through creative and collaborative methods merging design, strategy, and technology in order to create solution focused products that help innovative companies meet their goals.

Recently Tennis has worked with Staples, Accenture, Sick Kids Hospital, FACTOR, Gallery 44 + more




June 23
Ft. Thank You Kindly

28.50+ HST
  June 23  |  9PM - Midnight
  DX  |  234 Bay St

The June 2017 edition of DXSocials delivers an experiential, experimental evening! Fresh off collaborations with Tokyo Smoke, Princess Nokia + more, Thank You Kindly will be DX’s guest curators and will takeover our third floor to create a one-night-only pop-up installation.

As always there will be complimentary drinks from Ace Hill BeerAbsolut Vodka, King's Lock Craft Distillery + Stalk & Barrel Whisky and tunes to set the mood for you to move and mingle among the city's next crop of celebrated creators.  

MAC Cosmetics will also be on the scene providing touch-ups!


About Thank You Kindly

Thank You Kindly is a unique production and curation company, specializing in meaningful event experiences. Often working in unconventional spaces in order to produce projects for like-minded clients seeking a successful connection with their desired demographic. Thank You Kindly creates and delivers value driven events that contribute to community growth. Recently, Thank You Kindly has worked with Tokyo Smoke, Common Sort, Juliana Huxtable, Leste Magazine, Sally’s Day Off, Bad Girls Club + more.

DXSocials are generously presented by Fujifilm



DXSocials are an essential part of Design Exchange’s contemporary programming for adults, offering the opportunity to engage and collaborate with Canada’s design-driven disruptive and innovative creatives. Visitors are immersed in interactive, exclusive, site-specific installations, while partaking in a night filled with food, drinks, dance and design!

In past years’ DXSocials have collaborated with Ryerson School of Interior Design, Char Da Silva of Milk Glass Co. Gallery, Jamie Webster of Common Good, Lizz Aston + more.

About DJ George Thoms

George Thoms is a Canadian born musician, turned DJ/producer, whose start in the music industry was nothing short of unique. Raised in a deaf household and encouraged by musically gifted grandparents, Thoms received his first drum kit at the age of 12 and has yet to look back. 

After spending years traveling across North American, Thoms finally settled in Toronto to further hone his DJing craft. Taking an invested interest in turntablism and taking lessons from scratch legend, DJ Grouch, Thoms became a sought-after open format talent, holding down residencies at local joints including Lavelle, Track & Field, Spin, Baby Huey and Cold Tea. Thoms has continued playing with renowned DJ’s such as Grandtheft, Smalltown DJ’s, LCD Soundsystem, Action Bronson, Mazurbate (Official DJ for Jeremy Scott), Dopey, Grouch, Hej Zeus, ROY LT, Vilify, ACRO and many many more. 







  May 9-13
  DX  |  234 Bay St

In partnership with DAIS Gallery Shape focuses on the combination of design and fine art through a minimalist approach. This installation show was curated by Giles Monette and features designs by a collective of Canadian artists on designer vases from Charuta Living Solutions.

For purchasing inquiries please contact giles@dais.ca


Alena Skarina
Bryan Espiritu 
Dave Setrakian
Jeff Blackburn
Jimmy Chiale
Justin Broadbent
Ness Lee
Rajni Perera

Curated by Giles Monette





Exploring the Creative Process 

  Now - May 28
  DX  |  234 Bay St

Although design follows a creative process, the tools and methods often differ between industries and studios.

Exploring the Creative Process examines the creative process from research, ideation, concept development through to realization using the work of industrial design graduates who have been judged top of their class by the ACIDO Rocket Awards. 

Viewers will have the opportunity to see how design thinking can be applied across industries by exploring the process through projects in Consumer Products, Health & Wellness, Sport & Play, Commercial Equipment, and Social Awareness & Sustainability.





InStore: An Immersive Event on the Future of Retail 

  May 2  |  6:30 - 9:30 PM
  DX  |  234 Bay St

The way we shop is changing. The line between digital and physical continues to blur in all aspects of life, we’re asking, what are the implications for retail? What will the store of the future look like? How and where will the customer of tomorrow shop? In reply, Electric Runway brings you InStore: an immersive event on the future of retail.

InStore will take place in two parts designed to offer a balance of experience and education. Part one is an immersive, high-tech, high-touch retail showroom. Part two is a short series of spotlight chats hosted by fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco. Industry leaders will share insight into ideas of augmented retail, v-commerce, and how artificial intelligence (AI) will change how we shop. Forget the word omnichannel—this ain’t your momma’s retail conference. Get your tickets today.




Boldness Dialogues

  Stay tuned for the next date!
 DX  |  234 Bay St

Design Exchange is excited to host the first in a series of Boldness Dialogues - talking to leaders of change about the challenge - and possibilities - of meaningful change in the 21st century.

Join Ric Young, one of our leading thinkers and practitioners of social change, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Innovation at Ryerson U and founder of The Boldness Project in dialogue with Nelson Ole Reiyia, a Maasai man whose personal journey has led him to the forefront of transformational change in East Africa. Nelson, son of a nomadic pastoralist and the first Maasai boy ever to attend high school in the Maasai Mara, has become one of the most respected and catalytic community leaders of his generation, drawing international attention for his work (including an article in the New York Times) and being awarded a Global Good Fund Fellowship.

Stay tuned for upcoming Boldness Dialogues


Nelson and Ric are cofounders of Nashulai Maasai Conservancy whose mission is to conserve wildlife, preserve culture, reverse poverty. Nashulai is a bold and enlightened new model for conservation in a 21st century facing catastrophic species loss, cultural extinction, growing poverty and global climate change.

Nelson and Ric (who was recently inducted by the Maasai as a respected elder) will be in dialogue with one another and with the audience about bold ideals and bold action, and why place-making is the innovation challenge of our time.




Get Real
Presented by DX and Be Original Americas™


 Tue, Apr 25  |  Doors 6:00 PM, Talk 6:30 PM
 DX  |  234 Bay St

The Designer. The Manufacturer. The Thief. The Consumer.

Ahead of our DX Design Auction, join us for an engaging discussion about authentic craftsmanship, the prevalence of knock-offs in the world of design, the impact of counterfeit production and manufacturing, and why it’s worth investing in original design.


Shauna Levy
President & CEO, Design Exchange


Anjli Patel JD
BlueChip Fashion

Catherine Osborne
Editor-in-Chief, Azure Magazine

Nancy Bendtsen
Inform Interiors

Sam Grawe
President, Be Original Americas

Jeffrey Douglas
Doulgas Design Studio

Admission is free. Space is limited, so be sure to register for your spot!



DX x National Canadian Film Day

 Wed, Apr 19  |  7 PM
 DX  |  234 Bay St

DX is hosting a screening of Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes in partnership with Canadian Film Day. Follow internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky to China, where he documents industrial landscapes and their impact on the surrounding natural world. Exploring the surprising beauty amid the waste generated by factories and dumps

An impactful but subtle statement about humanity’s impact on the world, Manufactured Landscapes’ powerful images raise more questions than answers.

Watch Trailer

Admission is free. Space is limited, so be sure to register for your spot!



Presented by Fujifilm 

$28.50 + HST
  Fri, Mar 24  |  9PM - Midnight
 DX  |  234 Bay St

Last year, local creative forces Jamie Webster, Ryerson School of Interior Design, and Char Da Silva set the scenes for DX Socials.

Join us on Friday, March 24 for the first DXSocial installment of 2017.

Converging at the centre of art, design and technology DXSocial: Tryptech immerses you in a one-night-only design experience lead by three leading edge creative groups.

Lizz Aston, Sam Noseworthy and Little Dada will transform our exhibition hall in a series of three exclusive installations. ESP will be providing tunes, allowing you to dance and unwind with a drink (or a few).  

As always we’ll have complimentary drinks from Ace Hill beer, snacks, and even some sweets from Squish Candies on site all evening.


About the creatives


Lizz Aston is a textile artist and industrial designer. In her work, she bridges gaps between traditional textile practice and contemporary art and design. Her work encompasses sculpture and installation, including interactive and site-specific projects. Aston holds an Advanced Diploma in Crafts & Design from Sheridan College, and recently completed a three-year artist residency in the Textile Studio at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Aston’s work is represented in a number of public collections and has created artwork for Holt Renfrew, Lululemon, H&M Canada for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014, as well as 3M and the Japanese Paper Place.


Sam Noseworthy is an interdisciplinary artist who creates eclectically within a contemporary framework of occult and new age practices. Working intuitively, her subjects range from new media to mediumship. Her work has recently been shown at Art-Athina in Athens (2016), Greece, as well as the Toronto art festival, In/Future (2016). Noseworthy is attending an international residency at The Golden Dome School in Los Angeles, California in March 2017.  She is currently an MFA candidate at Western University.


Little Dada is a group of creative technologists based in Toronto. Their work ranges from geometric installations to wearable technology, and infuses the spirit of dadaism with whimsical elements to create electronic and digital artwork. Their work has been featured in festivals, galleries, and publications around North America.


About the DJ


ESP is a Toronto-based open format, nightclub, and showcase DJ. His sets are retro known and unknowns, blended and woven with current tracks.



Natural Inspiraiton

 Tue, Apr 11  |  Doors 6:15 PM, Talk 6:30 PM
 DX  |  234 Bay St

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.

During the final month of Sanam Sanamian's Evolution DX brings together a panel of designers, creatives, academics and curators to discuss the impact of biomimicry in the current design-climate and in relation to pressing, present-day issues.

In Pecha Kucha- style Brent Cordner, Cole Swanson, Jason Logan, and more will be discussing how mimicking nature's models has weaved its' way into an industry known for rapid technological advancements. 


Admission is free. Space is limited, so be sure to register for your spot!



Little Dada's A Lab of One's Own 2017 

  Sun, Mar 19  |  12-4 PM
  DX  |  234 Bay St

We have the power to shape the future, and the first step is imagining it.

For International Women’s Day, Little Dada invites women* to the second annual Lab of One’s Own, a technology workshop where Little Data will collaborate on building speculative feminist futures. We invite you to imagine the ideas and technologies that would populate your feminist future, and prototype them using Intel’s Arduino 101. No previous experience is necessary, you will be lead through conceptualization and technical execution.

Alongside workshop time, there will be short presentations by designers, city builders and technologists who approach their work from an intersectional feminist lens and time for meeting other feminist folks. We are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women*.

Come to A Lab of One’s Own and imagine how we can construct meaningful future scenarios that centre changes emerging from an intersectional feminist lens.






Toronto Spring Festival 

Free for kids 12 and under!
  Sat, Mar 18  |  1-5 PM
  CSI  |  192 Spadina Ave

DX’s Education Team is on the move again! We’re participating in the annual celebration of art, culture, design, creativity, and warm weather at Toronto Spring Festival!

DX Instructors will be leading a mixed media, drop in "Treehouse Design" combining this celebration of spring and nature with our love of architecture. Participants will design their own mini tree house model, with the opportunity to consider which architecture elements will you need in order to design a functioning treehouse and how a structure help the natural environment instead of hurting it?

DX is onsite from 1-5pm and the entire celebration lasts 12 hours from noon to midnight.

Toronto Spring festival is all ages and always FREE for Kids under 12.
Online Early Bird Daypass is $12







Rethinking Happiness with Aldo Cibic 

Seating is limited
Reserve your spot!
  Thurs, Mar 2
  DX  |  234 Bay Street

In celebration of Italian Design Day, Design Exchange and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura have teamed up to present the latest instalment of Aldo Cibic’s Rethinking Happiness project.

Aldo is the founder of Cibicworkshop, a design studio and multidisciplinary research centre based in Milan, Italy. First presented at the 12th La Biennale di Venezia, Rethinking Happiness, has grown into a platform for discussion on how, through any and all disciplines of design, we can promote happiness. Its’ focus is both on collective intelligence learnings, and unique ideas.

During the talk Aldo will explore his findings and draw parallels between great and poor design (his own and others) in the context of the Rethinking Happiness paradigm. Aldo’s presentation will be followed by a followed by an audience Q&A led by Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Director of Programs for EDIT. ​Come prepared to share!

About Aldo:

Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.

In 1981 he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that marked an epoch-making transition in the world of design and architecture. In 1989 he founded the practice Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness of public space. In 2015 he curated the Venice Architecture Biennale of the Arts & Craft exhibition at the Venice pavilion.

Aldo teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.



Organized with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
In collaboration with:
Cibic Workshop; Triennale di Milano; George Brown College's School of Design



Because It's 2017 

Seating is limited
Reserve your spot!
  Weds, Mar 8
6:15 P.M. Doors Open
6:30 P.M. Talk Begins
  DX  |  234 Bay Street

On International Women's Day, Design Exchange and BEAT welcome architects Shirley Blumberg from KPMB Architects, Betsy Williamson of Williamson Williamson, Peggy Theodore from Diamond Schmitt Architects,and Vanessa Fong from VFA, for an insightful discussion moderated by Chatelaine's Sarah Boesveld about why we talk about gender in architecture and if we still need to have this conversation.

In Canada, women represent roughly 28.9% of architects. The Ontario Association of Architects found that during the past 10 years, 33.1% of newly licensed Ontario architects were women. 

While women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in architecture and design, and those who are practicing can endure dismissive and inflexible behaviour at work, they have made incredible gains in the profession. Still, their achievements and gender are inseparable – unlike their male counterparts. During our talk we will delve into the question, in 2017 is It Architect or Female Architect? And why do we still need the distinction?

Admission is free. Space is limited, so be sure to register for your spot!

Meet the DXTalk Panelists

Founding Partner, KPMB Architects

Shirley is a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.”

She is currently KPMB’s partner-in-charge for the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, Toronto Community Housing, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and has served on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel.

Principal, Williamson Williamson Inc.

Betsy received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College. Her office’s work has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York.  Betsy was also named a finalist for the Architects’ Journal 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. Betsy is a tireless advocate for equality in the architecture field.

Senior Associate, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Peggy has led large multidisciplinary design teams on numerous award-winning projects including Ryerson Image Centre and School of Image Arts; the Maria Shchuka Library; and the new Public Health Ontario Laboratory headquarters and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, both located at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. 

Peggy’s expertise encompasses specialized institutional projects including academic research, museum design and higher education. Her contributions to Diamond Schmitt Architects include business development, office management, professional development and design excellence.

Principal Architect, VFA
B.Sc., M. ARch, OAA, LEED AP

Vanessa is an Ontario Architect with over a decade of architectural experience at a variety of scales, from interior design to master planning. Vanessa previously worked at Quadrangle Architects and RAW Design, where she held the position of Director, until establishing her own practice in 2014.

Meet the DXTalk Moderator

Senior Writer, Chatelaine Magazine

Sarah Boesveld is senior writer at Chatelaine magazine, where she has covered the Jian Ghomeshi trial, the Women’s March on Washington and stays on top of the latest news, current affairs and social issues that matter to Canadian Women. Prior to arriving at Chatelaine, Sarah was a reporter for the National Post, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.





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. 





Corian Pop-Up Studio

  On Now!
  DX Ground Floor  |  234 Bay St.

DuPont™ Corian® has long been considered by the architecture and design community as the “designer’s playdough.” For the first time ever, the material that for decades has been used as a building block by top architects and designers around the globe is installing a first of its kind – a Corian® PopUp Studio at Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum.


Designed by Mason Studio and inspired by a child's world and playful experiences, everything is big and nothing is impossible. Visitors are encouraged to explore the colours, shapes and textures to discover fabrication techniques – illumination, thermoforming, etching, wireless phone charging and more – that allow virtually any shape, form or function to be created by this versatile design material.

You’ll even have the chance to create your own Corian® colour and explore design technology in specialized continuing education units (CEUs).



From: Nothing
A DX + Common Good Collaboration
Presented by Fujifilm

$25 + HST
  October 7  |  8 PM - Midnight
  DX: 234 Bay St.


For the final installment of this year’s DXSocials, we’re ending the season with a bang - a collaboration with Common Good that pushes the boundaries of contemporary art and design. Curated by Common Good co-founder, Jamie Webster – a creative director who has worked with Majid Jordan, A$AP Rocky, and Drake From: Nothing is a one-night-only celebration of emerging artists – an exhibition that goes beyond the realm of institutionalized art in a historic institution.

Presenting a new breed of artist collectives, Common Good brings its team of talented creators and a strong sense of visuals to our Exhibition Hall to create something...from nothing.
Jamie Webster, DSTRY, Kid Studio, LA TIMPA, ACC Studio, and FUTURETALK, will present a series of mixed media and digital projections sure to cause conversation.

From: Nothing is an exhibition aimed at reaching outside the realm of traditional institutionalized art to present a new breed of collective. Their lives are an expression of their art – one common worldview that serves as an all-encompassing artistic practice.

Life: As a struggle against entropy.


Common Good is a collective that merges the worlds of film, design, art and animation to create compelling narratives across a multitude of genres. Common Good develops innovative content for film, television, digital media and experiential installations. Common Good has produced shorts for MTV, and spots for brands such as Rickard’s Beer, Axe, H&M, and Adidas.


Jamie Webster is a creative with a diverse array of artistic interests. He is a director and founding partner at Common Good and creative director for Majid Jordan. Whether working in film, design or fine art, the collaborative process remains central to everything he creates. Jamie struggles to write biography statements, knowing they will ultimately sound pretentious. He also has a strong aversion to writing in the third person.


DSTRY is an assembly of like minds who share similar upbringings and outlooks while retaining their individual influences. Not limited to any medium, DSTRY represents the overall groups' story and any executions made are insights into their minds and lifestyles.


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Kid Studio is a creative studio whose work is inspired by youth and influenced by Toronto. With a focus on design, print and filmmaking, Kid Studio’s work includes the famous Fring’s restaurant, God Bless Toronto - a sound project that represents Toronto’s nocturnal, underground life, and Toronto-based clothing line, Nthng.


LA Timpa is a musician, singer-songwriter, and conceptual artist. Since the release of the Nigeria born producer’s debut EP entitled, ANIMAL, he continues to work towards inviting civilians into the world he has created. For a brief moment you could step into this world. A form of art that entwines enchanting stories, imagination, and mystery into a sound that is both singular and inclusive. 


Futuretalk is a fusion of art, design, technology, and architecture that immerses audiences in unique interactive sensory experiences. Through the combination of past aesthetics with present day technologies our artists, architects, and technicians augment current environments into visionary events. Futuretalk was born out of the desire to inform and produce progressive social space redesigns. The end results are tangible and visceral experiences that transcend the common understanding of space and time.





DX + Arc'teryx Design Night

  October 5  |  6 - 8PM
  Arc'teryx: 339 Queen St. W.

We’re teaming up with Arc’teryx Toronto for an all-ages, drop-in design night that will get your creative juices flowing! Our team of talented Instructors will be on-hand to teach you all about working with fabrics and textiles, walking you through the basics of fabric design and printing.


Plus, Mark O’Connell (Professor of Fashion Studies at Seneca College) will be giving an educational talk on “The Future of Sustainable Fashion”.

Mark O’Connell

Mark O’Connell is a Professor of Fashion Studies at Seneca College and is concurrently pursuing a PHD in Politics and Policy. His research explores the potential for social justice reforms in transnational fashion production and supply chains from higher education and in public policy perspectives. Prior to teaching, he worked as a designer both in-house at M.A.C Cosmetics and for his own clothing line: Modular Menswear. In addition to his academic work, Mark is also an artist and writer.


Located in the Canadian Coast Mountain wilderness, Arc’teryx is built on the principle of obsessive, precise design and production. Our unique in-house manufacturing and design centres allow us to constantly evolve and build products the right way. Timeless quality, intuitive design and simplicity result in unrivaled performance at the point of extreme need.


The Instructors

Khadijah Salawu

Versing in words and lyrical action, Khadijah is filled with wonder and ambition to create a positive impact in her community. Currently a theatre student at the University of Toronto, she applies the art of performance to bring light to stories untold. When not reciting soliloquies, you can find her running with Run Regent every Monday in the heart of Regent Park. 


Amanda McCusker

Amanda McCusker is a multi-disciplinary designer and Maker who designs experiences through branding, marketing collateral, and digital design with a varied design background in physical and digital mediums, and more than a decade of experience in retail and service industries.

Cassandra Alves

An aspiring designer and post-graduate from Lund University and OCADU, Cassandra's interests are rooted in projects related to positive community design and development, street/community art and various sustainable-based initiatives. Cassandra is the co-founder of KARCASS - a design and creative initiative that focuses on re-purposing old and found objects into new furniture and custom design pieces.



John Akomfrah - Nuit Blanche

  October 1  |  5:30 PM - Sunrise
  DX: 234 Bay St.

Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free, annual, all-night-long, city-wide celebration of contemporary art returns on October 1.

This year, DX is excited to host two all-new installations and a special artist talk.


The night kicks off with a talk from award-winning artist John Akomfrah followed by a special screening of his film, Vertigo Sea on our historic Trading Floor. On our Exhibition Hall, explore the art of transformation in The Body Behind the Body from acclaimed photographer and visual artist, Angelo Musco.

Vertigo Sea premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale and was one of the most talked-about works. The immersive three-screen film is a sublime, poetic and haunting meditation on man's relationship with the sea and offers an exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration and conflict.

Shot on the Isle of Skye, Faroe Islands, and Norway, and drawn from the BBC's archive, the film juxtaposes the unparalleled splendor of aquatic nature in its fullest glory with the greed and cruelty of the whaling industry, and shots of African migrants crossing the ocean in a journey fraught with danger in hopes of a better life. The film delivers a timely and potent reminder of the current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis and slavery, alongside ecological concerns.

Prompting a reshuffling of times and places, Vertigo Sea draws upon two remarkable books: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams's epic poem Whale Nation (1988), charting the history, intelligence and majesty of the largest mammal on earth. Its audiovisual narrative unfolds to reveal a dizzying intersection of history, philosophy and fiction. The piece proposes a cinema of relationality and resists providing a simple message or a moral or partisan interpretation.

John Akomfrah

As an artist, writer, film director and founding member of the influential Black Audio Film Collective, John Akomfrah's works are characterized by their investigations into memory, post-colonialism and temporality and often explore the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the U.S. His films and video installations have won several international prizes and have been shown at Cannes, Toronto and Sundance film festivals as well as Documenta 11, Liverpool Biennial, Venice Biennale, Tate Britain and MoMA New York.

The Body Behind the Body: This site-specific audiovisual installation follows the narration of Angelo's works showcasing large-scale human mosaics and the emotional connection between physical bodies and the natural elements they represent. The immersive installation will place the audience at the centre to engage and be transformed by the aggregative power of millions of bodies, while offering a dual experience of the smallness of their individuality and the great spiritual potential of all humankind.

Angelo Musco

Angelo Musco received his BA from the Art Academy in Naples, Italy. Since 1997, he has focused on performance art, photography and video. His photographic installation, Hadal, was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2009. The luxury brand Fendi commissioned him to create an iconic Fendi Baguette. His work has been shown all over the world, including the National Gallery of Umbria, Maison Particuliere, The Museum of Non-Conformist Art, and QUT Art Museum. In 2002, he was awarded the IDAA, International Digital Art Award in Australia.




  September 22-25
  DX: 234 Bay St.


The 2016 Sukkahville Design Competition presented by Kehilla Residential Programme invited local architecture and design schools to submit design proposals for a contemporary interpretation of a Sukkah - a free-standing structure connected with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that Jews spent wandering the desert, a Sukkah is used for Jewish ritual observance, however, represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling that is universal.
On September 22, Sukkahville 2016 goes modular at Design Exchange.
Jennifer Keesmaat
City Planner, City of Toronto
Steve Diamond
President and CEO, Diamond Corp.
Ken Greenberg
Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.
Adam Vaughan
Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York
Moderated by Ontario Senator, Linda Frum

The Sukkahville 2016 Awards Ceremony follows at 7PM. Tickets for the opening ceremony and reception are available here. Judges for this year’s competition include DX President and CEO, Shauna Levy, Paul Rowan of Umbra, and architecture critic, John Bentley Mays.


Shengyu Cai, Marissa Liu, Keegan Toscano, and Garbo Zhu
Ryerson University
Behind the White
Yang Yue, Yi Zhang, Max Yaoshishen, Siqi Wang
University of Toronto
Seventh Oasis
Shahrzad Nairi, Mitch Joiner, Ben Chang, Nidhi Lad, Roman Romanov
OCAD University
The free Sukkah Exhibition and daily programming continues from
September 23 to September 25 and will be open during regular DX hours.

Make Change Conference

with Toronto Maker Festival 

Tickets starting at $20.00
Sunday, July 17, 2016
@ DX: 234 Bay St., Toronto


On July 17, join us in celebratating Toronto's Maker Festival at the Make Change Conference. Learn from the city's most creative and innovative makers, designers, techies and more. Discover how maker culture is changing the ways we work and live. 


Toronto’s Maker Festival celebrates and cultivates the city’s creative maker spirit. This includes showcasing new ideas and innovations from some of the city’s top designers, builders, inventors and all-around artists. Last year, Maker Festival expanded to include a series of satellite exhibitions and events, which were hosted by community partners spread across the city and involved workshops, talk series, open houses and hackathons, all in the span of one week. This year, DX is excited to be part of Maker Festival and will host a fun DX Maker Fest Kids Day as well as the Make Change Conference




Make Change is an annual conference that runs alongside Maker Festival Toronto. The conference brings together professional makers, makerspace organizers, educators and enthusiasts to explore the growing influence of maker culture as a force for change in Toronto. How has it changed our lives, the way we work, and our communities? This full day event aims to contextualize the work that is happening in makerspaces, libraries and schools and provide a platform for those who are improving civic life, building better solutions for environmental stewardship, engendering diversity in the technology sector and empowering those around them through hands on education.This year’s conference will be held on July 17 at DX.

For more information visit the Make Change Facebook event page.




a one night only experience by DX + RSID

Presented by: Fujifilm 

$25 + HST
Friday, July 15  |  8PM - Midnight
@DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


Join us for an artful mash-up of design and science for one night only on Friday, July 15, where Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design, led by RSID assistant professor Jonathon Anderson, mount sculptural and immersive digitally-fabricated installations. 

See how 81 handcrafted blocks can be arranged 43 million different ways, experience mind-bending projects inspired by Moire pattern and dazzle camouflage, and be awed by an off-the-wall work inspired by Callophrys rubi, a tiny butterfly.
Again, we’ll have complimentary drinks from Ace Hill beer and snacks from Marigold and Onions – including ice cream! Plus, DJ Odario – a regular mixmaster of Grand Analog – will spin an in flux of fresh beats to set the mood for you to move and mingle among the city's next crop of celebrated creators. 


Jonathon Anderson

Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Ryerson University. His work explores how industrial manufacturing and CNC technologies influence the design and making processes. As a result, the work is characterized by innovative and explorative methods that result in interconnected design, fine art, and technology solutions. To Jonathon, making is not only a practice but a form of critical thinking.

Dave Kemp is an Assistant Professor of Image Arts and a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology: particularly at how these fields shape our perception and understanding of the world.

Adrian Kenny is the Workshop Technologist in Ryerson’s School of Interior Design. Adrian has worked at the boutique studio Prototype Design Lab and has collaborated on projects ranging from restaurants, nightclubs, home construction, furniture, and installations.

Artemis Han is currently an editor at RADmagazine and part of the RSID's fourth year-end show committee. Artemis strives to continually learn and search for inspiration through experimentation along with new methods of innovation.


Kayley Mullings is currently an interior design intern at Studio Munge and entering her fourth year at RSID. Her growing interests are new methods of innovation in fabrication and technologies along with how users interact and behave in their spatial environments.

William Reive is a recent graduate of RSID and in September will begin a Masters of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. William's interest includes digital fabrication and making the interior and exterior a holistic space.

Janine Yeung is a recent graduate from RSID. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has exhibited at the Interior Design Show (IDS), received numerous internal awards within the University and has been successful in student design competitions (IIDEX, KPMG). Janine hopes to continue her pursuit and career in a practice that combines her passion for visual communication and design.



Jordan Söderberg Mills

Presented by: DX + Luminato Festival 

Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 26, 2016
@ Turbine Hall @ The Hearn: 440 Unwin Ave., Toronto


In a whimsical fusion of science and design, Design Exchange presents Jordan Söderberg Mills’ new series of anaglyphic mirrors that play with physics, perception, and colour for a new DX Satellite experience. His works unweave ambient light into spectral colour, creating cascading, stereographic reflections to capture The Hearn for an otherworldly, awe-inspiring encounter.

Jordan is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins and has had his work presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London Design Festival, National Gallery of Chile and at Milan Design Week. He one day aspires to become a legitimate wizard! 





DX Satellite was launched as a new initiative to take cultural experiences outside the bricks and mortar of the historical DX building. Through this initiative, DX has been able to reach broader audiences with more accessible museum programming. Past DX Satellite programs have included 3DXL - a large-scale 3D printing exhibition, and Smarter.Faster.Tougher. - an exhibition on sports, fashion and technology that was part of Toronto’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. In 2016, DX Satellite programs continue to bring design and culture to diverse audiences through strategic arts partnerships with Luminato Festival and London Design Week.


Luminato Arts Partners at the Hearn: Sharing the Space

After 10 years of partnering with arts organizations, venues and cultural groups across the city, Luminato Festival will manage and run its own unique venue. The Festival is curating a series of performance events and artistic activations with arts partners from across the city, celebrating Luminato’s long history of working with arts organizations and cultural partners in Toronto in a new way: by sharing at the lowest possible cost the infrastructure and space at The Hearn.


Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival is Toronto’s global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more. In 2016, the Festival marks its 10th anniversary from June 10 to 26 with a free and ticketed program of local and international artists delivering adventurous art in adventurous places. 


Learn more and see the rest of this year’s Festival lineup at luminatofestival.com



Mastercraft Series

From $30
 Summer 2016
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


Our Mastercraft series offers a variety workshops with experts from all disciplines to show you the fundamentals of design. From jewellery-making, fabric-dying, lingerie-sewing, wood-bending, and circuit-creating, these workshops are for participants of all backgrounds and skill levels looking to get hands-on experience from Toronto's best design do-ers and makers.  

Our Spring Mastercraft workshop sessions involve explorations into the realm of design + technology with practical lessons around electronic engineering and 3D printing. These sessions connect design thinking and function using a variety of digital tools that allow users to play with design process. 



More workshops coming soon! Stay up to date by signing up to INDX, our weekly e-newsletter!




The Happy Film

In collaboration with Hot Docs Festival
Various screening times
@ Bloor Hot Docs: 506 Bloor St W, Toronto


Hot Docs Festival and Design Exchange are pleased to present the international premiere of The Happy Film by renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, with Hillman Curtis and Ben Nabors.

For those who missed the New York designer’s exhibition The Happy Show at Design Exchange in 2013  – complete with gum ball machines numbered from 1 to 10, with the levels of gum dispensed illustrating showgoers’ average level of happiness, and figurative stencils (naked bodies, the seven continents) outlining such themes as marital and geographical happiness – the premiere of The Happy Film is a must-see.
Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well: He lives in New York, the city of his dreams. He is successful, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he re-design his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues three experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But things don't go as planned. Real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, death, and love prove impossible to disentangle. Sagmeister’s journey gives the rare opportunity to see our most basic human preoccupations in sharp focus – the questions about life, love and happiness that we all yearn to answer, but are afraid to ask.

Like the exhibition, the film offers viewers the experience of walking into Sagmeister’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness. It is an insightful documentary that focuses on the human aspects of design.



Stefan Sagmeister is a New York-based graphic designer and co-founder of Sagmeister & Walsh design firm. He has worked for the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, and The Guggenheim Museum. Exhibitions on Sagmeister's work have been mounted in New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne & Berlin. In 2013, Sagmeister & Walsh brought The Happy Show to Design Exchange to offer visitors the unique experience of delving into Sagmeister’s mind on his pursuit of happiness. The Happy Film is  a visual representation of the exhibition that offers audiences further insights and new perspectives.

@ Bloor Hot Docs: 234 Bay Street, Toronto
The Happy Film is part of the Hot Docs Festival’s Scotiabank Big Ideas Series. Learn more about the festival and screening times.





Jane's Walk

Lead by Lisa Rochon and Shauna Levy
Sunday May 8, 2016  |  2-3:30 PM
Walk Start: Whitlock's Restaurant
1961 Queen St. E at Kenilworth


Live the urban ballet that Jane Jacobs loved. As we walk from Queen East to the Beach Boardwalk, encounter a movable feast of live music and improvisation by dancers from the acclaimed Peggy Baker Studio, then at Woodbine Beach Fireplace roast marshmallows to celebrate Mother's Day.

Led by design leaders and local Beachers, Lisa Rochon (design jury chair, Winter Stations) and Shauna Levy (President + CEO of Design Exchange)




Designing Happy

In collaboration with Hot Docs Festival
FREE, drop in
Sunday May 1, 2016  |  10 AM - 2:30 PM
@ Hot Docs Mill Street Hub: 93 Charles St W, Toronto

Celebrate Hot Docs opening weekend with us by creating your own mixed-media artwork. 

We'll be hosting free family activities where our DX Instructors will be showing you how to make your own masks and signature typography inspired by The Happy Film. 





Presented by:
$25 + HST, Groups of 4+ receive 15% off
Friday April 29, 2016  |  7-11 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay Street, Toronto


Inspired by our Classic Plastics exhibition – a roundup of the best Canadian-made plastic designs – join us on April 29 to experience the stuff modern lifestyles are made of as we set the ultimate plastic-scene...

Under Plastic Dream – an awesome installation by Char Da Silva of Dundas West’s gallery-cum-bar Milk Glass Co., DJ Rocker Dave will exclusively spin the best vinyl while you dance and unwind with a drink, or a few.


Plus, we’ll have installations by artists Emanuel Pavao and Eleanor King, whose works are inspired by and incorporate plastic-based materials.

Thanks to Fujifilm, we'll be giving away an Instax Mini 70 camera! All of our INDX subscribers will have the chance to win! Sign-up at the PlastiScene Fujifilm booth or subscribe here. We'll be drawing the winner at the end of the night. Good luck! 





Featured Artists, Left to Right

Emanuel Pavao
Streetscapes, Plastic Tape on Canvas

Eleanor King
Redacted Records, Mixed Media
New York

Char Da Silva
Plastic Dream, Installation



$25 + HST, Groups of 4+ receive 15% off
Friday April 29, 2016  |  7-11 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay Street, Toronto
In-Kind Sponsors:
Media Sponsor:






Talk With Denis Santachiara

In collaboration with Digifest + Meet the Media Guru
Free Admission, Seating is Limited
Thursday April 28, 2016  |  7-8 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay Street, Toronto


Design Exchange, Digifest 2016, and Meet the Media Guru have come together to bring international designer Denis Santachiara, founder of Italy's CYRCUS.IT, to Toronto for a special evening talk. Denis will talk about his attraction to the poetic-linguistic potential of the artificial world and new technology, and the aesthetic processes that they generate in an industrial context. He will take us through his impressive career as a car designer for Maserati to set designer for the 2014 Academy Award Winning Best Foreign Film, The Great Beauty, pictured below.
Denis is a self-taught designer, born in Campagnola, Italy, where he began as a young car stylist for the De Tomaso group and then Maserati. Since 1978, his works on art and design have been shown at various events including: Venice Biennale, Documenta 8, and the Milan Triennale. He was the curator of exhibitions such as The neomerce, design invention and artificial ecstasy at the Triennale di Milano and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Denis has worked with many great Italian and international brands including Artemide, Bang & Olufsen, Fiat, Luceplan, Swatch and Vitra. In 2014 he founded CYRCUS.IT a web platform that offers an array of products from jewellery to furniture, unique housewares, and pieces of original artwork - all created through the process of digital fabrication.


Selected Works from Denis Santachiara

Car sketches, 1968

Swing Chair, 2008
Domodinamica, Italy

Still from “The Great Beauty” – 2014 Best Foreign Language film at the 86th Academy Awards.

Furniture designed by Denis Santachiara

Free Admission, Seating is Limited
Thursday April 28, 2016  |  7-8 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay Street, Toronto



This DXTalk is presented in collaboration with:


#ProjectProm: New Circles Prom Boutique

Presented by Design Exchange
 FREE with prom clothing donation, $10 without 
$10 per workshop
Thursday April 7, 2016  |  6-9 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


With Spring in the air and prom season just around the corner, join us for a night of dancing, donations, and dress-up to support New Circles' 9th Annual Prom Boutique.
Co-hosted by local tastemakers Gracie Carroll and Ama Scriver, formerly of Fat Girl Food Squad, #ProjectProm is in full swing and we’re looking for donations of suits and dresses of proms past to give today's graduating classes the chance to look and feel their best on a budget. DX collaborator Dolorous Jewelry joins Tonic Blooms and others to host DIY workshops, while DJ David Ariza spins the beats to get you pumped for prom! Plus, we’ll have more feature exhibits taking over our Exhibition Hall. This is one prom party you won't want to miss!


This event is presented in collaboration with:




Refreshments generously provided by:





Innovation Nation Featuring Sarah Fulford & Naomi Zener

In collaboration with
UJA Genesis, Innovation Nation Speaker Series
Monday April 4, 2016  |  6:30-9 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


Join us for an exciting talk with Sarah Fulford and Naomi Zener as they share their experiences as female journalists growing up in Toronto's Jewish community.
Sarah Fulford is the Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Life Magazine - a position she came into at the age of 33, making her one of the youngest major magazine editors in Canada. Prior to that, Fulford lived in Brooklyn, where she helped launch Jewish Living - a monthly Jewish lifestyle magazine. She has won two Canadian National Magazine Awards for her writing and has contributed articles to publications such as The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and The Walrus. Fulford sits on the board of the Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Naomi Zener is the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for VICE Canada. She has worked in various positions in the entertainment, media and technology sectors for over a decade and is a published author. Zener has written for the Huffington Post, Keller, Absurd Comedy, Yummy Mummy Club, and also has her own satirical fiction blog, SatiricalMama.com. Zener is currently working on her second novel.
UJA Federation's mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world through philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership. UJA Genesis' Innovation Nation Speaker Series supports non-profits and the Jewish community by providing professional insights, mentorship and skills training to young adults.


This DXTalk is presented in collaboration with:




Winter Stations Kids' Day

Generously Supported by TD Bank
Hosted at Nabors Paint


Free, Space is Limited
Sunday March 20, 2016  |  1-4 PM
@ Nabors Paint: 2184 Queen Street East, Toronto


To celebrate Winter Stations, join us at Nabors Paint for a free Kids' Day on March 20 from 1-4PM.
Inspired by the Winter Stations sculptures along the beach, we'll look at urban architecture and the environment with hands-on activities. Kids will have the opportunity to create their own winter-themed colleges and mixed-media artwork while learning about the basics of architecture and, design form and function. Kids' will also explore ideas behind green building initiatives and how sustainability plays a key role in urban communities.

Hosted at:

Programming Partner:
Generously Supported by:




FEB 28, 1-4pM



Drop in on Sundays for fun-filled days of hands-on activities filled with inspiring lessons and DIY workshops led by our creative and qualified education instructors. Bring your imaginative and curious creative kids, we'll provide the markers, pipe cleaners, glitter, glue - and even an app or two. 

Providing design education for children is a core component of Design Exchange's mandate. Through our programs, DX encourages young audiences to become creative problem solvers and design thinkers at every age. We are committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and we aim to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary. 

Admission: Free
Location: 234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Hours: 1-4PM


JAN 23, 11AM



The visionary designers behind the 2016 edition of Monogram Dinner by Design step out of their studios to join us for this rapid-fire presentation – where each speaker talks about 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Experts and trendsetters in design, architecture, and decor discuss their food and design inspirations for their installations and other restaurant and kitchen interiors.

Presenters include: Janette Ewen, design and lifestyle expert; designer and huge foodie Jenny Francis, architect Carol Philips of Moriyama & Teshima Architects; architect Tania Bortolotto; designer Guido Costantino; interior designer Ashley Botten, Design Agency's Jamie Phelan, and more! 

Plus, Amy Rosen, a James Beard nominated, award-winning freelance journalist and former Food Editor at Chatelaine magazine, will moderate! 

In six minutes and 40 seconds, these creative individuals indulge us for a fantastic fusion of food and design.

Light breakfast will be served.

Admission: FREE

Due to limited seating, please RSVP. Register Here

Presented by caesarstone


JAN 19-24, 2016


Between January 21 and 24, experience the 12 extraordinary dining installations created by some of Canada's most visionary designers for Monogram Dinner by Design Presented by Caesarstone.

Following last year's spectacular display (pictures here), we've rounded up another line-up of design and architecture titans including architectsAlliance, Ashley Botten Design, Commute Design, Design Agency, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, and more, who transformed Design Exchange’s historic Trading Floor.

These extraordinary dining environments—from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical—set the stage four days of fun and fascination.

Visitors are invited to visit the Monogram Dinner by Design exhibition and discover new design ideas and trends.

Hours | Thu: 12-5PM, Fri: 9AM-5PM, Sat: 10AM-4:30PM, Sun: 12-4:30PM 
Admission | $5 at the door.


2016 Featured Designers




Exhibition General Admission
$5 at the door 
(Interior Design Show Badge and Ticket Holders Receive Complimentary Admission)
Hours | Thu: 12-5PM, Fri: 9AM-5PM, Sat: 10AM-4:30PM, Sun: 12-4:30PM 



All proceeds from Monogram Dinner by Design Presented by Caesarstone are donated
to Casey House and Design Exchange.

For inquires, please contact Rosa Ricci at rosa@dx.org or 416.216.2160.


RPM: Resistance, Play & Misbehaviour 
JAN 12, 7PM



"Beauty emerges when design misbehaves," says Alexander Josephson, our 2015-16 Emerging Designer Competition winner. Join us on January 12 for a talk with Josephson, the co-founder of PARTISANS, the design firm behind Toronto's Union Station Revitalization, the world-renowned Grotto Sauna in Georgian Bay, and the interior for the award-winning Bar Raval. 

Josephson describes the firm's guiding ethos, gives us a peek inside his creative process, talks about the intersection of design and larger global issues, and tell us how the firm's work has been received.

Location | 234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Doors Open | 6:30PM
Talk | 7PM Sharp

Photo by Ryan Emberley.


OCT 21, 6PM


Join us on October 21 for a special talk with Ron Gilad, an internationally celebrated designer and artist, who will discuss his artistic and commercial work. Gilad provides insight into his creative process and give us a peek into how his products have been formed by his notion of home and how he strikes a fine balance between the abstract and the functional.

After spending some years in New York, Gilad now lives and works in Tel Aviv – where he was born – and Milan. His hybrid objects for such furniture brands as Flos, Adele-C, Nodus, and Molteni & C combine real wit with aesthetic play. His works have been exhibited at Tel Aviv Museum of Art and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2013 he received the Wallpaper Design Award (Designer of the Year; Best Domestic Design) and the Elle Décor International Award (Designer of the Year; Furniture Design).

Join Design Exchange on October 21 to hear Ron Gilad’s design stories!

Presented by Molteni & C

Duer to limited seating, registration is required. Please RSVP at rsvp@dx.org


NOV 29, 1-4PM



Drop in on Sundays for fun-filled days of hands-on activites filled with inspiring lessons and DIY workshops led by our creative and qualified education instructors. Bring your imaginative and curious creative kids, we'll provide the markers, pipe cleaners, glitter, glue - and even an app or two. 

On November 29, come in from the cold and warm up with DX at action-packed holiday party. Join us to craft vibrant and lively ornaments and show off your masterful cookie decorating skills!

Providing design education for children is a core component of Design Exchange's mandate. Through our programs, DX encourages young audiences to become creative problem solvers and design thinkers at every age. We are committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and we aim to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary. 

Admission: Free
Location: 234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON
Hours: 1-4PM


FALL 2015



This fall Design Exchange and Etsy Canada are joining creative forces to inaugurate the DX ETSY MASTERCRAFT SERIES, a set of hands-on workshops with expert designers – and Etsy’s top-sellers – from all disciplines to teach participants the fundamentals of design.

Creative adults can join us to learn how to build and wire a lamp, create beautiful jewellery, and fashion everything from lingerie to stylish winter accessories like quilts made using computer codes. Perfect timing, with the upcoming gift-giving season, when top-notch handmade works make the top of everyone’s wish list.

Join DX and Etsy this fall. Register now




Wednesday, November 11, 6-9PM

Etsy Mastercrafter: Sarah Norwood 

Learn lingerie basics and how to sew a soft bra and matching pair of knickers. Sarah will walk students through the step by step process of making a pair of her signature looks, so that you can make your own!

About Sarah: Sarah Norwood is the designer behind Ohhh Lulu Lingerie and Ohhh Lulu Sews sewing patterns.

Register before November 4: $55+hst or $45+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)

Register after November 4: $65+hst or $55+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)
Supply Kit (required): $45



Saturday, November 14, 12- 4PM

Etsy Mastercrafter: Julie Sinden

Workshop: An introduction to the world of fabric dyeing, using fibre reactive dyes, which are safe, non-toxic and very easy to use. Using cotton fabric, students will learn to mix, apply and cure the dyes. Some colour theory and surface design will also be explored, so students can create their own colour palette and both solid and patterned fabric.

About Julie: A lover of all things textile-related since she was young, Julie attended the Kootenay School of the Arts in British Columbia, where she majored in Fibre. She began her business, Julie Sinden Handmade, in 2005 as a line of boiled wool hats and accessories.

Register before November 7: $65+hst or $55+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)

Register after November 7: $75+hst or $65+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)
Supply Kit (required): $15



Wednesday, November 18, 6-9PM
This Mastercraft workshop has been re-scheduled from its previous date, October 15.

Etsy Mastercrafter: Danielle Singer

Workshop: Participants explore the basics of jewellery making, learning how to make a basic chain charm bracelet or a signature style of Dolorous Jewelry. Skills include jewellery basics including tool use, production skills, and design tips. Each participant will be given the materials and tools needed to make one or two pieces of jewellery of their own design that they will be able to take home with them!

About Danielle: Dolorous Jewelry is a collection of sculptural handmade pieces designed and produced by Danielle Singer. Inspired by historical and specifically Medieval accessories, Danielle’s work is known for its signatures styles of body chains and hand jewellery.

Register before November 11: $55+hst or $45+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)

Register after November 11: $65+hst or $55+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)
Supply Kit (required): $30



Saturday, November 21, 12-4PM

Etsy Mastercrafter: Tim Richards  

Workshop: Learn the basics of bending wood using steam in a class designed for both the absolute beginner and those with some woodworking experience. Students will learn what we look for in good bending stock, how to set up forms and jigs, and how we design pieces for the capabilities and limitations of steam bending, all while making your own handheld version of our popular Lapin mirror.

About Tim: Tim Richards is an experimental furniture and lighting designer, sculptor, and woodworker. At South Street Boatbuilders, process mirrors and draws from experience; starting at the grand scale of concept, culture and history, works are refineddown to the very finest details of the tactile experience.

Register before November 7: $65+hst or $55+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)

Register after November 7: $75+hst or $65+hst for DX Members (with valid membership ID)
Supply Kit (required): $40





Design Exchange is thrilled to be a a venue host for artist JR's Black and White Night, with multiple spaces being involved including the interior and exterior of the building.

A projection of Les Boquets in Toronto can be viewed on the Design Exchange's historic exterior facade. Photography is just a medium for JR, it is where and how he places the work that matters. 
Les Bosquets, reveals portraits of young people from the housing projects around Paris. "The destruction of a re-construction." - JR. Art and social uproar interweave in an image designed to challenge the widely accepted "cliché of the ghetto."

More information here

Inside, on the historic Trading Floor, visitors are treated to an exclusive viewing of the film Les Bosquets. It brings the audience to a place where art and the power of image interweave. Based on the story of Ladj Ly, the performance of the ballet Les Bosquets for the New York City Ballet in 2014 and inspired by the riots in the French suburbs in 2005. JR reveals his experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil where he created his first project, Portrait of a Generation. "I've used various means of expression, narration, video archives, choreography and testimony to illustrate this deeply personal and evolving exhibition." – JR

More infomation here.

JUL 19, 12-4PM


Parents and children are invited to explore and engage with this awesome and inspiring exhibition through drop-in, hands-on design activities for all ages led by DX educators.

During DX Kids' Sunday hours, exhibition admission is free for up to two adults accompanying children under 12.

SEPT 29, 6:30PM

Hit the road – or take a trail – to experience some of the most revolutionary fitness fashion and performance gear that’s helping competitive athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts’ get healthy, train and win big!

Join us on September 29 for a guided walk through of Smarter. Faster. Tougher. An Exhibition on Sports, Fashion + Tech presented and commissioned by PANAMANIA presented by CIBC.

Curator Marie O'Mahony, gives an exclusive insider's look and learn about the exhibition’s inspiration and the criteria that guided her selection of fashions, gear, and technologies that are on display.

Admission: Free

Location: 39 Parliament Street, The Distillery District

Hours: 6:30-8:30PM


3D Modelling & Printing WITH FUSION 
for teens JUL 11, 1-4PM
for adults jul 4, jul 18, 1-4PM



In both workshops, learn about 3D modelling and printing and get to design an object using Fusion software. Earn a certificate, but don't forget to bring a laptop! 

General Admission: $55+HST
DX Members: $49.50+HST

Saturday, July 11, 1-4PM

**Saturday, June 27, 1-4PM (Unfortunately this session of Workshops for Teens has been cancelled. Interested designers can register for our an alternative session on Saturday, July 11.) **

Saturday, July 18, 1-4PM



JUN 11, 7-10PM


Drink, Mingle, Print, Repeat! On Thursday, June 11, start your night off with us at the 3DXL Meet-Up Presented by Absolut. This late night at the 3DXL exhibition where you can explore the mind-melting projects on display and unwind with a signature Absolut vodka cocktail and delectable treats!

Plus, for one night only we're showcasing the awesome inventions and inspiring installations from local creative studios working with 3D printing technology. Discover TechKnight, works that look at 3D printed portraiture using a 3D scanner; Protocycler, a desktop machine that recycles 3D printed products into new filament; The Playful Geometer, a system that makes 3D printed Cosmic Space Crafts, or lanterns, that are 3D printed and digitally patterned; and more!

On display at 3DXL Meet-Up Presented by Absolut for one night only:

  • TechKnight
  • Joseph Nogucci Jewellery
  • The Playful Geometer
  • Hot Pop Factory
  • Protocycler
  • Matter and Form 
  • and more.

Start your Thursday night off at 3DXL - A Large-Scale 3D Printing Exhibition, and join us for an immersive experience design, technology, architecture, science, and community!

Refreshments sponsored by Absolut and treats sponsored by Sultan of Samosas and Sanremo Bakery.

363 King Street West, Toronto

June 11, 7-10PM

General Admission: $25 
Student/Senior Admission: $18.75 + HST
DX Members Admission: $12.50 + HST

This is a 19+ event.


curator's tour


Tuesday, June 23, 7-8:30PM

Learn about the inspirations and criteria that guided DX Curator Sara Nickleson's selections. Special guests, including designers with work on display, join her.

General Admission: $25+HST
DX Members: $12.50+HST
Studen/Senior: $18.75+HST


MAY 23 & MAY 24


On Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, we're throwing the doors open for the 16th annual weekend celebration of architecture and design.

Join us on the historic Toronto Stock Exchange trading floor and take a step back in time to 1937 to enjoy the art deco splendour complete with breathtaking 40-feet-high ceilings and beautiful murals by artist Charles F. Comfort. 

Saturday, May 23, 10AM-5PM
Sunday, May 24, 10AM-5PM

Find more information about Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf, here

Admission: FREE

MAY 7, 6:30PM


Roman Mars is a radio maker and digital storyteller. He is host and creator of 99% Invisible, an online radio show focused on design and architecture. With over 40 million downloads, it is one of the most popular podcasts in the world.

Mars was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in 2013. His crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $1.16 million, making him the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history.

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

Presented by:

APR 29, 9AM


Join us for an inspiring morning talk with Zita Cobb, the founder and innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn which has shaken up the world of travel and hospitality since it opened just  two years ago on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

Designed by Canadian architect Todd Saunders, the Inn won the Greatest Innnovation/Disruption Prize at LE Miami and is one of Architectural Digest’s Ten Most Daring New Buildings Around the World. The Inn is a project of the Zita Cobb’s Shorefast Foundation that uses financial, social and sacred capital to restore small communities to life. So all surpluses from the inn’s operations are re-invested in the Fogo Island community. In fact, the Inn is so daring and different  that it’s only one of two Canadian properties to be founding members of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World Collection.

The Inn’s furniture is made by local craftspeople and is  now sold globally through KLAUS by Nienkamper. The Inn’s dining room is hailed as one of Canada’s Top 10 new restaurants and its chef, Murray McDonald, has brought the phrase “Newfoundland cuisine” to the lips of foodies the world over.

Please join us to hear Zita Cobb’s remarkable story of the creation and design of the Fogo Island Inn. 

Light breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. Zita Cobb will speak promptly at 9 a.m.

FREE for DX Members
$20+HST for General Admission

This event is sold out. 

For inquiries, please email info@dx.org.

winter stations WORKSHOP
FEB 28 & MAR 7, 1-4PM


Calling all creative kids! On February 28 and March 7, join Design Exchange for a FREE Winter Stations-inspired workshop. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the five spectacular shelters on Toronto's Kew-Balmy Beach, Design Exchange instructors lead an afternoon designing and building huts, shelters, overhead coverings, and wintertime playgrounds. What will you build?

Saturday, February 28 and Saturday, March 7
1934 Queen Street East
Drop in between 1-4 p.m.
Open to children 5+

This workshop is FREE!

DESIGN EXCHANGE AT TORONTO's interior design show



Drawing inspiration from the fantastic fusion of food and design on display at Design Exchange from January 22 to 25, DX curator Sara Nickleson creates a bold and contemporary Canadian-inspired dining installation at Toronto's Interior Design Show. Visit us at Booth #500 to be inspired and discover new designers and ideas for the hub of your home.

From January 22 to 25, experience 11 dazzling dining installations by some of Canada's hottest designers at Monogram Dinner by Design, in support of Casey House and Design Exchange at the museum. For more information, click here

The Interior Design Show is an immersive and interactive show floor featuring established and up and coming designers. Come see captivating speakers including international designers and popular media personalities. Discover hundreds of innovative new products from Canada and across the world. Use promo code DXIDS15 when purchasing tickets online to receive 10% off general admission or 10% off trade day registration.  

JANUARY 20, 7-10PM



Join Monogram, Casey House and Design Exchange on January 20, 2015 for Cocktails By Design. 

Surround yourself with 11 dining experiences created by some of Canada’s most visionary designers while enjoying specialty Absolute Elyx cocktails and delectable delights, courtesy of GE Monogram Appliances.  Music will be spun by UK resident, the unforgettable, Glammy Lifetime Achievement Award-Winning DJ Lina, of Fire Island Pine's Sip N' Twirl Nightclub.

2015 Featured Designers:

TICKETS: $120 + HST and processing fees

All proceeds from Monogram Dinner by Design are donated to Casey House and Design Exchange.

Founding Partners: GE Monogram + Azure Magazine


winter stations powered by pechakucha 20x20
FEB 13, 6:30PM


Hosted by Ted Merrick, of Ferris + Associates and Toronto City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, this PechaKucha kicks off the design/build weekend for the inaugural Winter Stations design competition, which will see the lifeguard stations along Toronto's east-end beaches transformed into wintertime works of public art. Open to any and all local and international designers, Winter Stations garnered nearly 200 submissions from 36 countries in its first year. The installations will be unveiled on Family Day and stay up until March 22nd.  On Friday, February 13, the four winning design teams, and a student-led group from Ryerson's School of Architecture, will participate in a PechaKucha centred loosely on the theme of winter.
PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as the presenters race to talk along each image.

Daniel Madeiros, architect and designer at DM_Studio in London, U.K. 
Timothy Olson, designer at Bensonwood in Walpole, New Hampshire
Lily Jeon and Diana Konca, fourth-year architecture students at  Ryerson Department of Architectural Science
Ed Butler, designer at WMB Studio in London, U.K.
Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft, Toronto architects
and more! 

This event is free, but registration is greatly appreciated. Let us know if you're joining us by emailing rsvp@dx.org
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

OCT 21, NOV 11 & dec 9



Join us for our final curators' tour on Dec 9 for a guided walk through of Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politcs with guest curator Jeanne Beker and DX curator Sara Nickleson. Learn about the exhibition’s inspiration, the major contributions made by participating designers and collectors, and the criteria that guided the curators’ sartorial selections.

Curators’ tour groups meet in front of the reception desk in the main lobby at 6:30PM.


General Admission: $25 + HST

DX Member: $12.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $18.75 + HST


NOV 26, 6-9PM



Strike a pose at our posh party on November 26! Eat, drink, dance and mingle. DJ Mama Knows drops the beats and artist Cameron Lee joins us with a special feature. Plus, hit the after-party at Drake One Fifty



Cameron Lee is a Toronto artist, curator and DJ. Cameron performs, builds, collects and combines using humour, making familiarity feel strange. Cameron is one-third of DJ collective Body Interface (regularly hosted at Bambi’s), is the curator for the monthly art, food and music event Feast in the East, and a founding member of Toronto gallery 8-Eleven. Cameron’s sculptural work was recently shown at The Power Plant, in an exhibition curated by Micah Lexier.

For Party Politics, Lee brings Instant Fashion Show to DX. This is an ongoing project where invited guests bring clothing, costumes, fabric and accessories to a location with the intent to trade, style and share, spending little to no money. The project has roots in clothing swaps between friends (often ending with a modelling of chosen items in a fashion show presentation) and the performance/happening Tops n’ Bottoms, initiated by Toronto artists Karen Azoulay and Joel Gibb in 2002. DJs play music to build the participants’ energy and loosen their inhibitions. Instant Fashion Show joyfully thumbs its nose at convention, in a free exchange of goods and ideas about how to express yourself through fashion and music.

Party Politics attendees may observe the performance, or participate by bringing an accessory and/or laundered item of clothing to swap.

Photo by: Jamie Campbell


Anni Araujo Spadafora is a DJ and mixed media artist based in Toronto. She was recently an artist in residence at NES Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. She has been a regular DJ at the AGO's First Thursdays series and her band New Fries is set to release their first album with Pleasence Records in this fall.


This is a 19+ event.


General Admission: $25 + HST

DX Member: $12.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $18.75 + HST


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OCT 19, NOV 16 & DEC 7, 12-4PM



Held once a month during the run of Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, Family Sunday invites children, parents and caregivers to explore and engage with the exhibition. Each program features drop-in, hands-on design activities for all ages led by DX educators. Plus, make it a memorable experience with our exhibition-themed photobooth!

During Family Sunday hours, exhibition admission is free for up to two adults accompanying children under 12.

NOV 4, 3-5PM



Ever wonder what it’s like to see people using the website or app you’ve designed? Usability Matters will be running a workshop to give you the skills to test your own designs on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

In this workshop, Usability Matters UX designers Adie Margineanu, Dale McRae, Nick Crampton and Linn Vizard will teach you how to critically analyze a website, how to conduct a usability test, and how to avoid common mistakes when designing for the web. We'll also touch on the challenges of accessibility testing and how to ensure your designs meet the needs of people with varying abilities.

Learn the basics, try your hand at administering a usability test, and present your findings back to the group! Then mingle and network with like-minded designers.

The workshop will be held in DX's Library on November 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Drinks and edibles provided after the event.

General Admission: $20 + HST

DX Member: $15 + HST

Space is limited to 20 participant so get your tickets today!

This is a 19+ event.

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 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. 


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 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.



General Admission: $25 + HST

DX Member: $12.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $18.75 + HST


Or buy a DXTALKS Pass and all upcoming Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics talks for a special price!

General Admission: $75 + HST

DX Member: $37.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $56.25 + HST



Sponsored by

Style + SUbstance
OCT 28, 6:30PM



Inspired by Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, this rapid-fire presentation – where each speaker talks about 20 slides for 20 seconds each – features trendsetters, tastemakers and creatives who discuss their fashion inspirations and favourite iconic styles and moments. In six minutes and 40 seconds, presenters answer: What is style? How do they approach and apply style at work and at home? This talk is hosted by the impeccably stylish interior designer, Tommy Smythe.

Speakers include:

Suzanne Boyd, editor-in-chief at Zoomer Magazine

Nolan Bryant, columnist at The Globe and Mail

Alex McLeod, artist 

Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill, co-founders of Greta Constantine

Jagmeet Singh, MPP Bramalea - Gore - Malton

Roslyn Griffith Hall, stylist

Susie Sheffman, fashion/creative director

Stefano Pujatti, architect 




General Admission: $25 + HST

DX Member: $12.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $18.75 + HST


Or buy a DXTALKS Pass and see all upcoming Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics talks for a special price!

General Admission: $75 + HST

DX Member: $37.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $56.25 + HST



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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.

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: 


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. 


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 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).



General Admission: $25 + HST

DX Member: $12.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $18.75 + HST


Or buy a DXTALKS Pass and see all upcoming Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics talks for a special price!

General Admission: $75 + HST

DX Member: $37.50 + HST

Student/Senior: $56.25 + HST



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Sponsored by

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. 


General Admission: $50 + HST

DX Member: $25 + HST

Student/Senior: $37.50 + HST



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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


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


Moderated by Karon Liu, food writer at The Grid

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

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

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: 



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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 




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



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.

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.

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. 




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 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.

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.

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!

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.

Doors Open Toronto

Presented by: Great Gulf

Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29, 2016
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


Explore Toronto’s unique cultural history with a chance to go inside the city’s most fascinating, beautiful spaces. Join us at DX for the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto - a weekend that offers free and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of "Re-used, Re-visited and Revised" explores the adaptive repurposing of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history. Join us for a free Kids' Day and building tours throughout the weekend. Also for the first-time ever, Doors Open Toronto will feature a keynote speaker – acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. 



MAY 27  |  7:30PM  @ DX

Karim Rashid: The Future of Design

Doors @ 6 PM
With over 3,000 designs of all different kinds in production across the globe, Karim Rashid is one of most prolific designers of his generation. To kick off Doors Open Toronto, Rashid joins us to talk about his work and the future of design, contemporary ideas, and technology. Discover how he plans to fuse together designs of different disciplines to increase the human experience and broaden consumer horizons. This is the perfect free talk for those interested in design, art, culture, beauty and aesthetic.

Seats available on a first come, first serve basis 


MAY 28  |  12-4 PM  @ DX


Stop by to take part in tours of our current exhibition, DX Uncrated: Classic Plastics and the Historic DX Trading Floor, led by our DX Education team.
*Tours will run every 30mins between 12-4PM. 


MAY 29  |  1-4 PM  @ DX

Doors Open Kids' Day

Join us for a design-filled afternoon for our annual Doors Open Day! Participants will explore the world of design through various hands-on activities inspired by pieces from the DX Permanent collection and Classic Plastics exhibition. From perler beads, to shrinking paper to 3D Doodlers, we encourage you to pull inspiration from our historic building, contemporary and classic pieces to take home your own design masterpiece. 


Doors Open Toronto

Presented by: Great Gulf

Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29, 2016
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto




Mastercraft Series

From $30
 Spring 2016
@ DX: 234 Bay St, Toronto


Our Mastercraft series offers a variety workshops with experts from all disciplines to show you the fundamentals of design. From jewellery-making, fabric-dying, lingerie-sewing, wood-bending, and circuit-creating, these workshops are for participants of all backgrounds and skill levels looking to get hands-on experience from Toronto's best design do-ers and makers.  

Our Spring Mastercraft workshop sessions involve explorations into the realm of design + technology with practical lessons around electronic engineering and 3D printing. These sessions connect design thinking and function using a variety of digital tools that allow users to play with design process. 



MAY 22  |  5 - 7PM  @ DX

Intro to Electronics

Like tinkering and dissecting gadgets to make something new? Learn the basics of Arduino, a popular DIY open-source platform used for building electronics like robots, e-textiles, and more! Connect sensors, buttons, and lights to explore the basics of electronics - including the functionality of their circuits and systems programming. Break-down the basics with Grove kits (professional electronic engineering tools) and figure out how to turn inputs into outputs using different patterns and designs. This class is ideal for those looking to enhance their practice with electronics and will cover basic electronic circuitry and coding.
Early bird registration availble now until May 20:
DX Members  |  $30 +HST  
Non-Members  |  $40 +HST
General registration prices after May 20:
DX Members | $40 +HST
Non-Members | $50 +HST


JUNE 2  |  6 - 8PM  @ DX

Intro to 3D printing

Learn the basics of 3D printing using Tinker Cad and Sculptris softwares. Learn the ins and outs of each program and 3D printing functionality. Explore various 3D printing materials and model resources to create your own one-of-a-kind 3D printed designs.
Early bird registration availble now until May 20:
DX Members  |  $30 +HST
Non-Members  |  $40 +HST
General registration prices as of May 27:
DX Members | $40 +HST
Non-Members | $50 +HST

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and a snack.







About the Instructor

Lindy Wilkins is a cyborg, Maker, educator and Technologist based in Toronto. They currently serve as Director at Site 3 coLaboratory, and co-founder of Little Dada. Lindy holds a BFA from Concordia University, and an MFA from OCAD University. After this brief venture into academia, Lindy has become an informal learning enthusiast, teaching the art of making whimsical robots at many Maker and Hacker spaces around the city.




Yoga by Design

$20 Drop-in
Tuesday June 28, 2016  |  12-1 PM
@ DX: 234 Bay Street, Toronto


Yoga by Design brings yoga to remarkable, beautiful spaces in Toronto and beyond.

Experience yoga like never before within the Art Deco and modern spaces of Design Exchange! Led by yogini and award-winning writer and architecture critic, Lisa Rochon, each of these lunchtime classes will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Lisa Rochon brings an authentic practice of yoga to beautiful spaces - inside masterworks of design or outside below the canopy of oak trees. Her training in Ubud, Bali and in Dharamsala hill station in the Himalayas, India means she understands the deep roots of yoga and its 2500 year-old history. Combining healing Hatha yoga with powerful Ashtanga flow, Lisa brings the sounds of Tibetan healing bowls to end-of-class savasana. Sink into your mat, listen to the sounds of the East, and enjoy the bliss!
Doors open 11:40am and 20 Lululemon yoga mats are available for use on first come, first serve basis. Or bring your own mat, and water, too! Plus, join us for a relaxing cup of tea in the DX lobby after class and take in the DX: Uncrated exhibits.

Upcoming Yoga by Design 

Tuesday, May 24
12-1PM @ DX

Tuesday, June 28
12-1PM @ DX

Questions? E-mail hello@yogabydesign.co.

Yoga by Design @ DX is presented in collaboration with:
In-kind Sponsors:


Pride Kids' Days

July 2 - 3   |   10-4 PM
@ Family Pride Hub: 83 Alexander St., Toronto


Join us for a fun drop-in family day at DX as we celebrate Toronto Pride. Our Instructors will be leading a series of fun, beginner-level DIY design workshops where you can create your own colourful designs to show off at the parade and other Pride festivities.  

We are family! Celebrating 16 years with Pride Toronto, Family Pride is a family-friendly Pride celebration on the grounds of an elementary school within the Village. With programming for families and children, from infants to age 12, Family Pride features sports, games, crafts, face painting, story telling and live performances. 


In partnership with:


The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, LGBT Youthline provides leadership opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and referrals by telephone, texting and online.







Corian Pop-Up Studio

  On Now!
  DX Ground Floor  |  234 Bay St.

DuPont™ Corian® has long been considered by the architecture and design community as the “designer’s playdough.” For the first time ever, the material that for decades has been used as a building block by top architects and designers around the globe is installing a first of its kind – a Corian® PopUp Studio at Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum.


Designed by Mason Studio and inspired by a child's world and playful experiences, everything is big and nothing is impossible. Visitors are encouraged to explore the colours, shapes and textures to discover fabrication techniques – illumination, thermoforming, etching, wireless phone charging and more – that allow virtually any shape, form or function to be created by this versatile design material.

You’ll even have the chance to create your own Corian® colour and explore design technology in specialized continuing education units (CEUs).


Reel Abilities Film Festival 

  Sat, May 13  |  11 AM -4:00 PM
  Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
150 Kilgour Rd, East York

DX is delighted to be a part of ReelAbillities day of FREE screenings, workshops and festival activites with the help of Holland-Bloorview Kids' Rehabilitiation Hospital.

DX will be on site with an Urban + City Planning workshop. 


About the Workshop: Geared to celebrate civic engagement and empowerment, Participants explore what it takes to build a city. Examining the different elements and needs to make a city function as a whole.  A collaborative project, youth decide what will exist within their city before building a small scale mode.

Tickets are free but registration in advance is encouraged.
Confirm your spot today!






Drawing inspiration from Chrysalis, this year’s chosen theme for Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival, the Nia Centre for the Arts and Ryerson University’s Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) joined forces this past April for the Chrysalis Design Hack-A-Thon – an envelope-pushing costume design competition.


Students from the Department of Architectural Science, the School of Interior Design, and School of Fashion worked together in a one-day hack-a-thon to leverage digital design and fabrication methods (think: 3D-printing, laser cutting, and CNC tech) to create innovative carnival costumes that depict the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. The students worked under the direction of Candice Dixon, a.k.a SugaCayne Designs and architect Tom Bessai.

Presented By







DX @ Luminato 

  June 24  |  1 - 4 PM
 David Pecaut Square  |  215 King St W

Young designers will enjoy an afternoon of creativity while learning about theatre design through hands- on design activities and challenges inspired by the Performing Arts. Family friendly and for all ages, we'd love to see you there!

Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, is committed to making design education accessible for all. Our education, outreach, partnerships, and volunteer programs harness the experience and expertise of DX’s design programs and bring high quality design education directly to children and youth in schools, community and neighbourhood centres. Design Exchange's Kids’ Days program is an initiative designed for families with children under 12 years old. These free, drop-in format activity days explore various design disciplines and projects in a fun and inclusive atmosphere.

DX Kids' Days are generously supported by






Doors Open Toronto Presented by Great Gulf

  May 27-28  |  10 AM - 5 PM
  DX  |  234 Bay St

On Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 we're throwing the doors open for the 18th annual weekend celebration of architecture and design.

Join us on the historic Toronto Stock Exchange trading floor and take a step back in time to 1937 to enjoy the art deco splendour complete with breathtaking 40-feet-high ceilings and beautiful murals by artist Charles F. Comfort, complete with guided tours by our trained docents.




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located at 234 Bay Street, Toronto

Call 416.363.6121


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