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DesignTO is where art and design meet across the city, January 18-27, 2019. Over 100+ events and exhibitions are free, and the rest are ticketed or by RSVP. It’s easy to attend. Browse the schedule and select any event to find out who, what, when, and where.

Festival Events

Below is a selection of events and exhibitions happening during the Festival. For the full schedule click here.

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Design Unseen

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019

Exhibitions

Is process as critical as design in its final form? ‘Design Unseen’ is an exhibition of work by six graphic designers that aims exposes unseen creative...

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Base Unit

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

A chair and a jumpsuit, both constructed with stock materials and simple techniques from designs distributed publicly. They represent archetypes of objects in our surroundings that are scaled...

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Puts on a Face

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Puts on a Face’ is an exhibit of letterforms by Alley Kurgan expanding on her previous type design and silk scarf specimens by creating letterforms both in clay...

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Studies

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘Studies’ is a selection of new work by Toronto-based designer-maker Nathan Clarke. ...

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Radiate: Winter 2019 Exhibitions

Jan 18, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019

Exhibitions

Harbourfront Centre is a hub of activity for the 9th annual DesignTO Festival with seven exhibitions and a public talk,...

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Sensible Horizon

Jan 22, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019

Window Installations

Our state of being is always influenced by our perspectives. Sensible Horizon seeks out to explore the intersection of two infinite planes as experienced by the observer. ...

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Strange Legacy

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

Studio Watson explores unconventional uses for carpets in the home in celebration of the launch of a small collection of heritage rugs developed from original hand hooked designs...

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Nest

Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Enter the workshop studio of Brothers Dressler, where they have been designing and producing original furniture and other works for over 15 years. See a unique workshop, laboratory,...

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We Think

Jan 18, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019

Exhibitions

Design Exchange partners with CD&I Associates, to propose 17 new visions for the future, aligned with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. ...

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What is Your Story?

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

There are very few burdens greater than carrying the weight of an untold story. People constantly have trouble finding the...

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Eco-Design Symposium

Jan 19, 2019

Events

The goals of this symposium are to: foster conversations about designers role in the eco-crisis; share examples of ecological design...

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re:LOCATION

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

In an offsite OCAD University industrial design class taught by Ranee Lee at the Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development, students designed bespoke textile goods to be...

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RAW Collection

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Montreal textile designer Annie Legault proposes the ‘RAW Collection’ as an ensemble of giant sculptures/lamps made of natural fibres. ...

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One Who Protects a Sibling

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Exhibitions

‘One Who Protects a Sibling’ is an OCAD University supported project in which Indigenous and Black makers exhibit the mediated...

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Danish Design — Future/Classics

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Considered.ca presents classic designs from FDB Møbler by Børge Mogensen, Poul Volther, and Jørgen Bækmark, together with the next generation...

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Cardboard Giraffe

Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

While SDI Senior Designer Glenn Cheng tried to inspire his daughter to dream bigger on a school art project, she ended up inspiring him by demonstrating that everyone...

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The Plastic Free Kitchen

Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 25, 2019

Exhibitions

Codesign and SKETCH Working Arts present ‘The Plastic Free Kitchen’, a new wood product line designed and fabricated by SKETCH...

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DesignTO Symposium: Unlocking the Future of Work

Jan 26, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Events

DesignTO’s fourth annual symposium brings 10 multidisciplinary experts...

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Forbidden Forest

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

This exhibition explores the curious mythological creatures of South Asian mythology and their stories. Pairing contemporary design with ancient folklore, ‘Forbidden Forest’ celebrates the art of storytelling through...

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Elg Chair in Ice Cities

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 7, 2019

Exhibitions

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Design Wo/ManiFesT.O.

Jan 24, 2019

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As we approach 2020, Design Wo/ManiFesT.O. asks that we reflect on how design has supported (or not), the process of...

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Come Up To My Room Alternative Design Exhibition

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel,...

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BEAT Talk with HOK

Jan 21, 2019

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The first BEAT Talk for 2019 will feature HOK’s Diversity Council Committee. Their mission is to encourage an inclusive workplace and culture for people with varied backgrounds, perspectives,...

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DesignTO Talks: Tiffany Pratt

Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 21, 2019

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Stylist, designer, and HGTV host Tiffany Pratt speaks about her experience making a lasting creative business, personal brand,...

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Timelines

Jan 14, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Timelines’ is a series of visual poems/narratives based on the extensive collection of objects that accumulated by Lois Schklar. The series re-imagines the aesthetic association that first brought...

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Work/Life

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Work/Life’ is an exhibition that explores fresh and original prototypes for contemporary life, showcasing the work of nine Canadian designers and studios. ...

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Intersection A ∩ J

Jan 16, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019

Exhibitions

JJSTUDIO operate as a jewellery studio and gallery with a storefront in downtown Toronto, which runs by jewellery artist couple...

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Time Moving – Workshop

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 23, 2019

Events

A participatory workshop exploring perception of time towards end of life, ‘Time Moving – Workshop’ by Kate Sellen at OCADU...

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Pro Tem

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Pro Tem’ is an ongoing series of works by Toronto artist Janine Miedzik. These structures mimic provisional signage and construction notices, offering a familiar yet unexpected visual experience....

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DesignTO Tours: Deloitte Office

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

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Explore Deloitte’s national headquarters where they redefined how people work by using design and technology to enhance engagement,...

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