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DesignTO is where art and design meet at over 100 exhibitions and events across Toronto.

Festival Events

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

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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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Misfit

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Festival Features

‘Misfit’ presents a standalone artifact from Batay-Csorba Architects’ ongoing material explorations. The installation re-examines the possibilities of precast concrete construction systems, using advanced fabrication techniques to enliven their...

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Design Wo/ManiFesT.O.

Jan 24, 2019

Events

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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Wild Teachings

Jan 10, 2019 - Feb 10, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Wild Teachings’ pays homage to the plant species that occupy our urban landscape by embedding them in a series of woven textiles. The textiles illuminate the at times...

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The Accessibility Experiment: Navigating the World in an Alternative Format

Jan 23, 2019

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Through the wonders of technology and adventurous design, we bring...

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Furnishing Balance

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

The ‘Macondo’ furniture collection is a magic-realist interpretation of Colombia its traditions and aesthetics. The pieces reimagine vernacular designs into a modern context. Bright colours, robust materials and...

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DesignTO Tours: Campari Office

Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 22, 2019

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Get an exclusive peek into Campari Canada’s unique Palm Springs-meets-Italian Futurist office space in Liberty Village, designed by...

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Hanging by threads / Ne tenir qu’à des fils

Jan 25, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

This exhibition presents an installation of knitted and intertwined textile...

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Unfiltered

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘Unfiltered’ is a personal collection of photographs and journal entries that explore the reality of one’s life versus how it is displayed for others to see. This authentic...

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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: Exploring Art at Yonge + St. Clair

Jan 20, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

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Join DesignTO as we explore three exciting installations in the...

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StrataSphere

Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘StrataSphere’ is a visual representation of the progression of time and its climatic effects on our environment. This installation seeks to create a multi-dimensional layered landscape through a...

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BEAT Talk with HOK

Jan 21, 2019

Events

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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Beads, they’re sewn so tight

Oct 10, 2018 - May 26, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Beads, they’re sewn so tight’ presents the work of four contemporary artists who employ distinct techniques in their approach to...

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ILU Motel

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Inspired by the romanticized version of the motel in popular culture, and influenced by her childhood growing up in Niagara Falls, designer/maker Natalie Sirianni’s ‘I L U Motel’...

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Now 40% More Housing!

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

We can accomplish affordable housing through the City’s largest group of landowners and landlords: the citizens of Toronto. Nearly 40%...

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Elbow Room

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Elbow Room’ features prototypes by 14 independent furniture makers and designers collectively exploring the idea of domestic objects as extensions and reflections of the human body. The exhibition...

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Still Moving

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

As our smartphones present us with images of a more beautiful and desirable life, ‘Still Moving’ reminds us how life can be seen from multiple perspectives. ...

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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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Game Set & Match

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Window Installations

This PLAYFUL SET of MATCHING furniture is a continuation of the designers work, by playing with scales and colors. Under...

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Making Faces 3 – Pindola Bharadvaja (Binzuru)

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Pindola Bharadvaja was one of four Arhats asked by the...

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Tapermoon Rising

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘Tapermoon Rising’ showcases a new Canadian lighting series that uses unique shade elements to create a multitude of lighting designs, from individual lamps to lighting objects and installations. ...

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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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Asymmetric

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 28, 2019

Window Installations

Asymmetric: adjective; not identical on both sides of a central line; unsymmetrical; lacking symmetry. ...

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SK8 is Life

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 30, 2019

Window Installations

The Oasis Skateboard Factory with Chief Ladybird and Aura present “SK8 is Life” , a series of custom built decks that connects skateboarding to its indigenous roots. “SK8...

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OFF COURSE – Work in progress by design students of OCAD University

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Off Course’ is a work-in-progress exhibition created by students at...

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Aletheia

Jan 18, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019

Festival Features

‘Aletheia’ is a temporary installation at Aesop Queen Street West by the Living Architecture Systems Group, led by Philip Beesley. Its glistening, lace-like, deeply-layered, spherical forms are derived...

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Highwire Examined

Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

A single detail can be the origin of appeal of an object. The ‘Highwire Examined’ installation explores how our connection to a single element affects our perception of...

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Ideas Forum: Watershed to Waterfront

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

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The Ideas Forum features fast-paced and fun presentations (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) by artists and...

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