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DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, brings you 10 design-filled days from January 18–27, 2019.

Embrace design this winter with over 100 free events, exhibitions, and window installations across the city.

Festival Events

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

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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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Time Moving

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Exploring perception of time towards end of life, ‘Time Moving’ by Kate Sellen invites engagement in questions of disorientation/orientation to time – an integral aspect to decision making...

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The Pebble & The Stone

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

The Pebble & The Stone—the second Mercury Bureau x Flùr design week exhibition—traces the mineral from source to material to...

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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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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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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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Puff Sleeves Tables

Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 30, 2019

Window Installations

Puff Sleeves Tables is a concept by artists/designers Claude Miceli and Jean-Christian Knaff to deconstruct and utilize fashion items such...

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AESTUS

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘AESTUS’ is a series of stratified wooden vases designed and manufactured to explore a new synthesis of traditional materials and modern technology. Carved from solid wood by an...

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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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Dissipate Like a Cloud or Smoke or Wintery Breath

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Dissipate Like a Cloud or Smoke or Wintery Breath’ uses...

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DesignTO Tours: Exploring Art at Yonge + St. Clair

Jan 20, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Events

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

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Flat Pack Furniture – Ryerson School of Interior Design x Drechsel Studio

Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Throughout history, flat pack furniture is recognized as one of...

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Living Studio

Jan 23, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

Join Doblin’s Living Studio for a four-day live installation where creatives, innovators, and designers partner with the public to create the new. Stop by to learn, sketch, and...

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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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The Future of Work(ers)

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Events

Discover how Canada’s corporations are fundamentally changing the employee experience to adapt to the Future of Workers. The...

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Constellations: Exploring the family experience of death & dying

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Constellations’ invites you to select a thread to weave together...

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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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Surface Tension

Jan 18, 2019 - Mar 3, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Surface Tension’ is a group exhibition showcasing the work of a dozen local and international designers and artists. It explores the forces at work on water,...

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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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From A to Zaven

Jan 22, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019

Exhibitions

A project by Maria Cristina Didero and Francesca Molteni, “From A To Zaven” is the first solo show in Canada, intending to portray Zaven’s peculiar approach towards the...

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SLOWMAKING

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

An exhibition on the art of weaving hand-knotted rugs, ‘SLOWMAKING’ by Jan Kath is a journey through the process of the ancient craft. An interactive display with a...

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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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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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Morpheus

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Change demands attention. As Yonge + St Clair transforms, its metamorphosis has altered the way people use the space. ‘Morpheus’ is a celebration of the excitement invoked by...

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Massages By Strangers

Jan 19, 2019

Events

In the wake of high-profile allegations, toxic workplaces and powerful leaders who committed grave acts of sexual harassment have been...

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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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skeleton

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

By hand stitching and applying printed images, artist Chung-Im Kim constructs a wall sculpture with industrial felt that captures regular and irregular modules in a complex undulating surface. ...

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DesignTO Guided Bus Tours

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

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Love local expertise? Then, join us for bus tours of DesignTO Festival hotspots led by local design and...

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DesignTO Talks: Uncovering Canadian Design

Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 22, 2019

Events

Join EQ3 Creative Director Thom Fougere and Canadian...

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Colours and Patterns in Motion

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Kinegram, a technology developed in the late 1890s, transforms static graphics into moving images without the use of...

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