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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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URBAN FABRIC | Presented by Founded by Garcia

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

URBAN FABRIC is a series of rugs based on cities...

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DesignTO Tours: Deloitte Office

Jan 24, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Events

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

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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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What do you see?

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Layering different textures and colours of fabrics, this installation creates an architectural expression that embodies and celebrates the collective and colourful makeup that is Toronto. The process of layering each fabric mirrors...

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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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Custom Lighting Installation

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

A custom lighting installation by Kate MacNeill and David Jung of Concord Custom Lighting ...

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Misfit

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

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‘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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All Bound Up

Jan 14, 2019 - Feb 1, 2019

Exhibitions

‘All Bound Up’ explores the intricacies of queer online intimacy. As app-facilitated/digital intimacies have become increasingly common, a dissonance between how bodies reveal, conceal, and interact has emerged...

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Pattern Recognition

Dec 18, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019

Window Installations

‘Pattern Recognition’ seeks to create an interpretive visual language that strings together single node pixel elements into complex object patterns....

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Supersymmetry: An Innovative, Interactive Knitting Experience

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Supersymmetry’ invites visitors to create quantum connections in the form...

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Interior Design Show Toronto

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

The Interior Design Show is Canada’s premier showcase of new products and furniture, superstar designers and avant-garde concepts from North...

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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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LOPOW: Sheridan Furniture

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘LOPOW: Sheridan Furniture’ is an exhibition of work by the 2019 graduating class of Sheridan’s Bachelor of Craft and Design...

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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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DesignTO Talks: Uncovering Canadian Design

Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 22, 2019

Events

Join EQ3 Creative Director Thom Fougere and Canadian...

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Love Design Party

Jan 19, 2019

Events

Love Design Party is the official celebration for #CUTMR2019 and DesignTO Festival. Drink and dance the night away in the Ballroom beneath an installation of limited edition kinetic...

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Momad: Digital Objects and Spaces

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019

Exhibitions

Mert Ozcan is an Architect and Interaction Designer, creating digital objects and spaces that melt the boundaries between physical and...

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Sparkle Squish Plush Pond

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Sparkle Blob is a gigantic, shimmering mass of reversible sequins, or “flippies.” Under theatrical lighting, the sculpture projects good vibes...

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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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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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DIYing Free

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Would you dare to face your mortality? Would you dare to lie in a coffin? A do-it-yourself cardboard coffin seeks to turn death into a sustainable enterprise while...

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Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects 8

Jan 9, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

This annual exhibition of furniture created by the students of...

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Before I Die…

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

Aiming to provide an opportunity to reflect on mortality, and share life goals, ‘Before I Die…’ helps us “reimagine our...

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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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DesignTO Launch Party

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 18, 2019

Events

Kick off the new 10-day Festival at the DesignTO Launch Party! Join designers, architects, artists, makers,...

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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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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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ReflectLive

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

At Delisle-St. Clair Parkette, superkül reflects on the role of the urban forest, both as infrastructure offering relief to the urbanity that surrounds them, and as spaces in...

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Polytope

Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Polytope’ is a collection of pendant lights that synthesizes the material properties of brass alloy with the algorithmically assisted generation of tessellated forms and 3-axis CNC fabrication. ...

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Upper Case Lower Case

Jan 19, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019

Exhibitions

The Ryerson University School of Interior Design, under the name 302 Collective, partners with Mackenzie House Museum as part of...

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