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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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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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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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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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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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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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For in For Loop

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

The installation showcases a computer generated series of silkscreen prints: each is a variation of a grid or, speaking in programming terms, each was created by using a...

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Ciinema

Jan 22, 2019

Events

‘Ciinema’ is a video mixtape series meant to spark, inspire and provoke. A one-hour screening / Q&A, this edition of ‘Ciinema’ will be curated by Worship, a Toronto­-based...

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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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Artemide: The Human Light

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

Founded in 1959 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza, Artemide’s guiding philosophy is “The Human Light,” which places humanity and...

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Pet Joints

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

‘Pet Joints’ is a continuation of research into the possibilities of fabric-formed concrete. Here, this unruly method is applied as a re-thinking of joinery, wherein carefully-formed concrete blobs...

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CafeXDesign

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibitions

Explore the possibilities when an up-and-coming Design Studio joins forces with Boutique Café operators to enact a singular new vision. ...

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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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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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Urban Sensorium

Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019

Exhibitions

‘Urban Sensorium’ explores the future of the built environment in cities through the lens of sensory experience. Using sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste, the project anticipated potential...

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A.S.1 (series)

Jan 15, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019

Window Installations

Executed as a hybrid of sculpture and painting, these structures explore the distance between presumption and certainty. Realized as a dimensional arrangement on a flat plane, demonstrating an...

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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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Forms of Identity

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

A series of fibre art sculptures by Charlotte Blake. Forms of Identity is an exploration of the physical nature of intuitive creation and its link to personal and...

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Architecture of Impermanence with Marina Tabassum

Jan 19, 2019

Events

Join the Aga Khan Museum for a talk from renowned...

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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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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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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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PULP: Exhibit + Home

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Exhibitions

PULP: Exhibit – visit the reclaimed materials art exhibit from PULP: art party 2019. + Home – At Odds Collective...

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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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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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Love Design Shop

Jan 20, 2019

Events

The Gladstone Hotel presents the ‘Love Design Shop’, an exciting one-day shopping event during Come Up to My Room curated by Sarah Cooper (Co-Founder, Shelter Bay Goods) and...

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Film Screening: Didi Contractor – Marrying the Earth to the Building

Jan 20, 2019

Events

For two decades Didi Contractor has been designing architecture in...

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EFFERVESCENCE

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019

Window Installations

South Hill Home has commissioned Vancouver-based lighting designer Matthew McCormick to create an immersive showroom window installation for DesignTO. ...

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49 Circles

Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019

Window Installations

’49 Circles’ is a visual representation of Toronto streets that are classified with the suffix “Circle.” The piece explores the relationship between the realities of landscape, lapses of...

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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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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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