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DesignTO Awards

The DesignTO Awards recognize design excellence.

We are pleased to announce the 10th annual DesignTO Awards, presented by Yabu Pushelberg.

The DesignTO Awards recognize design excellence at the DesignTO Festival, Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making. Featuring the work of hundreds of designers each year, the Festival showcases locally made furniture, lighting, products, graphic and experiential design, interiors and architecture, accessories, ceramics, and more. The Festival emphasizes collaboration and the expression of personal values and identities through the creative process. The DesignTO Awards celebrates the talent, expression, and diversity of designers from Toronto and abroad.

2021 Best in Festival: Exhibition

OCAD University 2nd Year Industrial Design Students

This award recognizes the jury’s selection for the best exhibition. Criteria for this award is at jury discretion.

2021 Best in Festival: New Work

Giaimo

This award recognizes the jury’s selection for the best design, object, installation, or artwork across all festival events and exhibitions.

2021 People’s Choice: Favourite New Work

Rachel Miller

This award for a favourite design, object, installation, or artwork, across all festival events and exhibitions, is determined by public vote.

2021 People’s Choice: Favourite Exhibition

Victoria Fard-Young & SHAKERSZWORLD

This award for favourite exhibition is determined by public vote.

2021 People’s Choice: Favourite Event

by Daily Goods Design LABS

This award for favourite event is determined by public vote.

2021 People’s Choice: Favourite Window Installation

Curated by the Daniels Art Directive with designers Ashita Parekh and Tolu Alabi

This award for favourite window installation is determined by public vote.

History

The DesignTO Awards were established in 2013 with iconic design brand Herman Miller. For DesignTO’s 10th anniversary in 2020, Canadian design practice DIALOG joined Herman Miller to present the program, with a specific interest in community wellbeing. For 2022, Yabu Pushelberg, a Canadian multidisciplinary design studio with global reach, presents the awards program, demonstrating leadership in design and design excellence.

How the Awards work

DesignTO recognizes design excellence in the Festival each year, in three categories: Best in Festival, Juror’s Choice, and People’s Choice, granting up to 21 DesignTO Awards. A jury of design practitioners vote for awards in two “Best in Festival” categories and for three “Juror’s Choice” each, while the public votes for three “People’s Choice” awards.

In 2022, there are three new DesignTO Awards: the ‘Founders’ Award’ which recognizes the project that best aligns with DesignTO’s purpose to bring people together to design a better future, the ‘Emerging Artist/Designer Award’ which recognizes the jury’s selection for the best work by an emerging artist/designer across the Festival, and the ‘Best Product/Object Design Award’ which recognizes the best in custom work and limited-edition collections including furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design.

Awardees are recognized and celebrated through DesignTO’s extensive network. All 2022 awards (except People’s Choice) are accompanied by prizes, including an Artscape Launchpad 1-year membership and credits; a 5’x5’ complimentary booth space in the Studio North feature area at IDS Toronto; and more.

Eligibility Criteria

Jurors can consider any Festival project for an award.
A selection of exhibitions and installations will be visited in person on jury day. During the pandemic, the jurors will convene online.

Awards Jury

Design experts and one former awardee are invited each year to participate in jurying the Awards program.


The 2022 jurors are Anya Georgijevic, writer and designer; Bahar Ghaemi, Creative Director of Products, Yabu Pushelberg; Sylvia Lee, Creative and Executive Director, Goodman Studio; Marcia MacDonald, Senior Creative Director, Yabu Pushelberg; and Samira Matan, designer and design researcher.