Khadija Aziz and Laura Kay Keeling, ‘Layers of Labour of Love 2’, 2020

While the 2021 DesignTO Festival may be over, there is still more design to be experienced.

The following events were originally planned for Festival Week, but have been postponed due to the stay-at-home orders in Toronto. As things are confirmed, we’ll share more details.

DesignTO is dedicated to supporting the design community during these difficult times.


‘Gold für Eisen’ rings by Alex Kinsley Vey
Iron Identity *Postponed*

May 1–June 19, 2021
Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen Street West

A solo exhibition of work by contemporary jeweller Alex Kinsley Vey referencing the post-industrial cityscape and culture of his hometown, Hamilton.

‘Telescope’ by Sylvia Lee (Jeff Goodman Studio), 2021
TELESCOPE: Capturing moments in time *Temporarily closed*

January 22 – February 22
AVENUE ROAD, 415 Eastern Avenue

Sylvia Lee will use ‘Chroma’ glass to explore the concept of memories assembled through multiple views of a telescope. The final installation will involve ten handmade, custom circles of Chroma glass and three side tables, displayed at AVENUE ROAD Toronto.

Window Installations

Image courtesy of the installation organizer
Canada Modern *Postponed*

313 Design Market, 313 Roncesvalles Avenue

An exhibition of ‘Canada Modern’, an archive of modernist Canadian graphic design. On display for the first time are a selection of works by key designers from the 1960s-80s, reflecting the emergence of Canada’s trailblazing visual identity.

Image courtesy of Janet Hinkle
Core Shadows *Postponed*

uoai Studio, 264a Christie Street

Take a journey into Canada’s geological past without leaving the city! Core Shadows is a small collection of lighting fixtures inspired by Ontario’s natural landscape and the human interaction that has altered it throughout time.

Image courtesy of the installation organizer
Distributed Contiguity *Postponed*

Ryerson University Architecture Building, 325 Church Street

An interactive 3D projection-mapped installation that allows in-person visitors to experience the impact their movements have on physical space while simultaneously allowing web users to digitally impact the physical installation.

Image courtesy of the installation organizer
Le Plus Habité *Postponed*

Daltile Design Studio, 160 King Street East

Brandon Latcham and Shira Yavor display a yearning for a more harmoniously shared human / non-human environment through the living room, a space that is a constantly updating mirror to the way we control our environment.

Dancing floral wallpaper by Tania J.
Tania J. presents new playful wallpaper. *Postponed*

May 13–21, 2021
Gaspard, 886 Queen Street West

Tania J. presents a new wallpaper design. This whimsical wallpaper is a nod to the past but a celebration of today. A bold sense of colour and pattern and scale, it is created by screen printing, based on hand-painted designs.

Artwork and photograhy by Wy Joung Kou
This Is A Tiger *Postponed*

Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Avenue

‘This Is A Tiger’ is a window installation pairing Wy Joung Kou’s intricate ceramic & glass mosaic work with elements of inclusive design. This work launches us into the layered intersections of identity, ancestry, dis/ability, and artistry.

Image courtesy of the installation organizer
Usittik / Undress *Postponed*

Merchant of York, 181 Queen Street East

‘Usittik / Undress’ is a series of screenprints exploring the deconstructed elements of traditional Inuit tattoos. Through reclamation, the designer dissects his own identity and references printmaking within Inuit art and connects it with a Bauhaus-esque Arts and Crafts study.

Khadija Aziz and Laura Kay Keeling, ‘Layers of Labour of Love 2’, 2020
Exchange Piece: Khadija Aziz and Laura Kay Keeling *Postponed*

April 13 – May 24
Harbourfront Centre, east facing windows on Ontario Square, 235 Queens Quay West

The ‘Exchange Piece’ window installation features the work of one pair of collaborators: Khadija Aziz and Laura Kay Keeling, exploring collaboration, reciprocation and sharing as acts of care.