Following the announcement on January 3 about new COVID-19 restrictions for the province of Ontario, we are postponing the Launch Party until restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update once we have rescheduled the event, and hope you will join us then!
Kick off the annual DesignTO Festival with its official Launch Party in the King East Design District, structured as a roaming neighbourhood party anchored by five Party Hubs. The Launch Party is the must-attend bash of Toronto’s annual design week, kicking-off 10 days of festivities and bringing together hundreds of designers and design-lovers.
Designed and built by the experimental design practice Studio Rat for a winter streetscape, a series of glowing landmarks guide partygoers through the neighbourhood. These wayfinding beacons echo the architectural forms unique to the King East Design District, marking the entrance to each Party Hub.
With unique installations, food, drink and entertainment at each Party Hub, partygoers can explore them all or pick their favourite and stay put.
- Artopex – 366 Adelaide Street East @ Lower Sherbourne Street
‘Artopex – Moving into 2022 in Style’
- Cambria – 91 Parliament Street @ King Street East
- Daltile | Mohawk Group – 160 King Street East @ Jarvis Street
‘On Moss & Bottles’
- ergoCentric – 37 King Street East @ Victoria Street
‘¡( What About the Kids | Et les enfants, alors !)’
- Relative Space – 330 King Street East @ Parliament Street
‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’
Also enjoy additional DesignTO Festival projects in the King East Design District neighbourhood:
- Bare Bones
- Colour Pop
- Down the Rabbit hole…down…down…down to NodaLand
- HOME Beautification signed by Yaw Tony
- How design can help to create climate-resilient communities
- Warm up with Wood: Showroom Coat Drive
The DesignTO Launch Party is free, but partygoers must RSVP. Proof of vaccination is required for access to Party Hubs. Guests can check in at any Party Hub to get a bracelet, and then move between venues. Venues have capacity limits.
LAUNCH PARTY INSTALLATION DESIGNER
Studio Rat is an emerging creative practice pursuing research and experimental design work located in Toronto and Montréal, founded in 2018 by Emily Allan and Dominique Di Libero. The duo’s educational backgrounds in interior design provide an understanding of the aesthetic and technical language of interiors which they reflect in their installation work with Studio Rat through a practice that is committed to DIY fabrication techniques and resource-sharing rooted in circular design principles. To learn more about Studio Rat you can visit their website or follow them on Instagram @studio__rat!
Studio Rat thanks fabrication partner Design + Technology LAB.
The ‘DesignTO Launch Party’ is generously supported by the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA / Old Town Toronto.