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DesignTO Launch Party

Kick off the new 10-day Festival at the DesignTO Launch Party! Mix and mingle with independent designers, architects, artists, makers, and curators at the event that brings Toronto’s creative community together.


Held in the historic St. Lawrence Hall, enjoy $6 beverages, complimentary catering by The Tempered Room, a site-specific installation created by studio rat, and music by DJ Sigourney Beaver and DJ Joe Blow. If you were at last year’s party, you know this means that there will be dancing!

As a fundraiser for the non-profit Festival, all proceeds will go to helping our mission to advance design culture in Canada.

About the installation by studio rat

studio rat’s installation will respond to the architectural identity of the historic St. Lawrence Hall. Guests will interact with multiple threshold spaces made of translucent pink plastic, resulting in a playful and surreal party experience.

studio rat is a design collective that focuses on installation work and experimental design fabrication practices. Established by fourth-year interior design students Dominique Di Libero and Emily Allan, studio rat is exploring how fabricated pneumatic environments can create common space within a variety of contexts. Their current work juxtaposes pre-existing architectural conditions with dream-like inflated spaces.

This installation is funded in part by the Yabu Pushelberg Award for Innovation in Interior Design (2017), administered by the Design Fabrication Zone at Ryerson University.

The DesignTO Launch Party is generously supported by the King East Design District (KEDD) and The Tempered Room, with media partner Dezeen.

Cover: $12 online | $15 at the door (cash only) | Free for DesignTO Members

Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite

*Ticket holders may not bypass the admission line. To ensure entry to the event, please arrive early. This is an all ages event. Please ensure to bring government issued ID for access. Cash bar.

Thank You

King East Design District

The Tempered Room



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Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sat, Jan 19, 2019

7:00pm — 12:00 am




$12 online | $15 at the door (cash only) | Free for DesignTO Members


Location Accessible

St. Lawrence Hall

157 King Street East


studio rat (Dominique Di Libero, Emily Allan), DJ Sigourney Beaver, DJ Joe Blow