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LALAYA Design launches the AYÊ pendant


Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Thu, Jan 31, 2019


Window Installations




Cobalt Gallery

870 Kingston Road



Opening Reception: Sat, Jan 26, 2-5pm


Toronto-based LALAYA Design was founded, somewhat unexpectedly, in 2017 by Hanae Baruchel, who turned to designing furniture following a brain injury. The studio plays on the surprising malleability and versatility of concrete and steel to design its minimalistic line of home furniture and décor items.

As a first time exhibitor at the DesignTO Festival, LALAYA Design is excited to launch their AYÊ pendant lamp. This pendant lamp is an iteration on the AYÊ table lamp, which has been the studio’s best selling item since launching.

Made entirely of 1/4″ thin cement, this LALAYA Design creation brings out the unexpected beauty and delicate nature of the material. Each lamp is one-of-a-kind, varying in texture and thickness. Ayê means earth or physical world in Yoruba. It is a common phrase in Brazilian music usually sung at once fiercely and sweetly, which mirrors the brute strength we have come to expect from cement and the surprising fragility it also harbours.

LALAYA Design won the prestigious Best of Launch Pad award for its lighting collection at Wanted Design 2018 in New York City. Their creations have been sold in Canada, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the U.S. and India. The studio’s work has been featured in Design Milk, FASHION Magazine, AZURE Magazine and Designlines Magazine, among others. Their creations are also currently on display at Toronto’s Interior Design Show and at Ontario Place, as part of the Winter Lights Exhibit.

COBALT GALLERY is an intimate and casual gallery space available for emerging or established visual artists’ exhibit solo or group shows, as well as a studio facility where owner and artist Annette Hansen teaches adult and kids pottery lessons. The gallery is a proud promoter of original art or craft by local artists working in glass, metal and clay.


Credit for the images below:
Photos 1 and 4 by Jake Sherman (@jake.sherman)
Photo 3 by Alejandra Higuera (@ale_higuerat)
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LALAYA Design (Hanae Baruchel)