As apartments get smaller and younger people move from place to place, the opportunities to make a space your own have significantly reduced. Landlords routinely obstruct renters from making changes to their property, even when they could help make the apartments feel more like homes. For a long time, Chuma Asuzu moved apartments frequently and resisted owning pieces of furniture to make those changes easier.
‘Nọrọ’ was designed to fit that nomadic lifestyle while still retaining some personality. The stool is made up of four parts that can be assembled in three simple actions with the bottom component functioning as storage for items like books or records. The stool also adapts to suit the needs of different places; in the living rooms, it can be used as a centre or side table, in the bedroom as a bedside table, and even outdoors as seating during public gatherings.
For the exhibition, ‘Nọrọ’ will be set up in three configurations that explore how the stool can be used to highlight its owner’s personality within their space.
DesignTO in the Trinity Bellwoods BIA
‘Nọrọ: Sit & Stay’ is one of 10 projects in the Trinity Bellwoods BIA, a vibrant neighbourhood running along Dundas Street West between Bathurst Street and Trinity Bellwoods Park. During the DesignTO Festival, you are are invited to walk Dundas Street West as a gallery, exploring the neighbourhood and seeing work from artists and designers in businesses’ storefronts and windows.
- Unseen Interiors by Angela Cho at Milky’s
- excerpts from the little table project by John Booth at bookhou
- exhaust by Marcelline Siu at Dirty Laundry
- Experimental Collage – Series 3 by Warren Steven Scott at Comrags
- What Was, Now Is by Hilary Arellano & Holly Chang at Capri Shoes
- Eating Cherries, Braiding Hair by Elena Mahno at Sovereign State
- Language Structures by Paul Aloisi at Worth Gallery
- Cafe Curtains by Jennifer Coghill at Hamers Coffee
- Nọrọ: Sit & Stay by Chuma Asuzu at Saving Grace
- The Bar Stool by Salva Modarres at Northern Belle
On Sunday, January 29, join DesignTO for ‘The Lifecycle of Objects‘ featuring Angela Cho, Hilary Arellano and Marcelline Siu at the Trinity Community Recreation Centre.