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[post_title] => Submit to Designlines [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => submit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-23 13:18:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-23 17:18:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://dl.newbox.ca/?page_id=274 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => page [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46447 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2020-01-24 10:58:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-24 15:58:00 [post_content] => For the last 10 days, we have immersed ourselves in all that is DesignTO and we were not short of design inspiration for handing out our Designlines Loves Tags. We have seen fascinating work across a multitude of mediums and genres and with every year topping the last, we can't stop talking about it. You can see everything that we tagged here, and below is a quick round-up and close-up look at a few more of our favourite things: Danish Desire Designlines loves Danish design just as much as it does process and transparency. And as much as we enjoyed perusing the classics of Erik Jorgensen, Carl Hansen & Søn, PP Mobler and Georg Jensen, it was the recent releases by Fritz Hansen that caught our eye. With the aim to return to the all-wood design, the company called upon Japan’s Nendo to design this No1 chair (to the right) and we really appreciated seeing it deconstructed. This playful flat-lay of symmetry and shapes makes for the perfect ‘knolling’ photo opportunity and the attention to angles and spacing is certainly note-worthy. This show was spread across two storeys and two showrooms: Hollace Cluny and Torp. This exhibition is on view until January 24 at 245 Davenport Road. PLATED We are full up on design inspiration after enjoying this visual feast of the unique tableware displayed at The Tempered Room patisserie. A wonderful roster of talents, curated by Catherine Osborne, hosting Dear Human, FELT Studio, April Martin and Jamie Wolfond, contributed ceramics, glassware, sculptures and more. Our favourite of the lot was Patrick Yeung’s heavy-duty ceramic coffeepot and pour over combination. Since 2013, Patrick has been adding to his collection of two-tone contemporary design form, encapsulating the ebb and flow rhythm of traditional dining rituals. Hailing from the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College, the work of this graduate reflects his interests in his Cantonese heritage. This exhibition is on view to January 26 at 1374 Queen Street West. Mjölk's 10 Year Anniversary The Mjölk showroom is in a whole other league when it comes to design and curation – pairing the two together to create a space that is, in every sense, simple and honest. Year after year, Mjölk’s portfolio expands to showcase unmatched collections and collaborations and so, it’s no surprise that we are drooling over this one… drumroll, please! Presenting the Tambour Cabinet by Winnipeg designer, Thom Fougere for Mjölk's 10-year anniversary. At first glance, we see a linear design aesthetic but up close and true to the nature of tambour, the sliding doors move back into the cabinet in a curved fashion. Remaining sensitive to urban living, the body of the cabinet serves as a space-saving tool – the seamless journey of the doors into the cabinet is, at its roots, unique to the craftsmanship of tambour. The Tambour Cabinet is available in oak and walnut exclusively at Mjölk. Thom Fougere, along with renowned designers Oji Masonori and Anderssen & Voll are exhibiting at the Mjolk shop until January 26 at 2959 Dundas St W. Feels Elegant, peaceful and serene – this window installation by contemporary jeweller, Emma Piirtoniemi, has us feeling all the ‘feels’. Cascading at varying heights but working as one piece, 122 carved and polished acrylic pendants hang in conversation with the hustle and bustle of Roncesvalles Avenue. Speaking collectively to our outward experiences and our internal journeys, we are invited to pause and get curious for just a moment. "I expand the intimate, individual experience of jewellery objects to become shared by many at once." The work is an explosion of detail intended to overpower our senses, staying true to its name – 'feels'. This installation is on view until January 26 at Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Avenue. Address At the Address show (held at LightForm), Nicholas Hamilton Holmes pulled out all the stops with this white oak ladder chair and Captain’s Dining Table. The ladder chair is a design heirloom which has truly stood the test of design trends through the years and it’s one we keep coming back to. The handwoven cord celebrates traditional weaving methods and the lengthy spindles travel up to frame the Captain’s Table – a match made in heaven. The table is topped with Calacatta marble, a staple in the design world - loved for its elegance and spontaneous flow of colour and in this case, muted grays. Both objects harken to classic Americana but when you look closer – at the tapered chair backs and the solid wood base of the table – you’ll see Hamilton Holmes’ sculptural prowess. The nubs and knobs nod to the maker’s ability and character and we couldn’t take our eyes off of Holmes’ unconventional technique. Come Up to My Room Designlines had the pleasure of reuniting with Dennis Lin, a true highlight during Come Up to My Room 2020. Lin works in wood and heavy metals; typically, huge sculptures whose immensity and message often overwhelm the senses. This time around, we saw him working with sheets of copper to form incredibly delicate mobiles and sinuous LED-embedded pendant lighting amidst wood feature pieces, which was a stunning departure. It’s always risky to create big bold sculptures in small room where you want to be able to inspire or connect with an individual. But Lin, addressing the relationship that we as humans have with nature, boils his intent all down to two things: material and size. We are reminded that when the two worlds of the natural and humankind collide, we need each other, and our life cycle is not dissimilar. His choice of warm lighting interrupts the solidarity of wood, to bring forth a oneness with humanity. We were thrilled to be amongst his creative output once again. Aluminum Group Aluminum showcased 20 established and emerging designers banded together to work with a material new to some of them – the under-appreciated metal, aluminum. We loved the salt and pepper mills by Vancouver designer Lukas Peet; the colour blocked components are stacked asymmetrically, totem-style with a matt-like finish. Thoughtful design practice in everyday objects or tools keeps us humble to the accessibility of innovate products - and we love this! While we could only tag once, we have to send a shout out to Castor Design for its unbelievable contribution to the show – an operable telescope, also made from aluminum. Future Retrospectives Future Retrospectives (held at the Harbourfront Centre) embodied the work of 11 Canadian and international artists and designers. Presented as a thematic exhibition, Future Retrospectives forced its viewers to slow their pace and it prompted us to consider how we live – which can sometimes be a hard thing to do. We are faced with an exploration of the reality of how what we do affects the past, present and future and the three are presented as intrinsically connected. "Our present actions become the past but they also become what’s next." Artist Mia Cinelli showed her series of letterforms where she reinvented typeface and punctuation. She communicated a symbolic urgency that evoked contemplation. [post_title] => That's a wrap for 'DL Loves' at DesignTO! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => thats-a-wrap-for-dl-loves-at-designto [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.designlinesmagazine.com/where/mjolk/ [post_modified] => 2020-01-24 10:58:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-24 15:58:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.designlinesmagazine.com/?p=46447 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46424 [post_author] => 6 [post_date] => 2020-01-21 09:54:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-21 14:54:13 [post_content] => Previously known as ToDo, DesignTO celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The Toronto-wide design festival has pulled no punches for 2020, with 135 events including the Interior Design Show) and installations all over the city, from shop window vignettes to room-filling art projects. There are talks, tours, demonstrations, and product placements everywhere and we're hitting up as much of the festival as we possibly can. With many of the shows still underway until this Sunday, January 26th, we encourage you to get out there, too, before it all wraps up for another year. Allow our custom-designed "Loves tags" to lead the way: below are just a handful of the events we've been to so far, doling out our stamp of approval along the way. Daydream Under the Penny Vine Injecting subtle colour and an appealing organic form to the streetfront window of local design practice gh3* is glass designer Sylvia Lee’s first foray into lighting products. Titled “Daydream Under the Penny Vine,” the wall-mounted fixture was inspired by one of Lee’s favourite household succulents (the silver coin vine) and obsolete objects (like the humble penny). Illuminated opal glass “leaves” in a palette of delicate pinks and greens sprout from an arrangement of slender copper “branches” in different lengths. Together, the orbs of varying size and shape and the brushed metal stems make a gorgeous visual statement. Sylvia Lee is a glass designer and the creative director of Jeff Goodman Studio. This installation is on view until February 2 at 55 Ossington Avenue. Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects 9 It's always a treat to see what the industrial design students at OCAD University are up to; it's a glimpse into what they're being taught and what new ideas are percolating with this group of emerging designers. This piece, entitled "Slice", by Kajal Asgari, is a prototypical sculptural addition to a home. Made of ash and walnut, the transformational "table" can be used in a variety of ways, depending on how the user positions it. We imagine it would make an interesting addition to a living room or foyer. This installation is on view until January 26 at 165 Augusta Avenue. Themselves This group exhibition at Stackt Market, curated by Briar Gill and Thomas Kim, puts the spotlight on the recent and highly imaginative work of 13 different makers. While the entire show is great (we could have easily handed out 5 tags), it was the 1.3 metre-tall Calenda Lamp by Rebecca Claire Ford of Rhode Island that first stole our attention. Made of CNC-ed plywood and coated with bright red flocking, the loopy shade truly made us happy. Another object that won out hearts was the Itaewon Chair by Common Accounts (Miles Gertler and Igor Bragado). Made of hollow steel tube, the stool slash table is modelled after roadside barricades that populate the streets of Seoul. This installation is on view until January 26 at 28 Bathurst Street. Facets Located on the ground floor of the beautiful Daniels Spectrum building, this group textile show illustrates the true depth of a seemingly two-dimensional object – the quilt. With patterns often rendered first using complicated algorithms before being sewn with layers of material and seams, these works are truly more than meets the eye. We love Fogo by Andrea Tsang Jackson, a 40 by 50 rendition of the now famous Fogo Island Inn brought to life in linen and cotton. This installation is on view until January 26 at 585 Dundas Street East. Installations by Anony & Castor Design Two of our favourite local design studios come together under one roof and the brand umbrella that is EQ3. Anony and Castor launched, respectively, a black metal and opal glass lighting collection and an ovoid wall mirror that can be positioned using stone or marble knobs. Both products are now part of EQ3's product collection and are available in store now. This installation is on view until January 26 at 222 King Street East. Aesthete’s Items A riot of colour and pattern, artist and designer Yaw Tony’s (AI) – Aesthete’s Items installation was born of the idea that beauty should be shared by a community not limited to the appreciation of a select few. The maximalist expression is comprised of silk scarves, pillows, wallpapers and a playfully strung-up upholstered chair, all featuring the artist’s hand-drawn and painted motifs. Vibrant and complex, it’s an arresting display that will likely have people stopping in their tracks to take it all in. This installation is on view until January 26 at 1010 Queen Street West. I've Got a Lot on My Plate Talk about eye candy! Artist Jacqueline Poirier (AKA The Crazy Plate Lady) presents 24 hand painted porcelain plates. The depictions – of gourmet cuisine from all over the world – are impeccably rendered and will surely charm you, if not make your tummy rumble. This installation is on view until January 25 at 334 King Street East. [post_title] => Feeling the Love for DesignTO [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => feeling-the-love-for-designto [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.designlinesmagazine.com/yaw-tony/ https://www.designlinesmagazine.com/lgas-stackt-is-our-public-space-of-the-year/ https://www.designlinesmagazine.com/the-curious-objets-of-a-post-modern-prodigy/ https://www.designlinesmagazine.com/interior-design-show-2020/ [post_modified] => 2020-01-21 11:25:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-21 16:25:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.designlinesmagazine.com/?p=46424 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46406 [post_author] => 6 [post_date] => 2020-01-20 11:49:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-20 16:49:30 [post_content] => Over the course of four days – and despite a massive snowstorm – thousands of visitors hit up Toronto's Metro Convention Centre to take in all things design, from the ephemeral "what's trending now" in interior decor to the essential, like the very latest in building materials. Hundreds of exhibitors were on site to show off their wares and expertise and editorial staffers from Designlines, as well as from our sister publication Azure, were there to meet them, with our custom designed "Loves tags" in hand. We distributed roughly 30 "Loves tags" to our favourite products, installations and art objects; here are but a few of the best of the best. Lightmaker Studio We fell in love with the Betty Sconce as soon as we laid eyes on it. A mid-century form contemporized, it's the cinched waist and material palette that had us swooning – just look at those mold-blown glass spheres anchored by a cast brass back-plate finished in vintage or blackened brass. Lovely. Lauren Reed Combining an ovoid mirror with a bulbous peach powder-coated steel support has winning results for Toronto-based designer Lauren Reed. The refined, yet playful curves provide the perfect amount of whimsy to effortlessly enhance the simple act of looking. Monogram x Partisans The Partisans kitchen for Monogram was made with glass sheets upcycled from Apple stores (which, after disassembly, Partisans will build into partitions for Toronto Life’s offices). I really love the long glass island. Caesarstone x Jonathan Adler The internationally renowned product designer, Jonathan Adler – most recognized for his uplifting and surreal ceramics – hogged a good deal of the spotlight by partnering with quartz surfacing manufacturer, Caesarstone, for the show's feature exhibit. Called "Dreamland", the expansive display was a fantastical playground for the designer's objets as well as his huge cartoonish depictions of fluffy clouds, iterated in plush sofas as well as low-slung coffee tables made, of course, using Caesarstone's latest product colour ways. Ceragres Called "Sunday", this impressive floor and wall tile collection from the Quebec manufacturer delivers a big textural effect: the enamelled porcelain tiles have a lovely glass overlay that directly references old-world cane furniture. Offered in 4” x 8” formats, the five velvet-inspired colourways come in both matte and glossy finishes with complementary flat-surfaced tiles that help highlight the mesh-like pattern. Pur Beton Concrete, and nothing else. That’s the ethos of Quebec's Pur Beton, whose tactile Rituel bathroom fixtures convey a sense of material honesty that can only come from the real thing. Refreshing and unpretentious. Samson Wang Unsatisfied by his nascent career in aircraft maintenance, recent Sheridan College graduate Wang took up design instead. The result: a series of brushstrokes rendered in blackened white ash that envelopes the sitter, a wholly modern look that blurs the line between calligraphy and woodwork. This seat was best in show at the Studio North exhibit. Only One Yes Ideas of entropy, ruination and decay are hallmarks of Only One Yes’ (a.k.a. Boris Yu) conceptual material study Anomaly Table No.1. Rarely do objects so self-consciously, and effectively, show their wear – literally disintegrating before your eyes. Wooyoo Paired with light wood tones, corrugated plastic takes a luxe turn in the Fuwa Fuwa collection. Bearing WOOYOO’s characteristically minimalist Japanese influences, the low tables make an elegant virtue of the abundant, inexpensive material that so often goes to waste. [post_title] => These are a Few of our Favourite Things – Interior Design Show 2020 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => interior-design-show-2020 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-21 10:20:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-21 15:20:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.designlinesmagazine.com/?p=46406 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46172 [post_author] => 24 [post_date] => 2020-01-15 16:51:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-15 21:51:56 [post_content] => In his Toronto studio, Brian Rideout is busy painting history. His American Collection series of oil paintings depicts the residences of the highly privileged – and the famous artworks sequestered within. “I was interested in documenting art collections through paint as a way of giving those works context outside the museum or textbook,” the 34-year-old artist says. Rich with stories, his compositions reflect their source material. The artist relies on vintage magazines and interior design books, and his settings, as a result, have a distinctly retro feel. One canvas reproduces the leafy vignette that is Henri Matisse’s 1953 large-scale ceramic La Gerbe (The Sheaf) as it hangs in its original environment, a sun-dappled Los Angeles courtyard designed by architect Archibald Quincy Jones. Of recreating these images of artworks in their rarified homes, Rideout says, “I must consider all the environmental effects on the work: the lighting, the shadows and the reflected light from the environment.” For him, re-painting a Matisse or a de Kooning alongside a chair or table solidifies its “objecthood” and cultural value – and gives the public a uniquely layered, albeit fanciful, viewing experience. Brian Rideout is represented by MKG127 in Toronto. American Collection Paintings: Edition II, a limited-edition book comprising 38 paintings from the American Collection Series, with an essay by local artist Miles Gertler, is available at brianrideout.ca $30. [post_title] => Toronto Artist Brian Rideout is Putting Famous Artwork Back in its Place [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => toronto-artist-brian-rideout-artwork-back-in-its-place [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-01-15 16:51:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-01-15 21:51:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.designlinesmagazine.com/?p=46172 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 46162 [post_author] => 24 [post_date] => 2020-01-15 14:13:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-01-15 19:13:29 [post_content] => During Design Week, it's easy to get caught up in the major releases from household names and massive installations throughout IDS and the rest of the city. But amongst the industry leaders, new, relatively unknown – but no less skilled – designers roll out their best work, too. Below, we've listed a trio of who we're eager to see, and where you can see them, too.
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