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TO Design Offsite: Day 3

Here’s what to see and do today at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival:

TO DO Opening Party at SMASH
Date: January 22, 8 pm-midnight
Location: SMASH
Admission: Free

Design week started on Monday, but kick-it-off mid-week at the TO DO Opening Party at SMASH in the Junction. Come and find out what the festival is all about, meet local designers, experience salvage furniture and curiosities at SMASH, and dance to the music of DJ Joe Blow with Toronto’s design community. Featured installations by artists and designers Paul Mercer, Yasaman Pishvai, and Jessica E. Levine. Must RSVP.

Letterpress Card making workshop by Graven Feather
Date: January 22, 6-8:30 pm
Location: Graven Feather
Admission: Free

Get to know the joys of traditional letterpress printing, a practice developed over 400 years ago. This workshop is a brief introduction to the use of a letterpress to make simple and beautiful cards. Experiment on the press using old-fashioned metal type and vintage designs with access to stamps and a typewriter to make personalized cards. gravenfeather.ca

Get Your Hands Dirty
Date: January 22, 5-10 pm
Location: The Junction Train Platform
Admission: Free

Add your drawing creations to a community mural in a hands-on, “studio” experience in the Junction. Guided by graduate artists and senior students from Centennial’s Fine Arts Studio Program, passers-by will be encouraged to make their mark by completing a collaborative 20-foot mural. Using large chunks of drawing charcoal on paper, participants can find their inner artist as they truly get their hands dirty. latitude44gallery.ca

Luca Nichetto + Mjölk
Opening Reception: January 22, 7-10 pm
Date: January 23-26
Location: Mjolk
Admission: Free

Luca Nichetto is a Stockholm-based industrial designer who has quickly become one of the most important contemporary designers in the world. He has designed for furniture manufacturers such as Cassina, Casamania, and Moroso, and lighting manufacturers Foscarini and Established and Sons. In this first North American showing of his work, Mjolk will be showing a new collection of coffee accessories designed by Luca Nichetto inspired by Italian coffee culture, and produced for Mjolk locally in Toronto. mjolk.ca

Accumulation | Christine Kim
Opening Reception: January 22, 6-9 pm
Date: To February 16
Location: ARTiculationsAdmission: Free

‘Accumulation’ emerged out of Christine Kim’s continued exploration and experimentation with cutting, bending, and folding paper. Using matte white paper, Kim has constructed light geometrical structures assembled together like cumulus clouds. She explores the relationship between light and shadow through intricately cut patterns and folds. ARTiculations.ca

The Maple LEAF Forever
Reception: January 22, 6-9 pm
Location: Agora Café
Admission: Free

A 150 year old silver maple tree in Leslieville is said to have inspired the song, “The Maple Leaf Forever,” once Canada’s unofficial national anthem. After a storm brought down the tree this past July, local artists and woodworkers have turned its wood into pieces that honour its cultural significance. This exhibit showcases the work of Brothers Dressler, Dystil, The National Design Collective, and Paus + Grün, who have transformed the branches of this famous tree into lighting and decorative items. The pieces were created for LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest. yourleaf.org

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