Here’s what to see and do today at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival:
Opening Reception: January 25, 4-7 pm
Date: January 24-26
Join six established and up-and-coming furniture designers as they throw open the doors of their new west-end studio, Artifact. Together, Peter Coolican, Heidi Earnshaw, Chris Fieldhouse, Simon Ford, Lauren Reed and Julian Villaseñor have come together to design a room-within-a-room, showcasing new work from each. The room brings together the distinct skills and style of each designer and offers a glimpse into their individual practices and collaborative process. Tour the studio, view works-in-progress and learn more about the creative process behind these new works. artifacttoronto.com
Date: January 25-26
Location: Fermenting Cellar
For the official launch of their New Generation products, Sub-Zero and Wolf have teamed up with Craft Studio’s Mahmood Popal and a team of six Toronto artists to deconstruct and reinterpret the modern kitchen’s most coveted appliances. Artists Justin Broadbent, Jesse Albert, Randy Grskovic, Danielle Hession, Aaron Willinsky, Robin Clason and Popal himself, have crafted installations made entirely from the components of Sub-Zero and Wolf’s appliances.
TO DO Closing Party with Love Design
Date: January 25, 10pm-2:30 am
Location: The Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom
It’s been a fabulous festival week of exploring events, exhibitions, and window installations across the city. And now, there’s no better way to close it off than with another party. Bundle up for Gladstone’s Love Design Party to celebrate the boutique hotel’s 11th year of Come Up To My Room and dance design week away – until next year, at least. This year’s party features an installation by Justin Broadbent. justinbroadbent.com
Reception: January 25, 6pm-10pm
Date: January 23-26
Location: The Gladstone Hotel Art Bar
Launched in January 2011, Capacity was created to promote Canadian women designers. Women remain vastly outnumbered by men in most sectors of design, and the curators feel it’s important to provide a venue for the work and names of women to be seen. The annual exhibition features a range of work from both emerging and established designers, including Shea Chang, Anne Thomas, Heidi Earnshaw and one of personal favourites, Margaret Pryde. capacitytoronto.com
Opening Reception: January 25, 3-8 pm
Date: January 23-26
Location: Various venues along Dundas West
Do Design 2014 highlights contemporary works from over 20 individuals and studios working across many disciplines, including window installations, ceramic works, and furniture design. The free, four-day exhibit runs along Dundas Street West, between Bathurst and Grace Streets. With works presented in an array of venues, visitors explore the street as a “gallery” and engage with design in intimate ways. The venues themselves add to the experience, such salons, cafes, a pharmacy, boutiques and bars.
Come Up To My Room
Opening Reception: January 25, 7-11 pm
Date: January 23-26
Location: The Gladstone Hotel
Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is back for its 11th annual exhibit. The alternative design event features 25 installations that transform the Gladstone Hotel both inside and out. Taking inspiration from the historic Gladstone itself, locals Nathan Whitford and Sarah Keenlyside illuminate the façade to reveal the architectural bones beneath, while the wallpaper masters at Rollout confront the constraints of a historic building where their wallpaper cannot go on the walls. Throughout the building, Sisley Leung’s mouse-sized hotel amenities and Ana Jofre’s life-sized marionettes question who else makes use of the hotel. Must-sees include resident artist Bruno Billio’s the Department of Unusual Certainties and A Zero’s Fall of the Walled Garden, housing the hairiest ceiling we’ve ever seen.
To see more openings and events, visit todesignoffsite.com. Produced in partnership with Toronto Design Offsite.