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Design Week Highlights: Batch 2

A round-up of our favourite finds during Design Week

By Arta Ghanbari

We trekked to the Junction to see furniture maker Lubo Brezina‘s window installation Loveseat, lighting and accessories by Brothers Dressler, Dystil and The National Design Collective at a tribute to the famous Maple Leaf Forever tree in Leslieville at Agora Cafe, Digital Promises at Artscape Triangle Gallery, and more.

Local woodworker Lubo Brezina presents his latest project, Loveseat, as a window installation at his Junction shop along Dundas West. Best known for his robust benches and harvest tables made from reclaimed wood, he crafted Loveseat as part of a continuing series of furnishings which explore the mash-up of techniques, economy of materials and structure of barns. Tagged by Tory Healy.
The National Design Collective fashioned a set of portable headphones using reclaimed maple and felt, as part of The Maple Leaf Forever exhibit at Agora Cafe. Paying tribute to the famous Maple Leaf Forever tree in Leslieville — a giant, 150-plus year-old-tree which fell in July following a storm —, the exhibit features four local artists who used the tree’s branches to craft a collection of lighting and accessories. Tagged by Tory Healy.
Neil Botelho’s Hex lamps at Sheridan College’s grad show, Dossier, at Clint Roenisch Gallery are made of bent powder coated steel attached to beech wall mounts with rare earth magnets. The long, reinforced cords can be curled into playful loopy shapes. Tagged by Tory Healy.
The “Dux” by Andres Moreno is a solid white oak lounge chair on display at Sheridan’s grad show, Dossier, at Clint Roenisch Gallery. Its confident stance, geometric play and subtle curves could easily be the best seat in the house for generations to come. Tagged by Tory Healy.
Local design star Scott Eunson took our breath away with his CNC-sculpted multi-purpose bench at Artscape Triangle Gallery’s Digital Promises. Eunson used CNC machinery to craft the microscopic cellular structure of the live-edge slab into its surface and finished the piece by torching it. The bench’s design is the latest in a series of work that investigates the structure and materiality of wood, in which various patterns formed from the growth of trees (growth rings, weathering patterns and bark textures) are scaled and transformed into textured reliefs and cut back into the wood itself. Tagged by Tory Healy.
Ian Devenney’s “Decomposition table” features a cascade of 3-D pixels made from walnut blocks. Exhibited at Digital Promises, the coffee table plays on the projected “lightness” of pixels juxtaposed with the weight and texture of the wood and steel used to make it. Steel plate legs give the illusion of a hovering table top, and the cascade was made by cutting up each wooden block and mapping out the dimensions to create a 3-D effect. Tagged by Tory Healy.


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