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Your nomination counts – help us crown Toronto’s best designed product, restaurant, and retail or public space!

By Tory Healy

Designlines magazine is pleased to announce the third launch of our annual DL Designer of the Year competition, where we will celebrate the creative problem-solving and design prowess of one exceptional Torontonian (or studio) working in residential design. Who will follow in the footsteps of 2020’s winner, Superkül? It could be you. Learn more about the competition – and enter by September 30th – here. The winner will be announced in Designlines’ January 2021 issue and will be celebrated at a winter fête that same month.

Not to be outshone, we will also be turning a spotlight on the very best of local restaurant-, retail-, public space-, and product design completed in 2020. Do you know someone whose work in these arenas should be recognized? Tell us! Simply email us a little about who it is you’re nominating, a bit about the project, and why it should be considered.

Nominations are due September 30th so send yours in now, and be sure to tell all your friends, too.

The 2020 Category Winners
Best Public Space: LGA Architectural Partners’ design for Stackt Market won points not just for its inventive, Tetris-like use of shipping containers but for enriching the lives of the surrounding condo dwellers with a multi-programmed gathering space. Read the story here.

Photos of Stackt Market by Industryous Photography.

 

Best Restaurant Design: Omar Gandhi Architect, in collaboration with SVN Architects + Planners, walked away with this award for their revamp of brunch mainstay Lady Marmalade. Key moves made include Baltic birch-clad interiors, a triple-height entry and a glass-balustraded mezzanine. Read the story here.

Photos of Lady Marmalade by Bob Gundu and Janet Kimber.

 

Best Product Design: Studio Paolo Ferrari compressed the joy of lounging in a sunken living room into one fabulous, mohair-upholstered chair-sofa hybrid. To sit in this sculptural, made-in-Toronto piece of furniture is not a solo experience: the lounge can accommodate at least five people at once. Read the story here.

Portrait of Paolo Ferrari by Arash Moallemi.