Celebrating the thriving Canadian design industry, the seventh edition of The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is taking place this week (January 16-22, 2017). Creative Director Deborah Wang tells Archello how this event came about, where it’s headed and gives us insight into some of the highlights.
Archello: Could you briefly describe the Toronto Design Offsite Festival and its goals/objectives as a platform?
DW: The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 16-22, 2017.
Our mission is to advance design and culture in Canada. For us, building a strong and vibrant design culture involves design and designers from outside Canada too. We also want to bridge the gap between design and community, i.e. connecting designers with the public, and vice versa. Our platform provides opportunities for designers to exhibit and talk about their work and research, for people to meet each other and build new relationships, and a welcoming space to test out new ideas, and get involved.
Archello: Are there any designs or designers that stand out to you this year?
DW: With hundreds of designs and designers, this is a difficult question to answer! One of our signature exhibitions ‘Compact Living’ stands out in that it showcases 11 new prototypes forcontemporary compact living, which is an important topic right now.
We are also excited to have Jamer Hunt, from the Parsons School of Design, give the keynote talk at our symposium on design and the pursuit of well-being. He is joined by 11 other speakers addressing well-being from social, medical, design and innovation perspectives.
In terms of getting a taste of design from many cities, our ‘Outside the Box’ exhibition is always a treat. This year we have boxes from 11 cities across Canada and the U.S., representing local design from Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, and Montreal, to name a few.
Archello: In what direction would you like to see TODO move in the future?
DW: TO DO has grown bigger than we ever could have imagined when we start the festival 7 years ago. It’s become an important platform for showcasing and talking about design. Additionally, through our own curated exhibitions and events, we’ve have provided exhibition and speaking opportunities to many artists, designers and researchers. We want to continue this programming, and build new programs with like-minded partners. Our annual Festival Week will continue to be a key part of what we do, but you may see us popping us in other places too.
You can gain a comprehensive oversight with detailed information about all of the events on this week in Toronto here.
Founded in 1951, this fair is a showcase of the latest innovations in interior design and lighting for both homes and public spaces. Held concurrently with Stockholm Design Week and the Stockholm Design Talks series, the fair not only showcases today’s top names and designers from Scandinavia and around the world, but also offers an opportunity to explore the works of smaller brands and emerging designers you wouldn’t get the chance to discover at other large shows. Explore below a preview of what the upcoming edition of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 holds in store.
This year’s event will feature more than 700 direct exhibitors, 1,200 brands and 70,000 square meters of exhibition area, making it the world’s largest venue of Scandinavian design and the most prominent entry platform for the Nordic market. You can see the updated exhibitor list here. Alongside this, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair also offers a unique programme of exhibitions and seminars. This includes most notably the celebration of a Guest of Honour, the Trend Exhibition, both the Greenhouse and ESTABLISHED Exhibitions, as well as this year’s Design Bar, which is evocatively named ‘On Everybody’s Lips.’
Guest of Honour 2017 - Each year, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair invites a highly acclaimed international designer or design studio to create a lounge in Stockholmsmässan’s entrance hall. This year, the assignment has been awarded to Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, who have received international acclaim for their playful and colourful furniture, design and architecture.
Trend Exhibition 2017 – This is an exhibition we are particularly looking forward to with the intriguing theme of ‘Contrasts’. This year’s edition was created by stylist Lotta Agaton and the exhibition offers contrasts in materials and furniture as well as other surprising combinations. ‘Contrasts! That was the first thing to pop into my mind when I received the assignment. Contrasts in materials – shiny vs. matte, expensive vs. inexpensive – and even contrasts in furniture. I want to offer unexpected combinations. I will also work on creating a ‘room’ atmosphere, a cozy feeling, in the exhibition’s spaces. It should almost feel like you are visiting someone’s home even though it is a public space,’ says Lotta Agaton.
Greenhouse – An inspiring opportunity to gain insight into today’s emerging design talent, Greenhouse offers a platform for new and unknown designers from all over the world. In 2016, Greenhouse welcomed an impressive 32 independent designers and 31 design schools. This year promises even more emerging talent with an exhibition conceived by Stockholm-based Form Us With Love.
ESTABLISHED -Alongside Greenhouse, comes the second edition of ESTABLISHED, a specific area for designers and design studios with a proven track record. The unique aim here is to promote diversity in the industry and encourage designers’ own small-scale production lines.
Design Bar “On Everybody’s Lips” - Need to relax and indulge? A cross between an exhibition and a world-class restaurant, the assignment to create the Design Bar at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair this year has been awarded Note Design Studio, in cooperation with Isabella Morrone, Head Chef at ‘Mother’ in Stockholm. The studio explains that their goal is to create a space that feels warm, visual and attractive to everyone by creating what they describe as a temperate zone at the fair. The colour scheme will range from light pink to deep burgundy and the concept will be open to different design elements and offer varying spatiality.
The name of this Design Bar is Sulla bocca di tutti – meaning ‘on everyone’s lips.’ We understand this will be reflected not only in the warm design, but also in Chef Morrone’s menu, which will feature unexpected combinations from both Italian and Swedish kitchens. And of course taking place concurrently with the fair are Stockholm Design Talks 2017 and Stockholm Design Week.
Stockholm Design Talks 2017 - For the fourth consecutive year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is arranging Stockholm Design Talks, the fair’s own forum for knowledge and discussions within the area of design, which will highlight hot topics and projects that are happening now.
Stockholm Design Week 2017 - Launched in 2002, Stockholm Design Week is a landmark event for the Scandinavian design industry but also for all lovers of design. The event draws a global elite in design and architecture to see the latest in furniture and lighting. The Week features numerous showroom, open houses cocktail and dinner parties, as well as ‘after fair’ meetings and top talent coming out of design schools. It is also a great opportunity to take in the city of Stockholm itself, with the official guide of Stockholm Design Week, suggesting the bests shopping, restaurants and bars. In short, a great opportunity to emerge yourself in the world of Scandinavian design and the local culture of this dynamic Nordic metropolis. You can check out the calendar of events during Stockholm Design Week from February 6-12 at www.stockholmdesignweek.com.
The first edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai, a showcase for Made in Italy products and the Italian way of living, took place November 19-21. Far exceeding expectation, 20,750 visitors came to this exciting new event over a three day period. Visitors were offered a unique insight into emerging trends for 2017 in the design industry – both in terms of economics and with respect to iconic Italian style.
China is now the eighth largest destination country for Italian furnishings and products (Source: FederlegnoArredo Study Centre) and as a country increasingly drawn to high-quality products, this event offered a groundbreaking opportunity to economically and culturally bolster trade between the two countries and set the stage for a fertile dialogue around the issues of excellence and manufacturing quality.
Design Trends for 2017
At its core, the Salone brought to the Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC) the best of Made in Italy interior design and furniture with a showcase of 56 luxury Italian furnishing brands. Characterised by a cosmopolitan elegance that is minimal and luxurious at the same time, these latest products and collections seemed as if they were tailor-made for this Salone in China and gave us a preview of what is to come from the design world in 2017. A comprehensive look at these latest designs can be found here. Exhibitors featured include Annibale Colombo, Arketipo. Artemide, B&B Italia, Calligaris, Cattelan Italia SpA, Cornelio Cappellni, edra, Fantoni, Flexform, Flou, Foscarini, Lema SpA, Living Divani, Minotti, Molteni&C, Natuzzi, Oluce, Porada, Porro, RIVA Industria Mobili, Visionnaire, Zanaboni and many more.
Life in the Beautiful Country:
In addition to the latest furniture and interior design, this was an exhibition full of content, images and Italian lifestyle values. A 360-degree video presentation called Panorama brought to life almost all aspects of the beautiful country, including fashion, food and beverage, hospitality, automobiles and even sport. With the help of drones and immersive media technology, Panorama 360 allowed visitors to virtually enter the Roman Coliseum and visit a collection of master Italian artists such as Raffaelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotta and Botticelli. And beyond works of arts, one could also experience high fashion runway shows and luxury auto racing, not to mention a taste of Italy’s refined cooking and exceptional winery culture.
Take a Master Class:
Further fostering cross-cultural ideas and exchange, Master Classes devoted to key topics and issues in architecture and design were another success aspect of this show. Leading representatives from the Italian design world included Fabio Novembre, Marco Romanelli, Tiziano Vudafieri and Massimo Iosa Ghini. The Master Classes also marked another step in the partnership between the Sole 24 Ore Group and the China Economic Daily Group, with a focus on the ability of design to combine innovation and sustainability. The speakers discussed from various angles success stories that exemplify the delivery of these two characteristics of Italian and Chinese design.
Emerging Talent: SaloneSatellite Shanghai:
But perhaps nothing points the way forward more than young and emerging designers. Making its debut in China was SaloneSatellite Shanghai, a launching pad for the creativity of young designers. This leading event focuses entirely on young designs, offering a platform for interface between entrepreneurs, talent scouts and promising young talents.
Winners this year included Fang Gao, who took first prize for the sideboard ‘In-between dimensions.’ Inspired by the light filtered from trees in the woods, this work is an elegant game of light, shadow and grid. Meanwhile, Weiwei Wu took second place with ‘Line series: shelf,’ a bookshelf in which the absence of vertical supports transforms it into a sculptural piece. And third prize went to Anqi Tang for the small tea table ‘Softwood,’ which features 6 blocks of different forms and functions with a waterproof and non-toxic surface.
These three winners, from the 41 young designers who participated from all parts of China, are invited to participate in the upcoming SaloneSatellite Milano, held from 4-9 April 2017 in Milan.
Between November 19-21, internationally renowned Salone del Mobile.Milano will be bringing the iconic value and meaning of ‘Made In Italy’ to China with the first edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai.
Taking place at the Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC), 55 luxury Italian furnishing brands will be showcased, along with an equal selection of Italian lifestyle brands ranging from the sectors of fashion and automotive to food and beverage. Forging dynamic new global business connections and signalling the way forward in terms of design trends for 2017, this event promises total immersion in the design culture of the ‘Beautiful Country’, loved and pursued around the world for its luxury, craftsmanship, innovation and style.
About Salone del Mobile Milano and the ‘Made in Italy’ : From Cellini to Leonardo, from Raphael to Bernini, from the Renaissance workshops to the best Italian firms: Italy is a talented country, with a passion for “know how”, driven by constant research in manufacturing quality and creative passion in the design and manufacturing of its products. Bringing the ‘Made in Italy’ brand to the world for over 50 years, the Salone del Mobile Milano event was first launched in 1961 by a small group of furniture makers, representative of the Federlegno trade organisation (now FederlegnoArredo), and organised for the promotion of exports of Italian furniture and fittings.
The fair took off very quickly during its first four years, not only in terms of visitor numbers and participation from Italian and foreign operators, but also in terms of establishing itself a a driving force and showcase for the sector. The numbers since continue to impress with the Salone growing from 328 exhibitors occupying 11,860 square meters in 1961 to 2,720 exhibitors covering 210,5550 square meters 50 years later in 2011.
Defying global economic trends, the Salone has continued to expand at a dizzying pace. The internationalisation process that first took the Milan Salone to New York and Moscow in 2005 with the iSaloni WorldWide now takes us to 2016 to Shanghai.
“The continued double-digit growth of our exports, recorded in recent years, confirms the Italy first partner in furnishing system for China,” said Michele Scannavini, President of the Italian Trade Agency. ”The continued push for innovation, excellence, quality and design of our products, combined with the massive urbanization and the growth of the purchasing power of the Chinese middle class, they offer great market spaces and numerous opportunities for our companies. Basically, it is a synergistic, coordinated and influential promotion. The effort to bring the Salone del Mobile for the first time in Shanghai goes in this right direction.”
What Will You See? 55 of today’s top luxury furnishing brands will be unveiling their latest designs. These will be showcased on Archello in October in a feature collection along with our report about the trends emerging from this industry leading and trend setting event. Exhibitors will include Ceccotti Collezioni srl, Citco srl, B&B Italia SpA, Cornelio Cappellini srl, Living Divani srl, Minotti SpA, Rugiano Interiors Decoration srl, Svad Dondi SpA and Zanaboni Salotti Classici snc di Zanaboni Vittorio & C.to briefly name just a few (A full is included below).
These luxury brands will be exhibited in a space providing visitors with a unique experience thanks to a preparation project created and specifically tailored for the SEC by Arch. Alessando Colombo (Studio Cerri & Associati). At the heart of the exhibition space, there will be an “Italian Square” serving as a place to meet, exchange ideas, interact and relax, while enjoying the exquisite products displayed.
In addition there will a number of inspiring events included Master Classes, the consolidated event of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai, which takes abroad the voice of Italian architects of international fame. This year will feature Stefano Boeri, winner of the International Highrise Award for Vertical Forest of Milan awarded as “the most beautiful and innovative skyscraper of the world,” along with Fabio Novembre, an architect and designer who has reached acclaim with a series of designs for restaurants, clubs and shops both in Italy and abroad with creative and uniquely designed furniture. Marco Romanelli, architect and designer in the field of interior architecture will offer an intense critical reflection on the themes of living and design and also in attendance be Tiziano Vudafiera, a student of Aldo Rossi who operates between Milan and Shanghai, who is noted for works ranging from architecture to interior design of private and public spaces to product design.
Another meeting space will be dedicated to the SaloneSatellite, the first event to pay special attention to young designers and now a meeting place for excellence among entrepreneurs-talent scout and the most promising young designers. Its creation – in 1998 – was an act of faith in the creative potentials of the young people under 35. After the iSaloni WorldWide di Mosca, this event now will now debut in China, with its first edition involving the most prestigious design schools of the country.
There will be plenty to see and much inspiration provided by this leading global event and we are excited be bring you more in the coming months!
Full Exhibitor List:
Angelo Cappellini & C. srl, Annibale Colombo srl, Arketipo srl, Artemide SpA, Asnaghi Interiors SpA, B&B Italia SpA, Baldi srl, Barovier & Toso Vetrerie Artistiche Riunite srl, Baxter srl, Calligaris SpA, Cattelan Italia SpA, Ceccotti Collezioni srl, Citco srl, Cornelio Cappellini srl, Dada SpA, Edra SpA, Elledue Arredamenti srl, Fantoni SpA, Fendi Casa (Club House Italia SpA), Flexform SpA, Flou SpA, Foscarini SpA, Gianfranco Ferrè Home (Jumbo Collection srl), Giorgetti SpA, Jumbo Collection srl, Kartell SpA, Kohro (Wykt srl), Lema SpA, Living Divani srl, Maxalto (B&B Italia SpA), Minotti SpA, Molteni & C. SpA, Natuzzi SpA, Oak Industria Arredamenti SpA, Oluce srl, Poliform SpA, Porada Arredi srl, Porro SpA, Provasi srl, Quagliotti SpA, Riva Industria Mobili SpA – Riva1920, Rugiano Interiors Decoration srl, Savio Firmino srl, Scavolini SpA, Sicis srl, Sigma L2 Paolo Granchi srl, Smania Industria Italiana Mobili SpA, Svad Dondi SpA, Technogym SpA, Trussardi Casa (Club House Italia SpA), Turri srl, Varenna (Poliform SpA), Villari srl, Visionnaire Home Philosophy (IPE srl), Zanaboni Salotti Classici snc di Zanaboni Vittorio & C.
An initiative of AZURE, the award-winning magazine focused on contemporary architecture and design, the AZ Awards is a global competition open to designers, manufacturers and students of design-related disciplines.
With broad international reach, 826 outstanding entries were received this year from 52 countries. From this impressive group of submissions, 18 extraordinary winners were selected from by an international jury that includes Chris Wilkinson of WilkinsonEyre (London, U.K.), interior designer Anna Simone of Cecconi Simone (Toronto, Canada), landscape architect Thomas L. Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (Charlottesville, U.S), John Tong of +tongtong (Toronto, Canada) and Omer Arbel of Bocci (Vancouver, Canada)
Amongst the winners is a design from Shim Sutcliffe Architects that features the longest cantilever in North America as well as a dynamic landscape concept from Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape bringing green space and floodwater relief to Pamplona, Spain.
In addition to awards for Best Architecture Over 1000 Square Meters, Under 1000 Square Meters and Best Residential Architecture, fascinating categories include Best Temporary Architecture, Best Architectural Product, Best Unbuilt Concept, The Social Good Award and more. You can see the full winners below.
The Moscow Urban Forum, an inspiring international platform devoted to the development of megacities and the improvement urban living standards around the world, launches this week. Running from June 30 until July 3, this year’s theme is ‘Fast-Growing Megacities. Technologies of Dynamic Development.’
Many of today’s most intriguing projects achieved in megacities around the world will be presented in Moscow, a city itself on the path towards emerging as one of the world’s most flexible and dynamic megacities. Speakers this year include the acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, as well as the fantastically ambitious urban architect Hani Rashid, founder of Asymptote Bureau NY.
Another headliner we are looking forward to is Knut Sauer, Vice-President of Hyperloop One. Their hyperloop vacuum capsule trains are one of the most ambitious urban transport undertakings of our time, able to carry passengers and cargo at speeds exceeding 1200 km/hr.
Throughout the programme, a multi-disciplinary approach will be struck with leading planners, sociologists, economist, business leaders and current/former mayors of megacities ranging from Beijing to Berlin, who will all be shedding their unique perspectives on today’s most pressing urban issues and topics. You can explore the full programme here.
If you are inspired by cities and the future vibrancy or our urban environments, Moscow is the place to be this week. It is still possible to register.
We will also be bringing highlights throughout the week for those who are unable to make it to Moscow but are inspired by the cutting edge urban dwelling concepts emerging in our planet’s megacities.
From galleries to studio to shops, Toronto Design Office Festival (or TO DO) is being celebrated throughout the city of Toronto this weekend.
The Festival kicked-off earlier this week on January 18th and will continue until Sunday, January 24th. A number of must-see events include the work of Japanese contemporary design Oji Masanori, one of Japan’s most internationally recognized designers, as well as a glimpse of future Toronto talent to come with Sheridan’s graduate Exhibition from their Craft and Design Furniture Program.
There are also numerous interactive events taking place including the TO DO Talks Symposium this Saturday, January 23 (2:00-6:00 PM ) entitled: Do Good, Do Design, Do Things That Matter. Here, multidisciplinary experts discuss how to get people thinking about how the world is made around them, where design not only ‘fits in,’ but also makes a difference.
And of course, where there is design and collaboration, there’s lots of fun. Some highlight from TO DO events this week below .
In the past 10 years, the average Toronto condominium size has shrunk by over 100 square feet, a phenomena seen around the world as more than half the world’s population is now living in urban centres where real estate is expensive and space limited.
As the average urban dweller’s home becomes smaller and smaller, design needs to be smarter. In partnership with Umbra, the Umbra + TO DO Compact Living Product exhibition explores original house ware prototypes for contemporary compact living.
This exciting and dynamic exhibition features the work of a dozen contemporary Canadian designers who are striving to make compact living exceptional. The exhibit is on through January 24th, 2016 at the Umbra Store, 165 John Street, Toronto. You can find the full details here.
Designers featured in this exhibition include include Castor, Chifen Cheng, Liz Eeuwes, Fugitive Glue, Char Kennedy, Mercury Bureau, Oscar Kwong, Geof Ramsay, Six Point Un, Ange-line Tetrault, and TOMA. Some highlights below:
The ‘11th Line’ title comes from name of the rural road where artist Lyn Carter lives and works. This exhibition explores one of the most fundamental elements – the stripe – and its graphic relationship to landscape, evoking horizon lines, road grids and furrowed fields. Integrating historical artifacts from the Textile Museum of Canada’s international collection that highlight the complex spatial organization of lines, bands and stripes, the artist’s highly crafted sewn sculptures, drawings on paper, video and digitally printed fabric are poetic translations of the rhythms and patterns of personal space and vernacular architectures that are part of daily experience.
Location: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue
Time: Daily from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
See website for admission fees.
More information here.