The 8th edition of the Toronto Design Offsite Festive (TO DO) takes place January 15 – 21, 2018 and features more than 100 different exhibitions, installations and events. This design festival is known for being accessible, fun and engaging, drawing together local and international designers in an open environment for exploration and learning. A full schedule can be found here. Below, we take a look at a few highlights.

1. Beyond the Surface
Taking place at the Entice Culinary Lounge on Queen Street West, this experimental design series explores geometry and its potential as a contemporary universal design language. Explorations take on the principles of fractal geometry, using two-dimensional patterns to create three-dimensional experiences. This fascinating exhibition comes from Safoura Zahdi, a Toronto-based designer fascinated with learning about the geometric structure of our universe. 2018-beyondthesurface-web-03

2. Après Ski

Presented by GUILD eyewear at the GUILD studio, Après Ski pays tribute to Canada’s iconic ski resort culture at the peak of its social and style relevance in the 1980’s. In the era of ski dominance by the ‘Crazy Canucks,’ ski fashions and equipment of this time came to define times, along with the well known rituals of après ski socializing. This exhibition celebrates the bold shapes of the time ith updated and streamlined details and colour. 2018-GuildApresSki_blue-and-yellow

3. 365 Days of Canadian Design

This exhibit is a true celebration of Canadian design stemming from a year long investigative project by Joy Charbonneau. On January 1st 2017, Charbonneau started a social media account for Instagram under the name @marianadesigncanada. For every day of 2017, Charbonneau discovered and posted furnishings, ceramics, textiles, objects, and illustrations from over one hundred makers and designers from across the country to promote and celebrate Canadian design culture. 2018-365-days-of-canadian-design-web-cover.jpg-970x645

4. #ohdeer

At 2 St. Clair West, Gensler presents ‘#ohdeer.’ The name ‘Deer Park’ was coined by its former inhabitants, who used to roam freely in the quiet rural neighbourhood. Deer Park has since developed into a bustling district of residential and commercial buildings. To pay homage to the namesake, a giant piñata will be set up in the lobby of 2 St. Clair West. Broadly, this is also a statement on calling the area a deer park, when none of that remains today.

The deer motif is used as the inspiration of the massive vessel, and festival-goers will have the opportunity to be involved in revealing the surprises within it. Each evening during the week the piñata will be lowered, leading up to the final night when people can reach its belly and open the piñata. The piñata will be filled with confetti, balloons and treats. Check it out!
5.Finally, Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between…An annual event at TODO, CUTMR 2018 is a platform for artists and designers to challenge themselves and try new things in an unconventional setting. 2018-Slate-Gensler-web-cover-970x645

5. Come Up To My Room

Finally, Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between…An annual event at TODO, CUTMR 2018 is a platform for artists and designers to challenge themselves and try new things in an unconventional setting. Gladstone-web-cover--970x645