Author Archives: Noa Bronstein

Peek to Pique – Install Day 1


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Room 201: Wendy W Fok’s work getting unpacked and painted After a 30 hour journey from Korea, Hyungshin Hwang starts to maticulously assemble his Art Bar installation Room 202: Gareth Bate explaining his process to Gladstone exhibitions coordinator Britt Welter-Nolan (not featured) Room 204: uA makes good use of their room’s extra spaces Room 205: …

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Capacity 2012


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Now in its second year, this fellow TO DO-er, is an annual exhibit of new work by female, Canadian designers, curated by Katherine Morley, Erin McCutcheon and Ange-line Tetrault. It will be presented in January 2012, at the Bev Hisey Studio (1066 Dundas St. W., at Shaw). The exhibition will feature a wide range of media …

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Reminder – Let’s Talk on January 28, 2012


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Image of Free City Paper project, provided by JP King Saturday, January 28 – 11am to 1pm – Gladstone Ballroom Since 2009, CUTMR has hosted a series of talks by artists and designers.  Our first talk, The Origin of the Designer!, featured talks by participating artists and designers Andra Hayward, Andrew MacDonald, Jeremy Hatch, Studio …

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Radiant Dark


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For better or worse, details affect every moment of the design process from idea to creation, to using and appreciating an object. Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore of MADE continue to introduce new Canadian designs through their evolving Radiant Dark series with the 2012 theme — the Devil is the Details. The creative focus and …

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Making It!


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January 25, 2012 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the DX, 234 Bay Street 20 makers from various design disciplines are each given 5 minutes to walk through a single project from conception to presentation. Mark Buchner of Compass360 || Antoine Morris of The Practice of Everyday Design || Hoi-An Tang of Mehoi || Vesna Jocic …

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Imperfect Health – The Medicalization of Architecture


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Health is a focus of contemporary political debate in a moment of historically high anxiety, but are architects, urban designers and landscape architects seeking a new moral and political agenda within these concerns? Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture examines the complexity of today’s interrelated and emerging health problems juxtaposed with a variety of proposed …

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Design Week: A Preface


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The DX is proud to announce the Canadian premiere of Unfinished Spaces with introduction by Co-director Benjamin Murray. January 19, 2012 – 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm ABOUT “Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.” —Fidel Castro (1961) Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young …

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Design Week: A Preface


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A pre-party for the Toronto design week, PechaKucha Night Toronto is teaming up with Toronto Design Offsite to present you this special TO DO PechaKucha Night Toronto on January 17, 2012 at The Garrison. Tickets are $5 and will only be available at the door. Doors open at 7:30 PM, and presentations start at 8:20 …

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Let’s Talk – Saturday @ CUTMR


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Let’s Talk – DISPOSABILITY Photo: Sean Martindale project CUTMR 2012 - Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 11:00am to 1:00pm Taken in its broadest, strictest, object-oriented or ephemeral sense, these talks explore disposable, ubiquitous objects and the reactionary repurposing of such objects, while also investigating abstracted notions of disposability. The After Party: Coming of Age Stories Kerri …

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Ballroom: Metropolis Living


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Metropolis Living is a collective of Industrial Design artists working with new and vintage materials to produce unique and memorable lighting, furnishings and art.  The collective includes Phil Freire of Metropolis-Living, Marco Pecota of Veni Vidi Vici Design Inc, and Michael M Murphy of The Rust Lab. A 5000 square foot studio/showroom located in Toronto’s …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Metropolis Living


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Metropolis Living is a collective of Industrial Design artists working with new and vintage materials to produce unique and memorable lighting, furnishings and art.  The collective includes Phil Freire of Metropolis-Living, (www.metropolis-living.com) Marco Pecota of Veni Vidi Vici Design Inc, (www.vvvdesigninc.com) and Michael M Murphy of The Rust Lab, (www.therustlab.com). A 5000 square foot studio/showroom …

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Public Space: Hyungshin Hwang


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Hyungshin Hwang is a Korean designer based in Seoul. He graduated from Hongik University and is currently attending its graduate program. Currently working in Seoul he has produced a variety of objects and is participating in various projects. He has been articulating ordinary experiences and past memories through creating objects and recently continues his work …

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Room: uA with R. Eland and T. Nemeskeri


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uA is multidisciplinary collective founded in 2010 by James Brazil, César Daoud and Nicholas Waissbluth in Barcelona, Spain. The international decentralized studio is engaged in architecture + art projects merging its diverse cultural background with new technologies, creating new models of participatory design and fabrication. For the 2012 edition of Come Up To My Room, …

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Public Space: Skanda Lin and Matthew Blunderfield


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Dependant on an ever-expanding range of signals and noise, digital networks are anything but firm, and yet we are increasingly surrounded by the physical devices that have enabled our networks to work. Firmament draws attention to how digital culture obscures its very real and physical corollaries, focusing on issues of consumerism, waste and obsolescence as …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Skanda Lin and Matthew Blunderfield


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    Skanda Lin was born in Guangdong, China and studied architecture at the University of Waterloo. She is now completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Toronto. Matthew Blunderfield was born in Vancouver and studied English Literature at the University of British Columbia. He is now completing his Masters of Architecture at the …

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Public Space: archiTEXT


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archiTEXT is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy and think tank comprised of a team of eclectic, dynamic and creative people who use design and creativity as tools for discourse, impact and to engage the public. Focusing on designing environments that can engage, cultivate and encourage conversation, the studio supports idea and creativity incubation, innovation in design thinking, …

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Room: Wendy W Fok


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Wendy W Fok (Artist/Architectural Designer/Urbanist) director/founder and designer for WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC (Architecture) and studio-WF (Art), winner of the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009) and a selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011) has a Master of Architecture & Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University. Notably, WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC has been …

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Public Space: Lost Nation


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  Lost Nation’s inspiration comes directly from nature. Designer Katie Barnstaple has long considered the forest to be her muse and she draws upon her own encounters in the woods as the defining force behind all her work. Wood has long been Lost Nation’s material of choice and it is more than evident that the …

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Room: merk!


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  merk! is a team of exuberant DIYers and design provocateurs dedicated to creating fully immersive environments that employ the greatest economy of materials and techniques to their greatest effect. We appreciate the emotive power of everyday objects, and that of discarded ephemera.  merk! combines a fondness for found materials with simple but supple systems …

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Public Space: Void Engineering


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  Void Engineers is an exploratory design co-operative composed of third year students from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Through our practice, we seek to explore how human interaction within a defined space can be heightened and altered through immersive responsive environments and a combination of architectural theory and technology. Interface, planned for …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: uA in collaboration with Robert Eland and Thomas Nemeskeri


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uA is an multi-disciplinary collective founded in 2010 by James Brazil, César Daoud and Nicholas Waissbluth in Barcelona, Spain. The group is structured as a “cloud network” engaging ‘u’nsolicitated ‘A’ction projects in architecture and urbanism. Through ongoing workshops, public events, performances and exhibitions by uA members in 3 different continents, the decentralized studio aims to …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Wendy W Fok


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  Wall prototype Wendy W Fok (Artist/Architectural Designer/Urbanist) director/founder and designer for WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC (Architecture) and studio-WF (Art), winner of the Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009) and a selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011) has a Master of Architecture & Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University. Notably, WE-DESIGNS.ORG, LLC has …

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CUTRM 2012 Preview: Void Engineering


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brise soleil Void Engineering is a design co-operative of eight students from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. The co-operative has a diverse background, with strengths ranging from strong conceptual design to comprehensive applied skills. Each member contributes a unique set of abilities and perspectives to the group dynamic. In addition to the team’s …

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Exhibition Design Lecture Series


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November 1, 2011 – 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Presented by the Design Exchange, STORYTELLERS: Exhibition Design Lecture Series is aimed at exploring the various elements of exhibition design from conception to presentation. This two-part series will provide an overview of fundamental curatorial practices through the lens of diverse curatorial perspectives. Speakers David Liss – …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Hyungshin Hwang


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As a child, Hyungshin’s family moved often. As a result of the new urban planning policy of his native Korea, his family often had to relocate as their home would be torn down to accommodate newer developments. As the walls crumbled back to stone, his childhood memories were left without evidence. Later, he would collect …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: archiTEXT


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  What Has Architecture Done for You Lately, 2009 exhibit curated by archiTEXT, at the Design Exchange archiTEXT community-wide workshop archiTEXT is a multidisciplinary design consultancy and creativity think tank comprised of a team of eclectic, dynamic, and creative young people – from the world of design, business, research, art and various other places – …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Lost Nation


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Lost Nation believes in bringing a little bit of nature into the home. Heavily inspired by the forest wood worker Katie Barnstaple creates pieces that reflect her love of the woods and that showcase the incredible beauty of the material: wood. The Lost Nation philosophy is a simple one. Create beauty on a small sustainable …

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What is Your Capacity….


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….To Understand? To withstand? To produce? To learn? To love? Is your cup half full or is it half empty? How much of who you are is what you collect? Is infinity possible? Ten of Toronto’s top industrial, graphic, textile and product designers– Maiwenn Castellan, Joy Charbonneau, Michelle Ivankovic, Arounna Khounnoraj, Erin McCutcheon, Katherine Morley, …

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CUTMR 2011 – Jen Spinner


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Jen Spinner is an artist and graphic designer, whose works explore urban environments through paper models and sculpture. For CUTMR 2011, Jen constructed a series of miniature, paper-made fire escapes. By creating a transformative space, ESCAPES III, asked the viewer to consider their relationship with these iron structures. Jen Spinner


CUTMR 2011 – Pamila Matharu


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Pamila Matharu is an independent artist, cultural producer and educator. Since 1994, she has been engaged in the Toronto visual arts community/sector, her art practice is rooted in organizing projects, photography, film, video, and installation based work. She currently teaches Visuals Arts and Social Studies at SEED Alternative School, founded in 1968, the first alternative …

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CUTMR 2011 – Denise Ing & Ken Leung


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Denise Ing is a former resident artist at the Living Arts Centre whose work has been exhibited at Queen’s Park and Harbourfront Centre. Ken Leung is a multidisciplinary designer and artist. For CUTMR the duo designed a unique interactive experience. The installation consisted of two large inflatable hands, one of which was controlled by CUTMR visitors, …

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CUTMR 2011 – Room 214


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No stranger to CUTMR, Dennis Lin’s dynamic works range from hanging creations to grounded structures. His sculptures and installations have been exhibited in cities worldwide, including Dublin, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Moscow and London. For CUTMR 2011, Dennis assembled a cabinet of curiosities of sorts. The installation made public, while simultaneously safeguarding with plastic wrap, …

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U of T Lecture


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    HUBURBS: Metrolinx Mobility Hub Symposium Friday, April 15, 2011 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Innis Town Hall University of Toronto 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto ON, M5S 1J5 On Friday, April 15th, the HUBURBS symposium will convene experts from the fields of planning, development, policy, academic research and design to discuss how transportation development …

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CUTMR 2011 – Room 209


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Bruno Billio is a multidisciplinary artist, whose works traverse installation, sculpture and design. His artistic practice is informed by the active displacement and staging of the found object, a contemporary art strategy with a historically established lineage. Bruno’s works have been exhibited internationally in Milan, London, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Bruno is currently …

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Exhibition Design Lecture at the DX


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The Design Exchange is hosting the second annual Storytellers: Exhibition Design Lecture Series on April 6, 2011 from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. The series is aimed at exploring the various elements of exhibition design from conception to presentation by bringing together curators, architects, and designers to reflect on recent projects, while offering a behind-the-scenes look …

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CUTMR 2011 – Room 206


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Stephanie Mansolf & Jen Prather are the design duo behind Cyborgesses. Through her San Francisco, CA practice Stephanie creates sequential prints, drawings, artist books and large-scale installations, primarily compromised of large-scale vinyl decals and cut out drawings, . Based in Syracuse, NY, Jen’s interest lies in creating a hyperreal environment that borrows from 1970s pattern design aesthetics and …

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Interview with Amanda McCavour


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Textile artist Amanda McCavour discusses her thread drawings and domestic transience through her 2011 CUTMR room installation. You did your degree in fine art at York University and from what I understand your background is not in textiles or the like. What led you to work with thread? I went to York University to get …

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS


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Attention: Designers, architects, visual artists, photographers, sculptors, writers, musicians, set designers, prop makers sound engineers, ceramicists, textile artists, crafts people, filmographers, print makers, new media artists and all creative makers… The Gladstone is now accepting Expressions of Interest for CUTMR 2012. There are two ways to participate in the hotel’s 9th annual design event- Immersive …

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