Category Archives: 2010 Public Space Installations

Propellor Design

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Toby Barratt | Pamela Goddard | Nik Rust


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Inspired by mushrooms growing on a walnut log found in the Okanagan, and intrigued by their resilience and tenacity, Propellor Design began to investigate how mushrooms grow and propagate. Drawing from the idea of multi-directional information transmission within nature, “mycologic” is a modular sculpture that brings nature inside.


Propellor Design is committed to creating useful, beautiful and sustainable objects and experiences. Designers Barratt, Goddard and Rust became friends and creative allies while studying sculpture at Vancouver’s Emily Carr University and have since formed Propellor, a multi-disciplinary studio specializing in custom lighting, furniture and exhibition design. A love of, and concern for the natural world is at the core of Propellor’s design practice, and is reflected in the forms, materials and processes used in their work. Experimenting with new materials, prototyping new ideas and striving for a balance between aesthetics, function and sustainability gives Propellor a reason to get to work on time.

Science & Sons

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Tristan Zimmermann

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The inherent angles and motion of clock hands is exploited via Euclidean geometry to produce isometric projections, illusions of a third dimension and of course, an accurate account of the passage of  time.


If Canadian designer Zimmermann lived ages ago, he would have invented something ground-breaking. But by 2005, modesty, the internet and penicillin had already been invented, so Zimmermann founded Science and Sons. In many ways, Science and Sons is better than modesty but not quite as necessary as penicillin.

The work of Science and Sons aims to indulge the overlooked, and elegantly subvert the status quo. Works are produced through various arrangements; as limited editions, under license by 3rd party brands, and by private commission.

Whether expressed through art, design or the misshapen offspring born of their coupling, the company’s mission is simple; “To put a song in your heart, and a harmless little hole in your wallet.”

Tamara Rushlow Design Inc.

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Puzzle Lamp

The Puzzle Lamp is a symmetrical floor lamp that incorporates a series of colourful metal pieces in a fan-like configuration.  Using more or less pieces, various sizes and colours, this lamp minimizes material waste and maximizes its customizability.


Industrial Designer Rushlow enjoys developing her work through technical and geometric investigations that are reflected in the final form and aesthetic.  Her designs are often bold at first sight yet intricate upon closer study and often based on harmonious relationships between multiples, whether their interaction is seemingly random or intricately ordered through patterns or repetitions.  She divides her time between designing objects, as well as interiors and film and video through her production design company Pink Calculator.

Rushlow holds a Masters in Industrial Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, a Bachelor of Fine Arts History from the University of British Columbia, and studied furniture design at Sheridan College in Toronto.  She has exhibited at IDEX ‘09, Radiant Dark ‘08-’09, 100% Design ‘08, Salone Del Mobile ‘06 and is based in Toronto.


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Carla Gusek | Wilson Loh


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Heartbreakers aims to provoke conversation with their visual representation of the dynamics of conversation and interaction with touch activated light and wood stools.


Gusek was born and grew up in St. Albert, Alberta. Loh was born in a small town in Brunei but has called Edmonton home for the past 16 years. They met while they were attending the University of Alberta in the Industrial Design program. Through class projects and exhibiting together in a local show they realized that they had different, yet complimentary ideas and similar work habits.

As individual designers, they both have very different and distinct styles. Gusek has a tendency for textures, organic forms, and complicated philosophies (some times overly complicated). Loh tends to strip everything down to its essence and is very heavily influenced by minimalism, clean lines (some times overly simple). The interplay of these two styles is what now defines Heartbreakers design Studio. Their first furniture line called Lover expresses love, heartbreak, minimalism and conceptual ideas in a clear communicative way.

Christina Ott | Marion Lanktree

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“Our piece is intended to create an enchanted environment, which promotes curiosity, interaction and ultimately participation. We hope the installation will evolve over the course of the show through participation.”


Ott studied Interior Design at Ryerson University. She participated in collective for CUTMR 2009 on the stairwell public space installation, which featured more than 4000 found keys. This installation was revised and remounted as part of the exhibit Upcycling; a group show featured at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. She also interned for three summers at Peter Marino Architects in NYC during her studies, and currently works at Moss and Lam, a custom art studio in Toronto.

Lanktree graduated from the Material Art and Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. She created a Wallflower piece now produced by Umbra. Her goal as a designer is to enchant and inspire through her use of aesthetics and materials in everyday objects. Currently, she is pursuing her MDes in Product Design at Carleton University, where she is further exploring the important role aesthetics play in our everyday environments.

Filiz Klassen | Dan Browne

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Comprised of multiple pre-recorded video loops with a thermal camera, ‘War(n/m)ing’ will suspend the participant’s gaze on the energy exchange between the Gladstone Hotel and the atmosphere around it.


Klassen, an artist/researcher and Associate Professor at Ryerson University and Browne, a Toronto-based filmmaker and artist, merge their artistic practices that involve video and architectural installations to raise awareness of critical issues around climate change and architecture.

Klassen’s body of work merges conceptual architectural ideas, videography and installations within built environments. Her upcoming solo exhibition entitled Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture will take place at Cambridge Galleries, Design at Riverside from November 18, 2009 to January 3, 2010.  In 2008, she created and directed ‘Weathering Architecture’, Harbourfront Centre: Hatch, Emerging Performance Projects.

Browne is a filmmaker, composer, photographer and videographer who holds a B.F.A (Hon.) in Film Studies from Ryerson University. His work has been screened within traditional cinematic contexts in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He collaborates on performances, including Weathering Architecture (Harbourfront Centre, 2008), and Reaching For Nothing (The Perimeter Institute, 2008), as well as curating film and multidisciplinary events with The Loop Collective.

Funded by Ontario Arts Council, Interactive Arts Grant, 2009


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“Weave” asks the public take part in creating a communal fabric, begun by Sketch, and made up of textiles found and created in the Sketch open studio. “Weave” springs from the idea that people’s individual ideas and contributions can work together to create something whole, beautiful and strong.



Sketch is a multi-media art studio space for street involved and homeless youth aged 16 to 29.  They share space with homeless youth for self-expression through art.  They offer a safe and supportive space for these youth who seek alternatives to traditional forms of education, therapy and skill building. They recognize the power of expression through the arts and welcome their youth to determine their own individual pace and interpretation within it. They celebrate the creativity, resilience and diversity of their youth and see them as key contributors to culture and society.

Sketch has exhibited at a variety of festivals, gallery spaces, youth events, vending sites and art auctions.  Some of their artists have their work in various stores throughout Toronto.  They are recognized as a space that generates diverse ideas and transforms them into unique creations.

Click here to join the Sketch Facebook Group and hear about upcoming Sketch Events!


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Stephen Lindsay


Toronto based urbanproduct is a multi-discipline studio whose main focus is Product and Industrial Design. Launched in 2009 by Scottish born Lindsay, UP continues to grow, moving toward larger scale projects and interiors beginning with the introduction of  ?Dune? wall treatment at IDS 2009.  Functionality, affordability and an ecological awareness lead designs from initial concept toward a high quality outcome with a very unique and elegant visual dialogue.

Every effort is made to use local manufacturers and suppliers who operate their business with the environment in mind. UP strives to supply high quality, durable and eco-conscious design without compromise. Recycled, reclaimed and repurposed materials and objects maintain the charm, beauty and integrity of past designs, but are complimented by handcrafted sleek additions to give new purpose for the spaces we eat sleep and live in. Bamboo, domestic hardwoods, concrete, industrial felt, rubbers and plastics combine to striking effect in objects such as furniture, interiors and lighting.

Margaret Pryde

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So a Guy Walks Into A Bar…

The bar assumes awesome responsibility. As the night wears on, it stands, sturdy and sober, ready to please. Offering to support the weight of an elbow, conveniently providing a perch for a foot. But what if it had enough? Maybe it has absorbed a little too much alcohol from the spilled drinks and finally buckled under the weight of that elbow…


Pryde is a furniture maker and sculptural artist and a graduate of Sheridan College’s furniture design program in 2000. She presently works as a cabinetmaker and functional artist in Stratford, Ontario. Inspired by vacant factories and footworn staircases, she sometimes finds herself nostalgic for an era she did not live in. It is in this spirit she often works breathing new life into reclaimed building materials and changing their purpose from industrial to conceptual. When she was young (and gullible), Pryde worked as a tree planter in Northern Ontario, Alberta and Australia, gaining insight into the other side of the logging industry. Although, she is still not sure she can see the forest for the trees?

Edward Lin | Kira Varvanina

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A Piece of the Pie

“A Piece of the Pie” explores the participation of the physical body in the one-way relationship of visual communication.  By interrupting the peripheral vision of the observer, it requires movement in order to attain the entire image. Forming a wall of visual interruptions the installation aims to disorient and intrigue the viewer.


Lin and Varvanina both received their architectural backgrounds at Carleton University and are currently working in Toronto. In the past, they have particiated in various public exhibits, individually and as a collective. Today, they collaboarate in competitions and exhibitions internationally and locally. They are interested in interative art and installations and are frequient participants in a number of Toronto art events.

Michelle O’Byrne

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CUTMR-PS-OByrneO’Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland. She is a photo-based artist interested in the mundane and the kitsch. Having lived abroad for the majority of her life, she now resides in Toronto, where North American popular culture gives her much of the inspiration for her work. She is currently completing her studies in Photography at Ryerson University.

The Agostinis and Harrison-Off Design Institute (A.H.D.I.)

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CUTMR-PS-AHDIMatthew Agostinis | Joel Harrison-Off

The A.H.D.I. studied at the prestigious Sheridan College school of Crafts and Design in the furniture program and graduated in 2001.  They went on to pursue careers as furniture makers and proceeded to burn down their first shop.  After the fire, they set up in the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga which provided the heavy security required to protect both themselves and others from their work.  AHDI has been involved in many shows ranging from the Interior Design Show in Toronto to shows by the Ontario Crafts Council.  Currently AHDI specializes in the fabrication and design of custom furniture, architectural detailing and space shuttles.

Alexx Boisjoli | Ian Phillips

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Chevaux de bois

“Chevaux de bois” is a simplified visual and interactive representation of a carnival sideshow. Patrons can win porcelain sculptures by playing a midway game of chance.


Boisjoli is a visual artist and designer working in porcelain. Utlizing advanced techniques in design, production and finishing, Boisjoli develops items unique in character and functional in their simplicity. His direct focus is toward creating domestic objects that stand out in your space but feel good in the hand.

Phillips is an award-winning illustrator who has also been running a small press, Pas de chance, for over 25 years. His hand crafted books continue to be exhibited in galleries from Moscow to San Francisco and are in the possession of collectors around the globe. He is also a published author. His book “Lost” garnered a memorable interview on CNN with Jeannie Moos, and a line of toys & clothing in Japan. Phillips sits on the board of directors of The Homemade Movie Project and is a co-founder of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School. He is currently working on his first video installation project, which will be exhibited at The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in 2010. Phillips lives in Toronto with his giant Boston Terrier and best friend, Fancy.

This is their first collaboration.


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Erin O’Hara | Andy Miller

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Safe and Warm

A plane crashes, creatures catapult from the blast and parachute to the safety of warm sweater hills.   While the work first appears to be a tragedy in the moment, it is the small characters, thrown from the center of the disaster, that reveal the chance for a new beginning and offer hope from within the chaos.


Fireweed was born of a shared fondness for giving old objects and reclaimed materials a new purpose by using them to create contemporary art and design. It is a small collective with ambitious ideas, made up of two members: O’Hara and Miller. This exhibition will be their first collaboration in which they work with an equally shared vision under the Fireweed name.

O’Hara and Miller first joined forces in 2003 when they combined their talents of art and design to create a number of pieces for the Playing Doctor and Monster Show exhibitions.

The Fireweed ideology focuses on the creation of aesthetically pleasing pieces that redefine perfection by presenting the world as it is: the reality. Their hope is to find beauty in the seemingly awed or in the glimmers of hope that arise following a disaster. We consider this practice to be honest because it reects the world as it is.

Soon Cho

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Cho’s goal is to create good design with everyday materials. She will play with plastic gimp and light to create a surface that will texture the walls to make them come alive with shadows.


Soon Cho is a textile artist trained in Rhode Island School of Design, and based in Toronto. She sees many products and materials that people use everyday (drinking straws, plastic forks, disposable cups, all the things that could be easily thrown away without a longer lifespan) as a new material that could be transformed for a new life, and given value though the artist’s hand.

This year, Cho has been working with drinking straws and plastic gimp to create lamps. While playing with the materials, she finds them imbued with endless possibilities in form and design. She hand knits the plastic gimp and melts it in different way for a variety of designs, using the large surfaces to cover floor lamps, and for wall decorations and hangings.

Cho participated in the 2009 Interior Design Show, and will also be showing at Radiant Dark 2010.

Participants – Chair Projects – University of Waterloo

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The project requires the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wood chair.  Course assignments guide the project through the steps of research, conceptualization, design development, construction, review and presentation, comprehensive structural analysis of the chair in its different positions, and complete documentation of the process in a booklet.  Students are encouraged to select a client who inspires them, and to approach the design with attention to the Vitruvian goals of firmness, commodity and delight –emphasis on delight!

Sit|Share|Relax, Chair for Guy Laliberte

Mike Love & Brian Muthaliff


Concrete Milking Stool

Makers: Adam Schwartzentruber & Sayjel Patel

Photo credit: Adam Lee Schwartzentruber

Minimal Chair (for William Carlos Williams)

Dan McTavish & Patrick Burke

For projects by Dan McTavish, see

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