Junction Design Crawl

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The theme of ‘locally-made’ and ‘Toronto-based’ was in the air at the third annual Junction Design Crawl. Armed with our TAS-made maps of neighbourhood hot spots to hand out, we followed swarms of people to the dozens of stores featuring custom designs and temporary art installations on Dundas Street West.
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The starting point was the Night Flea, which featured a more intimate atmosphere than the typical Sunday Junction Flea, scaling back the usual amount of vendors. At Smash, I’m not sure I would call it ‘glamping’ a.k.a glamourized/high-end camping, but the atmosphere of the great outdoors and camping was definitely in spirit.

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For men who aren’t afraid to show off their love of contemporary culture, Gerhard featured a fibre-based installation by Lizz Aston showcased in the front windows. Her handcrafted work bridges the gap between traditional practice and contemporary art. The interlaced installation featured layers of organic rings, oil and water taking on a liquid form suspended in the air.

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The live band at Opticianado was quite a surprise. Who knew shopping for shades could be this fun and interactive. With the latest rage in 3D cinema, Opticianado set out to let the viewer dictate what optical illusions they wanted to see.

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Mjolk, which is a shop that makes you want to get rid of all the things in your home and start over again, featured a wooden kiosk in the centre of the store where for $2 you could enjoy a treat of Green Tea and Sesame Cream Puffs.

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ARTiculations featured a paper installation by Mason Studio. Jammed packed with people, the subtle lighting and angular planes allowed the visitor to strategically maneuver through the space, becoming both spectator and participant.

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Narwhal Projects might have been the secret station of the evening. In the gallery space was the presentation of several thought provoking artistic designs. But if you continued to the back, you would be immersed in a kaleidoscope of colours and intrigue. With popcorn and marshmallows provided, and portraits and a silent movie on display, this pit stop was definitely a great escape.
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