Things TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2017

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.

Going into its 7th year, TO DO transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming. Continue reading “Things TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2017”


Woodlove at IDS 2016

IMG_4492Images by Lauren Miles & Richelle Sibolboro

Richelle Sibolboro is Managing Editor of OpenCity Projects

WOODLOVE was a curated space at the 2016 Interior Design Show which was on show a couple weeks ago. The little wood trading post helps consumers identify and purchase locally made Ontario Wood products. The space is an homage to our proud Canadian heritage and wood’s role in shaping our history.


IDS14 – Creative Class


The students of Ryerson School of Interior Design examine climate change at this year’s 2014 Toronto Interior Design Show. The interior of the booth showcases quotes to provoke a dialogue about climate change, while the felt represents the friction we have about the subject matter. Design = Change @ IDS14.



IDS14 – Studio North


The students of Ryerson School of Interior Design look at food security at this year’s Toronto Interior Design Show. The exterior panels reflect a decadent Victoria era where food was in excess during dining times. While, the interior showcases handcrafted utensils interspersed with quotes about the current state of food security in Canada. The dichotomy of the exterior and interior messages provoke the visitor to question the place setting of luxury within the context of poverty.







See the Light


This year’s concept spaces will spotlight iconic lighting brands from around the world. See the Light will feature lighting as the driving force behind the interior design of a space, rather than a complementary addition to a room. Design studios have partnered with top lighting manufacturers to create four very unique spaces.


WilliamsCraig Inc. is a progressive, multidisciplinary design studio based in Toronto. Founded by Karen Williams and Joelle Craig, the studio’s portfolio includes residential, corporate, hospitality and retail projects. WilliamsCraig
has created a unique identity to this space offering a modern yet rugged interior with elegant pendants shinning their own light.


Pipapo by Jurgen Mayer


Pipapo is a sculptural bench, made of Caesarstone surface from the Supernatural series, with a natural stone pattern delicately milled to create a three dimensional, lattice-like formation. The work is based on Mayer H.’s long standing investigation, both in architecture and art, of data protection patterns found, for example, on the inside of envelopes sent by government agencies and banks. Their extremely dense optical pattern aims to protect the personal content of letters from indiscretion and to make sensitive data invisible by presenting a sphere of exclusive knowledge.


Pipapo reflects Juergan Mayer H.’s fascination with camouflaged digital design and the interrelations of communicative space. The bench represents an endless pattern field and plays with dimension and form, the exposed and hidden and the material and the immaterial.


Juergen Mayer H. says in regard to the sculpture and his work: “We like to speculate on the potential of new materials for our built environment, to stress the limits of production possibilities and to keep the way we use them free to explore.”

IDS Design Preview – Burst Floor Lamp


The third piece Christopher Solar will be showing at the Interior Design Show is the Burst floor lamp. This tall lamp consists of a set of matched ash slats radiating up and out from a polished concrete base. The slats are laced together with Danish cord and surround a diffused bulb. The result is a dramatic interplay between light and dark, regardless of whether the lamp is on or off. When on, the lamp provides soft illumination and casts subtle patterns on the walls and ceiling.


Container Culture

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In 2012, TAS created the ‘How Do You Live’ exhibition for the Interior Design Show. Six shipping containers were transformed from a utilitarian vessel into inviting living quarters. Showcasing how one can live in a small yet designed footprint.
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‘That’s the irony. We’ve taken a box, and with the city’s best creators, made it interesting’ says Mazyar Mortazavi, President & CEO of TAS. The installation took visitors through a maze of rooms, which were stacked geometrically, to provoke individuals to rethink their own spaces.

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If you frequent the Junction Flea you might notice that those shipping containers have made their way from the Convention Centre exhibition grounds to the Dundas and Keele market site. Every second Sunday of the month, several vendors have the opportunity to repurpose the 20′ x 80′ cubes into functioning retail spaces. Taking the original concept of compact living out into the urban context. The spaces are reimagined into tiny vintage vignettes for the local community.

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TAS prides itself in partnering with community members to activate spaces for economic development. Fostering engagement with all levels of the neighbourhood to promote social innovation and facilitate new forms of entrepreneurship.