Designer Series: Pete Bresse

Pete Bresse is the owner of Eclectic Revival, a local vintage and custom lighting shop located in the trendy Junction neighbourhood. In the video, Pete walks us through the design process, and why his love of cars has translated into his one-of-a-kind designs.

 

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Designer Series: Christina Ott

Christina Ott is the founder of Crow Art Design Build, a local custom art installation shop located in the trendy Junction neighbourhood. In the video, Christina walks us through the design process, and the many items created for the curiosity cabinet. Located in the entry way of the DUKE presentation centre, the installation showcases the different flavours of the neighbourhood through ceramic tools, botanical items and wooden artifacts.

Junction TO DO Festival

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Don’t know what to see this year for the Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TO DO)? The 65 locations can be quite overwhelming to digest at first glance. Well, if you are looking for a design centric area, The Junction is the place to be. Not only did SMASH provide the location for the official party but it also has the most installations in a single area with 19 exhibitions! Here is a quick list of places to visit if you in the neighbourhood this weekend.
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DESIGNLINE LOVES The Museum of No Good. One of several locations tagged by the infamous design trending magazine. The Museum features objects that at one time may have had purpose but now because of technology and need are no longer relevant to society. See more on the installation here.

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Mjolk also got a nod from DESIGNLINES, which features a retrospective exhibition by Lucia Nichetto along with a new collection of coffee accessories, which are inspired by Italian coffee culture. The contour of the items gives an impression of delicacy and detail. The porcelain objects are produced locally and come in an array of colours.

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But it wasn’t just new objects being premiered at TO DO, re-used and recycled items were also emerging as a strong theme within the design community. Pandemonium Books & Discs served as the space for ‘Design by Nature: A creative re-use of salvaged materials’. Scott Eunson Studios’ created ‘End Grain Block Bench’ for the installation. The solid block was assembled from massive timbers and CNC carved with a pattern derived from microscopic end-grain. The cells are scaled so that they function as places to sit. An emphasized materiality combined with an organic complexity aims to give a new understanding of wood, its physical qualities, structure and patterns.

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In addition to repurposing, collaborations served to create new experiences in unexpected places. The Hair Lounge, a surprising location to have an installation showcases Karcass teaming up with Darlene Adams at to create a window display appropriately themed ‘What’s Dead, is Alive Again.’ The installation is an exploration of new growth forming and evolving from the cities dead and unwanted remains.

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Paper was also a popular material for designers this year. Above Ground Art Supplies, ARTiculations and Cornerstone Home Interiors all featured work by artists who folded, cut and manipulated the substance to create landscaped installations that provoked new experiences and dimensions.

Junction TO DO Festival

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Don’t know what to see this year for the Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TO DO)? The 65 locations can be quite overwhelming to digest at first glance. Well, if you are looking for a design centric area, The Junction is the place to be. Not only did SMASH provide the location for the official party but it also has the most installations in a single area with 19 exhibitions! Here is a quick list of places to visit if you in the neighbourhood this weekend.

Santa in the Junction

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, in the Junction. Elves strolled along sidewalk getting everyone in the festive mood by handing out maps and hot chocolate coupons for the annual Santa in the Junction. Large candy canes guided visitors to the many venues offering holiday activities along Dundas Street West.
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The theme of local and craft echoed the workshops. ARTiculations held a class on how to personalize your gift-wrapping paper. Families crowded around the station learning the proper way to ink the stamps and how to apply it to the surface. On a similar note, furniture store Smash showcased the art of silk screening and how it can be applied to many different surfaces to create a cohesive motif. At Above Ground, the elves were busy creating many customized ornaments decorating them with glitter and paint.

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At the DUKE presentation centre, we dressed our storefront with Christmas icons such as a reindeer, ornaments, and a couple inches of snow. Visitors were offered hot cider and DUKE gingerbread men and women. For those into contests, a lucky individual went home with our gingerbread DUKE condo created by Madeleines bakery. And Emily T won a $50 brunch to Cool Hand of a Girl for participating in our social media contest on Junction storefronts.

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Thanks to our project partners, the Junction BIA , Bunners and Jayne’s Gourmet for making this event great.

Going Local in the Junction

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Located at Dundas Street West, just east Keele the DUKE presentation centre, designed by local studio Mason Studio is an authentic reflection of the surrounding neighbourhood. By collaborating with local artists the space celebrates the talent and unique identity of the Junction.
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Like a perfectly choreographed dance, the movement through the space is full of Junction Life moments all crafted by local designers. The entrance features a leather armchair and side table designed by Derek McLeod. The ‘cabinet of curiosities’, constructed by Brothers and Sons is a 15-foot wall unit filled with handmade and curated found objects by Crow design. The window seat, cushions and patio seating provide a layered experience of colour and texture, that were all designed by Fugitive Glue.

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As you walk past the model, and towards the kitchen, subtle furnishings help anchor the space such as the leather reception desk and turquoise island stools by Discreet and Discrete. The upper area features a walnut daybed and an accompanying wall mirror by Heidi Earnshaw. This section allows the visitor the opportunity to relax and enjoy the eclectic arrangement of artwork and videos of the neighbourhood and project. To highlight the informative elements of the space, custom lighting pieces of varying materials were designed by Paul Campbell and Eclectic Revival.

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Careful consideration was also paid to the interior architecture of the presentation centre to act as a backdrop for the bespoke creations. Wall paneling, the use of graphic printed wall tiles, natural stone and subtle variations of wood creates a layered environment of texture and pattern for the diverse mix of furnishings and artwork.

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All of this attention to detail allows the visitor to become immersed in the identity of the neighbourhood and how the condo development relates to it.

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Stressing that the purchasing of a condo is as much about understanding the character of the community as it is about the units themselves.

Stretch Your Limits

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What does a flea market, concert stage and yoga class have in common? Well, they showcase the diversity of activities that can happen on a single site with the right level of imagination and community engagement.
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On the last Sunday in September, TAS partnered with Breath Yoga StudioBest Health MagazineSmart Water and DUKE Condos to have a mass yoga session on the DUKE Condos future build site. Flooring was laid down and music courtesy of Morgan Doctor was pumping throughout the neighbourhood as the Yogis enter the site for Stretch your Limits.

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Lead by David Good the session focused on foundation and balance to reflect us as city builders. Ranging in all ages, 60 individuals spread their mats and did their best warrior pose on an empty site. Despite the fact that it was late September, the day was so beautiful that we joked we should have all put sunscreen on to protect us from the rays. After the event the participants where invited to a sneak peak at our DUKE Condos sales centre (now open to the public) to pick up a complimentary sway bag.

Great Day for a Junction Flea

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The Junction Flea, located at Dundas Street West and Keele Street, organized by SMASH owner Paul Mercer and Micah Lenahan, is Toronto’s only west end flea market. Held on the second Sunday of every month from 9-4pm, rain or shine, the Junction Flea features a mix of 70 independent vendors selling a range of goods from antiques, to handmade craft items and vintage clothing.

Paul and Micah told me that The Junction Flea grew out of the network of connections they collectively had and decided to pull their resources to create a unique experience for visitors. This year, TAS has been the main supporter of the Flea, donating the site and shipping containers to the various vendors for shelter and retail space. The site attracts more than 2000 visitors a month, maintaining its local flare as a destination spot on the west end.