PNEU | a spatial experience


Set within the historic Church of Holy Trinity in the heart of Trinity Square and steps from the Eaton Centre, the opening party of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival launched. The main feature of the event is an installation from Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ), Ryerson University’s interdisciplinary incubator for design and fabrication. This is the description of the installation provided by the designers: Continue reading “PNEU | a spatial experience”

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”

Junction TO DO Festival


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.

The Museum of No Good

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The fourth annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is right around the corner. The weeklong event from January 20-26, 2014, promotes and celebrates new and innovative design experiences across Toronto. What I like most about the festival is that it exposes the general public to the next generation of designers. It allows art and design to be more accessible to individuals because it is happening in and around their neighbourhood.
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This year, the DUKE presentation centre will be hosting The Museum of No Good. Curated by Evan Pavka and Naomi Tallin, the installation addresses the anthropocentric need to perpetually produce useful objects resulting in an archaeology of useless tools disregarded as a result of their perceived necessity.
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The Museum of No Good seeks to expose this cycle of waste by exploring distinct phases of necessity through their objective productions exhibiting a variety of so-called tools that, through their form, materiality, context, or symbolism, are effectively no good.

The Museum of No Good is a collaboration with friends, designers and fellow students of Ryerson University. All the works in the exhibit look at what ‘use is’ means through deconstructed form, context, symbolism, and really fully exploring what a ‘tool is’.”

Evan Pavka

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“We use the tool because it reflects our needs as a society and tools change because our needs change. But also, some tools have been with us for so long and they are continually needed while others have a much shorter life span so we thought it would be a great topic to explore especially at an event like Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) which is all about making new tools and showing how these new things are consumer objects. The museum of no good is about art objects, objects that can’t be consumed and focus on a more exploratory experience.”

Naomi Tallin

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“We redesigned cell phones and took icon cell phones of their eras and redefined them with their shape creating flip books with the most iconic things within the phone. It symbolizes how they influence our lives and how it shapes our every day life differently. The name of the installation is called ‘DIS(CONNECT)’ it symbolizes how you use the cell phone to connect with people but maybe at the same time it disconnects you from what you are actually engaging in.”

Tracy Chan & Nadia Pulez

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“I created a spoon-pipe entitled ‘CECI NʼES T PAS UNE CUILLÈRE’ which is created from Magritte ‘Treachery of Images’. It’s based off a surrealist painting that pokes fun at the impracticality of the tool itself even though it is meant to be a spoon.”

Luke Greidanus

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“I designed a dress entitled ‘DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE’ that at first glance looks like it is for a 1950s housewife. It appears conservative but I have stitched an ‘x’ around the bust which makes it unwearable to a conservative housewife with this sexual innuendo.”

Amanad McGroarty

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“We did a poster entitled ‘ALMOST PERFECT’ that speaks to the obsession with perfection and imperfection that is prevalent in today’s society. The incomplete circle is the embodiment of this idea of ‘no good’ where almost perfect is ‘no good’. Both of us have this obsession with perfection so we wanted to do a piece that talked about this perfection, and where it comes from. It relates to a tool because we wanted to focus on the wheel which was one of the first tools. And in these first objects is where man became obsessed with perfection. The perfect circle embeds a nasty truth in that perfect circles are smoother rides.”

Lucy McGroarty & Adam Veroni

“The ‘SUITCASE SIDE TABLE takes an obsolete object that was discarded, which I found on the street and gave it new purpose and functionality by turning it into a table and giving legs to it and giving it new use to something that was considered garbage.”

Harry Dieu