2012 Sustainable Design Awards This Friday

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This Friday is the reception for the Sustainable Design Awards. Along with an esteemed list of fellow evaluators, Jason looks forward to being one of the judges for this competition promoting sustainable design to the students of OCAD university. Taking place at the Angell Gallery at Queen and Ossington in Toronto, the awards reception will be a celebration of the 2012 Sustainable Design Awards participants and winners. Registration is required and available here.

"The Sustainable Design Awards is an initiative conceived and led by students. Its mission is to inspire young designers to approach their projects through the lens of ecological sustainability and social consciousness. Students are invited to develop ideas that will create meaningful change through their designs. We will hear from our expert jurors regarding their judging process, the submissions, and the state of sustainable design. Please join us to cap off the 2012 Sustainable Design Awards."

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"The Masters' Series: Wood" at the Ontario Craft Council Guild Shop

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Since 1932, proceeds from The Guild Shop have supported individual craftspeople as well as the programs and activities of the Ontario Crafts Council. The OCC is commemorating the shop turning 80 with "The Masters' Series: Wood"; a collection of pieces from masters of wood craft, old and new. A few of our works will be in good company among other very interesting pieces by some of Ontario's talented craftspeople. The opening reception is Thursday April 19, 5-7pm and the shows runs until May 20. The Guild Shop is located at 118 Cumberland Street in Toronto's Yorkville.

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"preoccupied" opening reception this sunday

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“Pre-Occupied” is a pop up exhibition featuring work that deals with various themes of occupation. This exhibition explores how our pre-occupations are manifested in objects. The Opening Reception is this Sunday March 11th 3-5pm at 173 MacDonell Ave, Garden Garage.

The theme of the opening is "Occupy your Kitchen", based on the idea that everyone should occupy their kitchens, creating space for dialogue.

We're joining Kasia Czanota, Department of Unusual Certainties, Hugo Didier, Hey Day Design, Taliaferro Jones, Amanda McCavour, Sally McCubbin, Public Display of Affection (PDA), Liz Pead and Ruth Scheuing in exhibiting work exploring the act of making objects and issues of expression, communication, employment, community and production.

Exhibit hours: Weekends noon-6pm | Weekdays by appointment

info@preoccupied.ca or call 416.688.8681

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FRIDAY: 10x10 TALKS @IDS & OPENING NIGHT AT PDA

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Friday is TRADE DAY at the IDS and we'll be joining illustrious company at the KRUPS stage at 5pm for the 10x10 talks where veteran Studio North participants are invited to talk about our inspiration.

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Opening reception for Public Displays of Affection for 40 Oaks is happening Friday from 6-10pm at the 40 Oaks Community Centre (40 Oak Street). Regular exhibition hours continue through the weekend 1-6pm daily.

This is your first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the 100+ pieces of sustainable, one-of-a-kind furniture, lighting and installations donated to this community in need. Ours is the burst light, an all new design extrapolated from our hoop light design.

40 Oaks is part of the Regent Park revitalization, North America's largest inner city redevelopment project.

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Last Waltz on Cityline

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There's something special about seeing our pieces go forth and stand on their own two feet (or in this case four) in the world. Needless to say we're happy to see our Last Waltz bench doing us proud on Cityline earlier this week. Watch the segment here (the focus on Studio North and investing in one-of-a-kind locally crafted work starts about 30 min in, in case you're pressed for time). Big thanks to Cityline and Julia Black from Chatelaine for including us.

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MOTO at Domison

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Now that you're planning your Design Week rounds, make sure to work in a visit to MOTO at Domison. It's a temporary installation presenting the works of cutting edge designers from both cities in an effort to to bring the two distant creative platforms closer. Curated by My & Thien (of Periphere), it’s about creating a dialogue between these historically rivalrous two design hubs. We join a robust list of designers showing new, unseen or iconic work. So pop by Domison at 35 Jarvis and have a look. Get more details.

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Countdown to Toronto Design Week - Jan 23-29

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Has it really been a year since IDS11? Seems so as the Brothers Dressler woodshop is abuzz with preparation for Toronto Design Week 2012. We'll have an exhibit as part of Studio North's 10th anniversary at the Interior Design Show. It will be a chance to see a brand new dining table based on our Cross III design coupled with a set of re-imagined Mart Stam chairs, an addition to our orphanage series.  Hanging over the table is a one-off chandelier incorporating reclaimed chair elements supported by an arc and we'll be introducing Peg and the Branches Sconce. The lion's share of the material used in these pieces came from a lofty elm taken down in Toronto's west end.

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We'll also be speaking as part of a 10x10 talk where veteran Studio North participants are invited to talk about our inspiration Friday January 27 at 5pm.

Toronto Design Week is packed with excellent opportunities to delight your eyes and stimulate your minds. Be sure to get out and support local and international design in our city next week.

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Toronto Design Offsite (TO DO) is a festival of events and exhibitions happening during Toronto design week: January 23-29, 2012. A quick look at the schedule reinforces there's no shortage of inspiring design to check out. We'll be taking part in the DoDesignDomisonPechaKucha Public Displays of Affection for 40 Oaks and MADE's Radiant Dark - The Devil is the Details exhibitions. More details on those in the coming days...

You can keep TODO's handy listing and map on your person by downloading the TODO iPhone app.


(re)Introducing: Cut Ups Jewellery

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For all you jewellery loving ladies, and the rest of us who love you, may we present our expanded collection of Cut Ups Jewellery.

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You may have seen our Cut Ups line before, it's about reuse; infusing cast-off materials with new life. Creating simple and unique pieces from material that most would consider waste. Ranging from household objects, toys and jewellery to lighting and furniture, Cut Ups are diverse yet share a common origin: the waste bin from our Toronto studio.

This jewellery has been created from found woods, bark and leftover lap joints. Each piece is one of a kind and handcrafted with care. All hardware and fittings are sterling silver.

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Available directly from the Brothers Dressler studio and the following local shops: The Beau & Bauble, Frock, Made and  Miracle Thieves.

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Have a closer look at the new line here:

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Introducing: I Felt Dandy

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Introducing I Felt Dandy, our contribution to reDesign 2011 for the Textile Museum of Canada. All the reDesign chairs will be available for silent auction Thursday November 3 at the Gladstone Hotel. Tickets are $100 and available here. Even if you can't make it to the event, you can still bid by emailing your absentee form to fbutler@textilemuseum.ca.

We reDesigned this antiquated chair by deconstructing and rebuilding it into a comfortable lounge chair emphasizing the zoomorphic attributes. The frame was recast from the existing bones and the traditional seat was revived with recycled felt and supported by slats repurposed from conveyor apron salvaged from a defunct Toronto felt factory.

35 Toronto artists, designers and architects were invited to redesign these Louis XVI-style armchairs to be sold at silent auction in support of the Textile Museum of Canada’s exhibitions, collections and public programs. We all received the same chair and the variety of approaches and resulting transformations is truly staggering, some of the final products aren't even chairs any more. Preview all the transformations here.

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New Tables and Benches at Ortolan

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You already know we love their food, in case you needed further encouragement to pay a visit to this charming Bloordale restaurant we just installed some elm tables and benches in their window seating area.The elm came from a tree brought down less than a kilometre from the restaurant, the tables bases are reclaimed and the supports for the bench are repurposed from barber chair components. Follow @0rt0lan on twitter to whet your appetite.

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