Category Archives: Industrial Design

THE PROS ARE GETTING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER: TORONTO’S OCADU GRAD SHOW

One of the graphic design participants at last weekend’s Ontario College of Art and Design University grad show (quite a mouthful, but also quite a handful) was a bright and charming young woman with whom we spent a while expressing … Continue reading

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ZEROING IN UPON LIGHT AND SOUND

This month, the Design Exchange in Toronto has dipped into its permanent collection to present a show stemming from an extraordinary focus, among Canadian designers, upon light and sound, in order to evoke compelling aspects of contemporary life. Our first … Continue reading

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A SEXY SURPRISE!

Here is an art deco toaster. A what?! Yes, even rather workaday home appliances became a mission for the deco imperative. The proportions are exquisite, the metalwork is a joy, the decorative touches are as chic as a prize lighter … Continue reading

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LIVING WALLS

Architectural design is something city dwellers tend to be as addicted to as they are to the jolts from their coffee shops. A bemusing and most absorbing instance of this devotion is the proliferation of upgrading tired facades with scintillating … Continue reading

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MURAL ART: A CALL TO PARADISE

Since the time of cave-dwellers, there has been mural art. Installing imagery on a much-frequented structure has, through the ages, elicited much-needed focus upon what makes life worth living. From caves to cathedrals, the setting would act as a complement … Continue reading

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APPROACHING THE SUBLIMITY OF SEATING

The other night, the owner of one of the world’s great furniture production centres, Giulio Cappellini, gave a talk which he provocatively opened bty asserting that it is impossible to surpass the beauty of 1950s Italian chairs.

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THE PUZZLEMENT OF DESIGN

On looking over the snaps for last Tuesday’s seminar at the Design Exchange, I find this one unintentionally stands out, as capturing the Beauty and Beast dialogue that occurred.

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NEW THEATRICALITY—IT’S SO BIG!

Throughout its fairly long history, Toronto has been a beacon to those counting on safe bets. Though not altogether a bad thing, it has, until very recently, played out as altogether a boring thing. Capping off a recent plunge to … Continue reading

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MILANO, THE SUPERB CITY

Milano is an ancient centre with an ultra-modern heart. Just as its cathedral is the most stunningly designed instance to be found, its artisans continue to generate all manner of products at a level of instantly recognizable excellence.

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OKI SATO—DESIGNS THAT FLY

Toronto-born, now Tokyo-based, designer, Oki Sato describes his life and the priorities of his inventions as “boring;” but don’t believe that for a second. He does indeed love routine, repeated patterns of activity and bare-bones, infrastructural-salient products. But the intensification … Continue reading

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