With the Interior Design Show starting tomorrow, design lovers will be flocking to Toronto for a weekend of exhibitions, lectures and special events. Since 1999, the show has brought the best of architecture and design to Canada, putting Toronto on the map as a capital of creativity. Although there are many activities throughout the four days of the show, the city of Toronto has much to offer on its own.
R.A.D., January 26-29
Tensegrity (tensional integrity) was originally conceived by sculptor Kenneth Snelson but later popularized by Buckminster Fuller. For his three day Tensegrity Lights installation, artist Michal Maciej Bartosik applies the concept to florescent tube lights, resulting in new and beautiful light forms. DWR designer John Kostick also uses tensegrity for his Foldable Star Sculptures (though on a much smaller scale).
The Art Gallery of Ontario has been in Toronto for more than 100 years and exhibits everything from ancient to modern art. Their permanent collection of over 80,000 works includes the world’s largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures. Their current exhibitions include Goya and Gillray: Humour that Bites and Shift: Highlights of Modernism from the Ago Collection. Be sure and check out the winding Frank Gehry-designed staircase at the entrance.
Klaus is a clean and colorful modern furniture store located in the design mecca of King Street East. Striving to be “a source for the new classics,” Klaus is stocked with the latest in international design, and features an extensive collection of designs by Tom Dixon.
The Toronto Studio – our first international foray – is an anchor to the revitalized King Street West area. Bordering both the city’s entertainment and fashion districts, our light-filled Studio occupies the ground floor of a heritage building. The interior architecture includes exposed brick, original beams and high ceilings, all of which create an open, airy space for you to experience the best in modern design. The Studio is within walking distance to the Sky Dome and CN Tower, and offers a welcome respite from the pace of downtown life.
After scouring Toronto for the very best design, Le Sélect’s classic Parisian ambience offers the perfect place to relax with food and drinks. Traditional French bistro fare is complemented by their extensive wine list featuring more than 1,000 different labels.