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Message from the President: |
I started as President of the DX on March 5th, 100 days ago today. It feels as short as it does long; and challenging as it does full of promise.
During my first week, I was interviewed on CBC MetroMorning. Confident that I would be asked to define design and knowing that there are as many definitions as there are Kartell knock-offs, I set out to find the most succinct. After foraging through academic dissertations and journal reviews, I decided that simply put, design truly is everything we touch and that which touches us – from the micro to the meta and from basic human needs to luxury goods.
It is within this spirit that we settle into our 25th year. With the mandate to promote the relevancy and experience of design to as large a number of people as possible, the DX will now be exclusively a Design Museum. Covering off the various design disciplines including fashion, architecture, interior and industrial design, digital design and more, exhibitions and programming will explore designers, products, projects or themes that have broad public appeal and reflect popular contemporary culture.
We hope to see you at the DX this summer for our upcoming exhibitions, outlined below. And we invite you to join us – as a friend, member, patron or sponsor. You are receiving this email because you too, believe in the importance of design. I hope you have a fantastic summer and I personally look forward to seeing you here soon.
|60 Years of Designing the Ballet
July 11 – September 2
60 Years of Designing the Ballet offers an intimate look at the magical enchantment of Ballet. Never before heard tales are unraveled with costumes, props, sets, lighting and dance in an ephemeral voyage through the design of ballet.
Experience the glamour and drama of ballet through the discovery of hundreds of archival and presently used items along with sketches, models and behind the scenes video footage from productions of the National Ballet of Canada including Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake and more.
Curated by Caroline O'Brien
Opens June 16
Patty Watt Room
DX UNCRATED features iconic pieces of the Design Exchange's permanent collection, which celebrates Canada's rich industrial design history from 1945 to the present. Spanning over five decades the Design Exchange's permanent collection covers more than six hundred industrial design objects and archival materials including furniture, house-wares, textiles, electronics, and lighting. DX UNCRATED illustrates political, technological, and social changes that occurred following World War II up to modernity. Items on display will include the famous Clairetone Project G Stereo, Thomas Lamb Steamer Chair, and Cervélo Racing Bike.
|Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture|
Jim Taggart FRAIC
June 13, 2012
6:00 – 7:30pm
Toward a Culture of Wood Architecture investigates the increasingly important role that wood is playing in Canada's search for a sustainable architecture for the 21st Century.
$10 / Free for DX Members
More info here.
|Exhibition Walk-Through with |
Olga Korper of the
Olga Korper Gallery
June 26, 2012
Tour starts at 6:30pm
Olga Korper, director of her namesake gallery and champion of Canadian and international contemporary art of all media, provides an insightful exhibition walk-through of Lynne Cohen: Nothing is Hidden.
$10 / Free for DX Members
More info here.
|David Dixon to visit Essential Fashion Camp!
Leading Canadian fashion designer David Dixon will visit the Essential Fashion camp studio this July to talk with campers about everything from his career path to what inspires him! During this week-long session, young fashionistas will explore the design process through drawing, pattern making, and construction of the essential pieces for any wardrobe including the little black dress, the classic clutch and other stellar accessories. Essential Fashion camp runs from July 3rd to July 6th (ages 12 – 14). Limited space remains. Register today at dx.org/designcamp or contact us for more information at 416.216.2138.
|The Design Exchange welcomes bulthaup and Munge Leung as our newest corporate members!
Inspired by the bauhaus movement, the bulthaup brand exudes confidence and success and reflects timeless, effortless style. bulthaup is renowned worldwide for its architecture of kitchen living spaces. The Frame House kitchen (featured above) by Vermeulen Hind Architects in Mulmur Township, earned bulthaup the 2011 Best of Year Honouree Award by Interior Design Magazine (New York). Their products are the ideal symbiosis of fine craftsmanship and technical perfection. Bulthaup welcomes you to visit their showroom at King Street East Toronto 280 King Street East, Toronto.
International award-winning interior design firm Munge Leung completed their first five-star luxury hotel property, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, in July of 2011. Originally completed in art-deco styling, Hotel Georgia's new design program rejuvenates the interiors, and reflects luxury, glamour and sophistication consistent with the Rosewood brand. Recently recognized as one of the World's most exciting new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2012 "Hot List" issue, Rosewood Hotel Georgia has been restored in a manner that reflects the property's former glory, and stands as one of the finest luxury hotels in Canada.
Become a DX member today!
|Public Notice: |
The AGM of the Design Exchange will be held on June 19th at 10:45 am. RSVP to email@example.com.