SPINNING TOPS: Tat Chao & Tahir Mahmood @ IDS

Woman holding colourful spinning tops cupped in her hands
Gelareh with small painted spinning tops. Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

Stop spinning in all directions – where to find the best tops in Toronto!

This post is inspired by Gelareh Saadatpajouh, Program Coordinator of Toronto Design Offsite and her love of spinning tops.

I re-discovered my love of these tiny and transportable works of art / design. And I know where you can find some well-crafted tops. Designer Tat Chao does beautiful ones in up-cycled glass stemware and Tahir Mahmood in wood. And both designers will be at the Interior Design Show this year.

Man spinning glass tops made from up-cycled stemware with frosted finish
Glass spinning tops by design Tat Chao . Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.
Wooden spinning top with natural wood and pink and green painted areasCollection of colourful wooden spinning tops
Above images of wooden spinning tops by Tahir Mahmood (images from www.tahirmahmood.com)
Woman playing with spinning tops on a tableGelareh with small painted spinning tops. Image by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

For more information on IDS visit www.interiordesignshow.com or follow on Facebook & twitter @IDSToronto & #IDS13.

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T.G.I.F: Farrow & Ball / Seydou Keïta

Black and white graphic print wallpaper with black bentwood chair in front.

 

Black woman in front of printed fabric, sitting on chair

Visual inspiration to take you into the weekend.

What could be better than Farrow & Ball with Thonet? The perfect aesthetic marriage.

What could be lovelier than a Seydou Keïta portrait? The perfect compositional structure.

This is the weekend to get out and explore design in Toronto with IDS and Toronto Design Offsite. This city is a buzz of creativity!

Toronto Design Offsite 2013 & IDS

 

For more information on IDS visit www.interiordesignshow.com or follow on Facebook & twitter @IDSToronto & #IDS13.

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Click here for the full Toronto Design Offsite’s festival schedule online as well as downloadable PDF to plan your week into the weekend.

Get the map & the app!

Follow along with TO DO on Facebook & twitter @TODesignOffsite.

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WHAT “TO DO”? Toronto Design Offsite This Week!

Part of DO Design, Toronto Design Offsite, window of Saving Grace

Toronto Design Offsite (TO DO) Festival entering its 3rd year with over 40 exhibits around town

It’s going to be cold so why not warm your heart with inspiration by taking in some of the many exhibits that will be part of Toronto Design Offsite 2013. From “unexpected prototypes to immersive installations”, this festival that showcases emerging Canadian Design is growing in leaps and bounds every year. It’s taking over the city and supporting a growing design community both locally and nationally.

Click here for the full festival schedule online as well as downloadable PDF to plan your week into the weekend.

Get the map & the app!

Map of locations in Toronto for Toronto Design Offsite

Here are some visual highlights from last year – eye candy along Dundas Street West  for DO Design, one of the many events for Toronto Design Offsite.

Storefronts along Dundas West for DO DesignFlyer for DO Design in window of abandoned shop.Store front along Dundas West for DO Design along with graffiti on an alley wall. Detail of design in the shops on Dundas West Storefront of Cooper Cole Gallery along Dundas West

Another event from Toronto Design Offsite 2012 – the opening of Forty Oaks Community Centre, Regent Park showcasing the furniture and design provided by Public Displays of Affection.

Stained Glass for Public Displays of Affection at Forty Oaks Community Centre

“Led by Design Director Parimal Gosai, Public Displays of Affection (PDA)  is a Toronto-based organization that is furnishing the low income housing development 40 Oaks with sustainable custom designed furniture…The custom designed furnishings were created by local design gurus such as Brothers DresslerStudio JunctionRob SouthcottParimal GosaiMADEKathryn Walter and over 28 more professional designers and students…PDA produced furniture and design elements in three ways: by engaging with local community stakeholders in workshops, by recruiting custom designed donations by designers, craftspeople, artists, furniture makers and architects, and by recruiting donations and workshop facilitation by post secondary students and their institutions.” (cited from www.publicdisplaysofaffection.ca)

Read more about the 40 Oaks Project for Toronto Design Offsite here.

Table showcased at Public Displays of Affection with crowd of guestsTable and textile art on display Chair design with guests for Forty Oaks opening

If you are looking for some online content to supplement your experience along with TO DO’s blog of festival Sneak Peeks Toronto design team MASON STUDIO has a great 12 part series featuring the designers, artists and organizers of TO DO.

Yesterday’s post featured Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of MADE.

“Everything we do as MADE is about engagement and working for more and more people to understand the kind of work we represent as well as produce ourselves- as an independent design company, this contributes to our making a living.  TO DO works towards engagement within the design community and simultaneously reaches out to a wider audience in Toronto and beyond, so it’s like riding a bigger wave.”  Read more on the MASON STUDIO Journal

Follow along with TO DO on Facebook & twitter @TODesignOffsite.

Storefront of MADE with Canadian designsSome of the beautiful furniture and design objects in MADESome of the beautiful furniture and design objects in MADE
Some of the beautiful furniture and design objects in MADE
Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.

TORONTO DESIGN OFFSITE: Junction Kick-Off Weekend

images from the Junction Design Crawl(left to right) Images from The Junction Design Crawl 2012  at Smash, ARTiculations and installation by Mason Studio

If you are feeling like you want an early start on Design Week in Toronto then head on up to The Junction, the newest hub of d’lish design in the city. The Junction Kick-Off Weekend (part of Toronto Design Offsite) is taking place tonight and tomorrow afternoon

“The Warm-Up: Fire-Building in the Junction project to construct a fire pit at the train platform of the junction was set in motion by Marcin Kedzior and Noah Scheinman and involves students from Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Architectural Technology from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.” Read more on Toronto Design Offsite

Saturday, January 19,  6-9 pm | Sunday, January 20, noon-3pm
Location: The Junction Train Platform at 2960 Dundas Street West (1/2 block east of Pacific Ave)

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And while you are up there MIXED BAG MAG recommends checking out great stores like Mjölk for the most yummiest collection of exquisitely design objects from spinning tops to tools as well as furniture and photography; longing for Toronto designer Hoi Bo’s toiletry cases and The Hunting Chair by Danish designer Borge Mogensen.

Wander in to ARTicluations to see their current exhibit of Brothers Dressler designs and Smash for a nostalgic and well curated assortment of large and small odds and ends.

store front of Mjolk design shop
Spinning tops and other objects at Mjolk
The crowd at Mjolk amongst their furniture and designs
Photography by Leah Snyder for Mixed Bag Mag.