MADE at home

MADE at Home
Where: Upstairs at MADE, 867 Dundas St W, Toronto
When : January 27-February 12, 2011, 12-6pm daily
Admission: FREE

Lights on the Skyline, designed by Shana Anderson

While many of the exhibitions we visited during the Toronto International Design Festival were in a gallery setting – urging us to think about construction, process and narrative- MADE at Home asks us to consider pieces within the home. This exhibition invites participants to wander through an apartment furnished fully by some top Canadian designers. To be precise you’ll see the designs of 33 individuals forming 26 design studios and collaborations gathered together in a rough-around-the-edges downtown Toronto apartment.

Match box coffee table by Jason Wheeler, SMS sofa with storage by Studio 608, Bev Hisey's "Gemstone" hand-tufted carpet, Yvonne Ip's poofs constructed of felt and manilla rope, and Periphere's Chandelier, handblown glass in the shape of the human heart

The exhibit asks us to examine our relationship with these things. How we acquire them, how we live with them and  how they contribute to our definition of home.

Home is certainly shaped by people and experiences, thoughts and circumstance. And yes these objects – from dishes to furniture- have utility, day-to-day but many also carry sentimental value, defining who we are and where we came from.

Sojourn stool by Melanie Zanker and Angie To, AHDI's console, Tamitik chair by Connie Chisholm Studio, andAngela Iarocci's Sky Condition window blind printed with sky condition data

While we tend to refer to our address as home, when we move it’s these things that move with us, transforming the new space into something personal, familiar, in to our home.

This unique, fun, and slightly voyeuristic exhibit will inspire and make you ponder your own stuff.  And of course the designs on display are drool-worthy themselves, crafted beautifully and with creativity.

Jeremy Hatch's shoe-toss installation, lamps made of porcelain

While you’re there, don’t forget to wander through the store itself, located downstairs.  MADE carries a wonderful range of functional designs by these same Canadian designers.  If you were inspired by what you saw at IDS or Come Up To My Room, this is your source for designs by Brothers Dressler, Rob Southcott, among many many other talents.

Images property of The Design Tree.

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