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[post_title] => Submit to Designlines [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => submit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-23 13:18:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-23 17:18:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://dl.newbox.ca/?page_id=274 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => page [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28807 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-10-11 05:20:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-11 09:20:59 [post_content] => Fortunately, designers are rising to this challenge. EDIT, the new design festival on now in Toronto’s east end, took cues from the United Nations Development Programme’s 17 sustainable development goals, and many of the innovations it showcases demonstrate the ways design can confront the challenges of food security. Some have found a solution by distributing existing resources to where they’re needed. Decorative Fruit, an installation by Robert Cram, working with Second Harvest and the Gladstone hotel, exemplifies this approach. In a pavilion constructed from shipping pallets, Cram has displayed the kinds of foods rejected from supermarkets for cosmetic reasons (crooked carrots, too-large onions, mottled peppers) but which used to go to waste despite being perfectly edible — and make up a significant portion of the roughly a billion pounds a food wasted each year in the Greater Toronto Area alone. Decorative Fruit gives this problem scale, and shows how developing a network to distribute unsellable produce reclaims it as a resource, and brings perishable nutrition to 245 soup kitchens, shelters and community centres across the city. Even better than transporting food where it’s needed is not transporting it at all, by growing it where it will be consumed. To illustrate the potential of this approach, Carlo Ratti’s Cities / Shelter exhibit brings together several innovations in the realm of small-scale urban farming. Front and centre is Modular Farms’ Shipping Container Farm, an installation that reproduces aspects of their operation in Brampton, Ontario, where plants are grown hydroponically in a matrix of plastic mesh housed in a system of vertical rails (visitors can also view the operation directly using VR). Water trickles continuously through the mesh before being pumped back into the system. Enclosed in a humidity-controlled environment lit with LEDs, Modular Farms grows produce literally steps from the marketplace where it’s sold, year-round, with consistent quality — it’s never even loaded into a truck. Even better, water waste, soil and nutrient runoff, and damage from bad weather and insects are completely avoided. Growing protein is a more daunting design challenge, but here, EDIT hints at the future of micro-farming. Waterfarmers, presented by FloNergia, demonstrates the concept of aquaponics — a system that comprises tanks of fish and flats where plants are grown. Fish waste fertilizes the plants, and in turn, the plants filter the water that the fish swim in. At a smaller scale: EDIT’s visitors can see a model cricket farm (above), designed for raising insects as a protein source, and even sample spaghetti sauces made with crickets and mealworms courtesy of One Hop Kitchen. While insects may not be the protein of choice today, switching from beef to crickets cuts the strain on resources by 80 per cent overall — and virtually eliminates the production of methane — while resulting in a final product that offers nutritional advantages. EDIT is on through October 8, at 21 Don Roadway, Toronto. $15 entry. Originally published on AZURE. [post_title] => A Feast for Your Eyes and Your Tummy at EDIT [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => free-thanksgiving-feast-concludes-week-culinary-innovation-edit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-11 12:10:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-11 16:10:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=28807 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27764 [post_author] => 14 [post_date] => 2017-10-04 05:20:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-04 09:20:04 [post_content] =>

1 A bistro-style cucina in Trinity Bellwoods

Wanda Ely’s vision blends together sleek appliances with time-worn texture. See the full space →

A gourmet-chic eatery in Wychwood Park

Studio AC's toned-down take on a high-impact palette effectively marries modern and traditional. Tour the rest of the room →

A whimsical wonder in Oakwood Village

Fun furnishings and storied materials counterbalance the space’s clean, simple architecture. Check out the full space here → Originally published in Issue 3, 2017 as Triple Take: High-Contrast Cucinas. [post_title] => 3 Different Takes on the Black and White Kitchen Palette [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => highcontrastcucinas [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/a-bistro-style-kitchen-in-trinity-bellwoods/ http://designlinesmagazine.com/wychwood-park-kitchen/ [post_modified] => 2017-10-04 12:18:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-04 16:18:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=27764 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28643 [post_author] => 16 [post_date] => 2017-09-27 05:20:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-27 09:20:53 [post_content] => Toronto has never seen anything quite like EDIT. While the 10-day design festival and expo (starting September 28) exemplifies the kind of work the not-for-profit Design Exchange has been doing for over two decades – placing design at the centre of a conversation about culture and the world around us – EDIT will see that conversation writ larger than ever before. EDIT will encompass multiple overlapping elements, including expansive and interactive installations and exhibitions, activities and workshops (watch this space for more details on those), but it’s in the speakers’ series that the dialogue about design and its world-changing potential will be most salient. Throughout the festival, which is being housed in an old Unilever factory in the city’s east end, thought leaders like David Suzuki, Kentaro Toyama and Richard Florida will expound on design solutions and global challenges. Azure will be at the event, to present the following four of keynote speakers. Carlo Ratti – September 29, 6:00pm Turinese architect Carlo Ratti (who graces the cover of our September issue) is also the curator of EDIT’s Shelter / Cities module, which spotlights housing and urbanism. But he’s best known as the director of Senseable City Laboratory at MIT. Under Ratti’s guidance, the lab looks at the many ways we’re using technology to shape the cities of the future, from drones to sewage monitors to the data gleaned from a million GPS devices. At the heart of all this is an effort to understand a city’s health, and the health of the people who live in it; sensing and sifting through these reams of data is the first step towards reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency, halting epidemics, and allocating resources where they can do the most good. Besides curating the Shelter / Cities section of EDIT, Ratti will present an exhibit of his own, The Green and the Grey, which explores different ways to bring green space back to cities. His talk will likewise cover the ways we can restore nature to urban areas, at scales as large as public parks and as small as indoor hydroponic farms. Tickets available here
Daan Roosegaarde – September 30, 11:30am Rotterdam artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde has developed several concepts that have gone on to achieve international acclaim: 3-D photo murals, outdoor lightshows, and glow-in-the-dark cycle paths, to name just a few. Often, his works incorporate a hidden electrical component or unusual technology that injects interactivity, and highlights the relationship between the built environment and the natural world. Roosegaarde’s talk will focus on the initiative he’s perhaps best known for – his Smog Free Project. The centrepiece of this ambitious series is a seven-metre tower, currently installed in Beijing, that collects smog from the air using static electricity, like an oversized air purifier that churns out 30,000 cubic metres of scrubbed air per hour. Tickets available here
Moritz Waldemeyer – September 30, 8:00pm You may not recognize Moritz Waldemeyer’s name, but you’ve definitely seen his work. The German artist and designer, now based in London, has worked with a string of collaborators that ranges from Zaha Hadid to Audi to Rihanna. What ties all these diverse projects together is a melding of design objects or installations with advanced interactive lighting – some of the high-profile pieces he’s completed include OK Go’s glowing fibre-optic guitars, Versace’s latest runway show, LED-infused headgear for Jamiroquai and Bono’s laser-studded leather jacket. Waldemeyer’s talk will tell the story of an original large-scale installation he has produced specifically for EDIT: a forest of LEDs controlled by visitors, who can use a tablet to manipulate taxation rates for different sectors of society, then watch as the LED visualization shows how their changes impact the system. Tickets available here
Odile Decq – October 4, 6:00pm France’s Odile Decq stands as one of Europe’s most renowned practising architects, thanks to a distinctive style that carefully balances muscular functionality against a restrained yet vibrant use of colour and unusual, elegant forms. This approach has generated an incredibly varied portfolio of icons, including Renne’s Banque Populaire de l’Ouest, one of the defining structures of the 1990s’ high-tech movement; the Phantom restaurant at the Opera Garnier in Paris, a masterful, ethereal example of a complex intervention that transformed space in a historic building without making any permanent changes to the structure; and the GL Events Headquarters in Lyon, a perfectly-proportioned example of steely industrial-chic architecture. Decq’s legacy will not be confined to structures alone. In 2014, Decq founded the Confluence school in Lyon, France, with the aim of expanding architectural pedagogy — breaking down walls and crossing disciplines. It’s this venture, and Decq’s approach to transforming the way architecture is taught, that will form the basis of her talk. Tickets available here
EDIT runs September 28 to October 8 at the former Unilever soap factory, 21 Don  Roadway, Toronto. Originally published on Azure. [post_title] => EDIT Talks: Top architects and designers converge in Toronto to talk design solutions [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => edit-talks-top-architects-designers-converge-toronto-talk-design-solutions [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-27 12:41:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-27 16:41:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=28643 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28058 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-09-27 05:10:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-27 09:10:52 [post_content] => Jaime Hayon envisioned this desk for multi-taskers who are always balancing a range of projects. Suspended on a stainless-steel frame, its two surfaces keep paperwork separated while evoking the kinetic energy of an Alexander Calder mobile. It’s paired here with Hayon’s sinuous Catch chair in purple wool-blend upholstery with black oak legs. Featured in our compilation of furnishings for swish executive studies. [post_title] => Palette Desk [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => palette-desk [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-27 12:42:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-27 16:42:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?post_type=what&p=28058 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => what [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 27321 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-09-20 05:15:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-20 09:15:18 [post_content] =>


346 Davenport 346 Davenport Rd. Davenport Rd & Dupont St Completion: February 2019 From: $1,079,000 (134 square metres)


Floor plans big enough to fit a grand piano, deluxe finishes and ample privacy. With this slender nine-storey building, Freed Developments appeals to a posh crowd looking for central digs that won’t require them to book a “party room” to entertain.


RAW Design’s scheme for the glass facade punctuates marble and quartz panels with vertical strips of greenery to establish a street presence that’s appropriately stately, but not stiff. About half of the units have direct elevator access, with the lobby as the building’s only shared amenity. Staggered balconies add extra seclusion.


The mid-rise has just 35 units, each offering open-concept floor plans that deliver dimensions more typical of a detached home (like 2.7- to 3.4-metre-high ceilings, for example.) The project’s interior design firm, Burdifilek, will surely be familiar to those used to shopping for crystal stemware around the corner at Rosedale boutique Hopson Grace. Rooms here are just as lavishly trimmed, with contemporary European-style cabinetry, sleek Miele appliances integrated into the kitchen, and natural stone vanities in the bathroom that echo the building’s exterior. Plus, with Designers Walk right next door, it couldn’t be easier to round out the space with statement pieces.
Featured in our roundup of six up-and-coming Toronto condo developments. Originally published in Issue 3, 2017 as Live Here: It Takes a Village. [post_title] => Condo Watch: The Urban Estate [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => condo-urban-estate [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-20 13:06:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-20 17:06:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=27321 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28050 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-09-20 05:10:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-20 09:10:43 [post_content] => An LED atop this aluminum table lamp’s cylindrical base beams light into the dome above, which directs and amplifies the glow with a highly reflective varnish. Featured in our roundup of home office staples ready for double-duty workspaces. [post_title] => Mia Light [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => mia-light [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-20 13:07:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-20 17:07:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?post_type=what&p=28050 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => what [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 29033 [post_author] => 19 [post_date] => 2017-09-16 17:10:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-16 21:10:56 [post_content] => Sleek on Fleek Leave it to HAY to bring us a sleeper sofa with the proportions of a 1930s cigarette. Soft grey fabric and a deep seat ensure maximum comfort for overnight guests, while barely-there legs stay true to modern Nordic tastes. Good Reflections These mirrors come in three different shapes and colours that work well on their own or styled in a group. The best part? They are suitable for use in bathrooms. Full steam ahead! Coffee, Please We like our coffee like we like our coffee tables: black. And we LOVE how the black powder-coated steel tabletop pops against four delicate, solid birch legs. Classic Scandi drama. Stackable Beauty These moulded-plastic chairs can be stacked in a corner when not in use -- but honestly, we can't think of an occasion when we wouldn't want to sit in these indoor/outdoor chairs. Gather them around the table in a mix of on-trend forest green and crisp white. Shopper Chic We finally have an incontrovertible reason to horde Ikea bags in our closet -- these tastefully redesigned shoppers in a range of right-on-the-money contemporary colours. Likely the biggest collector's item from the entire collection. Put a Vase On It These block-painted, colourful vases have the appeal of the handmade ceramics we've been eyeing on Instagram, only with a more appealing price tag. An easy way to inject colour into your space. [post_title] => 6 Covetable Looks from the New HAY X Ikea Collection [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 6-covetable-looks-new-hay-x-ikea-collection [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-17 09:05:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-17 13:05:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://designlinesmagazine.com/?p=29033 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 28987 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2017-09-16 15:01:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-16 19:01:30 [post_content] =>

It was Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, who pointed out that the problems of puzzles are very near to the problems of life. Full of voids, misplaced pieces and false starts, existence has no simple arrangement. Maybe that’s why puzzles remain such beloved objects, harnessing life’s rare sensation that something has fallen directly into place, and compressing it into winnable play.

Such a puzzle lives in Porch Modern, Colen Colthurst’s rare furniture showroom off Geary Avenue. It’s a 1972 edition of 16 Animali by Enzo Mari, made from expandable resin masquerading as wood – and it will cost you $1500.

Limited production (Danese makes 200 a year) contributes to the price tag, but by no means does that translate to hands off. It may be a revered object from an Italian artist-designer whose work has been collected by the MoMA, but it also begs to be stacked, towered and herded, bringing the static 2D puzzle into 3D form. “It’s an expensive toy,” says Colthurst. “But it’s an inexpensive piece of sculpture, too.”

One that might seem at odds with its maker. Mari is, after all, known for his abrupt temperament and communist leanings. His Marxist-inspired DIY furniture – blueprinted in the 1974 book Autoprogettazione – is a far cry from his series of toys for Danese Milano. According to Colthurst, Mari dreamt about Animali before designing the first version in 1957, his Noah-esque vision not yet tainted by the political strife of 1970s Italy.

A flirtation between naiveté and sophistication, the elephant, birds, kangaroo and others are defined by the meticulous precision of their connections. It’s a careful order that allows the pieces to function intricately as one. Harmony may be among life’s tougher puzzles, one we’re still trying to solve in our own ways. But as Mari surely knows, you can capture it, if even for just a moment – that’s the beauty of a toy.

Current edition 16 Animali puzzle (in solid oak), $730 at Studio Pazo.

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