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Best of Design Week, Day 1: Student Seating and Cored Concrete

Our favourites from OCAD U and Sheridan College’s student shows, plus other Toronto Design Offsite Festival events

Throughout Toronto Design Week, we awarded the top 100 products (& other cool stuff) we spotted with our custom Designlines Loves tags, specially designed by Sali Tabacchi.

Below is the first batch of designs that caught our attention. Keep track of everything we tagged in our master list.


Topher Kong‘s trio of praying mantis-like Vovo side tables are simple but full of personality, and super practical – the bent legs form the perfect resting place for a stack of DL issues.
Tagged by Eric Mutrie on Jan 15 at Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects 5, at OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul St


The Cloudy Chair by Helsinki’s Tatu Laakso was another standout at OCAD U’s student show. We think the curves and under-carriage – in Baltic birch & walnut – are just too beautiful to let any ole tusch cover up.
Tagged by Tory Healy on Jan 15 at Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects 5, at OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul St


One of five designers profiled in our spring issue, felt artist Kathryn Walter collaborated with architecture firm superkül on a spectacular waterfall of rippling felt strips.
Tagged by Tory Healy on Jan 15 at 2256 Feet, at Aesop, 880 Queen St W


We dug the mix of rough and refined in Deborah Wang‘s Earth Plugs. The white gypsum cement sculptures resemble geometric peg board pieces cored out of the urban environment.
Tagged by Eric Mutrie on Jan 15 at Loose Ends, at Typology Gallery, 180 Shaw St, Ste #302


Sheridan College student Joshua Brolly’s ebonized plywood & maple Lounge Chair has commanding presence, but is in fact quite comfortable. A great addition to any evil genius’s lair. We’d pair it with a cozy fur throw and a mug of hot chocolate.
Tagged by Eric Mutrie on Jan 15 at Reveal, at Craft Ontario Gallery, 990 Queen St W


We fell for the cush and comfort, the elegance and pomp (look at that backrest) of Maggie McCutcheon’s Memphis chair in walnut and cork.
Tagged by Tory Healy on Jan 15 at Reveal, at Craft Ontario Gallery, 990 Queen St W

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