Toronto is home to some pretty amazing design and amazing people making these designs. This exhibition is about celebrating the tip of the iceberg of what is possible to produce here. Not only beautiful one-offs and made-to-order pieces, but production pieces too.
Toronto Made (TorontoMade.net) is a registered non-profit organization committed to celebrating, championing and connecting local manufacturing industries across the city. Firmly believing that a robust manufacturing sector is vital to the economic prosperity of our city, Toronto Made is building the Toronto Manufacturers Network.
Toronto Made partnered with MADE Design to develop a new and exclusive collection of affordable designs developed by Toronto Made members: Coolican & Company, Simon Devost, Eve Likes Green, GUILD Eyewear, National Design Collective, Katharine Tessier, and Turn of the Century Lighting.
Katharine Tessier co-ordinated the exhibition that won the Best in Festival: Exhibition TODO Award presented by Herman Miller. She also designed eyewear and napkin rings to showcase the gorgeous cellulose acetate material GUILD eyewear employs in their products. The design of the optical frames, Oh Lucy, was derived from the beautiful letter O in the Garamond typeface. Black with ivory laminate give definition to the form. This form inspired napkin rings made from the same material. The design of the Hideouts sunglasses, shown in a dark tortoise material called Hacienda, creates an oversized and stylish disguise. Napkin Rings in Hacienda to coordinate with the Hideouts sunglasses were also created.