Toronto Design Week 2011: Capacity
by sabine7 / February 18, 2011


On a sunny Saturday afternoon on a cold day in January, visitors filled the Dundas West location of Bookhou, home to an exhibition of work by ten female, Toronto-based designers. Curated by Katherine Morley and Erin McCutcheon (shown above is a detail from the latter's Loadstar, based on a Shackleton expedition), the show was designed to highlight work by designers unwilling to have their work defined as craft.

The participating designers represent a variety of practices: product and industrial design, pattern and textile design, furniture making, graphic design and illustration and sculpture and installation design, among others. But, at the end of the day, gender has nothing to do with it: the work speaks for itself.



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Michelle Ivankovic's Maker Sofa is composed of 12 fitness balls held together by a fabric exoskeleton. "The irregularities in the pattern of the fabric, the asymmetry and the fitness balls within make us conscious of its origins."


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Dreamweaver Book/Magazine Shelf (detail) by Katherine Morley. "The books or magazines sit on this shelf, facing outward, allowing the cover art to be admired."


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Mechanical Feathers by Michelle Ivankovic. "Found clock mechanisms, with feathers inserted into the secondhand."


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Nest (1:2:3:4) chair by Kirsten White. "Each chair is a proportionally related to the others, nested, or individually functional."


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Liam Mailbox by Maiwenn Castellan. "A mailbox is a very defined space, but it has the capacity for endless possibilities."


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I♥U Lamp by Ange-line Tetrault. "Texting your love is as poetic and honest a gesture as carving it into a tree. Declare your love with the I ♥ U Lamp- customizable with your love's initials."


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How To Eat Meat vases by Katherine Morley. "Also part of the Do Design Do West initiative, by the Dundas/Bellwoods BIA, the pieces are an ode to locally sourced and ethically prepared meat."


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Aster* Flexible Vessels by Kirsten White. "Making use of small, repeating, odd shaped pieces of wood, Aster* changes shape and size. Arranged in circular patterns, the same wood part playfully joined by unseen elastic allows Aster* to become a bowl, dish or basket."


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Now I Know My ABCs by Nathalie Nahas, "demonstrates the 26 letters of the Alphabet, laser cut out of wood, and arranged in the way that the Alphabet is first taught." (and sung)

Capacity will be re-mounted and shown at the Design Exchange in August of 2011.

+ capacitytoronto.com


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