Recap of Toronto’s Annual Do Design Event

Dundas West’s sidewalks were filled with Torontonians for the annual Do Design event this past weekend. Between Bathurst Street and Grace Street, Do Design hosted Do West Trinity Bellwoods BIA, an all hours gallery showcasing contemporary designers’ work in various storefronts of the eclectic neighbourhood during Toronto’s annual design week. In its fifth year, the event featured In Context, a special video series on Canadian contemporary architecture. Created by Raja Moussaoui and Canadian contemporary designer Andrea Lacalamita, the video gallery was composed of seven venues along Dundas Street West, and allowed people to view projects in the surrounding area and how it impacted not only the community but our environment as well.

Khalil Jamal – Column Side Table, Felt and aluminum

One of the reception venues, MADE Design, was hosting an exhibition by a group of artists called Untraditional featuring Liz Eeuwes, Jeremy Hatch, Andrew Reesor and Jamie Wolfond. Coming from different design backgrounds, from textiles to woodworking even to ceramics, the work of these artists explores how tradition is perceived and the idea of tradition in untraditional objects. Owner of MADE Design, Shaun Moore, discusses Hatch’s work through porcelain and the intricateness of his design used in his project. Through Hatch’s work, Moore explores the world through young Jeremy’s eyes in order to create something new and “untraditional”, such as the water fountain featured in MADE Design’s window gallery.

Do West’s twenty-five exhibit walking gallery finished up on Sunday, January 25th. Until next year!

Works Credited: Photo 1 by Matt MacDonald – White Ash Barstool, Solid white ash; Photo 2 by Jenna Stanton – Pour me, self medicating seriesPorcelain bottles with silkscreened enamel decals and underglaze; Photo 3 (cover photo) by Nathan Clarke – A PrioriEuropean beech solids and veneer; Photo 4 by Tobias Cavan – Sled BarstoolMaple, baltic birch, latex paint, water based lacquer