Closure of Canada’s only design museum shows “lack of support for design” says V&A curator

The closure of Design Exchange’s permanent collection demonstrates an absence of support for the design industry in the country, says Canadian writer and V&A senior curator Brendan Cormier. The Design Exchange (DX) in Toronto, Canada’s museum dedicated to design, has ended its only display – the Permanent Collection of Canadian Industrial Design – in order […]

Omar Gandhi brightens Lady Marmalade eatery in Toronto with skylights and baltic wood

Canadian firms Omar Gandhi Architect and SvN have used baltic wood, skylights and plants to update a popular brunch spot in Toronto. Omar Gandhi, which has studios in Halifax and Toronto, and local firm SvN designed the renovation for the restaurant Lady Marmalade. The aim was to open up and brighten the space on the city’s […]

Sidewalk Labs reveals masterplan for Sidewalk Toronto neighbourhood

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has outlined its Toronto Tomorrow masterplan to turn a parcel of the city’s waterfront into the “neighbourhood of the future”. Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, unveiled the updated proposal for Sidewalk Toronto in its Master Innovation & Development Plan (MIDP). Released 18 months after the team first announced plans to develop a […]

Odami celebrates “earthly minimalism” at Sara restaurant in Toronto

A roughly plastered wall curves over the dining area of this restaurant in Toronto, designed by local studio Odami. Called Sara, the eatery occupies two floors of a Victorian residence in the Canadian city that dates back to the early 1900s. Odami was challenged to preserve the architectural history of the structure, while creating an […]

Mason Studio designs Kimpton Saint George hotel as “homage to Toronto”

Canadian firm Mason Studio has designed this hotel in Toronto to feature an abundance of local flavour, including decorative archways and a nod to the city’s famous albino squirrels. Located within a former Holiday Inn in the city’s trendy Annex neighbourhood, the 188-room property marks the first outpost of the Kimpton hotel branch in Canada. […]

Yabu Pushelberg designs blush-pink Goop pop-up in Toronto

Canadian design firm Yabu Pushelberg has created a pink and cream pop-up store for Goop in its home city of Toronto with rustic accents designed to encapsulate the brand’s identity. Goop MRKT Toronto is a temporary brick-and-mortar store for Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand Goop, which offers a range of beauty products, home goods and clothing for sale. […]

StudioAC inserts wooden staircase and bedroom boxes into 140-year-old Toronto home

A pair of “floating” timber-clad bedrooms and a wooden staircase now feature in this Victorian-era residence in Toronto, renovated by local firm StudioAC. Beaconsfield Residence is a property built in the late 1880s in Toronto’s Queen West and Little Portugal area. StudioAC‘s renovation involved preserving the heritage-listed facade and completely overhauling the interior. The studio […]

NADAAA fuses old and new to create Daniels Building on circular Toronto site

Architecture studio NADAAA has renovated a Neo-Gothic brick building and added a sculptural extension with a jagged roof to house the design school at the University of Toronto. Officially called Daniels Building at One Spadina Crescent, the school building is located on the university’s campus in central Toronto. The project entailed the renovation of a […]

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