Toronto is changing dramatically these days, as anyone who lives downtown can tell you. Seemingly hundreds of condo towers are going up, and the city centre is filling in nicely.
Queen West. Image: realestatebrothers.com
I was at an opening the other night and I could just tell that there were condo-dwellers scattered among the artists in the crowd. It made me wonder about the effect of the influx of a group primed for objets d’art – how will this affect the local market? Already Queen Street West and Queen West West, and Dundas West and Liberty village are full of artists, galleries, studios, workshops and boutiques.
The creative scene has been thriving for a few years now, and the local media is responding.The city finally seems to be comfortable in celebrating our own, whether local fashion designers like Jeremy Laing, local artists (Shary Boyle, Kristan Horton among many, many others), musicians, chefs, bartenders, architects and designers.
Toronto design shop Made. Image: blogto.com
A selection from the Dundas West shop, Bookhou. Image: re-nest.com
Toronto’s design scene is flourishing, particularly with the exhibition Come up to My Room, which will hold its 8th edition this coming January 27 -30 at the Gladstone Hotel, a fantastically creative event – which I blogged about HERE – that could eventually become Toronto’s answer to London’s 100% Design.
This January, perhaps in an effort to draw people to an even tighter design scene, Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore of Made have joined forces with CUTMR and Capacity, to showcase 86 local designers .
Caprice lamps, designed by VISO and Toronto-based design studio Device222.
From January 26 – February 12, MADE at home will display a number of ‘brand new Canadian designs’ in ‘an ordinary apartment on Dundas Street’, while Capacity is a show that features ten of Toronto’s top indusitrial, graphic, textile and product designers at the cute shop Bookhou, from January 27 – February 6.
For more info, please click HERE.
Will Toronto’s condo dwellers go local in their home design? There’s some really good work around – so save the date for January 2011, and let’s hope so.