November 28, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Canadian design is highlighted in a new exhibition, Canada in the Making, now open in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport, as part of the Art and Exhibitions Program of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).
Canada in the Making is organized by the Design Exchange (DX), Canada’s only centre and museum with a mission to promote awareness of Canadian design and the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality. The show features two mini-exhibitions, Cool Country, Hot Design and Radio Prime Time.
Cool Country, Hot Design showcases contemporary Canadian design. Michel Dallaire’s plastic attach case has become a design icon, with millions sold since its introduction in 1986. Anne Barros’ baby cutlery represents a union of form and function beautiful objects that are safe and comfortable for babies to use.
Radio Prime Time includes radios designed and manufactured in Canada’s heyday of radio production between 1940 and 1960. The radios will bring back memories for many passengers and show others that Canada has produced cutting-edge design for decades.
The Design Exchange jumped at the chance to present an exhibition at Toronto Pearson. Says Paola Poletto, Senior Director, Programs at DX, "The exhibit provides an extraordinary opportunity to introduce new audiences to the unique work of Canadian designers influencing Canada’s cultural landscape. Some of this design work is known the world over, but how many know it is actually designed in Canada? Canada has a rich albeit understated design history! DX is pleased to promote the value of Canadian design to Canadian and international audiences at Toronto Pearson."
The exhibition is on display until February 18, 2007 in the Skylight Exhibits, in the International Departures area of Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson.
Launched in April 2004, the GTAA Art and Exhibitions Program offers a wide variety of engaging exhibits, with many developed in partnership with museums, galleries and cultural and heritage institution on Ontario and Canada. The GTAA works to promote the Greater Toronto Area’s reputation as an important cultural destination. The GTAA is the non-share, not-for profit authority that operates Toronto Pearson. All revenue generated by the GTAA is reinvested back into the airport. In 2006, 31 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson.