December 11, 2009
by Canadian Architect
Radiant Dark, a modern, Canadian design exhibition featuring the work of 33 design studios with 35 new works by 42 individuals takes place in the ground-floor lobby of Commerce Court West, located at 199 Bay Street in Toronto.
Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore of MADE have conceived Radiant Dark as a means to explore some of the multifaceted options of modern Canadian design practice. A continuing goal is to present a stimulating theme for each year which invites public engagement with the work of emerging Canadian designers. The 2010 theme of Assets & Values shows the makers of Radiant Dark to be reckoning with material, moral, ideological and aesthetic mores in their design of everyday objects. The current economic obsession demands an authentic and individual assessment of what constitutes real worth or value. The independently created works on display reflect their makers’ determination to realize their ideas while creating something of meaning
and value to others.
MADE intends Radiant Dark to show in a fresh venue each year that invites a sense of discovery. Commerce Court as venue sponsor provides an intelligent backdrop for Radiant Dark 2010 – Assets & Values in the lobby of Commerce Court West – the financial heart of Toronto at King and Bay Streets. Thirty-three studios will present 35 new designs for this year’s show through the efforts of 42 individuals who are independent Canadian designers, makers, architects, artists and craftspeople.
The participating studios include: 608 Design; AHDI; Jill Allan; Shana Anderson; Lubo Brezina and Scott Eunson; Brothers Dressler; Soon Cho; Brent Cordner for Luflic; Kerry Croghan; Jennifer Graham; Grant Heaps; Bev Hisey; Yvonne Ip; Jessica Johnston of Joe & Josephine; Kelly Palmer and Melanie Zanker; Kristen Lim Tung of Joe & Josephine; Christine Lieu; Eric Mathew; Claire Madill; Erin McCutcheon; Laura McKibbon of Cul de Sac; Katherine Morley of Joe & Josephine; Propellor Design; Lucy Roussel; Tamara Rushlow; Rollout Custom Wallpaper with David Palmer; OrestTataryn; Rob Southcott; Tsunami Glassworks; Annie Tung; Brad Turner; Anneke van Bommel; Kathryn Walter – FELT.
The exhibition is free to the public, and begins Thursday, January 21, 2010, running until Sunday, January 24, 2010. Opening hours are 11:00am to 7:00pm for the first three days of the show, and on Sunday, the show will close at 6:00pm. The opening reception takes place on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Please RSVP to attend at [email protected].
MADE is committed to innovative design made on a small scale in Canada to the highest quality. It is our mission to showcase and make available inspired, functional objects through a compelling selection of current Canadian design.
For more information, please visit www.madedesign.ca/radiantdark.