Design by Nature call for proposals

The Design by Nature exhibition will take place this summer at the Evergreen Brick Works, a 120-year-old former Toronto brick works site transformed into a community environmental centre focused on creating a greener future. This juried art competition comprises functional furniture, public art and sculptural installations using repurposed or salvaged materials. The items are designed for designated locations on the Evergreen Brick Works campus. Pieces appropriate for both interior and exterior application are encouraged, and should be designed to withstand the rigours of an unsupervised public environment. All proposed designs must contain at least 50 percent existing, reclaimed or recycled materials. The emphasis this year is on functional furniture.

This year’s jury of design professionals includes: Andrew Davies, Executive Director & Co-founder of No:9 Contemporary Art & the Environment; Janna Levitt, Partner at Levitt Goodman Architects; Gord Peteran, Artist, Furniture Maker & Professor at OCAD University; and John Hellwig, Vice President of Design Strategy and Research at Teknion.

“Design by Nature offers our emerging talents the opportunity to re-imagine the creative potential of salvaged materials, and gain great exposure along the way,” said Matthew Cohen, Design by Nature founder. “Last year set an amazing precedent for how exciting this exhibition can be. We can’t wait to see what this year’s competition will bring, and look to continue to grow the program in years to come.”

Cohen founded the competition in 2011 to continue to bring innovative design and interesting, sustainable furniture to Evergreen Brick Works. Currently the Director of Design for The Centre for Social Innovation in New York City, he was also responsible for managing the interior design and furnishing Evergreen Brick Works during its development.

Teknion Corporation is the founding sponsor of this event, and according to Sue Madsen, Teknion Director, Canadian Architecture & Design: “It is very rewarding for Teknion, as a founding sponsor of Design by Nature, to continue our support of emerging designers working in the realm of sustainability…we are inspired by the work of these artists and designers as they embrace the environment by working with sustainable materials. Promoting a sustainable future mirrors our own corporate vision.”

Complete Design by Nature competition details and submission forms are available at The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 5, 2013.