Design Exchange announces fall lineup of speakers

The Design Exchange (DX) has announced its lineup of speakers for Fall 2006. The DX is Canada’s design centre whose mission is to promote Canadian design.

First up is Paolo Rosa from Milan, speaking on the evening of September 21, 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on the Trading Floor of the Desigin Exchange. His lecture will open the new exhibit MILANO MADE IN DESIGN, a multi-disciplinary design exhibition featuring numerous examples of contemporary design from Milan. Since 1982, Rosa has been one of the people behind Studio Azzurro Produzioni, where he is involved in designing and directing video settings in the world of theatre, cinema and visual arts. He will be joined in conversation with Aldo Colonetti, editor of Ottagono and creative director of Milano Made in Design.

Next is Alain de Botton, who speaks on October 11, 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Patty Watt Room at the Design Exchange. Author of The Architecture of Happiness, de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He has published four non-fiction books: Status Anxiety, The Art of Travel, How Proust Can Change Your Life, and The Consolations of Philosophy. His latest, The Architecture of Happiness, has at its centre the large and nave question: “What is a beautiful building?” It amounts to a tour through the philosophy and psychology of architecture, which aims to change the way we think about our homes, streets and ourselves. In this witty, erudite look at how we shape, and are shaped by, our surroundings, Alain de Botton applies Stendhal’s motto that “beauty is the promise of happiness” to the spaces we inhabit daily. The lecture is co-presented by McClelland and Stewart.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for students/seniors, $5 for DX members).

For more information and to register, please visit or call 416-216-2160.