Design Week at the Design Exchange about to begin!

As part of Toronto’s Design Week 2012, the Design Exchange is proud to offer a variety of programming for the city-wide design experience, taking place January 23-29, 2012 at the DX, located at 234 Bay Street. DX events will include a screening of co-director Ben Murray’s Unfinished Spaces, the exhibition launch of Stephen Burks’ Man Made Toronto, a panel discussion of the Evolving Visual Consumer, a relaunch of the renowned DX Resource Centre, and more. Design Week is one of the DX’s most anticipated annual attractions and raises awareness about designers and the best in new design practices.

“The city of Toronto’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of the design community helps make it a stimulating place to live,” says Tim Gilbert, acting president and chair of the Design Exchange. “The Design Exchange is pleased to be an integral part of Toronto’s annual Design Week.”

Design Week at the DX will launch with the Canadian premiere of Unfinished Spaces on January 19, 2012 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. Set in the 1960s, the film chronicles three young visionary architects commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools. Admission is $8 for DX members and students, and $15 for the general public. Please visit for more information and register at:

Making It! is a dynamic multiple-speaker presentation taking place on January 25, 2012 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Twenty “makers” from various design disciplines will each have five minutes to walk through a single project from conception to presentation. Admission is pay what you can with a recommended admission fee of $10.

Man Made Toronto is Stephen Burks’ exhibition that runs from January 23-April 1, 2012. Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects in conjunction with the Studio Museum in Harlem, this unique project showcases industrial designer Stephen Burks’ exploration of the global economy and artisan craft. The exhibition encourages consideration of both the conceptual and aesthetic value of a handmade object, and places importance on the celebration of traditional skills, techniques and cultures. The opening reception takes place on January 27, 2012 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There is a suggested admission of $10 for the exhibition and opening reception. Please visit to RSVP to the opening reception.

The Evolving Visual Consumer is a panel discussion by RGD Ontario and the DX, which takes place on January 31, 2012 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The conversation will focus on how the experience and consumption of media is transformative. Panelists include: Moderator Yen Chu R.G.D., Creative Director of Parcel Design; John Furneaux R.G.D., Managing Partner of Ove Design; Adrian Norris, Managing Editor, Presentation and Design, The Globe and Mail; Mikey Richardson R.G.D., Creative Director & Partner, Amoeba Corp.; and Bev Forster, Creative Director, BMO Financial Group. Admission is $10 for DX/RGD members and $15 for non-members. Please register at These discussions will be broadcast live via webcast to reach across the province. To find out more about the webcasts, please contact Mark at 1.888.274.3668 (in Toronto, call 416.367.8819 ext. 27) or e-mail him at

The DX will relaunch the Resource Centre, which houses a collection of over 450 significant pieces of Canadian design spanning over six decades. A different tour will be offered each of the following days: on January 23, a tour of Stephen Burks’ Man Made Toronto; on January 24, a tour of Post-War Design – DX Permanent Collection; on January 25, a tour of Designing the Swinging 60s – DX Permanent Collection; on January 26, a tour of the Design Exchange Awards exhibition; and on January 27, a tour of Art Deco & Streamline Moderne on the Historic Trading Floor. All DX tours during Design Week take place from 1:00pm – 1:40pm. Tours are $8 per person, and free for DX members and students. For more information about Design Exchange tours, please contact Noa Bronstein at or call 416.216.2120.

The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada’s Design Centre and Museum with a mission to promote the value of design. It is an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality. DX improves communication between various design disciplines, educators, businesses and the general public through programs, exhibits, lectures and workshops. For more information, please visit