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Umbra + TO DO Compact Living Product Exhibition

January 18 - January 24, 2016
165 John St, Toronto, ON M5T 1X3, Canada

2016-TODO-Umbra-CharKennedy-web-cover-919x613In partnership with Umbra, the Umbra + TO DO Compact Living Product Exhibition explores
original house ware prototypes for contemporary compact living, featuring the work of a dozen Canadian

Location: Umbra Store, 165 John Street
Opening Reception & Talk: Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 6:30-9pm
Admission: Free
Exhibition Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun TODO-Keilhauer_outline_RGB-02111am-6pm

This exciting exhibition is a part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2016, and responds to half of the world’s population now living in urban centres where real estate is expensive and space is hard to come by. In Toronto alone, average condo sizes have shrunk by over 100 square feet over the last ten years. This has resulted in a trend towards making small spaces more livable and efficient. We need objects that make compact living exceptional. A jury of Umbra and TO DO representatives will recognize the best-in-show with a Best Product award, and a cash prize. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to cast their vote to award Fan Favourite. Designers from the exhibition will participate with industry leaders in a talk hosted by Paul Rowan that will explore compact living solutions and good product design.

Designers include Castor, Chifen Cheng, Liz Eeuwes, Fugitive Glue, Char Kennedy, Mercury Bureau, Oscar Kwong, Nathan Martell, Geof Ramsay, Six Point Un, Ange-line Tetrault, and TOMA.


As an annual Festival, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is a space to engage in design that’s unpretentious, exciting, accessible, and fun. Storefronts display exciting exhibitions, galleries host immersive installations, and local and international designers spark discussion with lectures and workshops open to everyone to participate and learn. January 18-24, 2016.

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