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Issue 1, 2019: Designer of the Year

We get hands on with the city’s top new builds, including a high-performance residence by Altius Architecture and Arriz Hassam, a functionality-packed family home by Sixteen Degree Studio, and six mid-rise developments we’re ready to move into. Plus, Firma’s proposed laneway properties, and a Q&A with the founder of homewares brand Good Thing.

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read us online

Trending NowLocal designer Johnson Chou fashioned this East End house to resemble a series of picture frames. Readers couldn’t get enough of its endless views – both inside and out – including the one through the floating staircase shown above. VISIT DLM.AG/FRAMED-PERSPECTIVES TO CHECK IT OUT(PHOTO BY BRENDA LIU)PRODUCTS TO COVETFind what your space needs online, from an all-Canadian lineup of furniture from Montreal retailer Simons’s new marketplace, Fabrique 1840, to the cosiest finds from EQ3. Like you, we’re always on the hunt for new stuff to decorate our homes with.DON’T MISS OUT ON DL’S INSTAGRAM FEEDFollow @designlinesmagazine on Instagram to see stunning homes, behind-the-scenes stories from our photo shoots and exclusive teasers of the hottest tickets in town. ■…

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editor’s letter

When it comes to design – from tiny products to towering architecture – Toronto is killing it. It has been since long before I became Designlines’ editor about 10 years ago, and it has only picked up speed and gathered force since then. And so, when it came time to plan our 2019 editorial calendar, we decided to switch things up a bit: to celebrate the innovation and creative output of this city’s talent, and to honour efforts, share thinking and inspire the upcoming generation of designers with an awards issue.The competition came together in just two weeks and, despite the lack of lead time, we were humbled by the quality of the submissions that came in – we’re looking at you, stalwarts and previous award winners, and at you,…

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hot ticket

Design Week in TorontoInterior Design Show (IDS), from January 17 to 20 DesignTO, from January 18 to 27Toronto’s design festival returns with over 100 exhibitions, window displays and back-to-back soirees – more than enough to get you through the darkest days of winter. Kick off the festivities at IDS in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the founders of award-winning Shanghai design firm Neri&Hu are the guests of honour. This is also where 300+ established manufacturers (and a number of young studios) unveil new home furnishings in Instagrammable booths. Small-batch Canadian makers get their share of the spotlight, too, at the Studio North & Prototype marketplace. And did we mention team DL will be at IDS? Well, come say “hey” at our COFO-designed kiosk (see page 39).After that, run to…

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more designy events

Home and AwayVarious datesThis public speaker series connects faculty experts with international designers, scholars, artists and curators. How’s Integral House architect Brigitte Shim and London architect Alison Brooks for a power pairing? DANIELS.UTORONTO.CAIce BreakersJan 19-Feb 24Embrace the cold along Queens Quay at this public art exhibition with an informative twist. Instead of ice and snowflakes, this year’s theme – Signal Transmission – is about digital and analog communication. ICEBREAKERS.WINTERSTATIONS.COMWinterliciousJan 25-Feb 7Mouth-watering, easy-on-the-wallet prix fixe meals and culinary events give Torontonians a bite of the city’s tastiest food – and best-designed restaurant interiors – during this annual food fest. TORONTO.CAAbove the Fold: New Expressions in OrigamiFeb 2-May 26New takes on the Japanese art of paper folding abound at this exhibition of sculptural creases and crumples – just don’t expect to see…

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the chairmen of cofo

From left: 49 North lounge chair and ottoman by Kenny Nguyen and Ian Buckley, Garcia coat rack by Mary Anne Garcia, Cinch stool by Lucas Stanois, and Roque chair by Trish Roque. Meet local design studio COFO. Helmed by Desmond Chan (left) and Randy Simmen (right), COFO (short for “Cofounders”) introduces Canadian-made home furnishings by emerging designers to the market. The goal is to champion homegrown talent and innovation, and to introduce exceptional pieces – not mass-produced or expendable ones – to the competitive world of retail.This is how it works: first, young designers answer COFO’s annual call for submissions by sending in their plans for original home furnishings. COFO evaluates these, picks its favourites and collaboratively fine-tunes the designs through a series of revisions and prototypes. The final iterations are…

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urban update

“MISSISSAUGA HAS A UNIQUE LAYOUT AND ACTS ALMOST AS A CITY WITH TWO GRIDS. YOU HAVE DUE NORTH AND SOUTH FORMING ONE GRID, AND A STREETSCAPE THAT RUNS DIAGONAL TO THOSE DIRECTIONS. OUR TWIST IS MEANT TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO BOTH COMPOSITIONS.”– MANSOOR KAZEROUNI, GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AT IBI GROUP1 NEW HEIGHTSMississauga’s master-planned M City community is heading in a new direction: up. Architecture firm IBI Group has designed what will become the tallest building in Mississauga for Urban Capital Property Group and Rogers Real Estate Development. Like its sister towers M1 and M2, M3 will cut a slim figure on the city’s skyline, with zigzagging sawtooth balconies reaching up 81 storeys to a dramatic sloped crown. The slanted and stepped top not only complements the balconies’ black-and-white pattern,…