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Issue 2, 2019: Small Spaces, Smart Solutions

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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FRESHLY PRESSED HOMES In our next issue, we’ll be touring newly built homes across the GTA. But you can get your fix online at any time, starting with architect Paul Raff’s Kaleidoscope House, a zinc-clad residence that maximizes sunlight. DON’T MISS OUT ON DL’S INSTAGRAM FEED Follow @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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Vol. 18 No. 2 DESIGNLINESMAGAZINE.COM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tory Healy ASSISTANT EDITOR / DIGITAL EDITOR Sara Cunningham CONTRIBUTORS David Agnew Veronika Aquila Tom Arban Bert Archer Stephanie Calvet Alexandra Caufin Jeremy Freed Anya Georgijevic Matthew Hague Simon Lewsen Eric Mutrie Amrit Phull Carolyn Pioro Ben Rahn/A-Frame Catherine Sweeney Jeremie Warshafsky ART DIRECTOR Cristian Ordóñez Vicky Lee (on leave) DESIGNER Kari Silver DIRECTOR INTEGRATED PRODUCTION Alessandro Cancian DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Francesco Sgaramella DIGITAL DESIGNER Daniel Hildreth DIGITAL ASSISTANT Evelyn Chin PHOTOGRAPHER Arash Moallemi EDITORIAL DIRECTOR / CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Nelda Rodger PUBLISHER / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Sergio Sgaramella MARKETING MANAGER Mahasti Eslahjou AUDIENCE MARKETING MANAGER Amanda Beattie BRANDED CONTENT Stefan Novakovic MARKETING COORDINATOR Stephanie Galt ADMINISTRATION Olga Chernyak Elena Zaralieva ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Pam Chodda Young 416 203 9674 x226 pam@azureonline.com SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGERS Jeffrey Bakazias 416 203 9674 x238 jeffrey@azureonline.com Neil Young 416 203 9674 x230 neil@azureonline.com…

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What is your name? David Agnew What have you done for us lately? One of the great perks of being a copy editor is that even while I’m working, I get to learn about new subjects every day. Sometimes it’s architecture and design, and other times it’s forest management or blockchain, but there’s always something to appeal to my curiosity. If money were no object, what would you buy to cheer up your decor after a long winter? Hard to choose just one thing, but I’d really love one of local artist Zachari Logan’s Eunuch Tapestries – a series of massive pastelon-black-paper wall hangings packed with intricately detailed vegetation. It would be like having a picture window looking out onto my own private garden. What is your name? Amrit Phull What have you done for us lately? The four…

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Ai Weiwei: Unbroken To Jun 9 Ai Weiwei is one of the few artists as celebrated for making ceramics as he is for destroying them. Take his 1995 photo series Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, which captures the Beijing-born human rights activist letting go of a 2,000-year-old ceremonial vessel. Or his mesmeric 2010 landscape Sunflower Seeds (shown), made from millions of meticulously hand-painted porcelain husks, produced over years by workers in rural China. Both are on view as part of a sweeping exhibition at the Gardiner Museum. “Ceramics are fascinating,” says Ai. “I love the tradition, how people for generations have tried to make something happen with this basic language of communication besides its practical uses.” His recent takes on Chinese blue and white porcelain, for example, depict scenes of refugees in…

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The Moon: A Voyage Through Time To Aug 18 Marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this exhibition is anchored by British artist Luke Jerram’s replica moon. Measuring five metres in diameter, it features detailed NASA imagery and a haunting sound composition. AGAKHANMUSEUM.ORG Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival May 1-31 American artist Carrie Mae Weems, whose haunting photographs have explored race, class and gender identity since the ’70s, headlines this annual city-wide photo fete. SCOTIABANKCONTACTPHOTO.COM Doors Open Toronto May 25 & 26 Among the many locations to scout at the 20th edition of this weekend fest are the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Health Centre, and Stackt Market, the new marketplace built from shipping-containers. DOORSOPENONTARIO.ON.CA In the Age of Rembrandt Jun 1-Sep 15 An unprecedented exhibition brings over five dozen 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings from Boston’s…

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Kate MacNeill, the dynamo talent behind Concord Custom Lighting, a new Toronto design and manufacturing studio, got her start cutting, bending, threading and welding custom luminaires at Commute Home. “At that stage,” she says, “I had no experience with electrical or metal working at all.” That changed when Yoki Milke, who now runs his own lighting studio, Milke Bau, began mentoring her in Commute’s busy west end workshop. She’s a quick study: within five years, the PEI native and graduate of Humber’s Cabinet Making program went from tinkering with wire sockets to coordinating complex lighting orders with local shops and fabricators. “I would be taking a drawing and figuring out the sum of its parts – essentially building myself an Ikea kit. When all was said and done, there might…