The Marilyn Denis Show

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The Marilyn Denis Show

We took a month off for a cross-Canada vacation, and it's great to be back!

Happy to say that some NDC products were featured on the Marilyn Denis Show right before we left, but we didn't have time to post anything about it until now.

On July 14th Marilyn had Andrew Pike from Andrew Pike Interiors on to talk about summer outdoor living, and he featured both the Strata Stools, and the I Kinda Like It Here coasters.

Click through on the image below to check out the segment (the good stuff plays around the 5:40 mark):

Thanks to the Marilyn Denis show and Andrew Pike for the shout-out, and for getting all of the details correct!

-Scott

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Toronto Design Week 2016

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Toronto Design Week 2016

Design week is coming up, so it's time to once again emerge from our studios like Wiarton Willie and try to be more social. We are participating in three shows this year, and we're excited to show some new work:

“LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER.”

Informal, likely or probably, similar to a degree … more or less. Any or any one of a number of things, whether specifically known or not in any amount, to any extent, no matter what. Being what or who it may be as if one, anyone. People in general. Corresponding or agreeing in some noticeable respect to understand. To be able to distinguish, as one from another, to be cognizant or aware of. Like, whatever.

Fugitive Glue opens its studio doors to a design showcase. See pieces by FG as well as our friends and collaborators. You know, a collection of current work, past work and works in progress.

RECEPTION: Sat, Jan 16, 2016 | 7-10pm

DATES: Mon , Jan 18, 2016 — Sun , Jan 24, 2016

LOCATION: FUGITIVE GLUE HEADQUARTERS 163 Sterling Road, Unit 128

PRIMARY

Toronto Made partnered with MADE Design to develop a new and exclusive collection of affordable designs developed by Toronto Made members: Coolican & Company, Simon Devost, Eve Likes Green, Guild Eyewear, National Design Collective, Katharine Tessier, and Turn of the Century Lighting.

Come see, explore, and interact with this new collection at MADE Design’s new location on King Street East. Learn more about Toronto Made’s mandate and how it supports the Toronto design community.

RECEPTION + TALK: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 | 7-10pm

DATES: Wed , Jan 20, 2016 — Sun , Jan 24, 2016

LOCATION: MADE Design 394 King Street East

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IIDEX Woodshop

Ontario Wood, the City of Toronto and IIDEXCanada have teamed up again to bring you IIDEX Woodshop: 14 innovative wood prototypes that utilize Toronto’s untapped ash wood resource. Globalization and climate change have brought pests like the Emerald Ash Borer to North America where they are destroying forests. In Toronto alone, the Borer will bring down 200,000+ ash trees in the next 5 years. IIDEX Woodshop aims to reduce the number of ash trees headed for the landfill by creating innovative, market-ready commercial and consumer prototypes. This IIDEXCanada annual special feature exhibition is generously supported by Ontario Wood, Ministry of Natural Resources.

RECEPTION + TALK: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 | 7-10pm (RSVP Required)

DATES: Mon , Jan 18, 2016 — Sun , Jan 24, 2016

LOCATION: Toronto City Hall, Rotunda 100 Queen Street West

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theNDC at IIDEX15!

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theNDC at IIDEX15!

We are back at IIDEX this year with an entry for the IIDEX Woodshop. This year we entered our wood fenders, which are made from ash veneer. The goal of the Woodshop is to highlight the use of ash wood that has been taken down within the city of Toronto due to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation.

We wanted to use the wood to promote an active and adventurous lifestyle while adding a little style to the city. The result is our fenders:

We would also like to thank our friends at Curbside Cycles and Simcoe Bikes who helped us out with the amazing bicycle. It's an amazing opportunity to be able to use a Toronto-based bicycle to highlight the local-ness of the fenders.

We also participated in the Woodshop in it's first year, in 2013 where we produced the Ubagaan:

Astute readers may notice that we carried over the colour scheme. We really like how these colours work with the light ash wood and help to break up the large surfaces.

IIDEX is open until December 3rd, and the opening party is tonight, at 5-7p.m.

-Scott

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Come join us at the Making + Thinking Symposium

 

We've been invited to speak at a one-day symposium at the Harbourfront Centre on November 14, 2015. The event  "is a one-day symposium investigating the craft world’s reinvigorated interest in the relationship between craft and design. While fine craft and design are often defined in opposition – one-of-a-kind versus multiples, concept- versus client driven, material specialization versus flexibility – contemporary craftspeople and designers are melding these two methodologies. This hybrid field results in new work that is inventive, unique and user-centered." 

We're excited for the event, it will be a day full of interesting speakers and discussion. 

For more information on the schedule of events and on how to purchase tickets: check out the Harbourfront website or the Facebook Event page.

Hope to see you there!

- H

 

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Beehive + Honey Update

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Beehive + Honey Update

We just received an update on the City Hive from our gracious host in Durham. It looks like there is a lot of action in the hive, and it's ready for honey collection. I'm also really happy with how the raw cedar is weathering! Check out the video:

-Scott

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Cork and the Strata Stools covered in the Globe and Mail

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Cork and the Strata Stools covered in the Globe and Mail

Cork is a really interesting material and comes with unique design challenges and opportunities. The sustainability aspect is interesting and open for debate, but the re-purposing of ground wine (or other) corks is definitely a great way to reuse the material.

The Globe and Mail has just published an interesting article about cork in design that features our Strata Stools along with some other great pieces.

 

I am really digging the simplicity of the Corker lights by Max Harper (above), which would match really well with Joop Couwenberg's cantilevered stools (for tecta.de):

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We are hoping to experiment more with cork in the future, there are so many possibilities!

-Scott

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