“This Is Not a Toy” is the only exhibit to date to highlight the conceptual toy as both a cultural signifier and a piece of art. Currently on exhibit in Toronto at The Design Exchange (DX), “This Is Not a Toy” is guest curated by Pharrell Williams along with John Wee Tom and the Associate Curator from DX Sara Nickelson.
The museum has been transformed to create a fantastical atmosphere filled with in your face colours and patterns in keeping with the exhibits playful nature. On display are works from artists such as Takashi Murakami, Huck Gee, KAWS, and FriendsWithYou, and range from miniature figurines to larger than life free-standing sculptures. “This Is Not a Toy” allows exhibit goers to indulge in a childlike yet sophisticated realm that provides a crossover between childish toys to contemporary art.
Van Cleef & Arpels are setting luck in motion with their new campaign “8 Seconds of Luck”. Ever an elusive quality, and one that has always been near and dear to Van Cleef & Arpels, they’re looking to catch the proverbial lightning in a bottle with this new campaign by allowing users to send 8 second messages of luck to loved ones.
Put together from a selection of one-second micro-films, these user-generated videos embrace the theme of luck, while referencing materials from various iconic Van Cleef & Arpels collections. Users can also customize videos by adding personalized messages to loved ones. Check out Piccsy’s 8 second video, featuring four leaf clovers, birthday candles, lucky pennies, and other such luck-related imagery, complete with a special message of our very own.
Check out the campaign here and spread some luck.
With the plethora of ‘staches to choose from for a Movember tribute, it was hard for us to narrow it down to these 10 men of Hollywood.
As every corner of every metroplitan city fills up with “that green mermaid coffee shop”, there are places that strive (and achieve) to be original and cozy.
Owned by a select few of big-minded people, these cafés are able to build truly lovely spaces. Some are made to work in, some are made to play, but all of them have the awesome factor down pat.
Ideally every dining experience should be unique but there are some establishments that offer something worth blogging about. As a world-class city, Toronto is increasingly attracting international restauranteurs, ushering global delicacies and bold experimental dishes in a bid for differentiation. The selection below promises to tantalize your tastebuds, dare you to try new things, and invite you to delve into well-designed, conceptually rich dining environments.
Haven’t heard of Dribbble? This online community brings together graphic designers, typographists, logo creators and more to showcase their work on their own page. Think of it as LinkedIn for online artists. Not only can you search these computer pros by city/, you can search images by colour, “buckets” (uploads that are related to each other), projects and tags.
Although not as glamorous and well paid as female models, male models deserve a list of their own. Our top picks from Toronto have truly distinguished looks which would not be as welcomed in their female counterparts. The ever-evolving world of fashion is coming into grips with the realities of a futile global economy. With shifting powers, and the growth of Asian markets, there is a new demand for racially diverse and multi-ethnic models. As the multicultural hub of the world, Canada is seen as a mine for a new crop of exotic and unique faces. Some of the men listed below exemplify this trend as they hold traditional angular frames of previous generations but still have a look all their own.
Every year, Toronto (Canada) holds an all night art festival: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Across the city, both local and international artists showcase their work for citizens and tourists to see – all for free for the whole 12 hours. Intersected with sponsored/comissioned exhibitions are those put on by the art community at large. Previous years have seen downtown boutique hotels with massive balloon installations on the outside, bands performing in the window of closed stores, and two locals dress up and re-enact a famous tennis match.