Canadian by Nature.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the founding of Toronto’s Interior Design Show (IDS), this exhibition showcases the best Canadian architecture and design today from over 60 emerging and established designers and studios–whether practicing in Canada or abroad. Some commonalities define what Canadian design is–a sensibility favouring restraint over excess, a minimalist approach, and a respect for function, materials and craftsmanship.

We embrace the idea that if we can describe Canada as the “first postnational state” with no core identity and no mainstream in Canada, then we celebrate Canadian architecture and design as transnational—one that is fluid, not simple to define, and even sometimes contradictory. This exhibition illustrates and encourages a plurality of constantly evolving views and approaches, rather than one entrenched in dogma. What is being embraced here is room for a multiplicity of practices with multiple identities and multiple loyalties across the country and abroad.

Photo: Double Duplex designed by Batay Csorba

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