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Canada's favourite design museum, The Design Exchange, is gearing up for the DX Intersection this Friday, November 16. Top designers, architects, chefs, filmmakers and artists will take over three floors of the iconic DX building — the home of Toronto's original Stock Exchange — for an all-night fundraiser that will bring Canada's design communities together.

Spearheaded by newly appointed Design Exchange president, Shauna Levy (former VP and Co-founder of the Interior Design Show), the event is a bold step in the new direction that the DX will take during its re-launch this year. Levy says the new approach is focussed on both small nuanced design, as well as larger cultural movements. "Design is in all factions of life, and our goal is to produce programming that reflects this belief…DX Intersection is a culmination of how design exists in all that we do," said Levy.

I for one am very excited to see what Levy and her team have planned for the DX in the coming months. This event, I'm sure, will be a hugely successful kick-start to the next chapter of the DX.

Canadian novelist, artist and designer Douglas Coupland will be honoured as the first recipient of DX Intersection's new annual Gamechanger award. The award celebrates an internationally acclaimed designer who demonstrates the ability to move flawlessly between creative disciplines.

Below are two examples of Coupland's work:

Museum of the Rapture, 2012

Group Portrait In Circles, from original 1957 photograph by Peter Croydon

Ikea will present Auktion, featuring 20 never-before-seen items created by a variety of designers, including H&H's own Suzanne Dimma and Mark Challen, fashion designer Philip Sparks and creative advertising agency Sid Lee. With a $500 budget from Ikea, these design mavens will deconstruct, retool and hack their own custom creations. I can't wait to see the results.  

The event will include pop-up food stations, music from an assortment of DJs, a design-inspired amusement park-style raffle, and art installations in every corner of the building. The event promises to be a truly interactive experience for the design enthusiast. 

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to DX's youth education programs, as well as to the Canadian design preservation initiative. Click here for further details and to buy tickets.

I’ll be there with a few fellow House & Home colleagues, so please come over and say hello. Watch out for my follow-up post on what should be an exciting night for Canadian design.

Photo credits:
1. Design Exchange
2-3. Canadian Art

Author: 

Joel Hunking

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