Outside The Box at Toronto Design Offsite Festival


The sixth year of Toronto Design Offsite Festival launches for one week beginning January 18. WantedDesign, WorkOf, and TODO will partner up for the third year in a row to present Outside the Box – first at the festival and then in NYC in the spring. Collaborating with local correspondents, and in partnership with WorkOf, WantedDesign will bring specific creative vision from five cities – New York, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and Chicago – through an unexpected selection of objects to fit in five unique boxes. 

The concept/theme “multiple” will unite the bankers boxes that each city fills with original works from local designers.  

The exhibition — with an added box from Toronto — will also travel for presentation at WantedDesign Brooklyn, part of NYCxDESIGN in May 2016.

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

Daily Hours: Mon - 11AM—7PM, Tue - 11AM—7PM,  Wed - 11AM—7PM, 

Thu - 11AM—9PM, Fri - 11AM—7PM, Sat - 10AM—6PM, Sun - 12PM—5PM

Cocktail party: Saturday Jan 23, 5-7pm 

Location: Stylegarage, 78 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

Chicago - "Chicagoland" 

As a city defined by strong relationships that are built between designers and local manufacturing, the contemporary design hub show highlights the best cross section of upcoming American designers in the midwest region.  Focusing on materials and fabrication techniques that are characteristic of the windy city, Chicagoland features design work in metal, wood, glass and plastic with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship.

Chicago Correspondent: Ben Stagl


Steven Haulenbeek Designs | www.stevenhaulenbeek.com

MNGRM | www.mngrm.com

Stephanie Plenner | www.stephanieplenner.com

Traceware by Allison Rokusek | www.allisonrokusek.com

ChiLab Design Studios Bo Rodda with Ben Stagl | www.chilabdesign.com

Mallika Chandra | www.mallikachandra.com

Alice Gong | www.alicegong.com/index.html

Kuan Wen Chiu | www.behance.net/kuanwenchiu | www.westsupply.com

Erika Uzmann Design | www.erikauzmann.com

Yasmine Afshar | www.yasmineafshar.com

Chinhua Lin | www.design-milk.com/burr-puzzle-stool-is-a-puzzle-to-sit-on/


Truly “outside the box,” taking a risk defines the multitude of what you’ll see Edmonton Bankers box. In a city that is somewhat isolated, the local designers have pioneered their our own way of thinking, doing and making. This year’s theme, “Multiples,” represents the strong undercurrent of opportunity located in the prairies of Alberta.

Edmonton Correspondents: Chris Provins & Carmen Douville


Concrete Cat | concretecat.com

Diane Krys | dianekrys.com

Henry-ID | henry-ID.com

Hunt Amor | huntamor.com

Karen Cantine | albertacraft.ab.ca/cantine-metal

Loyal Loot | loyalloot.com/

Maake | maake.ca

Terry Hildebrand | potterry.com/Terry/Ceramics/Pages/Recent_Works.html#17

Tomnuk Design | tomnuk.com

Mezzaluna Studio | mezzalunastudio.ca  

Halifax - "In Knots"

Using pattern and repetition, “In Knots” conveys the complex feeling of living in Halifax, acknowledging the complex themes that arise in with the objective of progress and gentrification. The exhibit is a conceptual piece made up of rope, knots, and beadwork to form a rope-quilt patterned map of Halifax’s historic & modern street network. As a tool geographic, it explores the points of tension in the city, physically and historically.

Halifax Correspondent: Breakhouse Inc. 


Breakhouse Inc. is represented by Margot Durling, Delaine

Tiniakos-Doran, Megan Fildes, and Janine Basha. 

Los Angeles

Home to a thriving community, Los Angeles designers are actively producing work rooted in nature with a nod to mid-century architecture and design. Key to the ‘multiples’ theme, these artists and makers are keeping material front and center, working in wood, iron, brass and concrete. The exhibition itself playfully explores a range of materials, exacting craftsmanship, curious handmade forms, and pleasantly unexpected forms.

Los Angeles Correspondent: Erin Brown |


Scout Regalia | @scoutregalia | www.scoutregalia.com

Monroe Workshop | @monroeworkshop | www.monroeworkshop.com

Ramsey Conder | @ramseyconder | www.ramseyconder.com

Kalon Studios | @kalonstudios | www.kalonstudios.com

Concrete Geometric | @concretegeometric | www.concretegeometric.com

Wolfum | @wolfum | www.wolfum.com

100xbetter | @100xbtr | www.100xbetter.com

House Industries | @houseindustries | www.houseind.com

Post is Post | @post_studio | www.postispost.com

Sasha Ritter | @sasharitter | www.sasharitter.com

Montreal - "Omniforme"


Bringing together unique works from designers and denizens of a vibrant and multi-faceted city, Montreal’s box “Omniforme” focuses on design elements to echo the dynamic layers of cultures, languages, seasons, and architecture. Through use of geometry, color, texture, and material, the curated objects use materials that are approached and explored in new ways: using crocheted metal, bent sheet brass, and pressed wood fibre, and so on.

Montreal Correspondent: Zoë Mowat


mpgmb | mpgmb.com

Lambert & Fils | lambertetfils.com

Arielle de Pinto | arielledepinto.com

Mitz Takahashi  | www.mitztakahashi.com

Ceramik B | www.ceramikb.com

Larose Guyon | www.laroseguyon.com

Ottowa - "City in the Woods"


Known as the city surround by woods, Ottawa deals with extremes such as weather (temperatures that range from way below freezing to way above freezing) and geography (how to get from the deeps woods to the office building via bike paths and roadways). In response, multiples represent the multi-purpose items that enable multi-tasks that are necessary to Ottawa’s multi-faceted  locality.

Ottawa Correspondent: Sabine Modder | www.sabinemodder.com 


Warehouse | www.warehousebrand.com  

Brendon Taylor & Laura Langford, Matchstick Design | www.matchstickdesign.ca

Sarah Dobbin | www.facebook.com/SarahDobbinCeramics

Emil Mateja | www.emilmateja.com

Workshop Studio and Boutique | www.workshopboutique.ca

Portland - "Photo Adventure"


Portland’s lush landscape necessitates adventure and capturing those moments is precisely the reason why this box contains everything you need to need document the trip and and gear to sustain you along the way. From Portland made camera gear to snacks to keep you sustained, and a notebook to record the details of your trip, this collection is equal parts durable and adorable with objects like a backpack to hold it all, and a box that can be re-purposed as a stool, a table, or a tripod.

Portland Correspondent: MadeHere PDX | www.madeherepdx.com


Bee Local | www.beelocal.com

Canister | instagram.com/canisterdesign

Blackbird Granola | www.blackbirdfoodco.com

Nell & Mary | www.nellandmary.com

Great State | www.greatstatecamerawear.com

Orox | www.oroxleather.com

Kiriko | www.kirikomade.com

Lensbaby | lensbaby.com/usa

Red Clouds Collective | redcloudscollective.com

Shwood | www.shwoodshop.com/us

Olympic Provisions | www.olympiaprovisions.com



In lieu of theme “Multiples,” multiple uses, pieces, and materials, are reprentative of the aesthetic styles special to Seattle. Inside the box, each studio has approached the idea in their own way, resulting in multiple interpretations. The diverse set of works represents a small cross section of what design looks like and how it responds to the Emerald City.

Seattle Correspondent: Darin Montgomery


Fruit super Design, Joe Kent and Sallyann Corn | www.fruitsuperdesign.com

Maiden Noir, Christa Thomas and Nin Truong | www.maidennoir.com

Rachel Ravitch | www.rachelravitch.com

Small Craft Studio, Jared Randall | www.smallcraftstudio.com

Darin Montgomery and Charlie Schuck | www.urbancase.com | www.charlieschuck.com

Grain (James and Chelsea Minola) | www.graindesign.com

Free Time Industries, Kate Bailey | www.katebailey.com

Brian Beck | www.studioegallery.org/artists/brian-a-beck

New York - "Dinner for Two"

New York captures the hustle and bustle of a city like no other. Being one of the largest intersections of art and commerce, NY designers constantly shuffle between worlds of Fashion, Art, and Design with ease. The New York City designers chosen create products that live somewhere between these worlds. Unique forms and unique materials are combined to build a fantasy of dining in this set that speaks to the very nature of multiples in our daily life. Plates, cups, flatware, candles, and all the parts that go into a table setting are multiples we use daily—and are more fun with a friend!

New York Correspondents: Chad Phillips & Zoe Fisher


awindownyc | awindownyc.com

LAZYMOM NYC | lazymomnyc.com

Arc Objects | arc-objects.com

Various Projects | various-projects.com

Daniel Michalik | danielmichalik.com

Pat Kim | patkimdesign.com

High Gloss | highgloss.biz

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario