As two ofCanada’s largest cultural capitals,MontrealandTorontohave seen their fair share of success when it comes to breeding successful designers. Once someone starts to receive accolades, a serious sense of hometown pride starts to set in, thus accentuating barriers that stifle cross-border creativity.
When I attended Moto at Domison which ran from January 23-29 as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival I was excited to see that none of these pretensions existed. Moto was curated by design siblings My and Thien Ta Trung, who own shops in both Montreal and Toronto. The exhibit showcased 18 designers from both cities and was meant to create a dialogue between the two.
In creating this discourse, My and Thien hope to achieve two things. The first is to foster a design community that is not trapped by the physical borders that define each metropolis. Designers can feed off each other’s creativity and therefore push the limits of what we know about furniture and decorating a space. The second it seems, is to bringMontreal based designs toToronto shoppers and vice-versa so we have a variety of pieces and inspirations to choose from. At the end of the day, furniture should reflect your life and your style. Whether your pieces come fromToronto,Montreal (or both!) you are still buying Canadian and supporting a creative industry that is only bound to get better. Especially with people like My and Thien Ta Trung.
Check out the list of the 18 designers chosen for Moto:
6.1 Designers, Antoine Laverdière, Atelier 001-A, Brothers Dressler, Couper Croiser, Derek McLeod, Dylan McKinnon, Etienne Hotte, Furni, Guillaume Sassville, Katherine Morley, Olivier Desrochers, Rob Southcott, Science and Sons, Tahir Mahmood, The National Design Collective, The Practice of Everyday Design, Trois Quart Fort.