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July 19, 2010

Design Domestic is a photo-based exhibit featuring nine Canadian designers and artists in their homes. Through the photos and objects presented, the exhibition captures glimpses of some of Canada's most prominent artists' and designers' private lives and sates curiosities about how they curate their interior spaces. From the stark white walls of installation architect An Te Liu's abode to the whimsical day-glo pink of design shop owner Jason MacIsaac's living room, viewers can look within the domestic milieu of these designers in hopes of fostering a new understanding of the things and ideas they present to the public. Here we present some images from the show, which will be on display at Design Exchange in Toronto through August 19.

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A wall sketch of Che Guevara is a focal point in architectural theorist and installation artist An Te Liu's living room.
A wall sketch of Che Guevara is a focal point in architectural theorist and installation artist An Te Liu's living room.
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A green mesh shirt designed by Kristen Nakamura hangs from one of Liu's white walls.
A green mesh shirt designed by Kristen Nakamura hangs from one of Liu's white walls.
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Anne Cormier, principal of Atelier Big City, uses bold colors in her kitchen and dining area.
Anne Cormier, principal of Atelier Big City, uses bold colors in her kitchen and dining area.
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Bright orange and cobalt-blue surfaces dominate the minimalist kitchen.
Bright orange and cobalt-blue surfaces dominate the minimalist kitchen.
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Landscape architect Claude Cormier is the principal of his eponymous Montreal firm.
Landscape architect Claude Cormier is the principal of his eponymous Montreal firm.
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Lamps by Korean designer Kwangho Lee illuminate Cormier's home.
Lamps by Korean designer Kwangho Lee illuminate Cormier's home.
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Cormier designed a movable parquet ramp that leads to the sleeping loft and masks his kitchen.
Cormier designed a movable parquet ramp that leads to the sleeping loft and masks his kitchen.
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The ramp extends upward to reveal a full kitchen and dining area.
The ramp extends upward to reveal a full kitchen and dining area.
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Shaun Moore is co-owner of MADE, a retailer that specializes in furniture created by Canadian designers.
Shaun Moore is co-owner of MADE, a retailer that specializes in furniture created by Canadian designers.
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Moore and MADE co-owner Julie Nicholson find inspiration for their furniture designs from everyday items, like milk crates.
Moore and MADE co-owner Julie Nicholson find inspiration for their furniture designs from everyday items, like milk crates.
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Jason MacIsaac is a curator, interior designer, and owner of Ministry of the Interior, a design shop and gallery in downtown Toronto.
Jason MacIsaac is a curator, interior designer, and owner of Ministry of the Interior, a design shop and gallery in downtown Toronto.
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Some of the furniture in MacIsaac's home--like the olive-green Klauser and Carpenter easy chair in the foreground--can be purchased at Ministry of the Interior.
Some of the furniture in MacIsaac's home--like the olive-green Klauser and Carpenter easy chair in the foreground--can be purchased at Ministry of the Interior.
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Whimsical figurines are on display in MacIsaac's home.
Whimsical figurines are on display in MacIsaac's home.
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Martin Kohn, principal of Kohn Shnier Architects, sits atop the cantilevered porch of the Brookfield House.
Martin Kohn, principal of Kohn Shnier Architects, sits atop the cantilevered porch of the Brookfield House.
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In Kohn's living room are classic mid-century pieces and a DIY coffee table made from a ping pong table and boxes.
In Kohn's living room are classic mid-century pieces and a DIY coffee table made from a ping pong table and boxes.
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Looking up to the second level of the Brookfield House, where a mobile hangs from the ceiling.
Looking up to the second level of the Brookfield House, where a mobile hangs from the ceiling.
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Industrial designer Andrew Jones is known for his furniture and lighting designs.
Industrial designer Andrew Jones is known for his furniture and lighting designs.
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An industrial shelving unit holding Jones' library contrasts with the warm wood flooring and furniture in his dining room.
An industrial shelving unit holding Jones' library contrasts with the warm wood flooring and furniture in his dining room.
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Building on contrasts, Jones juxtaposes a modern two-toned side table alongside an antique armchair.
Building on contrasts, Jones juxtaposes a modern two-toned side table alongside an antique armchair.
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Micah Lexier proudly displays his collection of objects along a display shelf that runs the length of the room.
Micah Lexier proudly displays his collection of objects along a display shelf that runs the length of the room.
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A pieces of Lexier's collection.
A pieces of Lexier's collection.
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Another one of Lexier's collectibles.
Another one of Lexier's collectibles.
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Rene Daoust, principal of Daoust Lestage Inc., uses large swaths of cobalt-blue and slate in her in her home.
Rene Daoust, principal of Daoust Lestage Inc., uses large swaths of cobalt-blue and slate in her in her home.
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Daoust's living room features an indoor geranium garden, and is centered around a large fireplace.
Daoust's living room features an indoor geranium garden, and is centered around a large fireplace.
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A wall sketch of Che Guevara is a focal point in architectural theorist and installation artist An Te Liu's living room.
A wall sketch of Che Guevara is a focal point in architectural theorist and installation artist An Te Liu's living room.

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