Collection by Diana Budds

Canada's Design Domestic


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.

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