The Design Walk-In is almost open

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This is a new project from the always inspiring Zahra Ebrahim. She is looking for designers and clients, I mean “specialists” and “patients”:

The Design Walk-In is a storefront design health clinic opening at 367 King Street West on June 1, 2012.  The project is a temporal social experiment helping the general public access design and understand how to value designers with greater ease. Designers are essential to the health of any organization, and the goal is to help connect individuals and organizations with a designers that suit their unique needs.

 We are looking to offer referrals to “specialists” (designers) to our “patients” (clients) across over 15 disciplines of design.  If you are a designer, register to be a specialist.  If you are a client seeking a designer, book an appointment!

For more information, visit:

PDA furniture installed at the YWCA’s Winona Place

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The AMAZING crew, consisting of 3rd year students from Sheridan furniture program, their prof Peter Flemming, Connie Chisholm, PDA, the staff at YWCA AND the residents of YWCA’s Elm Centre, have finally finished a project that has been running since January. PDA created a documentary along the way, following the students, the sessions with the residents and the final installation of the pieces. Watch below and gain insight into the process, the heart and effort that went into this project and the wonderful outcome!

Video and sound is created by Circuit Bent Media. Visit their website here.

Yesterday the YWCA had a grand opening of their beautiful new place. We went by to see the finished furniture at Winona Place. Here’s some pictures:

Design by Nature – juried sustainable design exhibition at@ Evergreen Brick Works

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More spring activities for crafty people in this wonderful city! We just heard from Design By Nature at Evergreen Brick Works that they are looking for talented designers, furniture makers, artisans , and installation artists to create functional public furniture and sculptural installations that reflect the site’s sustainability mandate.  These public pieces must incorporate existing, recycled or reclaimed materials.

Please see attached sheet for more information. The deadline has been moved to May 10th, 2012 for submitting a proposal. Information about submitting a proposal can be found here: and more info about the call can be found here:


Go get’em!


Ryerson School of Interior Design Year End Show

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Katherine, Parimal and I all went to Ryerson for Interior Design. We’d like to invite you to their 2012 Year End Show. Definitely worth checking out!

in[sid] Impression

Opening night: Thursday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m.
Exhibit: April 26 to 29, 2012

Every year, Ryerson School of Interior Design celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of its students through a three day exhibit. Curated by faculty and organized by students, in[sid] connects students with industry leaders while displaying the diverse design solutions to a broad selection of contemporary issues from all four years of the program. This year the show examines the concept of Impression, concentrating on the transformative effects an experience can have on an individual.

As young designers, we are looking for a way to leave our impression on the world. Impressions have a variety of manifestations – including first, last, fleeting or deep – all of which are formed by our experiences. Experience the impressions the school leaves upon its students, and the impressions graduating students will leave behind at Ryerson.

For more information, visit

Please step in[sid], engage, and make your impression.

Location:   Ryerson School of Interior Design, 302 Church Street, Toronto, ON

6:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m Industry Event
7:30 p.m. Entrance to General public

$10 at the door. Free for industry.

We are looking for a documentary director!

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Hello all you creatives out there!

Public Displays of Affection is seeking an individual to join our team as documentary film maker, videographer, and social media responsible for upcoming projects. You will document our work during workshops and administration, and update our website with videos and blog entries weekly. Minimum requirements: 2-3 years experience in making online videos and preferably schooling in the fields of film and media.   Work with similar organizations is an asset.
Please send resume, references and links to your previous work. This will be contract work and pay to be negotiated.

Please let your network know about this!




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Q&A Session for Cart Fabricators and Designers
Thursday, April 26th @ The Drake (main lounge)
Time: 7:00PM

Oh there is some good stuff coming up soon! We just met with one member of the team behind “The STOP’S Night Market” the other day, and she got us really excited about this event, and we think you will too! If you are a designer and would like to get involved in a good case, read below! (PDA will be present in one way or another, even if it is just to document this beautiful idea!)

On June 20th, The Stop will be transforming Honest Ed’s laneway into an exotic hub, inspried by the various Night Markets from around the world. Think the bustling streets of Bombay; the blinking lanterns of Hanoi; the explosive aromatic spices of an Iranian market. The streets will be teeming with the sounds, sights and smells of a Night Market. We’ve put together Toronto’s top chefs (Yours Truly, Parts & Labour, Country General, Guy Rawlings, Nick Lui…so on so on) and local brewers and now are putting a call out to Toronto’s furniture & industrial designers to help fabricate food carts that will be used throughout the market. .

What we need are a series of carts and stands made with the philosophy of reclaimed components with a genuine feel that are inspried by the worlds markets. We have Brothers Dressler, Heidi Earnshaw, Connie Crisholm, Fugitive Glue, some other independents and architect companies on board. We’re looking for a commitment by end of April and will have a Q&A session for all of the designers the week of April 23rd. Location TBA

We have attached a design package which outlines the event, the design dimensions, parameters and some pictures as an inspiration starting point. But the design of these carts are up to you! These outlines are just a starting point

Please get in touch with Jackie and Jane and send them your contact info and whether you’d like to get involved:
Jackie Pal – – 647 – 668 -5225
Jane Wong – 871 3033

If you are interested in participating please download the Design Package below:


Still by PDA at the 40 Oaks worship space

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Finally! We installed the PDA chandelier at the 40 Oaks worship space, which is a part of our project PDA for 40 Oaks. So much work! So much tying glass! But such a gorgeous (if we may say so) result! Please take a look for yourself.

The beautiful video above is created by Circuit Bent Media. They are PDA’s in-house videographers and are behind all our video documentation of projects. Pay their new site a visit! They are always seeking new connections and collaborators, so if you like what you see then like them on facebook!

Design Jam last Sunday!

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Are the Stockyards the new hot spot in town? Well one thing is sure, there were some cool stuff happening there last Sunday, when Ryan Wilding from Fugitive Glue, Vivien Leung from Pecha Kucha Toronto and Gelareh Saadatpajouh fro TO DO design offsite, arranged a “Design Jam Party”. This was 2 days of building, designing, meeting and greeting at Fugitive Glue’s awesome workshop in The Stockyards (NW of The Junction). Here are some pics of the event!

Lilly from Lilly’s lunches is getting a brand new lunch carrier for her business! Check it out here.

Photo Credit: Gelareh Saadatpajouh

New Project! PDA for YWCA

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A delayed but delightful update: PDA will be doing work for the new YWCA building in Downtown Toronto! The Elm Centre has 300 affordable apartments for single low-income women, women with children, women living with mental health and addiction issues and families of Aboriginal ancestry.
PDA will, in collaboration with the students of Sheridan College, be creating furniture for the Winona House common room. We held an introductory meeting and a design Charette with the residents of Winona House (The part of Elm Centre that is for families of Aboriginal ancestry). The students of Sheridan, their instructors Connie Chrisholm and Peter Fleming and PDA asked the Winona residents what they thought the common room needed, and what they, as clients, would like to see made by the students.

Then we came back with models that were built and developed by the students, asking for feedback. This was an inspiring evening of designing, considering, dining and deciding! We were so very pleased with the number of people showing up to both the events and the level of engagement in what we were trying to do, and we can’t wait to bring in the furniture at the beginning of April!

We would like to thank the staff at YWCA for making the charettes so successful, and of course everyone that came out! We value your opinion! A special thank to the “PARC Ambassadors” who came out to our first introductory event and gave such a moving and wonderful recommendation of PDA!

40 Oaks Opening Celebration

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Our friends at the TCRC are having an opening celebration and fundraiser for their beautiful community building 40 Oaks in Regent Park, on Monday April 30th from 6.30pm – 9pm.

This is an amazing opportunity to support the great work of the CRC, see the finished building, and last  but not least to see the beautiful furniture that was created through the PDA for 40 Oaks project.

NB: For those who were disappointed to not find the PDA designed chandelier in the worship space when we were having our exhibition in January – now is the time! We have installed and it is ready to be viewed in all it’s sparkly, glittering glory! (stay put for updates here on the blog!)

The price for a ticket is $100. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and special musical performances by jazz singer Jackie Richardson, Canadian Musical Icon Michael Burgess, and conductor David Warrack.

There will also be an unveiling of iconic sculpture “Helping Hands” created by sculptor Ralph Hicks (see picture below).

For more details and purchase of tickets visit the 40 Oaks website.