Toronto has become known for something other than its chilly air in January. While the Interior Design Show has been drawing crowds for years, the real story is with the creative force of independent designers presenting their best in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Running Jan 16-22 at the best design and craft locations in the city, designers are flocking to present their ideas in Toronto.
This year, Peruvian industrial designer Mauricio Navarro has been drawn into the fold, and is on his way to the cold north to share his collection of coral reef planters. Working for years with Peruvian artisans in Pacasmayo Perú, Navarro transformed the inherent design qualities of coral reef into functional design objects.
The reef, which washes up from the Pacific Humboldt Stream, in the northern Peruvian coast, is regularly replenished with the tides, making the hand-picked resource sustainable for local artisans working with the material. The porous soft material, created by reef worms who generate a network of tunnels quite evenly through the material, enables Navarro to engineer this quality into an innovative drainage system.
Navarro will be presenting his collection as part of the ‘Living Well’ exhibition at Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen Street West, from Jan 16-22. The event culminates with a reception on Jan 22 from 3-6pm.
More details on the event available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1867273800169537/
As a complement to the Toronto Design Offsite Festival’s ‘Living Well’ exhibition, the Toronto Society of Architects is organizing an Ideas Forum – a PechaKucha-style event (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each), which will feature artists and designers including Mr. Navarro to speak to what it means to ‘live well’. Hosted at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St West.
Check out the Demande Générale Gift Guide featuring Peruvian alpaca products!
See all of the products here: https://www.demandegenerale.com/collections/2016-gift-guide
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Lately, Peru is having a culinary moment. Chefs are heralding the cuisine with the enthusiasm they once reserved for France. Peruvian restaurants are popping up in major cities everywhere. On his "Parts Unknown" program, Anthony Bourdain dubbed Peru's cuisine one of the most underrated in the world. The United Nations declared 2013 the "International Year of Quinoa," and the Nation's Restaurant News reported that Peruvian cuisine is poised for growth in the United States. Clearly, something is happening in my home country. And while it's partially due to the innovative preparations and exciting cross-cultural dishes being developed, it's also because of the incredible ingredients that hail from Peru. For more on Peruvian Superfoods, check out the full Huffington Post article by Manuel Villacorta.