Outside the Box

After its successful debut during the 2015 Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), ‘Outside the Box’ 2.0 will be presented during NYCxDESIGN, part of WantedDesign Brooklyn.

Shipped across the country in Bankers boxes, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival & WantedDesign unpack, install, and present 10 distinct national and international showcases at Industry City, Brooklyn, from May 9-19, 2015. Working with local correspondents, this second installment of ‘Outside the Box’ features responses on the theme “Delicious design: l’art de la table” from selected cities across Canada and the U.S. Each box includes original works from local designers, reflecting the particular resources and makers of each area.

Displayed in an installation designed by Brooklyn based architect and founder of Plant-in city, Huy Bui, each box includes original works from local designers, reflecting the city and its particular resources and makers of each area. Canadian cities: Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver; U.S. cities: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle.

New York Outside the Box: Brooklyn Banquet

Curator: WorkOf
WorkOf is an online destination that allows interior designers and consumers to connect to independent, locally made home decor by creating a go to source for direct access to independent designers and makers. workof.com

John (L) and Charlie (R), WorkOf

Seattle Outside the Box: Pot Luck

Curator: Darin Montgomery
Darin is the founder and lead designer of urbancase, a founding partner of Standard Socket, an inaugural member of JOIN Design group and associate member of AmDC.


Austin Outside the Box: Tactile

Curator: Michael Yates
A self-taught designer and woodworker with a background in engineering, Michael and his team of craftspeople have been producing fine furniture and objects with the region’s architects, designers, restauranteurs, etc. since 2003. He has had the pleasure of serving as president of the Guild of Austin Artisans, lecturing for the Japan-America Society, building his grandmother’s casket, and operating in the rich network of artisans and designers from the Austin area.

Michael Yates Portrait

Chicago Outside the Box: Recess

Curator: Steven Haulenbeek
Steven Haulenbeek is a Chicago based industrial designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, and objects for the home. In 2007 he founded his design practice, Steven Haulenbeek Design Concepts Inc. with the interest in experimental, material, and process based design work. His work runs the gamut in scale, material and process but all exhibit a similar mastery of materials and an aesthetic simplicity through a hands-on, experimental prototyping style. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. stevenhaulenbeek.com


Los Angeles Outside the Box: Natural Hospitality 

Curator: Erin Brown
After spending the past decade in San Francisco and New York, Erin Brown has returned to her native Southern California to live and work. She spent several years as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Design Within Reach, where she worked with emerging and established designers to bring their stories and products to life in the company’s catalog, via social media, in the press and at live events across the country. Erin is currently working with designers and design-centric brands to hone their digital presence, social media, media relations and marketing strategy.


Portland Outside the Box: Pacific Northwest Campfire

Curator: Tsilli Pines
Co-Director of Design Week Portland and Host of CreativeMorningsin Portland. Pines’ve been working as a Graphic / Interactive Designer and Art Director for over a decade. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, HOW, and Print. Her commercial projects have primarily been with the folks at FINE, first in San Francisco, and more recently in Portland. Pines’ve designed award-winning projects for Francis Ford Coppola and David Bowie, among others. adxportland.com

Vancouver Outside the Box: Onto the Table

Curator: Dear Human
Dear Human is the creative studio founded by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2011. Since then, the studio has developed a coherent body of work in various domains that include public space projects, product design and the applied arts. Their projects offer an alternative perception to overlooked everyday landscapes by revealing the hidden potential of places and objects. dearhuman.ca

Dear Human

Winnipeg Outside the Box: Table for 4

Curator: 5468796 Architecture

5468796 Architecture is a Winnipeg-based design studio established in 2007. Working around a single table, the office unites the diverse knowledge and experience of twelve young professionals. Together, they believe that every client, user and civic environment – regardless of budget – deserves an outcome that advances architecture. Recent firm recognitions include the Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Award, the RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award and the WAN 21 for 21 Award, an international prize whose aim is to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st century.


Montreal Outside the Box: Ceramik B

Curator: Toronto Design Offsite Festival


Basma Osama, portrait

Toronto Outside the BoxAppetite for Summer

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual city-wide platform for the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming. The not-for-profit festival produces one design-filled week of discovery every January. TO DO launched the first edition of the ‘Outside the Box’ project in January 2015.

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The 6th annual Festival Week happens January 18-24, 2016.