Nature-inspired design on display at Evergreen Brick Works

Winning submissions of Design by Nature competition to inspire sustainable design championed by Teknion

TORONTO, August 21st, 2013: The second annual Design by Nature (DxN) exhibition at Evergreen Brick Works will showcase creative and functional furniture designs, plus other forms of public art—all made of salvaged materials. Based on a design competition supported by Teknion the works of Jeff Forrest, Yvonne Popovska and Aleksandra Popovska, Leland Dadson, Scott Eunson, and Luc Johnston and Nan Chao were selected by a jury of design professionals to be displayed throughout the Brick Works site until the end of summer. More than 200 guests from the design community will be attending a private reception tonight at the Brick Works to celebrate and see the final installations on site.

“The role of art and design at Evergreen Brick Works has always been to bring a voice to the spirit of a place that holds sustainability as a core value,” explains Evergreen CEO Geoff Cape. “This initiative to celebrate local furniture and sculpture artists and infuse their environmentally minded and functional art into this special place is for the community to enjoy, reflect upon, and be inspired by nature.”

“The breadth and quality of this year’s submissions truly blew us away,” exclaimed Matthew Cohen, founder of Design by Nature. “The selection process was a difficult one, but we are thrilled with the exciting new additions to the Brick Works campus and look forward to DxN continuing to grow going forward.”

The winning sculptural installations and furniture pieces were chosen by the jury based on adaptability of design and the creative use of existing materials. All pieces featured in the exhibition consist of a minimum content of 50-percent recycled materials, and seek to push the boundaries of sustainable and innovative design—from the artfully carved End Grain Block Bench by Scott Eunson Studios, made from a demolished wooden aircraft hangar, to Beehive, a contemporary adaptation of a beehive structure made of 100-percent recycled corrugated cardboard by Yvonne Popovska, Aleksandra Popovska and Leland Dadson of PopTarts.

Visitors to the exhibition will also enjoy Unearthed, by Lloyd London Studio, a slowly eroding seating and play zone made of rammed earth, as well as the industrious and durable Cast Composite Cubes by Jeff Forrest of STACKLAB.

The jury this year included Andrew Davies, Executive Director of No:9 Contemporary Art & the Environment; Gord Peteran, Artist, Furniture Maker & Professor at OCAD University; Janna Levitt, Partner at Levitt Goodman Architects, John Hellwig, Vice President of Design Strategy and Research at Teknion and Matthew Cohen, Founder of Design by Nature and currently the Director of Design at Centre for Social Innovation in New York City.

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About Design by Nature
Design by Nature is a recurring, rotating exhibition of design, public art and furniture at Evergreen Brick Works. Founded in 2011, the program aims to strengthen the connection between design and sustainability and celebrate the creative potential of salvaged materials. Teknion Corporation, a partner to Evergreen in furnishing Evergreen Brick Works, is the program’s sponsor and has been instrumental in its development. For more information:

About Teknion
Teknion creates furniture that connects people, technology and spaces, and holds a simple yet powerful principle: design does matter. Offices and facilities are located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Russia and Malaysia. Through 30 years of dedication to innovative and sustainable design, Teknion offers a diverse portfolio of award-winning office systems, office furniture, ergonomic accessories and architectural products.

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About Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen Brick Works is an environmental community centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Evergreen, a national charity, has transformed the former Don Valley Brick Works in Toronto from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into an international showcase for urban sustainability and green design. For more information:

Please send media inquiries to:
Lori Smith
Program Manager, Design by Nature