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January 19, 2020

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: We've launched a new annual feature called Designing Canada in partnership with EQ3 to celebrate notable design across the country, including architecture, interiors, furniture and housewares. This week we also bring you an oral history of how the DesignTO festival came together, told by the people who made it happen. Follow @globestyle on Instagram for more.

 
Need to know
 
Designing Canada: The country’s top talent in architecture, interiors and housewares
  Designing Canada: The country’s top talent in architecture, interiors and housewares
 

Anya Georgijevic

 
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Style news: Toronto design shop Mjölk celebrates 10 years with pieces from local artisans
  Style news: Toronto design shop Mjölk celebrates 10 years with pieces from local artisans
 

Caitlin Agnew

Mjölk is a celebrated design shop in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood that turns 10 this year. Founded by husband-and-wife team John and Juli Baker, it specializes in artisanal lifestyle pieces mainly from Scandinavia and Japan. To celebrate their anniversary, the Bakers have worked with some of their favourite international designers – Winnipeg’s Thom Fougere, Oslo-based Anderssen & Voll and Japan’s Oji Masanori – to produce pieces through manufacturers and artisans in Toronto, many of whom are located within a 15-minute radius of the shop.

 
 
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What to wear
 
Can The North Face’s new fabric rival Gore-Tex?
  Can The North Face’s new fabric rival Gore-Tex?
 

Blake Snow

The biggest annoyance with outdoor waterproof gear is that it’s loud and stuffy. There’s no getting around the first problem, as nearly every Gore-Tex coat and pant obnoxiously “whoosh” as you move around. For the latter issue, adventure brands encourage delayering and usually add armpit and leg zipper vents for extra air conditioning as the wearer works up a sweat.

 
These are, admittedly, first-world problems. But, nonetheless, they are ones that the North Face has seemingly solved this winter for the most committed (or moneyed) outdoor adventurers with “Future Light,” its newest fabric to rival, if not dethrone, Gore-Tex – the industry standard for more than 50 years.

 
 
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Handbag designer Ela Aldorsson on why she switched from leather to vegan materials
  Handbag designer Ela Aldorsson on why she switched from leather to vegan materials
 

Odessa Paloma Parker

 
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Toronto Fashion Week cancels spring run
Toronto Fashion Week cancels spring run
 
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Beauty trends
 
Aloe goes from hot houseplant to succulent skin-care ingredient
  Aloe goes from hot houseplant to succulent skin-care ingredient
 

Caitlin Agnew

 
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Design and decor
 
The story of how DesignTO came together, told by the people who made it happen
  The story of how DesignTO came together, told by the people who made it happen
 

Jeremy Freed

Each year, in the gloomy depths of January, DesignTO lights up venues across Toronto in a celebration of the newest and most exciting ideas in design and contemporary art. Since its inception, this non-profit, multidisciplinary initiative has evolved from a loose network of like-minded creatives to one of the city’s most dynamic institutions with a diverse program of collaborative and inclusive exhibits. Now entering its 10th year, here’s the story of how the festival came together, told by the people who made it happen.

 
 
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Designer Jonathan Adler on the myth of good taste
  Designer Jonathan Adler on the myth of good taste
 

Beth Hitchcock

 
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Favourite Room: A practical living room that respects the home’s historical bones
  Favourite Room: A practical living room that respects the home’s historical bones
 

Gayle MacDonald

 
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Galas
 
Party of the week: Opening Reception for the Great Hall Commission in New York
  Party of the week: Opening Reception for the Great Hall Commission in New York
 

Nolan Bryant

 
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New audio feature
 
Now you can listen to The Globe and Mail articles with our brand new audio feature powered by Amazon Web Services.
 
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Experience the spectacular beauty of France in 2020 on a Globe and Mail River Cruise!
 
Whether you choose Bordeaux (May 25-June 3) or South of France (June 20-30), your favourite Globe journalists will journey alongside, sharing their insights on the day’s pressing stories and informing various excursions that celebrate France’s history, culture and wine. For further details on both of these amazing journeys, visit us at www.GlobeandMailCruises.com
 
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