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Design in Montreal: Portes Ouvertes Design Montreal and SIDIM

Posted by Tara / June 2, 2011

20110602_Portes ouverts.jpgI can often be heard lamenting Montreal's lack of design culture, events, and exhibitions. However, even I can admit that this week I've had nothing to complain about. Design-related activities and events are taking place all over Montreal - last week, the annual Salon International du Design d'Intérieur de Montréal, and this weekend, the Portes Ouvertes Design Montreal.

The Salon International du Design d'Intérieur de Montréal (SIDIM), was held from May 26th to 28th at Place Bonaventure, and showcased both local and international design talent. All sorts of innovative products were on display, from industrial flooring materials to delicate decorative objects.

Monde-Ruelle, a collaboration of designers creating objects with recycled found materials, hosted a slew of unusual tables, chairs and lighting. Atellier Cocotte hung handmade wooden lampshades made of local woods, and Tremblay Mills displayed a full wall of eccentric-looking peppermills.
20110602_tremblaypeppermills.jpgCaroline Hébert showed glass room dividers were modern but delicate and Kenneth Cobonque's nature-inspired chairs and stools were some of the most comfortable I've ever sat in - and this is just a small sample of all that was to be seen.
20110602_kenneth chair.jpgThis coming weekend, the city of Montreal is offering you another opportunity to immerse yourself in design - through the Portes Ouvertes Design Montreal. This Saturday and Sunday, 75 designers' studios, offices, and ateliers will be open to the public, giving you a chance to walk in and see what kind of work Montreal designers are doing, meet many of them, and you'll get to participate in some entertaining activities.

The weekend's open house will incorporate different areas of design - Interior design and Architecture firm Appareil will hold an interactive presentation on the use of public space. At Toma Objets, their new collection of household objects will be displayed, and multimedia studio Moment Factory will show you how they create their light/sound/video environments.

Interactive activities will be hosted at the office of marketing and communications strategy designers Mookai Communications, fashion designer Véronique Miljkovitch will personally explain a variety of her techniques, and designer/artist Pascale Girardin will be available to discuss her works.

These are just a few of my picks, there are many more venues than you can possibly visit over the weekend. The full program of events is available online here, and you can actually map out your whole weekend itinerary on this nifty little site.

This year celebrates the fifth anniversary of Montreal being named a UNESCO City of Design, and the city will be holding a number of events and activities with the aim of promoting design in Montreal. It's high time that the discipline of design gain some recognition in this city, and I'm definitely excited about all the design fun to come.

Photos from Atellier Cocotte and Portes Ouvertes Design Montreal.



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