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The Toronto Design Offsite Festival is pleased to announce the first TO DO Awards presented by Herman Miller.

An invited jury of design professionals vote for awards in two “Best in Festival” categories and “Juror’s Choice”, while the public votes for three “People’s Choice” awards. Winners are awarded with iconic Herman Miller design objects such as TOPS by KleinReid, BLOCKS, EAMES HOUSE OF CARDS by Charles and Ray Eames, PICNIC POSTCARDS by Steve Fyrkholm, and a special version of a serving tray designed by George Nelson in 1960 for Herman Miller.

Look for the awards in the venue windows and on the winning objects throughout the festival after Friday January 25, 2013. Click here to see the Best in Festival and Juror’s Choice award winners, and click here for the People’s Choice winners.

Jury members:
Kendryn Hutt, Regional Sales Director, Herman Miller Canada
Christopher Rowe, Collection Sales Lead, Herman Miller Canada
Adrian Norris, Creative Director, The Globe and Mail
Patty Johnson, designer, design programs and product collections
Tom Deacon, furniture and product designer

How to vote for the People’s Choice awards:
Click here to vote for the People’s Choice awards on Survey Monkey.

Award voting closes at 11:59pm on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Blocks

Blocks

Award descriptions:
Best in Festival: New Work
This award recognizes the jury’s selection for the best design, object, installation, or artwork across all festival events and exhibitions.

Best in Festival: Exhibition
This award recognizes the jury’s selection for the best exhibition. Criteria for this award is at jury discretion.

Juror’s Choice
This award is given by individual jurors for their favourite in any category, including events, exhibitions, concepts and individual works in the festival.

People’s Choice: Favourite New Work
This award for a favourite design, object, installation, or artwork across all festival events and exhibitions, is determined by public vote.

People’s Choice: Favourite Exhibition
This award for favourite exhibition is determined by public vote.

People’s Choice: Favourite Event
This award for favourite event is determined by public vote.

Dedicated Audience Award
This award is for the audience member that attends the most events and exhibitions as defined by our Festival Schedule. Audience members record their visits by posting one photo per event/exhibition to Twitter with the hashtag: #todo13audience. In the case of a tie, these audience members are entered in a draw. Register for this award here.

Ebony Ash Nelson Tray

Ebony Ash Nelson Tray

Prize descriptions:

TOPS (selection of 3) – Hand-turned from solid walnut, these tops were designed by New York City design studio, KleinReid. These sculptural tops were inspired by the Eames’ own extensive collection of these entrancing, universally appealing toys.

BLOCKS – Charles and Ray Eames took their pleasure seriously, and sometimes that even meant having a bit of fun with the crates and boxes they designed for shipping furniture. Given their proclivity for play, they would likely approve of these eight basswood blocks, molded after those very crates – and packed in a replica vintage shipping carton to boot.

EAMES HOUSE OF CARDS – Designed by Husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames. The Eames’ loved their work, which was a combination of art and science, design and architecture, process and product, style and function. “The details are not details,” said Charles. “They make the product”.  This picture-card deck of cards was designed with their own personal collection of now-vintage photographs, and includes six slots to allow joining of the cards in various ways.

PICNIC POSTCARDS – Steve Fyrkholm, Herman Miller’s VP of Creative Design, was asked to design a picnic poster promoting the annual Summer picnic in 1970. He subsequently designed 20 posters for the next 20 years and now a number of them live in the permanent collection at MOMA. This limited edition set of notecards includes a Set of 3 of the posters.

EBONY ASH NELSON TRAY – A special version of a serving tray designed by George Nelson in 1960 for Herman Miller.  The design was discovered in our archives in 2010. This tray was used as an individual serving tray, as an occasional table with a small pedestal base, and also as a nightstand connected to a headboard Nelson also designed for Herman Miller.

In 2011, we issued a Select Version of the Nelson tray that featured an inlay inspired by the Nelson Clock design, “Flock of Butterflies”. When these Select pieces were produced, we also produced 100 Nelson trays in ebony ash finish.  This tray is one of these 100 produced.  Following this production run the mold used to form these trays was dismantled.

House of Cards

House of Cards

Geometric Classic Walnut Top

Geometric Classic Walnut Top

Picnic Postcards

Picnic Postcards