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Stefan Sagmeister, Actually Doing The Things I Set Out To Do Increases My Overall Level Of Satisfaction, 2012.
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Stefan Sagmeister, Gumball personal happiness survey, 2012.
The Distillery grows
Yorkdale's 145,000-square-foot expansion was 2012's big retail story, but we've got our eye on the Distillery District for 2013. Another wave of development has added more storefronts to the neighbourhood's cobblestone streets. Gotstyle and Jacob & Sebastian both opened second locations just in time for the holiday rush, and other new arrivals include made-in-Italy menswear at Gentil Uomo, fashion destination Blossom and an expanded Spectacle store.
Every season's Joe Fresh show is like a cheat sheet for figuring out which high fashion ideas have the best chance of trickling down to the mass market. Judging by the spring 2013 presentation, we're in for lots of black-and-white op art prints, Palm Beachy-hued separates, mixed metals and overscaled argyle. And, no, you're not experiencing déjà vu. At least two of those trends are style tips we pushed in 2012.
Duelling department stores
It's questionable whether any single retail debut will be able to eclipse Target's north-of-the-border arrival this year, but Holt Renfrew's hr2 store launch stands a chance. Holt's concept is still a little vague, though prices at the stores will be lower and the merchandise mix will differ from the stock at the big magenta flagships.
Former Interior Design Show boss Shauna Levy has taken the reins at the Design Exchange and already made her mark there with a blowout fundraising bash in November that saw designers reinvent Ikea standards as covetable silent auction prizes. The first major exhibition on her watch is Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show, a celebration of the notable New York graphic designer's work, opening January 9. Also making design waves this month will be the 10th anniversary of the Gladstone's Come Up To My Room show and an expanded Toronto Design Offsite Festival featuring more than 40 installations around town January 21 to 27.
How much longer will the filament bulb, the factory cart and the seemingly endless supply of reclaimed barn board represent the in-vogue decor style for new restaurants, cocktail bars and most other interiors? We're guessing we'll keep craving comfortable, frugal found objects as long as the economy is feeling funky, but look for a 180-degree turn toward cleaner contemporary style when the daily business report isn't such a buzz kill.