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Magic Pony has been one of our favourite local destinations for collectibles and unique limited-edition art toys for years. Now, with the high-low design movement in full swing, they've found a perfect partner in the Design Exchange's This Is Not A Toy exhibit.
This Is Not A Toy is the world's first large-scale exhibit dedicated to designer toys. Co-curated by Pharrell Williams, it's a playful mix of big-time pieces by artists like KAWS and Takashi Murakami and lesser-known curiosities that will make you want to start a collection of your own. (Read our review of the exhibit in the February 13 issue or at nowtoronto.com.)
Kick off your visit at DX's Magic Pony Pop-Up Shop. Enter a fantastic space of Totoro plush toys, quirky-cool jewelry and some of the most unique art books around. The best part? Unlike the toys in the exhibit, you can actually take these home.
Magic Pony picks Über-rare cushions ($250 to $300) by Murakami, exclusive to the pop-up shop. Also check out Yoshitomo Nara's The Little Wanderer ($200), a dreamlike character that leisurely strolls about with the help of a pullback spring.
Look For The second monograph by one of Canada's most unique emerging art collectives, The Merlin Years: The Art Of Team Macho II ($25).
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