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Design Exchange

234 Bay St. | (at King St. W.), Toronto, Ontario M4A 3N3, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416-363-6121
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Ranked #138 of 319 Attractions in Toronto
Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: The Design Exchange (DX) is Canada's design centre and museum with a mission to promote the value of design.  They are an internationally recognized... more »
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170 reviews 170 reviews
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We saw the 'this is not a toy' exhibition advertised in a brochure at our hotel and we decided to pay the Design Exchange a visit. The exhibit was a bit weird but strangely good - including Star Wars, the Beatles, Gorillaz and Daft Punk. The exhibition was co-curated by Pharrell Williams.

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Sarnia, Canada
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was not at all what I presumed a design museum would be like (and in fact has been at other locations in the past!) For $16, you have to go up to the 3rd floor to walk a very modest floor space of pieces, that I could have easily imagined would be free to view. Very disappointing all round.

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Detroit
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I went to the Design Exchange for the Christian Louboutin exhibit, and was pleasantly surprised! I expected it to be great, but I loved the fact that it was more than shoes. It shared some fashion history, as well as personal history related to CL. Interesting. Aside from that, I love the set up of the Design exchange, and the... More

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Renton, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I spent part of yesterday at the Design Exchange checking out the Christian Louboutin exhibit. The building the DE is in is architecturally and historically interesting. It is in the financial district and my experience of going through customs and asking for directions to walk there showed that it's an underrated and not well known place in Toronto. It is... More

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Ontario, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

As short walk from the Westin. The exhibit is artistic and witty. There is humour in the design of shoes which is more than just fashion. Though not everyone's cup of tea... some would find the ~$22 entry pricey... I enjoyed visiting the show. The old TSE building is grand in the parts that are still visible.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Had a chance to see Christian Louboutin exhibit at the Design exchange, great collection of his work. If you enjoy fashion and LOVE shoes this is a must see!! It's $20.00 for exhibit. Great day out for a "girls-day"!! also get a one year subscription to fashion magazine with purchasing a ticket to the exhibit. Ends September 15,2013.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lovely exibit. A real gem. Shoes, shoes and more shoes!! A feast for the eye and senses. Cinderalla shoes, high heels, low heels, fantasy shoes, shoe designs, bling-bling shoes and more. Dazzling! We loved it! Louboutin is a real genius. Well done Design Exchange!

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I went specifically to Toronto to see the Christian Louboutin exhibit, as I am a design student. It was amazing, I felt like a kid in a candy store. The exhibit was amazing and an amazing lay out, how ever, i paid for the whole admin, but it was very difficult to get to the third floor that I gave... More

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Airdrie, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This summer's CL exhibit is beautiful for shoeaholics, artists, and creative types. It took about 1.5 hours to go through at a slow pace reading the signs. However I had a peek through the rest of the museum and it was drab, sparse and i would have been unimpressed to have paid to see the exhibits presented.

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Tel Aviv
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I guess there's some renovation going on. Lonely Planet book said exhibition is free; it costs $10, there were less than 10 exhibits in total with some of them still being installed. Usually places are closed down or reduced/free while there's not really much to see, but not this one.

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