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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 #152 of 340 Attractions in Toronto
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Located in one of Canada's Art Deco landmarks featuring the original Toronto Stock Exchange, Experience Design and be inspired by ever-changing exhibits, lectures, workshops, tours, screenings and camps from architecture to fashion design.

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I recently paid my first visit to the Design Exchange for an event that had an '80 theme with a US vs Canada vogue off as well as a The Rodnik Band Demonstration. I arrived fairly late, caught the end of the vogue off which was crazy and fun. Spent some time with friends and listened to the 80's classic's.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

The DX used to be so much better a few years ago. All of the exhibits lately are full of fluff. There used to be an architect in charge of the DX. He/she must have left.

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UK
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170 reviews 170 reviews
104 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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360 reviews 360 reviews
54 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
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
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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60 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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