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Design Exchange

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Address: 234 Bay St. | (at King St. W.), Toronto, Ontario M4A 3N3, Canada
Phone Number: 416-363-6121
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Description: Located in one of Canada's Art Deco landmarks featuring the original...
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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2014
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I literally work around the corner from the Design Exchange and have been wanting the check out the Politics of Fashion display. I dropped by after work one Friday night- I bought my ticket online (which with taxes and everything came to around $17). I was taken up to the 3rd floor where I started looking around. I think I... More 

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SE Ontario
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This space used to be one of the most dynamic in the city, with cutting edge exhibits in a grand space. Recently visited for the Politics of Fashion exhibit and was shocked at how dismal this museum has become. The entrance foyer is dark and silent with little to show. The coat check was unavailable because someone had apparently locked... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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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

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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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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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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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
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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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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