2019 IDS: Ontario Wood + Izen Architecture Installation


Monday, January 21, 2019 6:11:00 PM

Ontario Wood is an initiative to help consumers identify and purchase locally made Ontario Wood products. Ontario’s forests offer a wide variety of wood species with characteristics suitable for many needs. Local manufacturers produce everything from structural lumber to flooring, furniture, log homes and artisan goods. Ontario Wood is the natural choice for designers seeking to achieve the balance between function, beauty, versatility and performance.

This year's installation designed by Izen Architecture, a Toronto-based studio dedicated to architecture and design. The firm is devoted to small-scale architecture ranging from products and installations to single-family homes. Izen Architecture approaches all projects individually, without the imposition of preconceived solutions. Each project invites its users to interact with the space in a unique way.

The idea for this year's installation stems from building forms that are easy to erect, dismantle and relocate within a natural setting such as an encampment in a forest. The design uses conventional building methods to reimagine a modern sense of gathering and community using standard lumber. An elliptical curve flows through a perfect circle and forms two elongated conical forms with an inner gathering space. Organized in a circular form, an elliptical curve flows through a perfect circle and forms two elongated conical forms with an inner gathering space, not unlike a campfire or encampment in a forest clearing.

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