‘recycled tube lamp’ by castor, 2005 (old lights become new lights)

‘cut/copy/paste’ is a series of exhibitions by the canadian creative agency motherbrand being held as part of the toronto design festival. showcasing creative reuse in canadian design, ‘cut/paste’ is being held at the ROM’s institute for contemporary culture, while the gardiner museum is hosting ‘copy’, an exhibit on imitation in canadian ceramics. the shows will continue running until january 31, 2010.  ‘cut/paste’ is the larger of the two shows and features examples of products, craft pieces and objects that showcase covert reuse and obvious sampling. the idea of reuse is deeply rooted in canadian material culture, evolving from first nations adaptations of european products to contemporary designers reworking objects for the sake of art. ‘copy’ at the gardiner museum showcases copying in ceramic wok, from other ceramics, as well as nature.


cut/copy/pasteoverview of ‘cut/paste’ at the royal ontario museum


cut/copy/paste‘this is a lamp’ by tobias wong, 2001 (transforms a philippe stark chair into a lamp)

cut/copy/paste‘tie clock’ by alan wisniewski for umbra (made using old ties)

cut/copy/paste’45 nano’ by contexture design, 2008 (reusing an old cassette tape as an ipod case)

cut/copy/paste‘common chairs’ by cristina covello and andrew reesor, 2008 (made from reclaimed lumber)

cut/copy/paste‘paper clip chandelier’ by  gary ponzo

cut/copy/paste‘tank lighting’ by castor, 2010 (made from old fire extinguishers)

cut/copy/pasteoverview of ‘copy’ at the gardiner museumcut/copy/paste‘pine cones and acorns’ by coe & waito

cut/copy/paste‘inuit’ by cynthia hathaway, 2007