Date and time:
Thursday, May 9th - Sunday, May 12th
Daily, check store hours to collect stickers

Gabriel Ross (Event Hub) - 1319 Government Street 
Chester Fields - 532 Herald Street #22
Luxe Home Interiors - 564 Yates Street
Legends Comics and Books - 633 Johnson Street 
Beehive Yarn and Wool - 1700 Douglas St
Studio Y Design - 520 Herald Street
Two Otters Toy Store - 803 Fort Street
Fat Sisters Vintage - 813 Fort Street
dHK Architects - 977 Fort Street
Ecologyst - 552 Johnson Street
Coastline Surf and Sport - 1417 Broad Street
Lavish  Salon - 536 Herald St


The Downtown Design Trail is a curated, self-guided tour that you can follow anytime over the weekend to check out mini-exhibitions by independent designers and small studios. Each designer or business has been paired with a downtown retailer with a window to showcase the work of that designer(s). 

Step 1: Pick up a map at any of the listed retailers or Design Victoria event partners.

Step 2: Collect a sticker at each location and submit your map at our key hub (the Gabriel Ross showroom) or tag us online @designyyj #DVdesigntrail24 to win a Design Victoria tote bag, florals from Rockrose Farm or an Ecologyst top. 

"I believe this area of downtown can be a great hub for the furniture and design community," says Siavash Madani, showroom manager at Gabriel Ross

The Downtown Design Trail is sponsored by the Downtown Victoria Business Association, which is committed to raising the profile of the city's vibrant design economy.

Featured Design Trail projects inlude:

Fat Sisters Vintage : 813 Fort Street
Chiwara Co and Fat Sisters Vintage plan to create an installation that is fun and inviting, centering around celebration of living in a bigger body. The installation will combine fashion and interior design to create a colourful display.

dHK Architects: 977 Fort Street
Geist Design Mill is very pleased to work with dHK Architects to create this display, themed on the incumbent elevation of concrete composition. Their display is intended to impart a sense of progressive refinement – using less to achieve more, more elegantly.

Legends Comics and Books: 633 Johnson Street 
Illustrator Melanie Lambrick—whose illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, Globe and Mail, the New Yorker, the Walrus, and the Economist, amongst others—will explore the question: What is Illustration? Her installation at Legends Comics invites the public to take another look at the possibilities illustration brings to enrich our conceptual and visual landscape.

Beehive Yarn and Wool: 1700 Douglas St
Dancing Rabbit Designs and Beehive Yarn and Wool are coming together to create an ode to spring and yarn with bright colours and playful movement. This piece combines intricate knit patterns with colourful overlays into a harmonious design.

Ecologyst: 552 Johnson Street
Handmade, by N60º STUDIO features two camp-style folding sling stools made using Ecologyst’s off-cuts fabrics. N60 Studio cares about the planet, and by partnering with Ecologyst have continued their work to consciously create and extend the lifecycle of their recycled materials in a way that is thoughtful and timeless.

Chester Fields: 532 Herald Street #22
A Light Studio by Man & Son Design has created 8 hanging pendants at varying heights across their window display at Chester Fields. The window has a frosted vinyl graphic, mirroring the pendants, as if casting a shadow onto the window. 

Studio Y Design: 520 Herald Street
Rockrose Farm and Stuth Design have collaborated with Studio Y Design to create a sculptural floral display, using Stuth’s 3D printed vases and seasonal flowers from Rockrose Farms.

Luxe Home Interiors: 564 Yates Street
Malene Foyd and The Claydiia are coming together with their symbiotic ceramic vases, cups, and other creations that will fill the front window of Luxe Home Interior. 

ANCORD Design Co: aim to shed some light on what goes into bringing a physical product idea to life. This year, they're sharing behind-the-scenes looks at the industrial design and development process through two very different prototyping journeys:

Two Otters Toy Store: 803 Fort Street
Rethinking the Kalimba — ANCORD Design Co transform a traditional 3000 year-old thumb piano into an instrument you won't want to put down. Kids can explore this amazing toy at Two Otters Toy Store.

Coastline Surf and Sport:  1417 Broad Street
The Wetsuit Wrench — a must-have surfing tool that aims to make you finally look cool getting out of your wetsuit. The story of how ANCORD Design Co desinged and prototyped the Wetsuit wrench can be found in the windows at Coastline Surf and Sport.

Lavish Salon: 536 Herald St:
Shape Design has created a project which comprises an original font, loosely called “Rockweed”. The font “Rockweed” asks the question, how do our own region specific languages grow and become an ecosystem we live within? Each letter will be roughly 12”x 12”, laser cut from paper, and hung in the front of Lavish Salon’s windows.


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