Design is fun! Design Montréal Open House: On May 5, 2007, Montréal's designers welcome you

    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - In the wake of Montréal's recent
designation as a "UNESCO City of Design," the Design Montréal bureau, in
partnership with the design community, is launching the first edition of
Design Montréal Open House day, to be held May 5, 2007. Admission is free, and
visitors will have access to over forty of the design firms and local sites
that have won awards at national and international competitions.
    This event is aimed at acquainting the general public with the fields of
design and architecture and at showcasing the richness, diversity and talent
of our city's designers. The Design Montréal Open House concept owes its
originality to a selection of local projects and professionals from all the
domains of design and architecture.
    Actress Macha Limonchik, the spokesperson of Design Montréal Open House,
says "many of us are intimidated by the idea of design and designers, but we
should not feel that way. Designers in every field -graphics, industrial
design, architecture, interior décor, landscaping, city planning or fashion -
are open and friendly people who really love their work, as you will see once
you meet them. This event is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to talk to
the people who design and create the environment around us. I hope the public
will come in droves to these admission-free Open Houses." To pick the sites
and designers you would like to visit, log on to or
call 514-872-5323."

    Montréal, UNESCO City of Design

    In June 2006, Montréal became the first city in North America to join the
recently created UNESCO City of Design network, after Buenos Aires (August
2005) and Berlin (November 2005). UNESCO awarded this title in recognition of
Montréal's potential for economic, cultural and social development in the
field of design.
    "This designation as a UNESCO city of design is a major international
recognition for Montréal. On Design Montréal Open House day, Montréalers and
visitors will discover or rediscover the talent and achievements which,
throughout our city, bear witness to the creative vitality recognized by
UNESCO. I believe that the power of design, architecture and urban development
contributes directly to the quality of life of Montréalers, fosters a sense of
pride in their city and sparks the interest of tourists and investors," said
Benoit Labonté, member of the executive committee responsible for culture,
heritage, the downtown area and design.

    The designers of Montréal's award-winning projects will be there for you

    On Design Montréal Open House day, the offices of Montréal designers
acclaimed in the past two years at competitions in interior, industrial,
graphic, architectural, landscape and urban design, will open their doors to
show us the projects that won them prestigious awards. The designers of the
award-winning Montréal projects that can be visited (buildings, squares,
parks, streets, interiors) or viewed (urban furniture, street signs and the
like) will be there to talk about their work and answer questions. In the
domain of fashion, a number of local designers selected by a committee of
experts will also be on hand.

    Design Montréal Open House is an initiative of the City of Montréal in
partnership with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec
under the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montréal and the STM.
Design Montréal was created in January 2006 by the City of Montréal to
implement the city's action plan for enhancing local design as well as
Montréal's reputation as a city of design.

For further information:

For further information: Hélène Reeves, (514) 872-5323, Cellular: (514)
573-6892; Source: Bernard Larin, Office of the mayor and the executive
committee, (514) 872-9998

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