About Davide Tonizzo

 

Davide Tonizzo is a Toronto-born industrial designer. But like many Canadians, he has a second motherland, Italy. His connection to this other citizenship has both nurtured and inspired his work. Like his ancestors of the Italian Renaissance, Davide has meshed engineering with art and somehow arrived at calling it industrial design, his profession for over 25 years. Propelled by a childhood dream of being a car stylist, Davide’s career began not in the classrooms and design offices of Toronto (or TO as locals call it) but in the model shops and car design studios of another TO, Torino. His second passion, furniture design, came to him by a date with destiny in Milan. It was in Italy that he learned the artisanship of design, working with global companies such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Mercedes Benz and ANA (All Nippon Airways).  These Italian beginnings have led to an independent practice of over 20 years, a diverse portfolio, many patents, awards and publication in international design media. Davide’s work has migrated into brand creation and film making.


Design Awards

2014: Bühler Esquilino fireplace

Pinnacle Awards Finalist: American Society of Furniture Designers

 

2014: Koverton Farfalla outdoor lounge furniture

Best of Year Finalist: Interior Design Magazine

 

2014: Koverton Farfalla outdoor lounge furniture

Best of Show, Un-upholstered Chairs: International Casual Living Show, Chicago

 

2013: Bühler Create a Curio Collection

Pinnacle Award Winner: American Society of Furniture Designers

 

2013: Bühler Fitzrovia bedroom furniture

Pinnacle Awards Finalist: American Society of Furniture Designers

 

2013: Bühler Fitzrovia bedroom furniture

Must Have Product: TCHFM       

2010: Arconas Bernú Ice

Best Seating Product 2010:  Interiors and Sources Magazine      

 

2008: Arconas Bernú

Solidworks Cool Design Award      

 

2004

Arconas Bernú   Bronze Best of NeoCon Canada IIDEX      

Arconas Bernú   Silver Best of NeoCon       

Arconas Zoom Zone   Good Design Award

 

2003 Arconas Zoom Zone

Merit Award:  National Post Design Exchange Awards 

 

2001

Unicell Aerocell SRW Cargo Van    Gold National Post Design Exchange Awards

Haworth BoogieBoard   Silver National Post Design Exchange Awards

Arconas Zoom Zone   Bronze Best of IIDEX

2000

Haworth BoogieBoard   Best of Canada

 

1999

Haworth BoogieBoard   Gold Best of NeoCon  

Haworth BoogieBoard   Good Design Award

 

1994

Lancia Kappa  (completed at I.DE.A Institute)   Best Sedan (over 450cm)  Le Grandi Automobili

 

1988

Half Luna  Finalist in Swatch Watch Design Competition


Appearances

2015: Judge

Fresh Wood Furniture Design Competition  AWFS Conference   Las Vegas

 

2015: Guest Speaker

Design for Mass Production  AWFS Conference   Las Vegas

 

2015: Board Appointment

Secretary    Design Industry Advisory Committee   Toronto

 

2013: Judge

Rocket Student Design Competition  ACIDO   Toronto

 

2013: Judge

Connect: Enabling Change Design Competition Design Exchange   Toronto

 

2013: Appointment

Part-time Professor OCAD University Faculty of Industrial Design   Toronto

 

2012: You Can Dance

Design Exchange Gala    Design Exchange   Toronto

 

2011 – 2014: Appointment

Permanent Collection Committee   Design Exchange  Canada’s Design Museum  Toronto

 

2011 – Present: Board Appointment

Director of Industry Liaison ACIDO (Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario)   Toronto

 

2011: Judge

Best of Canada Design Awards  Canadian Interiors Magazine   Toronto

 

2011: Gig

Prototype     Interior Design Show   Toronto

 

2010: Guest Speaker

Pecha Kucha 8  Pecha Kucha   Toronto

2009: Guest Speaker

Design and Manufacturing Forum   Design Exchange   Toronto

 

2008: Judge

Best of Canada Design Awards  Canadian Interiors Magazine   Toronto

 

2007: Intento 1

On the Table  Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art  Toronto

Nova Scotia Art Gallery Halifax

Winnipeg Art GalleryWinnipeg

 

2006: Tagged Table

New Design Canada  ICFF   New York

Prototype     Interior Design Show   Toronto 

 

2005: Twang

Prototype     Interior Design Show   Toronto 

2004: Guest Speaker

Design del Nuovo Nord: 

Alla Scoperta del Canada Triennale di Milano Milan

 

2003: Arconas Zoom Zone

No Apologies Necessary Canadian Embassy Tokyo

Raw Potential Water Street SpaceVancouver

Progetti Thermo Clock

Pure Canadian Exhibition Totem Gallery New York

 

2002: Arconas Zoom Zone

New Landscapes     Design Exchange   Toronto 

 

2001: Unicell SRW

Kim Adams Power Plant Gallery    Toronto

 

2000: Haworth BoogieBoard

Universal by Design     Design Exchange   Toronto