Design by Toko is a multidisciplinary agency for design. We assist brands, organisations and businesses with visual communication and spatial projects.

Danish Design at the (Opera) House
Exhibition design: Danish Agency for Culture Danish Design at the (Opera) House
Curated by Gerard Reinmuth (Australia) and Karen Kjaergaard (Denmark) the 'Danish Design at the House' exhibition featured a cross section of Danish design innovations in a thematic structure. The unique, Utzon designed, shape of the windows "dictated" our creative direction for the exhibition identity and all other graphic components.
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Reinventing design icons
Exhibition & Object design: Cult design & Magis Reinventing design icons
We reinvented the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec-designed Officina chair for the the third edition of Cult’s annual ‘Chairity Project'. To emphasise the wrought iron frame of the Officina Chair we applied 1300 magnets. Making good use of the chair’s iron physicality while creating volume and presence at the same time.
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Gallery by Toko A selection of posters
Over the years we organised several exhibitions at our Gallery space on Oxford street Sydney highlighting edition art and art on paper thereby offering the opportunity to buy original, rare prints and posters from some of the late 20th century’s boldest art movements.
Self published books
Publishing by Toko Self published books
Under the moniker, Twodot Publishing, Design by Toko publishes artists' books. Introducing children and adults alike to art, design and interpretive abstraction through minimalism. The books can be purchased at some of the worlds leading cultural institutions.
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Leading women in architecture
Book design: Maven Global Leading women in architecture
Chasing the Sky is a book that showcases twenty of Australia’s leading women in architecture designed for Maven Publishing. Briefed as a coffee table book our approach was to bring a level of accessibility to the publication and create an easily 'transportable' and 'less precious' collection of stories.
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Flat Result
Object design: Cult design / HAY Flat Result
Cult design invited Design by Toko and 17 other leading creatives to reimagine the HAY Result chair for charity. Our end result, no longer a chair but a series of elements that can be connected at will, artwork or functional mirror.
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The creative hoardings program
City of Sydney: Environmental graphics The creative hoardings program
The creative hoardings program was created in response to community demand for more street art to enliven the streets of Sydney. Design by Toko was the first agency to provide creative for this exciting new program. Eva's art practice proved a perfect point of departure for the creative.
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Pouring colour
Object design: Juliet Taylor Pouring colour
Book sleeves for the photographic portfolio of Juliet Taylor. Handmade and individually poured using two tones of coloured resin that emulate the colour pallet of Juliet's intriguing photographs.
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Transeasonal is the anti-season
Campaign design: Unit1 Transeasonal is the anti-season
In collaboration with Unit1, Design by Toko designed and art-directed a seasonal campaign for the contemporary Australian luxury fashion brand.
Research-led design studio
Identity design: Formway New Zealand Research-led design studio
Design by Toko was engaged to re-develop the identity of New Zealand-based Formway. Formway has been designing and manufacturing performance seating for more than five decades and is recognised as a leader in the design of ergonomic seating.
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Biennale di Venezia
Exhibition design: Australian Institute of Architects Biennale di Venezia
Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects and devised by creative team Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth with Design by Toko, Formations showcased six innovative architectural practices at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia. We designed the exhibition and all relevant assets.
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Biennale di Venezia
Book design: Australian Institute of Architects Biennale di Venezia
Publication for the Formations exhibition at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia featuring submissions by Tom Kovac with Fleur Watson, Archrival, Healthabitat, Richard Goodwin, supermanoeuvre and The Architects Radio Show.
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Centenary Square Parramatta
Signage design: JMD Design Centenary Square Parramatta
The reinvention of Centenary Square Parramatta. Part of a multidisciplinary team led by JMD, Design by Toko master-planned and designed a signage and wayfinding system complimenting the installation of new street furniture, paving and landscaping.
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Creating a closed-loop economie
Identity design: Cultivated Creating a closed-loop economie
Cultivated, Design Eternal.
Brand identity for 'Cultivated' established by Cult Design. Local manufacturers and craftspeople restore, reinvigorate or recycle original design, creating a sustainable circular economy for authentic furniture and lighting.
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On the Cusp
Exhibition design: Australian Design Centre On the Cusp
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade features the work of 12 designers, each developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we are facing today and into the next decade. Design by Toko developed the identity for this touring exhibition and the countless public programs.
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20 year anniversary
Exhibition design: Cult design 20 year anniversary
Celebrating 20 years as the leading destination for authentic designer furniture in Australia and New Zealand with an exhibition showcasing Cult's impressive roster. We designed the graphic components, invites, posters, publications and merchandise for this travelling exhibition.
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Architecture Leadership
Identity design: Maven Global Architecture Leadership
Visual identity for Maven. A top-tier architecture recruitment agency operating worldwide. The constructed M represents the built environment and prominence of Maven in the architecture industry. The identity is further completed by a suite of photographs shot by Rory Gardiner.
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Moving through the gallery
Digital design: White Rabbit Gallery Moving through the gallery
The White Rabbit Gallery is a contemporary art museum located in the inner city Sydney suburb of Chippendale, Australia. We designed and developed a bespoke website emulating the visitor's motion through the many gallery spaces absorbing the magnificent art on display.
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Long Story, Made in China
Object design: PoloArts Beijing Long Story, Made in China
The book ‘Long Story, Made in China captures the sheer scale, complexity and history of the Chinese Zodiac Dragon. A monumental but foremost conceptual interpretation of the Dragon, the book celebrates every Dragon year since its supposed origins in 2697 BCE based on the most widely ‘tolerated’ myth.
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Return to real estate
Identity design: Kelleher, Christchurch Return to real estate
Brand identity developed for Kelleher, a premium real estate agency based in Christchurch New Zealand. A brand identity well-versed in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand real estate.
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Lacoste + Stevenson = Book
Book design: Lacoste + Stevenson Lacoste + Stevenson = Book
Lacoste + Stevenson: Architecture Stories is a compilation of projects by award-winning architects Lacoste + Stevenson published by Uro Publications. The assembled work spans two decades of practice and two continents, and includes built and unbuilt projects of varying programmes, complexities and budgets, from furniture design to urban master planning, art installations to large buildings.
My Sister is a Martian
Book design: Judith Neilson My Sister is a Martian
Re-design of the book ‘My Sister is a Martian’.
Written by Beau Neilson when she was just 9 years old. The first edition was illustrated by Beau, and published in 1999. For the new edition we commissioned Canadian based illustrator Hudson Christie.
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The Monkeys
Book design: Semi-permanent The Monkeys
Concept and layout design for The Monkeys agency book, celebrating a decade of provocation. The book is an ode to people, projects and brands that helped The Monkeys evolve as a creative agency. Curated by Semi-Permanent founder and director, Murray Bell.
Prince Alfred Park Pool Cafe
Installation design: City of Sydney Prince Alfred Park Pool Cafe
The City of Sydney commissioned Toko to activate and 'soften' the Prince Alfred Park Pool Cafe. We found inspiration in the award-winning architecture, designed by Neeson Murcutt, and the immediate logic context. A bespoke powder-coated steel structure functions as an art frame for 12 interchangeable bathing towels.
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