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Our Vision: To enhance the importance of decorative arts and design in Canada

Our mandate as an organization is to:

  • Promote a broader awareness and appreciation of the decorative arts and design in Canada
  • Provide an educational forum for the decorative arts through programming and publications
  • Foster a community through membership and social events
  • Inspire and promote excellence in the field of decorative art

What are the Decorative Arts?

The CSDA/CCAD defines the decorative arts as creative works, often of a practical or useful nature, produced by an artist, craftsman or amateur, which have intrinsic aesthetic and/or historical value. These arts include interior design, furniture and furnishings, ceramics, glass, metalwork, graphics, textiles, theatre arts, together with aspects of architecture, industrial and landscape design.

Learn from and be inspired by the ingenuity, and artistic grace of the diverse field of material culture. You will engage with objects that range from the eccentric to the magnificent, as well as creations that have become elevated to cultural icons.


Ornamentum is the only magazine devoted to exploring the large spectrum of decorative arts and design in Canada. This beautiful publication, published twice a year by the CSDA/CCAD, celebrates the aesthetics of the everyday.

Ornamentum highlights creative design and craftsmanship in both historical and contemporary work. Written for a broad readership, Ornamentum appeals to a diverse range of people, including curators, librarians, gallery owners, art consultants, educators, collectors and the general public.

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Fall/Winter 2020  

On newsstands across Canada November until  May 2021

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
© 2021 Canadian Society of Decorative Arts / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs