I used to sit and sulk in January. It’s the dead of winter and it’s just so dreary. Ever since I dove into the world of design, January’s have changed. Because in January, comes the Toronto Interior Design Show (IDS)!
For three days straight, from January 20th – 22nd, the best of the best in international and Canadian design come together all under one roof at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to share the latest trends and ideas that inspire the moving world of design and décor.
This will be my second visit to IDS and I cannot wait to be surrounded by so much beauty and talent – I’m seriously giddy. For anyone going to the show (or for anyone interested), I wanted to share just a few of the exhibits, products and people I am most excited to check out (even though it’s pretty hard to choose just a few).
There are 2 main events that I am preparing myself to be dazzled by. I know I have high expectations, but something tells me that I won’t be disappointed.
As a lover of art and creativity, I am looking forward to seeing the “Stone Folk Art” install by Spanish artist-deisgner Jaime Hayon. In collaboration with Caesarstone, Hayon is taking a material that is commonly associated with kitchen design and putting a whimsical spin on it to create a “universe inspired by fauna – the natural world – and folklore – the mythical world” (IDS Toronto). The even more amazing part is that he is using over 48 different Caesarstone colours combined with metal and glass, stone marquetry and metal crafting to make this thing. Here’s a peak at Hayon’s creative process behind his install.
The next thing that I’m equally excited to check out is the designboom mart and The Maker market. The designboom mart is all about creative ideas at the core where emerging and established designers get to come and test their self-produced or limited edition design ideas and showcase them to visitors at the show. To me, this mart will be like taking a look into a telescope and getting a glimpse of where design might be headed in the future. Just the idea of one of those products taking off and changing the world in some way is exhilarating. Learning the stories of the bright people behind those ideas will be pretty special too.
The Maker is all about small-batch design and quality products that celebrate exceptional craftsmanship. And when you see some of these makers and their products, you’ll understand the true meaning of passion and a meticulous eye.
Here’s a clip that gives you a glimpse of the phenomenal talent you’ll see at the designboom mart, The Maker, Studio North and Prototype segments at the show.
Here are my other top “must-see”’s for the weekend:
Custom made. Made to order. Mid-century modern furniture. And local gem! We’re giving extra love to this company because they are also from Guelph (and so are we!). We cannot wait to check them and their amazing furniture out.
Our neighbour just down the road in #Hamont (Hamilton, Ontario). They focus on heirloom quality furniture that is carefully designed and built by hand. Another small-batch gem…. are you sensing a trend here?
I am totally in love with their Danish Cord bench (what a stunner!) and their Rhythm Rattles. They have an amazing video on just how these rattles are made that I’m totally in love with, so of course, I have to share. Each rattle is each made one continuous one block of wood!
North American luxury eco-conscious sofas of superior craftsmanship, down filled comfort and quality custom upholstery. They make sofas look sexy…. and I mean very sexy!
Celebrating 50 years as a Canadian retailer of fine imported modern furniture. Their goal: to inject creativity into living spaces. I can get behind that! They are showcasing their roaring 20’s collection at IDS and as someone who thinks they were born in the wrong era (that’d be me), I am wanting to see this line and become well acquainted with it.
In case you didn’t get the memo, Wayfair is now in Canada! (Applause). This is a total game changer for all your decor needs. They have the largest online selection of home décor goods and their website will become your newest design addiction. Check them out and thank me later.
Funky modular smart lighting panels. I first came across these in December while Christmas shopping and they caught my eye. I was too busy at the time to learn and play around with them, but they left an impression and I’m excited to revisit these fun and brightly coloured lights this weekend to find out their full functionality and how one might be able to use them in designing spaces. Very cool product and looks like it’s received some recognition from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as well.
A local, award-winning carpet design house and known as experts inexperts in the field of hand-knotted carpets. They put an extra focus on social responsibility as their materials are made from sustainable sources of wool and silk and they also provide financial support to the various weaving houses and the communities that make their carpets – amazing!
An added bonus is that one of the many Canadian design firms I follow and admire, Les Ensembliers, is launching their carpet collection at IDS with W Studios and I am so looking forward to seeing it in person.
A Toronto-based architectural door and cabinet hardware showroom priding itself on remarkable beauty and quality. When it comes to building and renovating your home, people are becoming more in tune with the finer details. It’s the fine details that can take your home from builder basic to bold and beautiful and one-of-a-kind with additions like hardware and applied mouldings that trigger the “wow!” factor you are looking for. The details found in hardware can also add layer and texture to doors, cabinets, etc that add another dimension and interest to the eye, so hardware is not something to be overlooked. If you are putting hardware in a space you spend a lot of time in, say for instance your kitchen, you’d better love what you are seeing as you are going to be looking at it each and everyday.
image from instagram @adhhardware
An independent, handmade and artisan glass studio that creates lighting and other modern pieces for retailers and designers. After watching the video on their design process on their website, it not only makes me want to try blowing glass, but also allows you to see the fine attention to detail and the infusion of meaning that clearly goes into each piece made.
There are really so many others I could list, but let me just say that it’s worth going to check out for yourself.
On top of all the greatness that I just talked about, there are also a number of celebrity speakers that will be giving informative and entertaining talks throughout the weekend. For a lineup of who will be there, visit the IDS website here. It’s not too late to get your ticket!
Whether you are a fellow designer, décor enthusiast or looking to tackle a home reno project, this year’s show has something for everyone.
See you at the show!