Design Show

The Interior Design Show (IDS 12) is Canada’s largest contemporary design fair and is in it’s 14th year. From January 26-29, The Toronto Convention Centre was packed with over 300 top exhibitors; international and Canadian design stars, innovative seminars, and thought provoking installations. All in celebration of design!

There was a buzz in the air the moment we entered the Toronto Convention Centre. The space was massive and full of colours and textures so thrilling we wanted to see everything in every corner of the huge space. Thoughts of a quick stroll around quickly turned into a leisurely fun walk filled with inspired creations and innovative ideas. It was easy to get swept away and lost in all the beautiful designs and the brilliant works of art. The amount of talent was overwhelming and it was easy to be distracted by the next booth while engaged in a current one. The metal and woodworking skills that were being displayed by many freelance and independent designers were impressive. Many designers used recycled wood and bike parts to make tables, chairs, lighting and interesting artwork. Some of the most beautiful woodworking skills were from Cherrywood Studio. They create unique live edge tables and use locally sourced large urban hardwood trees that would otherwise be destined for landfill sites. The designs of Gilbert Vanden Heuvel, the artist at The Recycler, were clever and outstanding. Vanden Heuvel uses his metalworking skills to create some of the most unique reCYCLED artwork/furniture available made from old and new bike parts. Bike inspired ideas were a trend throughout the design show this year. EUROLITE was displaying a glass table with large bike wheels as the legs. Jeremy Kehoe of Jeremy Kehoe Studio had an amazing handcrafted wall mounted bike holder.

Cambria hosted an impressive and large booth. Their new Waterstone Collection generated much talk and excitement. This collection proves that they are continuing to give homeowners exceptional craftsmanship with their beautiful quartz countertops. The Ikea and Elte booths were also huge and beautifully designed.

This year The Design Show did a great job of getting the community involved and teamed up with charity partner ONEXONE. On opening night, Design Show goers could bid on dog-shaped children chairs, each given a unique look by 21 different fashion and design celebrities. The chairs were all designed around a classic; The Todd Wood Julian Chair. Cherish Auction & Exhibit raised $30,000 in support of this renowned children’s charity.

By: Erin Scheel

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