Five Small Rooms at the Interior Design Show
The Interior Design Show was all about transformation. Five Small Rooms was a project involving five designers, decorators and stylists who rethought the backyard shed (or "podspace"). Each shed provided by Summerwood was 100-square-feet, and was inspired by the trend of small, free-standing shelters used in Toronto.
The small space designed by Studio EyeSpy (pictured above) was pretty inspirational. A juxtaposition of luxury and rustic, the non-gender-specific shed mixed linen and velvet with organic cotton and stone.
It radiated a sense of calm, making me want to curl up with a good book and a cup of cocoa. Items were sourced across the city, from Design Within Reach, Parts Gallery and Threadcount Textile & Design.
The mimi pineau shed was multi-facted, compact and comfortable. It garnered quite a warm response from spectators and design-lovers - probably because the design was so accessible and paid careful attention to the integration of function, style and beauty. It was a livable pod.
The davenport-style sofa, provided by Whittington Furtniture, turned into a bed. It took every ounce of my energy to not take a quick nap.
One shed that stood out from all the others (I'm not sure if this was a good thing) was the "Glamcave" by Roomy Interiors. When I stopped by, a radio in the room was blaring Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart... rather unironically.
The very lavish room was not particular to my tastes, but I'm sure others with a more luxurious lust for design appreciated it. A "Goddess Eden" statue was the focal point outside the room, while a crystal light fixture shed a very glittery light inside.
The Urban Mode and Blu Dot shed was chock-full of creative and contemporary designs. Featured items included Blu Dot's Desk 51, a stylish desk with an integrated keyboard, and the Buttercup rocker, a futuristic looking chair.
My absolute favourite shed was created by FTL + SC Studio. In it, designers Stephane Chamard and Francoise Turner Lacarde combined the futuristic with French Art de Vivre. Think French romanticism meets Apple.
The green and white colour palette was beautiful. It made it a sophisticated space, and exactly what I would like a shed in my backyard to look like.
These pebble chairs looked rock hard but were actually made out of felt and as comfy as ever.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to design in 2010.