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6 trends to spot at the Toronto Interior Design Show

Posted by Ab Velasco / January 23, 2013

Interior Design ShowLooking for inspiration, ideas and tips to reinvigorate or re-imagine the design of your living space? The annual Interior Design Show takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building). Tickets are $19 online and $22 at the door.

Now in its 15th year, the show features 300 exhibitors displaying the newest in innovative Canadian and international products. Feature exhibit will highlight international interior, architecture and industrial design trends - from emerging and established designers, including International Guest of Honour Oki Sato.

Speakers include author, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland, designer and TV host John Gidding and House & Home publisher Lynda Reeves.

To give you a head start to your design dreaming and planning, I ask five of this year's IDS speakers to share the trends that they think Torontonians should look for in 2013.


Glamour will take on a more understated look, moving away from showy bling toward design that is individually tailored, says House and Home magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Suzanne Dimma, who will lead a talk with Tommy Smythe on Sunday.

"We still want luxury, but we want it to be quieter and more personal. Home owners are playing designer more than ever, choosing the colours, dimensions and patterns of tiles or area rugs, while furniture is now customizable in countless ways."


"A recurring theme in home design, fashion and accessories, we keep seeing brighter colours and mixed ethnic patterns everywhere," says Jill Greaves, who will give a seminar on "How To Get The Most Out of Any Renovation Project" on Saturday.

She advises to be bold. "Expect to see bright colours like last year's tangerine to sunshine yellows and deep emeralds. Deep azure is also making a comeback."

IDS show goers will see many exhibitors embracing colour and pattern in their designs. Kia Canada's exhibit will showcase several cars wrapped in colourful, custom patterns created by Douglas Coupland, Christiane Lemieux, J├╝rgen Mayer H. and Karim Rashid.


"I believe that people are getting tired of slick minimal interiors where everything 'matches,'" says Montreal-born and London-based rising star Philippe Malouin, who will speak about his material experimentation on Friday's Trade Day, a day reserved for professional members of the design trade.

"When it comes to furniture in an interior, I find it interesting when a person has collected it over the years. Interiors should reflect the personality and experience of its inhabitants rather than looking like a page from a design magazine. Furniture from all eras are interesting. By mixing them, you achieve more balance than by having everything modern and minimal."


The recent explosion of smartly-designed gastropubs in Toronto has exposed adventurous consumers to quirky and layered design approaches, says Mark Challen, VP of House & Home Media, who will interview acclaimed Canadian interior designer Brian Gluckstein on Sunday.

Challen predicts that we will find brave new ways to design kitchens and eating areas. "From the industrial farmhouse look - think chunky butcher block tables with cast iron legs - to the eccentric Bloomsbury dining lounge - sporting well-worn upholstered banquettes, vintage wallpaper and antique mirrors - we'll be warming up our favourite room with lots of personality-driven furniture and art."


HGTV star Tommy Smythe will be chatting with Dimma at IDS on Sunday. He thinks 2013 will see the return of copper. "Just when we thought brass was back for good, copper has begun to elbow its way into the kitchen and the bath and has taken over the accessories market... We'll see if it knocks brass off its throne," he says, adding, "Oh, and you can forget about chrome. It's so '90s!"


IDS show goers can expect to see many design items that highlight natural materials like wood and stone.

Dimma says that Canadians have always had a special relationship with the outdoors - and in 2013, people will bridge the indoor-outdoor divide more than ever.

"We'll be seeing greater demand for accordion-style doors and windows that open fully to the outdoors, creating one big room. Heated stone floors with a flagstone look, typically a preserve of the mudroom or hallway, will be showing up in the living room. Plus, the quality of outdoor furniture is now better than ever, inviting us to linger outside even longer."



trendoffice / January 24, 2013 at 07:39 am
MIXING NOT MATCHING - not quite true: we always match, but not necessarily in the same style, otherwise it will not feel good.
Edilberto Durano / January 24, 2013 at 07:22 pm
I think "mixing not matching" is true. There is chic and vivid outcome through diversity.
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Julie K. / January 31, 2013 at 09:43 am
Wanted to thank you for these pointers, you highlighted some areas I would surely miss. And I definitely agree with "mixing not matching". Sometimes what you need is something different. Something unexpected. That's one of the reasons why I enjoyed the seminars about The art of collection. Small detail can change a lot.
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Wyatt / January 29, 2015 at 05:12 pm
Excellent article, I think your right, copper did make a come back in recent years and I think it looks great in the kitchen. Thanks
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