toronto interior design show 2009

The Latest in Interior Designs at IDS 2009

With so many design events hitting our city this week, the Interior Design Show was certainly the grand dame of them all. With over 300 exhibitors and its foot on the international platform, the Direct Energy Centre was buzzing with excitement as designers and retailers from all over the country participated.

I checked out the event this weekend, lost myself in the latest styles, trends and show-stopping presentations.

Inducing eye squinting, the Swarovski crystals were sparkling brightly at the Crystal Clear exhibit, where their twinkle greeted me as I walked through the main entrance. Another exhibit, called 5x5, featured five showrooms designed by five top design firms including 64th and Queen and Castor. The line-up to see these concealed rooms was as long as the one to buy a pricey Kobe beef hot dog at the exit nearby.

My attention finally settled on the Prototype and Studio North, two exhibits that featured a varied selection from emerging Canadian designers. Taking a cue from blogTO's review of last year's show, I've listed some local Toronto-based designers whose work I found to be particularly noteworthy.

IDS 09

Atelier Jacob (above, left):
With bright colours and perforated style, steel chairs and wall panels caught my eye for their sleek and contemporary look.

Luflic (above, centre):
Meaning "lovely" in Old English, Luflic uses craft and high tech processes for their creations. Their clear glass-topped dining table's legs were made of felt-sleeved steel rods. Paired with the copper-coloured lights from Derek McLeod, this table was also showcased at this year's Radiant Dark.

Rob Southcott (above, right):
What may appear to be a mishmash of different-sized boxes, is a series of units that can either be assembled together or separated. By using reclaimed wood such as barn doors, these units are useful for storing away small items that seem to get lost in larger boxes.

IDS09-3

No Office Architecture (above, left):
Designed by Solmaz Eshraghi, these cube stools of various shapes and sizes are made from maple and walnut wooden pegs embedded in soft rubber. Colourful, useful and very comfortable.

Urbanproduct (above, centre):
You'd think they would be an art installation but they're actually tiles. Versatile in its design, these tiles of walnut and cement can be used either to soundproof a wall or serve as a interesting table design - provided you add a glass top to prevent your drinks from tumbling over.

Rebound Design Team (above, right): Borrowing from the S&M lifestyle, recycled rubber pieces are laced together to form a chair that is stackable and sinfully comfortable.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Fashion & Style

10 holiday gift ideas in Toronto for those who want to shop local

Toronto salons fight lockdown by showing how little they contributed to virus spread

Toronto store not doing Black Friday deals and is helping food banks instead

Black Friday sale crowds gather at Vaughan Mills with Toronto in lockdown

Popular budget makeup chain with 5 Toronto locations to close all stores

People in Toronto are travelling to Hamilton and Burlington to shop at malls and retail stores

Here are the rules around getting a massage during Toronto's lockdown

This is why Mark's stores are still open in Toronto despite lockdown