Story and photos by Allan Tong
With a movie screening, walking tours, book signings, workshops, panels, awards and parties, IIDEX, Toronto's annual interior design expo, has blossomed into a multimedia affair that's expanded beyond its two days (Nov.30-Dec.1) on the convention floor. Here are five cool things we saw at IIDEX (in no particular order):
The ORENDA is designer Miles Keller's vision for a single-person electric car. "Orenda" is an Iroquois name for a spiritual power inherent in people and their environment and Keller's car consciously resembles the native Canadian tradition of dog sleds and canoes.
The vehicle is made of ash runners covered with a Dacron skin. A wooden car may sound unusual, but Keller reminds us that in the past horse-and-carriages and airplanes like the Sopwith Camel were made of wood.
Lasers cut intricate designs on wood, acrylic and stainless steel on these panels by Artotech. From abstract to geometric, these patterns can be used as room dividers, window coverings or railing. They're eye-catching in whatever form.
This tall Frovi wing chair blocks out noise. Wing chairs aren't a new idea, but these sleek, comfy design create a zone of silence that's needed in today's world of 400-square-foot condos.
Liminal 360 from Melbourne, Australia lets you click on screen using handsets to transport you into different rooms of a condo. Overall, the experience is so convincing that first-time users can become disoriented after removing the goggles or during a demo they could bump into walls and people. Expect to see more VR goggles in the future.