Sunday, January 24, 2016

Interior Design Show wraps up in Toronto

story and photos by Allan Tong

January in Toronto is a cold, dark place, but for four days the Interior Design Show adds a little colour. The 18th IDS just wrapped (Jan. 21-24) after launching with a giant party Thursday night where for $56 anyone could sip wine and nibble on snacks as they surveyed over 200 exhibits ranging from the coffeemakers of appliance giant Miele to local furniture designers. On the following days, the IDS feted renown designer Tom Dixon and held workshops and keynotes that informed professional designers and everyday consumers alike on the latest trends and innovations. Here's a survey of some exhibits that caught our eye:

Art2Lights brings street art into living rooms with colourful artwork you're used to seeing in Toronto's downtown alleyways.

For those with more ornate tastes, Godi's black-and-white vanity, sink and mirror would enliven many bathrooms.
Bespoke My Place illuminates traditional wallpaper with these back-lit translucent panels.

Not a design firm, but rather The Ontario Wood Products Export Association promoting its members, including furniture producers, in one of the most tangible and vivid exhibits of the show. 

Grohe's bathrooms define luxury.

Oscar Kwong's ascetic tea room provided a welcome relief from the bustle of the IDS.

Zay Zay's duvet covers adds a giant splash of colour to any bedroom.

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