Interior Design Show 2016 (IDS 2016) was a celebration of the best of design in Canada and internationally. It is always exciting to see all the hottest products and to learn from the experts in the industry. This year’s International Guest of Honour was British designer Tom Dixon.
Dixon‘s line of products, which is carried by Klaus in Toronto, features unique shapes such as molten globes, cog pendants as lights and hand beaten bowls as accessories.
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Caesarstone also unveiled the first of four kitchens designed by Tom Dixon, using the themes of ice, fire, earth and air. The Toronto Ice Kitchen used inspiration from the Canadian winter with the palette of white and grey. The kitchen had various triangular prisms that gave it a stylized look. In addition, aluminum was used to physically support it.
Some of the other outstanding interior designers who participated at IDS 2016 were; Craig Dykers, Lee Broom, Candice Olson, Ora ïto, Omar Gandhi, Omer Arbel, Carrier and Company and Orlando Soria.
There were so many exhibits to look at throughout the evening, including:
Habitat for Humanity Canada, which featured a giant home made entirely out of multicoloured Mega Bloks, to raise awareness for the need for proper housing in Canada.
Caviar20, a specially curated art and design gallery, which featured pieces by noted artists such as Sorel Etrog‘s “Profile” lithograph and Vasa Mihich‘s “Monument‘ multicoloured acrylic sculpture.
Their exhibit also had a series called Decades of Chairs, which showcased examples of seats from the 20th century.
The Excel Naturally Sweetened Lounge, which featured designs by Jillian Harris (host of interior makeover reality TV series Love it or List it Vancouver).
The designboom mart, which consisted of new ideas from both up and coming designers and established ones.
Studio North & Prototype, which had local designers presenting their works. The designers were given the opportunity to have their works reviewed by industry experts. We especially liked Dean Jackson Designs‘ retro styled pieces.
WOODLOVE, which was designed by Citizens and Collaborators, showed products made from Ontario wood.
Maker, which had works from designers such as Coolican & Company, Coo Studio and Miles & May Furniture Works who created short runs of their pieces.
Off the Loom/Off the Wall, which showed the latest in textiles and wallcoverings.
National Bank Design Lab, which offered the chance to get a free short consultation with an interior designer.
Volvo Space, which was designed by Creative Shift Studio, focussed on the question “What Does Design Mean To You?”
Some of the other exhibitors included: Montauk, Miele, Style Garage, Benjamin Moore, and DXV by American Standard.
The opening night party for IDS 2016 had a mix of great food and drinks. Guests enjoyed dishes from Vaticano (served by Chef/owner Felice Vacca), Momofuku, Tabule, Shelley’s Catering, Cluny (mini blue cheese bread pudding with caramelized walnut dressing), El Catrin (tuna tostada remoulade), Pure Spirit (Canadian East Coast Oysters) and Roselle Desserts (dark chocolate pudding). There were a variety of beverages to choose from including Luc Belaire Sparkling Rose, Strongbow cider, Glenfiddich, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Walter Caesar Mix with Stoli, and Mill Street Brewery beer.
Among the notable attendees were Suzanne Rogers, Glenn Dixon, David Dixon and Jeff Stober.
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