IDS 2012 ~ Highlights

Posted by Peter Brooks in Events, Interior Design Show, Interior design on Feb 22nd, 2012

2012 Interior Design Show Highlights.
We were at the evening Gala and took in as much as we possibly could. Over 300 retailers, studios and manufacturers and other exhibitors filled the Metro Convention Centre North.
There are so many established and new & up and coming designers, design shops and products. Check out the official Interior design show website and go to participants and you can spend time going through all of the websites. Be prepared to spend some time.
ONEXONE the non-profit children’s foundation: Guests of IDS 12 bid on 21 versions of the iconic Magis Julian chair and Saturday’s pancake breakfast raised over $30,000.00.

The gala greeters included entertainment from Stomp, So You Think You Can Dance… A headlining DJ set from DJ Karim Rashid, an auction of 20 Julian chairs by Magis (each redesigned by a different participant). There was Beer and Wine tasting and edibles from Wish, Burger Shoppe, Quality Meats, Belvedere Vodka and more.
The entrance installation featured a felt strip curtain of sorts suspended from the ceilings. Digital images were projected onto the piece.
Italian designer Piero Lissoni who has designed everything from household items to luxury hotels and yachts was this year’s international guest of honour. His installation covered 1,200 square feet – beautiful.
Mason Studio converted half of a shipping container into a living space, Our Home and Native Land. Designers Stanley Sun and Ashley Rumsey created a ‘trough-slash-table that featured various vignettes, but also acted as a route for water to travers, running from a faucet into a garden.
Just a few out of many incredible vendors.

Living Lighting on King Street, owner Jodi…. Was on hand – great booth!
Flos – Fantastic contemporary residential and corporate fixtures – Need to recharge your iPhone, tablet, laptop or other electronic gadget? Do so in style at the FLOS Power Station, where the lighting company will be previewing Philippe Stark’s ground breaking D’E-light lamp, which doubles as a PDA power source.
Am Studio – Custom Lighting and Art Glass Studio, Amazing
Eurolite – Fantastic, they’ve been around since the late 80’s, now in their new diggs 200 Queens Quay
Ridgely Studios – Very Kool

ELTE– One of our favourite Toronto furniture and rug shops. They have it all. ELTE displayed their one-of-a kind Silk Orchid Collection Rugs. These rugs are woven together with the unwound thresds of vintage silk saries from India. The entire collection currently consists of just 40 rugs.
UpCountry – Introduced a new line brought in by Terry Iwaskiw.
North on Sixty – Lots of beautiful wood!
L’Atelier – Owner/Designer Youssef Hasbani created a beautiful installation in his unique eclectic style.
Out Door Furniture:
SUNG Outdoor – Canadian fashion designer Alfred Sung launched the all new St.Tropez collection inspired by the pure and simple style of the French Riviera.
Andrew Richard designs – Led by brothers Andrew and Richard Bockner, they bring unparalleled innovation, style and comfort to outdoor furniture.
Jardin De Ville – This Quebec based firm with satellite showroom in Toronto has been family-owned for over 50 years. Specializing in high-end outdoor furnishings, they distribute Danish, French, Belgian and German lines as well as producing their own in-house designs.
JK Studio, Heidi Earnshaw Design, Shawn Place Designs, Felt Studio – The list goes on and on…