Interior Design Show Toronto 2012

Toronto Life
IDS Toronto 2012

Whether you’re looking to savour pure installation art, or you’re interested in renovating your home, the 14th annual Interior Design Show will inspire you to see living spaces in a different way, and give you exciting new possibilities for your home reno project.

Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Interior Design Show opens on Thursday, January 26 with a special opening night party. The scheduled events include opening remarks by International Guest of Honour Piero Lissoni, famed Italian architect and designer whose many accolades include being inducted into the New York Hall of Fame of Interior Design; a charity auction where attendees bid on 20 designer versions of the classic Magis Julian chair, with proceeds going to non-profit children’s charity ONEXONE; a live musical performance by Rob James (formerly of McMaster & James) and dancers from Stomp and So You Think You Can Dance; a DJ set by interior designer Karim Rashid; and an after-party at the Thompson Hotel.

After the opening night party, general admission to the show starts on Saturday, January 28 and runs to Sunday, January 29. Some 300 exhibitors are showcasing a wide range of products, including appliances, furniture, kitchen & bath, lighting, paint & wallpaper, window & door, and landscaping; you’re sure to find great pieces and ideas for your home project. In addition to the product exhibits, a plethora of special displays and events await design-savvy visitors:

  • julian magis combination
    What’s Your Design Dilemma?, where attendees can get free 15-minute design consultations with professional interior designers.
  • How Do You Live?, a conceptual “multi-dwelling living space” designed to comment on the condo boom in the city; in this display, a 2-storey building contains 6 different rooms, each designed by a Toronto-based design firm.
  • Studio North, an exhibit of custom and one-of-a-kind furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, and textiles.
  • Prototype, featuring concept model works by independent designers.
  • Collaborations, where two teams of architectural firms produce 200-square-foot installations based on a single material.
  • DesignGenNext, a showcase of student works from Toronto’s top design schools—OCAD, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Humber College, and Sheridan College.
  • Offsite/Onsite, a 10,000-square-foot space filled with experimental installations from North American designers.
  • Design Icons, a large-scale exhibit on Front Street where classic design pieces like the Panton Chair are recreated in gigantic ice sculptures.
    Piero Lissoni portrait
    Piero Lissoni
  • Celebrity and influential speakers, such as William Yeoward (crystal glass supplier to Prince of Wales), Brad Ford, Aaron Hoey (General Merchandise Manager of Anthropologie), Lynda Reeves (founder of House & Home Magazine), broadcasting personality Marilyn Denis, and Brian Gluckstein of Gluckstein Design.

If you’re craving even more design events, fear not! On Thursday, January 26, the Conversations in Design conference hosts talks by designers, curators, and consultants in the interior design industry. There’s also Design Docs, a film festival comprised of new and noteworthy international design documentaries. Finally, all over Toronto, you can catch City Culture events starting from January 24 at locales such as AGO, OCAD, and Design Exchange.

Get tickets to the Interior Design Show and related events online, and get ready to feast your eyes on both edgy concepts and must-have pieces for your home!

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