The 15th year of Canada’s largest contemporary design fair is just around the corner, and local design enthusiasts can’t wait for the opening of the annual expo, which hosts more than 300 exhibitors. It kicks off on Thursday, January 24th with a 19+ opening night party featuring a charity auction of 25 Blue Dot “Real Good” chairs. The opening night is followed by three days of inspirational showcases, prominent speakers, and top-notch products.
Since its first season, the fair has been attended by approximately 660,000 design professionals, consumers, and media professionals. The Interior Design Show in Toronto features both emerging and accomplished designers promoting international interior design, architecture, and industrial design trends. It serves as a forum for the most influential architects and designers from around the world and a design hub that provides many networking opportunities for design businesses across Canada.
Friday Trade Day
9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
The program of the first day of this year’s Interior Design Show leaves a lot of space for design professionals. The main aim of this day is to inspire, educate, and promote various international and national design perspectives. Apart from the usual exhibits and features, the Friday programme includes the Trade Talks Speakers Series, the IDS Booth Awards, and Design Awards. Choose one or more of the trade seminars you’d like to attend and don’t forget to register!
The Interior Design Show will continue in the Trade Talks tradition, featuring some of the most prominent people from the design and architecture business engaging in entertaining conversations. This year’s speakers include Oki Sato — a leading Japanese designer from a firm called Nendo; Jerszy Seymour, a multidisciplinary designer who worked for companies such as Magis, Vitra, Kreo, Moulinex, SFR, and IDEE, Philippe Malouin — an up-and coming Canadian designer well known for his experimental approach to design, and award-winning architect Jürgen Mayer H. The talks take place on the KRUPS stage at the centre of the show.
Globe Style Saturday
10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday is dedicated to the relationship between fashion and interior design. The original seminars and inspirational Globe Style talks will deal with the newest trends in textiles and reveal some tricks for finding inspiration. The Saturday seminars are ending with a real estate themed discussion about increasing the value of your property, which will provide “an overview of where and how to get the most for your dollar and can keep you from making costly mistakes” — from curb appeal to bathroom makeovers.
The Saturday talks presented by Para Paints discuss the real trends that determine how design shapes our cities, neighbourhoods, and homes. This speakers series includes three recognized designers who will explain how design works today: Christiane Lemieux — whose innovative company DwellStudio revolutionized the textile market, Douglas Coupland — a well known novelist whose visual art, installations, and design projects have earned him considerable status as a true visionary, and John Gidding — designer and TV host of the popular HGTV series Designed to Sell and Curb Appeal: The Block.
House & Home Sunday
10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
The last day of the Interior Design Show will feature Canadian design personalities and celebrities up close and personal. Members of the House & Home team (including Lynda Reeves, Suzanne Dimma, and Mark Challen) will sit down with their special guests, including Bonnie Brooks, president of Hudson Bay Company and the driving force behind department store’s recent revitalization and recent honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; Tommy Smythe, associate designer with Sarah Richardson Design and HGTV personality; and internationally acclaimed Canadian interior designer Brian Gluckstein, who’s also the founder of design studio and home décor accessories brand Gluckstein Home.
Tickets & Exhibitors
You can purchase tickets either online or directly at the venue for a few dollars more. In addition to the displays, features, seminars, and talks, the show features several other interesting hot spots that are worth visiting. There is also a full list of exhibitors participating in the Interior Design Show available on the website.