From calming spaces that encourage mindfulness to stylish places for your pooch to snooze, these are the top seven trends we spotted at IDS this year that we're most excited about.
The Interior Design Show (IDS) filled Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre with new ideas in home decor, reimagined classics and no shortage of design inspiration.
Over 300 exhibitors took over the sprawling space from January 17 to 20, in a multi-sensory event that attracted some of the most influential players in the Canadian and global design worlds.
Not surprisingly, the show exhibited trends that are here to stay, like lighting that can double as art, tech-infused everything and sleek, multi-functional outdoor kitchens. Here are some of the other notable trends from #IDS19 that caught our eye.
Mindfulness has found its way into all facets of life — and design is no exception. This year, Vancouver’s Tangible Interaction presented an installation that featured their giant cloud-like inflatable Haven pods. Guests were invited to step inside the dreamy pods for a distraction-free moment or two away from the crowds. The pods make a welcome addition to a backyard or office. Want to recommend them to your boss? Let them know the pods are conveniently available online.
Eco-Friendly “Kit-of-Parts” Cabins
A summer home may be more attainable than you thought. Backcountry Hut Company’s Great Lakes Cabin is constructed in just a few days (72 hours) and has minimal impact on the land. The 670-square-foot cabin is made from 100 per cent recyclable materials and can be customized to Net Zero and Passive House standards. Efficiently designed, it houses a sleeping loft, bathroom, living area and kitchen.
Innovative Wood Designs
Ontario Wood and Izen Architecture highlighted the use of good, old-fashioned wood through an intricate wood pavilion installation. Inside, eye-catching wood designs from local makers were displayed, like the statement-making Sentinel coat stand from Objects and Ideas or the walnut “Mod Pod” side tables from Rustix Studio.
Black and White Sinks and Faucets
A departure from the typical stainless steel variety, subtle white sinks that disappear into countertops and black and white fixtures and faucets made appearances at IDS this year. Blanco Canada, for example, displayed its crowd-pleasing POSH faucet, which is available in white and Anthracite (black).
Innovative small spaces were front and centre at IDS. As part of the show’s Re-Space feature, four different design studios created innovative spaces within shipping containers – a once unlikely space to call home or an office, but one that’s gaining traction as they become reimagined as small living spaces and workplaces.
Metal and Glass Walls
On the main stage on Sunday, designer Brian Gluckstein called metal and glass walls one of the biggest design trends. StyleGarage – the company behind the stunning rust-coloured sofa that made its rounds on social media throughout the weekend of the show – custom manufactures such transparent walls, which are increasingly common in both workplaces and the home.
Earth Tone Paint Colours
Style at Home
Canadian Living magazine launched their first-ever paint collection with Beauti-Tone paint at the IDS alongside sister publication Style at Home’s best-selling Beauti-tone colour collection. Aptly named the Coast-to-Coast Colour Collection, it’s no surprise that the paint colours are inspired by Canada’s stunning landscape. Canadian Living’s Home and Style director Ann Marie Favot, who was instrumental in creating the collection, says that for 2019, earth tones will take centre stage. The Canadian Living Coast-to-Coast Colour Collection, available exclusively at Home Hardware, features some of the most beautiful soft terracottas, warm creams and buttery beiges that can work in any room in your house.
Dog Beds as Furniture
Slumber Wolf Dog Beds
Quality design isn’t just for humans; dog beds are now pieces of furniture. Taking it to the next level in the canine luxury department is Slumber Wolf Dog Beds, the self-proclaimed makers of “the world’s most luxurious dog beds.” These stylish bespoke dog beds feature hardwood frames, a cotton rope weave, and stunning sheepskin wool topper.