Interior Design Show 2010: What’s hot!

Interior Design Show 2010: What’s hot!

Interior Design Show 2010: What’s hot! Author: Style At Home


Interior Design Show 2010: What’s hot!

Since 1998, the Toronto-based Interior Design Show has been the highlight of Canada’s contemporary design scene. Besides showcasing the newest and most innovative new products from Canada and abroad, this year’s IDS 10 promises to delight design aficionados with inspirational exhibits, an A-list speaker’s series featuring the world’s most influential architects and designers, and a spotlight on that most Canadian of buildings – the bunky!

Read on for what’s hot at this year’s show. Then head over to Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre on January 23 or 24, 2010 to take it in first-hand.

What to catch
With 50,000 visitors expected over IDS10’s four-day run (only two of which are open to the public), knowing what to make a beeline for is key! Here’s what you won’t want to miss:

IKEA Entrance Exhibit
See what Canadian artists Christian Giroux and Daniel Young created using repurposed IKEA products. Who knows – you may be inspired to do your own creative recycling at home afterwards!

Space Concepts: The Ultimate Space
Four teams of top Canadian talent were given carte blanche to design their “ultimate” luxury space. Stylist and journalist Arren Williams (a past Style At Home contributor); architect Drew Mandel; Jason MacIssaac, owner of Toronto’s modern-furniture gallery Ministry of the Interior; nightclub owner Charles Khabouth; and interior design firm Munge Leung all show what can be done when vision and design desire hook up.

Studio North
100 per cent Canadian, this exhibit showcases furniture, lighting and accessories from homegrown talent including hot furniture meisters Brothers Dessler.

Antique Urban Homes Go Modern
If you love big-city century homes, but are at a loss as to how to renovate yours in a contemporary vein, don’t miss Ingrid Abramovitch’s scheduled talk on Saturday, January 23. Abramovitch is a top design journalist, former editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine, and author of Restoring A House In The City. She’ll be giving attendees the lowdown on the hottest (and smartest!) trends in restoring urbane townhouses and row houses.

5 Small Rooms

Shed. Bunky. Outdoor pod. Freestanding outdoor mini-rooms are the next big thing in backyards. See what five inspiring designers, decorators and stylists did with a standard 100-square-foot wood shed – and think about what you could do in your outdoor space. After all, in Ontario, you can construct a 100-square-foot freestanding unit without a building permit!

Keep reading for top design products to check out at the show!


What to snag
IDS displays the best of the best, but guess what? That can come at surprisingly modest price points. Don’t want to splurge on the latest five-figure stove or bathtub? Check out these 8 hot products you can find at IDS10  – or buy online – for under $250!

1 The Vegetal Chair

Vitra’s playful Vegetal chair pairs an organic, plant-inspired design with space-age polyamide construction. Forty of the colourful chairs will be put on display on the show floor – and will be available for sale at deep-discount. Toronto artist Bruno Billio will create an installation piece of the chairs – rearranging it in an ever-evolving assemblage as their numbers dwindle. Show price approximately $220 each (MSRP is $610), Vitra/Plan B booth at IDS10.



2 Icarus Pendant Light

Artecnica’s stylized pendant shade was designed by Tord Boontje and looks both ethereal and super-stylish when hung individually or paired. $95 each, available online at Chi Chi Home.


3 IKEA’s Slingra chair

IKEA’s PS Slingra chair brings high design to the much-loved blue and yellow big box store. Made from reinforced polypropylene, solid birch and plywood, this curvy dining chair makes a splash. $149, available at select IKEA stores or by phone order.



4 Krups Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine

Nescafe’s Krups Dolce Gusto is the sexiest looking – not to mention most professional-grade – of today’s capsule coffeemakers. Turn your tiny condo countertop into a full coffeehouse thanks to a variety of single-serving capsules serving up hot or iced coffee-bar faves. $249, available online at Krups Canada.



5 The Tivoli Model One AM/FM Table Radio

Old-school lines and state-of-the-art tech combine to produce a petite radio with room-filling power. We love its classic analog tuning dial, amber LED tuning indicator and dark walnut/beige finish (also available in other finishes). And yes, it’s iPod compatible. $249, available online at Bay Bloor Radio.



6 Woven Felt Basket

Why opt for same-old, same-old wicker basket when you can stash your kids’ toys, Pilates gear, or whatever in this 16” by 16” by 10” hand-pieced felt basket? The grey industrial felt strips are heavy-duty 5mm thick and add style to your floor or bookcase. $215 US, available online at The Felt Store.



7 Marimekko bed linens

The Tuuli bed linen set from Marimekko presents a graphic, chiaroscuro treatment of winter trees, whether you choose it in white/brown or the higher contrast white/black combo. From $215 per Queen set, available online at Marimekko Vancouver.



8 Javanese assam wood stool

This solid assam wood stool is harvested from fallen trees, not virgin forest. Each individually carved stool features a distinctive heavy grain, watermarks, natural "flaws" and colour variations. $225, view online at Kiondo African Imports; call to order.


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