After spending all morning at this year’s Interior Design Show, I can honestly say we all left feeling inspired and motivated.
It was great running into former classmates from my time at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now known as Ryerson University), as well as colleagues I’ve grown in the business with such as Andrew Pike and Ramsin Khachi.
Those of you who’ve been the dedicated weekly readers of this blog know that we’re all about informing you on the latest emerging design trends to suit your home.
The Interior Design Show, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, is an annual three-day event that features emerging trends by designers, retailers and wholesalers alike. The first day, a Friday, was open exclusively to the trade, while Saturday and Sunday were open to the public.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s IDS Show, we’ll show you some highlights of the event as well as products to look out for in the future.
If you were following my Twitter feed on the first day of the show, this might not be a surprise to you, but I thought Nika Zupanc had one of the better displays with her South Hill Home booth. The modern styles, interesting shapes with gold frames and legs made the display an eye-catcher. The undersides and backs are also finished so chairs can be placed anywhere and look great.
Weavers Art carry top quality products that successfully intertwine style and function. They are the place to go if you’re in need of an eye-catching rug that nobody else will have.
If you look back to the green room we designed for TIFF this past Fall, Weavers Art’s rugs provided a great foundation to the furniture and layout of the room. Truly works of art!
Vintage Flooring is one of my favourite wholesalers when it comes to hardwood flooring. If you are worried about the potential wear and tear of your floor, consider the wood panel featured above. This hand-scraped wood flooring looks great and performs even better. The texture of the wood can take all kinds of wear and tear from pets and people.
Sometimes you’ll find the most creative items in sections like Make. and designboom mart where emerging design talent is introduced to the Canadian market. Ele Custom showed off their free-thinking and daring style. As designers, we get excited when we see everyday items, like sofas created to venture outside the norm. Plus the product is made in Canada!
Rubinet’s booth was a delight on the eyes. Their funky colour choices and styles were so inspiring. Although they may not work for everyone, they produce pieces that can truly elevate a bathroom. Another feature we loved was their application of matte finishes, especially in black. Look out for more products in the future with the same finish.
As a major user of Benjamin Moore’s paints, I was excited to see their colour trends for 2017 in living colour. One of the paint colours I look forward to using most is Benjamin Moore’s proposed colour of the year, Shadow 2117-30. It’s not because of the engaging YouTube video they released promote the colour, it’s because the rich saturation of the colour is strong and bold.
Full points go out to Beauti-Tone’s 2017 Trend Colours by Simon Chang for designing a creative display. My only problem with it was their choice of heels. If they had painted Jimmy Choos or Laboutin’s red bottoms, nobody would be able to keep me away!
Whether you’re in the market for new product or are in search of inspiration, the 2017 IDS Toronto Show is the place to be. The show gives you a good outlook on what design trends are current now and what may be coming down the pipeline. Plan to be there next January!