Transforming into a hub for creativity, Toronto Design Offset festival kicked off last week with events and exhibitions celebrating emerging and contemporary talents in the design world. One of the largest events during design week is the Interior Design Show (IDS). Celebrating its 20th year, IDS was launched this past Thursday with an exciting opening event with great food, design and music. IDS is a three day exhibit Canada’s premier showcase of new products, furniture and designers.
Here are our 5 picks showcased at the 2018 Interior Design Show:
1. Locally Grown
Ontario Wood was definitely represented in this year’s show, an organization introduced to raise awareness of locally-grown, locally made wood products and encourage Ontarians to buy locally. Award-winning Toronto Designer Jacob Antoni’s Transforma light fixture shined in the Ontario Wood Pavilion exhibit. The chandelier integrates wood and lighting seamlessly, doing its name justice by having the ability to expand and contract, in an elegant display of pushing the limits of convention.
2. Flowing Elegance
From opposite sides of the design spectrum, industrial and luxurious elegance take present stage. A focus on Matte Gun Metal finishes for a more industrial feel seems to flow across particularly in the plumbing fixtures. Fontane Bianche created by architect and interior designer Elisa Ossino in partnership with Salvatori and Fantini, is a stunning contemporary collection available in the Matte Gun Metal finish. First-of-its-kind Uffizi Collection by Fortis allows users to see water rise in a glass cylinder before it cascades over the chrome spout through its handcrafted Italian glass and chrome polish.
3. ‘Life is not a straight line’
“Life is not a straight line. So why should your floors be?” stated by the sales rep at the Bolefloor booth. A naturally curved hardwood flooring, that is truly unique. Bolefloor is the world’s first manufactured curved hardwood flooring, with no two Bolefloors alike, and as individual as the tree they came from.
4. Tip your Hat to classic design
Proudly designed and manufactures in Canada, Fine & Dandy Co. is a commercial wall covering that pays homage to Victorian, Mid-Century, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Post-Modern, Gothic and Modern Art genres. Fine & Dandy Co. was created in 2016, creating products that are inspired by vintage and iconic genres with a fun twist. Not only is their product uniquely creative, their branding is on par with their entire brand and showcases and excellent cohesion between the brand and the product.
5. Ceramic Slippers
The designboom mart is a unique showcase of emerging and established designers with the design show. The Kumiko ceramics flowerpots with slippers is a delightful take on a planter. Kumiko ceramics is ceramic and design workshop comprised of Peruvian artisans and designers. The have 10 years in developing utilitarian, decorative or gastronomic products all made by hand.