From Jan. 22 to 25, the Interior Design Show (IDS15) will return to Toronto for its 17th year, showcasing the latest industry trends and innovative international design. The show hosts influential design minds like Jonathan Adler and Alexa Hampton, and curates exhibitions and collaborations, allowing exhibitors like 608 Design and Design Junction to launch new products. As show organizers prep for the three-day event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, they've revealed 10 things not to be missed at this edition. Read on for a taste of what’s to come.
Highlights from IDS14
One—The Opening Night Party (Jan. 22, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.): More than 5,500 designers and the industry’s savviest will be at the IDS15 Opening Night Party—known as Canada’s biggest design party. Tickets are $56 in advance or $61 on-site at the IKEA Ticket Centre. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Canada.
Two—MissoniHome Retrospective: In celebration of the 60th anniversary of MissoniHome, the brand has created a retrospective at the show's entrance. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase MissoniHome products at the pop-up shop, some of the proceeds from which will benefit Habitat for Humanity Canada.
Three—Maker: New to the design fair this year is Maker, which is featuring the works of four artisanal North American designers: Heidi Earnshaw, Peter Coolican, 1925Workbench and Miles & May, who combine traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics.
Jonathan Adler and Alexa Hampton
Four—Speakers & Seminars: The Caesarstone Stage will be home to the AZURE Trade Talks, Globe Style Saturday and House and Home Sunday, featuring speakers like Marlon Blackwell, Sebastian Herkner, Jonathan Adler, Alexa Hampton and Thom Filicia. Additional seminars include Kitchen visions by Jane Lockhart, Renovations by Kimberley Seldon and Table Top Design by Fatima Pacheco.
Five—Carbonless by rhed design: Designer Del Terrelonge of multi-disciplinary design firm rhed will examine the future of living through transformable design with a mobile architecture concept. Carbonless illustrates the ability to live off the grid with a modern camper that's environmentally responsible without sacrificing all modern comfort.
Six—Studio North & Prototype presented by designboom: Guests can discover the design talent of the Great White North in this section of the show. Studio North & Prototype will highlight emerging Canadian designers and independent studios. This curated celebration of local products includes Talia Silva’s organic-yet-otherworldly pendants and Renee Struthers’s simplistic concrete creations.
Seven—designboom mart: Back by popular demand, designboom mart is returning to IDS15 to feature more than 30 designers from across the world. On the docket: Joe Jin, Kumvana Gomani, Mier Luo, Little Factory, Khaled Mays, Ritoon Design and Lola’s Vanity. Attendees will have the chance to purchase jewelry, accessories, home accents and small furnishings directly from the show floor.
Nine—The Ultimate Airport Lounge: What happens when Europe’s luggage manufacturer RIMOWA teams up with Italy's SELENE FURNITURE? An ultimate airport lounge fit for savvy explorers featuring designs by Presotto.
Ten—Exhibitors: This year more than 300 exhibitors can be found on the IDS15 show floor, where they will be debuting products and installations from across the world. See the newest in everything from furniture, kitchen and bathroom design, carpets and flooring, windows and doors, and lighting and accessories. Exhibits not to be missed this year include the newest North American technology from Sony Canada and IKEA Canada’s introduction of its new SEKTION kitchen system.
Professional trade day is Friday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 online and $25 at the door. The show then opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $19 online and $22 at the door.