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Monday, February 2, 2009

IDS09: Anticipation for Inspiration

It's that time of year again, when the wicked doldrums of Winter have taken their toll, and we are all in need of some freshness. In a few days we are off to Toronto's 2009 Interior Design Show, an annual event displaying new and notable contemporary design trends. We've attended this show every year since it began 11 years ago, and despite that it seems each year to take up less space and have fewer sponsors, there are still loads of ideas to be gleaned. After attending interesting seminars, discovering new suppliers and innovative products, we leave Toronto armed with an arsenal of hot ideas, and the snow seems insignificant.

Guest speaker Ben Van Berkel is proprietor of UNstudio and an award-winning architect from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Wallpaper Magazine has named Van Berkel as 'one of architecture's most active star professionals'.

Of course, we'll see Lynda Reeves, the everlasting face of House and Home, strutting her stuff all weekend.

French (as in Paris) Designer Christophe Delcourt will be showcasing his furniture design for
Roche Bobois.

Here's a sneak peek of the products that will be featured:

Bookshelf by Christophe Delcourt from Roche Bobois 'Legend' Collection in burgundy oak.

The Legend Collection by Christophe Delcourt for Roche Bobois.

The Ripple Table, from Groenart.

New seating from Italy by Frini Furniture.

A highlight of the show will be the new products from Ecosmart. These sleek fireplaces are environmentally friendly with ethanol, and they're flueless, so they can be placed just about anywhere.

Here is Ecosmart's new 'Tower', a sculpture and fireplace in one....and when used outdoors, it becomes a very modern luxe tiki torch! See below!

Zeta by Ecosmart - This reminds me of my laptop, and what it would look like if I set it on fire. This thought crosses my mind some days, like last week when my email was down!

Oli modular furniture by Giorgetti.

Rugs from Design Doctor Finland, in cotton chenille, design by Elina Helenius

'Celine' Tile from Mettro Source

Lighting from Tansy and Co.

Plastidermy sculpture by Science + Son

Sculptural storage by Dudley Mack.

Check back to find out what other interesting finds we discover...this is just a tidbit!

The 2009 Interior Design Show is held at the Direct Energy Center on the Exhibition grounds in Toronto. The show runs from Feb. 5-8, and the public is welcome on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $17. Will you be attending?


  1. Thanks for blogging about us! We're in the midst of setting up for the show and we're getting SO excited, it's looking great.

    Just wanted to clarify - every year, we have either maintained or increased the number of exhibitors and sponsors. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show and we hope you have a good time.

  2. Hi Jillian,
    I loved the EcoSmart products, especially the fireplace. Very sleek and modern indeed
    Btw: I tagged your blog in my post. Check my recent post. thanks.

  3. Interior Design Show:
    Thanks for the clarification on maintaining and increasing your number of exhibitors and sponsors! It's great that you've been able to sustain them in this economy! From past experiences, we know the IDS Thursday evening party has always been a great time, guaranteed! Check back to find out what we thought were the highlights!

    Anusha - thanks so much for the mention in your post!

  4. Hi Jillian, thanks for showing my lighting! I have updated my blog now with show photos for you to see and use. Thanks again
    Sandy Middleton
    Tansy & Co.


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