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  • IDS 2017 Toronto HOSS Magazine
  • IDS 2017 Toronto HOSS Magazine
  • IDS 2017 Toronto HOSS Magazine

Why you should attend the 2017 Interior Design Show

HGTV Designer Melissa Davis shares her top six reasons on why you should attend the 2017 Interior Design Show (IDS) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from January 19 to 22.

The annual Interior Design Show (IDS) has become the place designers and home aficionados alike search out the latest and greatest with the swift efficiency of a curated show. We designers plot out a calculated course, pouring over the exhibitor list in advance, and breaking in our most stylish rubber soled shoes. In this case function needs trump, form.

Whether you’re planning a renovation, searching for that last detail, or simply need an inspiration filled day, mark your calendar and join me at the show.

Here are my Top 6 must-see features at this year’s show:

PARTISANS FACTORY
Equal parts fabrication warehouse, artist studio and lounge party, this installation is where making and doing meets play and performance. Guests are also encouraged to luxuriate in a sitting room featuring special pieces by Le Corbusier and Frank Gehry, curated by Porch Modern.

THE LAB
The LAB is where technology and design meet. This curated section will feature the newest and latest technology, apps and gadgets for design trade professionals and homeowners.

LEARN FROM THE PROS
An impressive lineup, this year’s show includes notable speakers with the likes of: Nicholas Haslam, one of the world’s finest Interior Designers sought by royalty and rock stars alike; Megan Torza, inspires with her socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio; and Canada’s own style maven Jeanne Beker will be on stage.

STUDIO NORTH AND PROTOTYPE
Be the first to see over 65 Canadian and international designers of the highest calibre presenting one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like setting. This marketplace showcases custom work and limited-edition collections and should not be missed!

SOURCE NEW PRODUCTS
Be sure to check out the latest in cabinet and kitchen hardware from Lee Valley Tools, designer approved luxury vinyl, engineered and laminate flooring from Metropolitan Hardwood Floors (Booth 710) and the latest in quartz composite counters from Quartex Surfaces.

DESIGN COMPETITIONS
For the second year, Metropolitan Hardwood Floors (Metro), manufacturer of the Kentwood line of premium hardwood floors, is holding the Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. Rather than a traditional trade show booth, the company proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design institutions. Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS this year, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by visitors to the show. Excited to take part among the other design judges at this year’s show. The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award. Drop by booth 710 and cast your vote

The Six finalists selected from the submitted designs are:

  • Leticia Hutchings of Ryerson School of Interior Design for her concept for <25
    • Annie Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
    • Kexin Zhang and Alana Lee of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Structurally Chaotic
    • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
    • Kyle Wong, Andria Wong and Eleanor Kuan of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Rift
    • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Empty Gestures
  • Toronto-based celebrity designer and contractor Melissa Davis is known for her appearances, creative design and reno work produced for various HGTV shows. Her work has been profiled nationally in print publications. With almost two decades of reno and design experience, her firm continues to service clientele throughout Ontario & the GTA, specializing in value-adding ROI and resale consultations. Visit www.melissadavis.com and @melissadavis