Four Days at IDS

By danielle

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Oh Canada! Our Design-Calendar girls just got back from the Interior Design Show in Toronto, where the condo boom has put everyone in a good mood. Our spirits were high from start to finish, which might have something to do with the delicious cocktails served at the opening night party and preview and the Veuve Clicquot in the press room =).

Jenn-Air started the night off right with a series of delicious cocktails!

DJ Kreemy kept the party going with his mix of electronic beats!

The Krups Stage was a lively spot as keynote speakers including Matali Crasset, Fabio Novembre and Bjarke Ingels drew massive crowds.
Speaking of hot sessions, students had the chance to talk with Novembre and fellow Italian designer leaders  Piero Lissoni and Piero Gandini at Italian Design Unplugged, which took place at the FLOS Power Station on the exhibition floor.

Offsite, we had a chance to get a sneak peek at the new Templar hotel. Local design hero Del Terrelonge took us on a tour of the brand new 8 story bespoke boutique hotel in the entertainment district and explained his extremely cool concept for lodging. From the public spaces to the private rooms, the hotel is filled with Poliform furnishings, Duravit toilets, Axor faucets, Hansgrohe shower heads and Miele appliances. The kitchen is open 24 hours and guests are treated to a private chef. Airport transportation is provided by a chauffeur-driven Porsche Panamera. You name it, Del has though of it. His attention to detail is extraordinary.  We couldn’t be more proud!   Speaking of hotels, we spent Saturday night at the Gladstone – ducking (often times literally) into the guest rooms at the Love Design Party at the Come Up to My Room exhibition. This alternative design event, which took over the hallways and second floor of the hotel featured the work of 44 artists and designers. Each were asked to present what goes on inside their heads. The results were incredible…

Interstice Studios' CAST is a public space installation that explores the potentials of material reuse. Made of thousands of tiny paper clips, CAST takes the form of an intricate weave and is heavily influenced by traditional craft and textile techniques.

Wendy Fok's Geo-Cognition made guests stop and think about urban landscapes. Can you spot the city in the shadow?

In room 205, Ryerson’s [R]ED[U]X LAB experimented with fabric stretched over a series of custom fabricated plastic bits bound together with elastic bands.

Stay tuned as we’ll be following up with some of our favorite products from the show floor!

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