Friday, January 19, 2018

Interior Design Show 2018 Opening Night Party

Toronto’s #IDS18 Design Fair starts with a fun night featuring DJs, abundant amounts of free food and drink samples and the outstanding array of leading brands and design ideas sponsored by PurParket. Opening night was on Thursday, January 18 beginning at 7pm and continuing until 11pm and then heading to The Drake for the after party. Future Fantastic and Edge of Design were some of the buzzwords of the night. I highly recommend the show and if you are going to attend and the opening night party is definitely worth considering, then you can return on other days to listen and learn from experts.

Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – North Building the Interior Design Show runs from January 18-21 with days set aside for Preview on Thursday, Professionals on Friday, Globe and Mail Saturday and House & Home on Sunday. “The 20th edition of Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents. We hope you enjoy exploring the people, products and places that make the design world so exciting an inspiring.” The beauty of some elements make the show a combination of function and art that provide for a really unique trade show.
The variety of design groups and manufacturers brings many of the best products and services available in Canada all to one place. Highlights of the opening night were the Caesarstone display area and their adjacent stage and lounge as well as the ladies in the illuminated dresses.
Shauna Levy, co-founder of IDS in Toronto and President and CEO of Canada’s Design Exchange will be speaking at the Caesarstone Stage on Saturday at 11:30am. She says that “Design is certainly about beauty, but it’s now time for design to do some heavy lifting. Design should have a seat at the table when discussing how to create a world where all people can prosper.”

While the visual world is well represented at the show, there is also a component of learning with Trade Day Talks and Seminars such as ‘Universal Design: Learning from the past, designing for the future’, ‘Using the WELL Building Standard to optimize your healthy workplace’ and ‘the Business of Colour’.

Globe and Mail Saturday will delve into where we find inspiration and will have Guests of Honour: Yabu Pushelberg’s George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg. Their multidisciplinary firm looks at all aspects of design and architecture and the due will converse with Globe and Mail editor Kristina Ljubanovic. Saturday will also have Design Classes so that you can learn some of what it takes to develop into a successful designer with such topics as ‘For follows function – outdoor entertaining in small spaces’ and ‘Stages and phases of designing your dream home from the inside out’.
House and Home Sunday will look for trends as Canadian and International design personalities will provide keynote talks. This is your chance to ask questions from the experts and take in all their valuable advice.
In additional to the Caesarstone area there is also a Canadian by Nature exhibition, Studio North, Ontario Wood, designboom mart, how bright is our future space. There are also some quirky spaces such as the Bubble Yum bouncy ball rest area, the Crate Canteen and the Vantashack.

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