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IDS Toronto Unveils a Brilliant 2018 profiles three of the talented lighting design studios on exhibition at the recent Interior Design Show in Toronto.

This year’s IDS Toronto took place this past weekend and we were lucky enough to spend some significant time taking in the show. As always, the best and brightest were in attendance and on display, providing a glimpse of all that 2018 had to offer the world of interior design and décor in Canada.

With so much to see, pinning down the stand out displays is definitely a challenge, however, the real standout wasn’t so much a single booth as it was an entire category –lighting.

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Possibly the highest profile name in the lighting category at this year’s IDS was PELLE. Manhattan-based PELLE was in attendance, showcasing their iconic Bubble Chandelier, among other offerings. The Bubble Chandelier is a remarkable statement pieces featuring an abundance of glass orbs, held out by arms swathed with either cotton or leather cord.

While PELLE was arguably the most widely recognized name, three Canadian designers really stole our attention: Luxi Studioworks, Matthew McCormick Studio, and Decimal.

Luxi Studioworks – Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Halifax-based Luxi Studioworks presented architecturally stunning pendants, drums, and chandeliers. On display were pieces from their art deco-esque Roinn, meandering Lubach, and whimsically colourful Lomhara collections.

The colourful Lomhara pendants stood out as a crowd favourite, with many in attendance stepping in for a closer look and feel. These lights would make playful yet striking statement above a kitchen island or peninsula. We however, were partial to the chic curves of the Roinn drum pendant.

Matthew McCormick Studio – Toronto, Ontario

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The bold lighting designs from Matthew McCormick Studio offered a very clean, linear take on lighting sophistication. We were instantly drawn to the unencumbered style and subtle masculinity of the designs.

The modular Dawn chandelier seemed vaguely reminiscent of a mid-century modern sputnik chandelier; however, its hand-blown, tapered glass tubes allow it to make a uniquely contemporary statement of its own.

Without a doubt, Matthew McCormick’s Halo chandelier was among our overall favourites at IDS this year. Finished in copper, bronze, or even 24K gold, this modular system features circulene bulbs in various sizes, ranging from 1 x 16” to 6 x 8” arranged in a descending cascade of softly glowing light. Halo is a harmonious blend of function and art in one.

Decimal Industries Inc.-Vancouver, British Columbia & Mexico City

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Taking a sharp right turn at the other end of the lighting design spectrum was the booth by Decimal Industries Inc. Decimal is a Vancouver and Mexico City based design firm that specializes in creating 3D printed light fixtures.

Decimal’s designs are intricate and interesting, with some appearing to be almost biologically-inspired. In fact, one particular design was said to represent three human hearts at the stages of adult, teen, and child –one within the other. The designs seem perfect for trendier hospitality clients; although we can certainly picture them in residential settings as well.

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