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The Interior Design Highlights

The Interior Design Show in Toronto is the design community’s opportunity to see some of the new innovations in the world of design.  This year’s show was no disappointment.

There was a great deal of product for the kitchen and bath renovators this year but one of the stand outs was from Jenn Air.  The signature down draft automatically elevating from the back of the stove, now combined with an LED light.  It’s a great way to see while cooking with a futuristic design element. They also had a wall oven that will prompt you thorough cooking process; guaranteed success every time!

The sink from Blanco with the double sided porcelain farm front was another winner.  It’s a great way to finish a small island with style.  The architectural element is both old and new with the farm styled apron done in a modern application.

The Tomlin Group bathtub that looked like a Calla Lilly was a show stopper this year with its sculptural beauty.  Tubs are more an element of bathroom beauty with showers being more efficient. The shape of this tub makes you want a bath because of its grace and simply lines.

It is often said that lighting creates a great sense of mood and atmosphere.  Hanging lights also provide a visual element in your sight line.  Living Lighting on King was at the show and perfectly on trend with the “sputnik” shape and spikes.  This light fixture was against a floral wall with 5 watt light bulbs embedded into the foliage.  The display showed lighting creating mood and a great chandelier.


AM Studio also showed a beautiful glass fixture that looked like amber coloured balloons.  The glow of each ball made for a beautiful fixture.  I can’t wait to put this lighting art into a client project.


I also really appreciated the work in Studio North at the show, an area where small companies and individuals have an opportunity to showcase some new work.  Hollis + Morris showed a light fixture that could act both as a lighting source and a display hook for clothes or hats.  The structure of the fixture was compelling with its stick like shapes and organic feel.

Bettie Cott showed us a new product that some called a hall tree while others were reminded of a bull.  A front hall seat for a Toronto home where space at a premium.  The narrow but long seat might allow for a couple of people to sit next to each other and each person could have one “horn”  to hang their coat and hat.  Well constructed and interesting are always a good combination.

Tony Koukos is a photographer who applies images to decor.  This carpet is a combination of a few images, to create this layered and rich look. Also love the lampshade of repeated door knockers. Art in carpets and lamps is always a good thought.


If you missed the show this time around, there is no need to worry.  The show comes back every year. The general public is invited to see what is new on the horizon as well.  Whatever your project, you are bound to find something that will suit your taste!

Are you inspired? Contact an interior design professional to find out how you can update your home.

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