The Interior Design Show (IDS) is Canada’s design fair. It first opened its doors in 1999 and has since been visited by over 660,000 design professionals and consumers. The IDS serves as a design industry hub by providing a unique and unrivaled business opportunity for thousands of design related business. Every year they feature world-renowned designs and architects as keynote speakers and also as creators of inspiring feature exhibits.
We were very excited to once again attend IDS13. We spent the whole day exploring the exhibits and speaking to craftsman, manufacturers and design professionals.
What did we discover at the show?
Salvaged wood is here to stay, a variety of designers and craftsman showed their unique take on using this green material.
Colour & Texture
From wall-coverings, drapery, floors, decor and rugs, colour and texture are back (hooray!). Vibrant, saturated colours from all across the spectrum were visible at the show. It wasn’t just colour, there was texture too! You could see and feel it in new quartz, stone, textile, and wallpaper designs. IDS13 was a veritable feast for the senses.
Practical Kitchens & Bathrooms
Space is at a premium and finally designers have taken note! Unique kitchen and bathroom designs that maximize the use of space seemed to be an IDS13 theme. The show was a breath of fresh air and a weight off the shoulders for any condo owner!
Aya Kitchens came up with this incredibly innovative design. The island doubles as a bar and cooktop, and hidden away is a kitchen table that can pivot out of the island. The stove top itself is hidden beneath a stainless steel table cover.
IKEA was there to show off their amazing urban rustic kitchen and bathroom (remember how we noted last year that rustic would be big?) and they also showed us how you could have plenty of storage and still have a space that looked fabulous.
Scavolini showed off their sleek Italian designs, compact storage and cooking areas and bathrooms that maximized the use of space and storage.
Tidal and Stone Forest showed off their unique take on natural bathrooms. We loved the designs at Tidal and the unique sinks from Stone Forest.
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