Design / Inspiration

IDS 2017:

Updated 30th June 2017
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So my second year going to IDS (Interior Design Show) at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. This year I was glad to be able to make it to the Trade Show day which was on the 20th January because they put on some great talks on by different designers from all different industries. Sitting in on some of seminars was really worth it as well as getting to look around the hall. There was a lot to pack in to the day! A few of the same companies and exhibitors that were there last year took up their usual spots. And some new companies and individuals introduced to us!

Some great products, designs and pieces here are my favourites!


Nika Zupanc was one of the speakers on the main stage with her latest collection for Se London shown at IDS through the design company South Hill Home. Nika is a designer from Slovenia who has worked with companies like Moooi and Christian Dior. Spanish designer Jamie Hayon was another speaker at IDS this year. His background coming from industrial design he also has collection with Se London among others.



In the prototype area, we met Jacob Antoni who showed us his amazing Transforma light. I absolutely loved his light, which shifts in form, shape and intensity with 3 lighting models available this one piece will totally transform your space and energy. He gave us a little demonstration of how his light evolves which we were totally sold on. I’m hoping that it comes into production very soon.


Nanoleaf is a modular smart lighting product by the company Aurora. Loved the simplicity of the lighting panels and how easy it is to connect and install to use a wall or ceiling feature. They’re available as 9 pack or if you’re thinking of bigger feature they come in commercial packs too. Application is controlled by use of smart phones so you can sync your music to match the lighting panels. Their reps were also saying how a new model pack is soon the come out where the panels can be installed as 3D installations.

Anony had the most minimalist lighting which I loved. Their Ohm pendant displayed as either a single pendant or cluster in a different metal finishes. Also displayed next to the Ohm pendant a wall sconce with a simple halo emitted light. With a little push in the centre the light angles the light to where you please mimicking the stages of the moon. Simple but effective.

The ultimate spirit and cocktail serving kit Barchitecture’s pieces are some sleek graphical to just look at even if you’re not in to making the fancy drinks apart from when your guests come over. A modern updated version of a classic kit.


These beautiful area rugs from JAN KATH caught my eye. A twist of new and old. Silk threads woven over expansive areas to leave traditional pattern of the old peeping through.  This one in particular, from their collection Erased Hertitage. Over all a good day at the IDS next year I’d like to go as many of talks as possible and maybe go a second day just to in all what the designers have to offer. We’ll see what happens next year!


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