Monday, January 23, 2012

IDS 2012: Pre-Show Part I

The 14th annual Interior Design Show IDS 12 is coming to town and you are all invited!  IDS 12, one of Toronto's most celebrated Interior Design Events, will be unveiled on January 26th for the Opening Night Party, 27th for Professional Trade Day, and the show is open to public on 28th & 29th.  This much anticipated event attracts over 300 exhibitors from across the globe including Denmark, Italy, France, New York, and many more international design industry's elites, showcasing the latest trends, newest products, and creative talents at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

I attended the show in 2011 and was totally blown away by the innovation products, ingenious design solutions, and inspirational tour of the featured exhibitions including the creation by Sarah Richardson.

This year, I am honoured to be part of the media team and I am extremely excited to share with you all the highlights of IDS 12 including the behind the scene footage as the team puts together this year's fantastic show, the fun and laughters at the Gala, a sneak peek of the Julian Chairs re-imagined by 20 top Canada design talents at the Cherish Auction & Exhibit, and the ingenious design solutions on how to life large in small spaces at "How Do We Live?": an innovative exhibit featuring a two-storey building with 6 individual rooms designed by Toronto's leading design firms: Jill Greaves Design, Mason, Mazen Studio, Quadrangle Architects, Theresa Casey + Robert Gray, and Youssef Hasbani/L'atelier.  

For a taste of "THE PARTY" to come this Thursday, here is an official preview clip:

image via IDS 12
I am so looking forward to Thursday and my question is: what to wear!! 

Another exciting and meaningful event I look forward to is the Cherish Auction & Exhibit.  ONEXONE is the official charity partner of the 14th annual IDS 12 to raise funding for the most vulnerable members of society: children in need. 

"Founded in 2005, ONEXONE was created on the principles that every life is infinitely precious and that each person can make a profound difference in someone else's life one by one."

In collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations and PepsiCo Canada, the ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast Program provides grants to 20 community partners offering nutritious morning meals to children at school.

For 2012, 20 Canada's top fashion, graphic and interior design personalities and celebrities have re-imagined the whimsical dog children's chair, Julian Chair, by Italian manufacturer MAGIS.  Here is a preview of three fun-filled creations by Joe Fresh, Alfred Sung, and AKA (Atelier Kastelic Buffey).

image via IDS 12
The auction will take place during "THE PARTY", while the exhibit will run throughout the show.  Now for those of you who will be attending the show on the weekend, be sure to check out "Wear Hope", the ONEXONE's bracelet, available next to the Cherish Exhibit to support the First Nations School Breakfast Program.

image via ONEXONE
While exploring the 175,000 sq. ft platform for the latest and hottest innovative designs and products, check out this year's feature exhibit "How Do You Live?" and be inspired. Presented by National Bank, this innovative exhibit on small space living by transforming 6 reclaimed shipping containers into "a wonderful example of multi-dwelling living at its finest".

The National Bank Hub will also be sitting next to the exhibit, which Designer Lisa Canning from Lisa Canning Interiors will transform a 16 by 24 foot space into a comfortable living space + a stylish home office for a small family.  Here is the National Bank's Hub:

image via National Bank Hub

Fun eh? I can't wait to see Lisa's transformation with chic contemporary furnishings by BoConcept.

This is Part I of my countdown to IDS 12.  More exciting countdown to come on Wednesday!


  1. so excited for you Tim! looking forward to reading your blog after the party, have fun!

  2. So lucky to go to all the parties! Have fun! i am soooo sad I can't make it out :(