Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sneak Peek: IDS12

IDS12 is just around the corner and I am beyond happy to be invited for a sneak peek during the final load in day, hours before THE PARTY gala begins. Some of you will be coming to the Professional Trade Day on Friday, while many of you will be attending the show during the weekend.  

Let me share with you my fun-filled morning and give you a few reasons why you need to come to IDS12.  Our tour started with Shauna Levy, Co-founder and Vice President of Interior Design Show, giving us a quick preview of the inspiration and direction for this year's show.  My little red carpet moment with Elaine from Style at Home.  

We started our tour outside of the Metro Convention Centre where Shauna showed us one of IDS Platforms: Design Icons.  This exhibit features five iconic designs sculpted in ice blocks.  This one is the infamous LC2 Chair by Le Corbusier.  Which are the other 4 iconic chairs? You will have to come find out.
Headed back indoor, all the exhibitors were working around the clock to get their spaces or pieces ready for the show.  Offsite/Onsite is another featured exhibit at IDS12 and you can see Vancouver designer, Brent Comber, hard at work on his larger than life split cedar ball.

The "Dancing Polar Bears" is the concept Deb and Ed came up with for their Offsite/Onsite exhibit.  

Industrial designer, Patty Johnson, discussed her Vodunuvo collection and other local crafts including this dress made from craft paper.

Commute Home putting this sculptural piece together.  I've always admire their work.

"... this boathouse will be powered by a reverse cogeneration boat!" as explained by Del Terrelonge, the brain behind this sleek, contemporary boathouse exhibit.

Studio North is another must stop spot.  I love the design and execution of their pieces, and this trio of pendents is a real contestant for my foyer.

ELTE of course has pulled out all stops to take us for a luxurious ride in their space.

It's never too early to think Spring and outdoor Summer living.  Be sure to check out Andrew Richard Designs, Earth Inc, and Sung Outdoor exclusively at the Bay for inspiration and start planning early.

At the Miele's glass house, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy an out of this world experience in this Miele's living zone.

Yes the show at Miele comes with popcorns.

The main feature exhibit this year is "How Do You Live?", where six talented design teams transform six reclaimed shipping containers into inspirational spaces.  

"Feast" by Quadrangle 
"Layered" by Mazen el-Abdallah 
"Ritual" by Mason 
"Outside the bazaar" by Youssef Hasbani 
"Outside the bazaar" by Youssef Hasbani
"Touchable" by Jill Greaves
"Touchable" by Jill Greaves 
"Poetic" by Theresa Casey & Robert Gray
"Poetic" by Theresa Casey & Robert Gray
International Guest of Honour, Piero Lissoni, chatted with us at the breathtakingly beautiful Lissoni Lounge.  I am in love with the space and I'm not the only one.  Check out Jen's recap here.

I've talked about the ONEXONE Cherish Auction.  Now check out this line up of the Julian Chairs re-imagined by 21 designers!  

Now what are you waiting for, grab your coat and start your car!  This is the show you don't want to miss!


  1. Tim, sorry I missed you on the tour, I was attending Conversations in Design seeing the amazing Amy Lau and the impossibly handsome Michael Bruno, founder of

  2. Great coverage Tim! I did a round up post on IDS and grabbed a few images - hope that's ok - i linked back to you (of course)! If not ok - just let me know. Thanks. Jan - Poppytalk