Friday, January 25, 2013

IDS 2013: Special Preview

Happy Friday and boy am I ever excited about this weekend! That's right folks, the Interior Design Show Toronto 2013 is officially on!  IDS features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their latest and hottest products available in the industrial.  From gourmet kitchen, sumptuous master en-suite, whimsical kid's room, to captivating outdoor living, IDS has got it all!

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One of this year's feature exhibits is "HOW DO YOU WORK?".  With advancement in technology, our work space is no longer confined within four brick walls.  We work from home, run meetings via mobile devices/ laptops, and draft up a contract on the iPad: work now gets to travel with us.  The conventional "work space"now begs for a complete re-think and this exhibit is determined to show us just that.  I am absolutely in the market for innovative "home office" ideas and simply can't wait to be inspired!      

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I love this boardroom by blackLAB Architects for the dramatic glass block walls (a practical element to let in light), the cluster of simple yet sophisticated lights, and those bold white stripes that run in the middle of the room.  What fun!! 

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ProtoType and Studio North are two other exhibits on my must-see list.  Featuring the brilliant work of independent designers,  ProtoType is the place to spot the next big thing that will soon be produced in mass.  I am loving the organic sensibility (almost shape like a crystal don't you think?) of this bright blue desk: perfect for my home office.  This sleek and sexy pendant is one of the items being showcased in Studio North.  I can't wait to see the installation! 

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Aside from the fantastic products you will discover, another amazing aspect of IDS Toronto is the line-up of design experts to share their words of wisdom with the rest of us.   The incredible Christine Lemieux, founder of Dwell Studio, will be at IDS this Saturday discussing "How is fashion related to interior design? What are the trends in textiles and where does the inspiration for it come from? How are today's contemporary spaces created?".  

I love Dwell Studio and you can spy a couple of its products in my own home here.  So I can't wait to meet Christine in person and hear about her take on textiles!  Christine also did a Q&A with House & Home, sharing her thoughts on Canadian design, 2013 resolution, and how to live an adventurous life.  Be sure to check it out.  

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You all know I love Brian's classic, tailored, and sophisticated design.  Looking forward to seeing Brian again on House & Home Sunday and hear his design talk with Mark Challen at KRUPS Stage at 1:30pm.  Now if you can't wait until Sunday, check out Brian's latest favourite decor trends at home with Suzanne on CanadaAM.

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Of course I will be there to see Tommy in action as well.  He will be at IDS Toronto on Sunday at 3pm chatting with Suzanne.  You won't want to miss it!  

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The Party was on last night and it was FUN! I had a blast meeting up my ladies and going through the show for a sneak peek.  Of course having a quick chat with Sarah, Tommy, and Christie (Please Christie, men want a Smythe Jacket too!) totally made my night!


Happy weekend and be sure to check out IDS Toronto for a mind blowing inspirational ride.

9 comments:

  1. so great! it will be an awesome time, guaranteed. I'm going to have to attend next year. have fun!

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    1. surely fun! please do join the party next year Julie!

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  2. Love how you dressed for the party and so jealous you are always so buddy-buddy with Sarah and Tommy. I plan to go on Sunday in time for Tommy's 3pm chat with Suzanne Dimma. And if money was no object, I would buy every single Smythe jacket Christie ever designs.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! You should come to The Party next time! I am so lucky out bumping into Sarah and Tommy + Christie! I got to tell Christie we would love to see a collection for men! Hope she will do that soon!

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    1. hope to see you here next year Barb! Happy weekend!

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  4. This was such a fun night. Your outfit was spectacular and this picture isn't showing the awesome bow tie to its full potential. xo

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  5. That looks fun! Everyone's so stylin'! I look forward to the IDSWest 2013 here in Vancouver!

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