Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IDS16: Preview + Giveaway!

Hello Tuesday! 2016 is off to an exciting start with an e-design project and a design consultation under my belt in 2 short weeks and before I know it, IDS Toronto is in town this week!  Every January, IDS Toronto attracts the best design talents from around the globe to showcase their extraordinary design ideas, ingenious creative solutions, and impeccable innovations, making the hottest products and latest design inspirations accessible to everyone who dreams to improve their own home. 

#IDS16 is full of star power with speakers including design powerhouse Tom Dixon as the International Guest of Honour, Omer Arbel: founder of Bocci (see them in #ProjectChris), Orlando Soria from Homepolish who inspires me daily with his work on Instagram, and Lee Broom (love his signature blend of classic & edgy creations), the design talks from Friday to Sunday are not to be missed.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto 
Year after year, Caesarstone has blown our minds with the versatility of a conventional countertop material (see my recap from IDS15) proving the real limitation is our mind.  As part of a year long collaboration, Caesarstone and Tom Dixon has teamed up to fill the Central Lounge with a spectacular ice kitchen inspired by natural wonders and our footprints on Canada's frozen lakes. 

From coffee makers to the world-renown lighting collections, I can't wait to experience the Central Lounge in person!

images courtesy of IDS Toronto 
For a man who likes to make "stuff", Orlando Soria is the founder of Homemaker, the creative director of Homepolish, and the on-screen sidekick in Emily Henderson's home makeover series "Secrets From a Stylist".  I am a fan of Orlando's work and he is hilarious! Be sure to come say hi to Orlando on Saturday, and follow him on Instagram / blog as he documents his design journey to create capturing spaces ... one room at a time.

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
I am always obsessed with stunning lighting solutions.  Just like the perfect accessory that complements the little black dress, a brilliant light fixture can transform a beautiful space into a real knockout.  That is exactly what Lee Broom and Omer Arbel have created in their respective lighting collections.  I love the edgy, industrial interpretation of classic designs by Lee and the celebration of organic sensibility in Omer's series.  Lee will speak on Professional Trade Day and Omer will discuss homegrown talents achieving international success on Global Style Saturday.    

images courtesy of IDS Toronto
Speaking about homegrown talents, The Makers are back and I can't wait to check out the latest collection by Coolican & Company.  With a true passion of simplicity in design and commitment to honest, master craftsmanship, every item produced by Coolican & Company is special and each batch is unique: endlessly durable & purposefully made.

images courtesy of Coolican & Company
I met Rock and My Le of 1925 Workbench at IDS15 and I am surely excited to see the design duo teaming up with Alanna Cavanagh to create an inspiring experience to showcase their signature creations.

images courtesy of 1925Workbench & Alanna Cavanagh
Are you all pumped for #IDS16? To make it more special to all of you, I am giving away a pair of tickets valid for the Consumer Day (Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th).  All you need to do is to let me know what is your must-see at #IDS16.  For extra entries, follow IDSToronto and DesignMaze on and repost my #IDS16Giveaway from Tuesday to Thursday.

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, January 22nd.


  1. Looking forward to AYA's booth and other related booths. Bringing my step daughter who is starting university in the fall in the arts and this show will help her see all the facets of design available to her. Would LOVE a couple of free tickets!! Angie@dklondon.net

  2. Caesarstone is my must-see! bigstarchy@gmail.com

  3. My must see is Orlando Soria! Love his design aesthetic and sense of humour.

  4. Can't wait to see Holland+Morris's beautiful Junction table. Also looking forward to seeing their furnishings in the Kit and Ace hotel on Queen Street! jennersuk@gmail.com