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Inspired By Design at Toronto IDS 2018

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Inspired By Design at Toronto IDS 2018

By Designer Kate Davidson

As a designer I like to explore design shows and find some inspirational new items.  This year IDS2018 was again definitely a success with many outstanding booths that wowed with creative and innovative displays that offered great inspirations for us to take home.

The tried and true vendors like Caesarstone, Miele, and W Studio continued to offer some innovative and unique, stunning displays.  But this year there were a few vendors that surprised us and went above and beyond to impress and inspire with their amazing new materials, fixtures, furnishings and appliances.   One such booth full of amazing products was the House of Rohl booth which showcased some of the latest trends and finishes now to create the most stylish of bathrooms.   Here we were able to see the latest freestanding tub from bath experts Victoria + Albert The latest modern reinvention of a classic bateau bathtub, named Trivento. Adore the fact it is deep and double ended style combines the clean lines of a modern aesthetic with the graceful curves of a classic silhouette. All Victoria + Albert Baths are now available in Colour (right on trend ) in  Gloss black, Matte Black, Anthracite, Stone Grey and Light Grey.

Overall at the show you would see that pattern, texture and the mixing of materials is going to be a strong influence in design for the coming year.

The gorgeous mosaics at Surface & Co made quite an impact with the mixture of marble, gold leaf backed glass tile and brass tile mixed in bold graphic patterns.  As well I loved the walnut and marble combination in the dining table at the Huppe display.

From lighting to tabletops and kitchen counters, mixing wood, stone, and metal is a huge theme this year.  The custom lighting and furniture by Hollis + Morris combined wood & brass beautifully with elegant, simplistic design.  The combination of finishes can also been found in plumbing fixtures as the combination of brass, gold and lucite continues to be popular.  I was inspired to see at the Monogram booth how Sarah Richardson varied the quartz countertop colours on the island in the Resort kitchen design.

In addition to the mixing of materials the industrial look remains to be strong.  A great find were the prefab black framed shower enclosures by Zitta, (available through your plumbing supplier).  This hot look is now more affordable as they are available in 4 sizes ready to be installed.  Graphite toned matte and distressed faucets were on display at the Graff booth – I was excited to find these new finishes as they will work beautifully in a rustic, modern space.

The show this year was layered with innovative materials, appliances and furnishings.  All with a focus on customization, tone and texture.

Be sure to check back with us at Reno & Décor for more product news ahead and visit us at the GTA show  February 16th-19th  and come meet us with your design questions.




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Things to See at the IDS2018 Show

Things to See at the IDS2018 Show

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Things to See at the IDS2018 Show


Caesarstone’s project with New York-based collaborative practice Snarkitecture for their 2018 Designer Program will focus on the icon of the modern home: the kitchen island. The collaboration will present a realistic and practical interpretation of Caesarstone, one that looks at the functionality of the kitchen, while drawing from Snarkitecture’s signature blend of architecture and art. IDS18 attendees will get a preview of the first instalment of the collaboration before a large-scale version debuts at Milan Design Week later this year.


designboom brings back its international design market, offering 30 creative professionals from all over the world introducing their new products to the Canadian market. A unique interactive platform or emerging and established designers to test their new ideas, visitors can purchase the self-produced or limited edition pieces directly from the designers. Expect to be drawn in by the innovative design of the booth, painted in designboom yellow.


Multiple-time Interior Design Show Best Booth winner, AyA Kitchens and Baths, has confirmed that it will join forces with U31 Design and Cleaf by Weston Premium Woods for The Future of Canadian Living. Inspired by the culturally diverse makeup of Toronto, The Future of Canadian Living will feature a series of pod-like spaces to resemble a 15-foot high treehouse. Through the intersection of texture, height and space, each pod will represent archetypal characters of traditional rooms – a kitchen, a bathroom and a library.


Miele presents an absolute world’s first: The Dialog oven with innovative M Chef Technology revolutionizes the art of cooking. Miele household appliances have always stood for the very best: premium quality, outstanding durability – made for those who love to be on the leading edge. Discover a pioneering cooking appliance with revolutionary technology that sets new standards in culinary excellence through in-person product demos.


Visitors will encounter a dark forest of blade-like fixtures at this thought-provoking exhibit that asks them to react to the most promising and terrifying changes that will form part of our future. Through touch-technology, the exhibit will measure an emotional response to the changes that will define our future, and share it through a visual experience within the installation.


You don’t have to travel to Italy to experience gourmet pizza, you can enjoy it at home with Monogram Canada. Celebrity designer, Sarah Richardson, is creating two custom gourmet kitchens with the luxury appliance brand, including one inspired by a couture pizzeria featuring the Monogram Pizza Oven at this year’s show. Exclusive to the brand, the Monogram pizza oven is designed to match the capabilities of the best restaurant pizza ovens, giving homeowners restaurant-quality performance in their own kitchens. Drop by the booth to see the new oven in person and enjoy delicious pizza samples (select times).


Maker returns for its fourth instalment at IDS18, curated by designmilk. Maker features the work of artisanal North American design stars who produce their own work in small batches with limited distribution. This year’s Makers include 1925Workbench, Atelier Bussiere, Charuk & Ford, Christopher Solar Designs, Kastella, Kroft, Luxi Studioworks, Miles & May, Objects and Ideas, and PELLE.


Studio North and Prototype is the marketplace to showcase custom work and limited-edition collections to the design industry, media and a discerning design audience. Over 65 Canadian and international designers of the highest calibre present one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like setting. Studio North and Prototype participants are provided with the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a panel of international industry leaders and design experts.


The IDS18 ON Wood Display is the next step in an ongoing applied research into light-weight, hybrid spatial structures inspired by natural and biological systems. The Clover Pavilion is a grouping of partially enclosed floral display areas that feature tension-activated plywood petals. The project seeks to infuse wood design, one of Ontario’s enduring craft traditions, with experimental ideas and techniques from engineering and material systems theory. Technology and craft are developed together to produce a rich sequence of spaces that are responsive to visitors and highlight the varied Ontario Wood prototypes and artifacts on display.


Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of IDS, this exhibition brings together some of the most talented designers and studios, whether practicing in Canada or abroad that represent the best of Canadian design today. Curated by Paul Makovsky, Vice President of Design of Metropolis magazine, the exhibition showcases the work of over 50 architecture and design studios–both emerging and established–to explore how considerations of sustainability, conscientious uses of materials and design philosophies can create projects and products that truly stand out, in terms of both their aesthetics and design.


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