It’s back. The Interior Design Show (IDS) is making its much-anticipated return to Toronto. The design-forward festivities will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from April 7 – 10 and will explore the realm of possibility with this year’s dynamic theme, New Futures. The thematic concept aims to frame and reflect Canadian design within a global context—to be a catalyst for new ideas, new solutions, and new expressions. The program features 40+ accredited seminars that will take place on April 7 and 8—the exposition’s trade days. Keynote speakers include Michael Leckie of Leckie Studio Architecture + Design, Gaile Guevara of Gaile Guevara Studio, Byron and Dexter Peart of GOODEE, and Brigitte Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects.
Here are some highlights that patrons won’t want to miss at this year’s show.
Dare to Share Lounge
In collaboration with GOCO, AyA Kitchens, and The English Carpenter, Picnic Design is bringing a co-living experience to life in its Dare to Share lounge. The Toronto-based architecture and interior design firm led by founding principals Joanne Lam and Eric Martin considers all functionalities of designed space, whether it be a home or a home-work space, a place for celebration, or a quiet escape.
The Dare to Share lounge is centred around co-living and shared living spaces—a concept that has become increasingly appealing for multigenerational families, seniors, and those just looking to enter the housing market.
To create the co-living experience on the show floor, the lounge will be divided into separate vignettes, each depicting a typical shared space. Each vignette will be scaled 1:1, colour coordinated, and filled with conversation bubbles, much like in a life-size comic book.
NEON GARDEN is unveiling Coolab Principal Clayton Budd’s first collaboration with Rollout, a Toronto-based custom wallpaper company doing innovative work around the globe. The space will be a food and drink lounge, thoughtfully showcasing the collaboration.
Budd, an award-winning multidisciplinary designer, was a natural fit to design Rollout, as they share the ethos of teamwork and collaboration. The most evocative feature will be the wallpaper, called Black + Blooms—a pattern made from an assortment of unique designs, fusing the organic with a techno-glitch aesthetic, culminating in a kaleidoscopic unity.
Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge is the show’s International Guest of Honour. Munge has collaborated with Caesarstone to design Neo Colosseo, a collection focused on introspection and self discovery. The feature is meant to ground, provoke, and propel you forward into the discovery of what could be.