The Interior Design Show now on!

Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Interior Design Show/IDS is Canada’s premier design fair. Since its inception in 1998, close to 660,000 design professionals, consumers and media have attended. The newest and most innovative in international and Canadian products are annually presented by 300 exhibitors. Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers; and highlight international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends. The most influential architects and designers from around the world share their design philosophies and experiences within the international keynote speakers program.

This year, the opening night party opens IDS on Thursday, January 24, where industry players will convene on the show floor for a night of local food, cocktails and a sneak peek at the products on display. Attendees are encouraged to bid on one of the 20 Real Good Chairs by Blu Dot, each reimagined by a designer, artist or illustrator. Auction proceeds benefiting the ONEXONE children’s foundation.

Professional Trade Day follows on Friday, January 25, and is reserved for professional members of the design trade. The day is designed to inspire, educate and expose professionals to products, designers, and ideas from both international and national perspectives. In addition to the floor exhibits and features, programming on this day includes the Trade Talks Speakers Series, the IDS Booth Awards and Design Awards. Speakers include Oki Sato, Jerszy Seymour, Philippe Malouin and Jurgen Mayer H.

The general public is welcome to attend on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, which promises to enlighten with a full day of inspiring talks with Globe Style Saturday and an all-new weekend series of seminars. Fashion and design personalities such as Bonnie Brooks and Brian Gluckstein will be in attendance.

One of this year’s highlights is How Do You Work? – an exhibit that features four unique approaches to today’s concept of a work space. Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, Blacklab Architects, Igloodgn, Joel Loblaw and Samare Studio have tackled the challenging notion of working in the context of lightning-speed acceleration of technological advances coupled with the rapid adoption of mobile technology. Consequently, to many people, a permanent office space has been rendered obsolete. Today, the office is as near as your mobile device – be it an iPad, tablet or smartphone. Where do the boundaries of work and play meet? Where is today’s work/life balance? In what type of environment are you most productive? From architect to interior designer, these are the types of questions that How Do You Work? will address.

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