Good wood

One of the highlights of IIDEX Canada 2013 was the IIDEX Woodshop. DId you miss it? If so you’re in luck: you can see it at the 2013 Toronto Wood Solutions FairSee IIDEX Woodshop at the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair.


There are exciting times for wood design. Ongoing technical innovations have resulted in stronger, smarter and more versatile wood products and systems that are being enthusiastically embraced by building and design communities around the globe. As a result, we are witnessing the construction of an incredible new generation of wood buildings. You can discover more at the 2013 Toronto Wood Solutions Fair on Tues., Nov. 12: learn about Forte, the world’s tallest modern timber building; or take in the session reviewing the national code change proposals concerning five- and six-storey wood buildings. Throughout the day there are 17 different presentations to choose from. mThe fair is a free event and an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, learn about innovation in building design, and earn valuable professional continuing education credits. Make sure to walk the trade show floor to discover new products and connect with industry experts, manufacturers and suppliers.

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Conceived by the City of Toronto along with 15 members of the Toronto design community, including the Brothers Dressler, the Woodshop finds new use for at least a fraction of the 200,000-plus ash trees estimated to be destroyed over the next five years as a result of an ongoing infestation of Emerald Ash Borers. Lars Dressler is a particular fan of ash wood, which, he says, “is extremely strong and has a nice, long grain to it.” He and his brother Jason contributed the Elbow “Ollie” lounge chair, a bent-wood seat built for relaxation and “reclined creativity,” which comes with a detachable side table and ash wand LED light that can either be clamped to the side of the chair or cradled on its own desk stand. Other intriguing Woodshop prototypes include the snowshoe-shaped “Kôna” lounger by Miles Keller, the Paus + Grun “Keela” coffee table with its pseudo-campstool legs, and National Design Collective’s “Ubagaan,” a foyer seat crafted in an upside-down tribute to the toboggan. All very ¬¬¬“glama-rous” indeed, and distinctly Canadian.