Toronto’s upcoming IDS (Jan. 22-25, 2015) announces top speakers and collaborations

Back for its 17th year, the Interior Design Show (IDS15) is proud to announce a celebrated roster of talent joining this year’s show, hand-picked from across the globe by its sleuth team of trend hunters. The powerhouse speakers joining IDS15 will bring their notable experiences, insider knowledge and international perspectives to the Ceasarstone Stage from Jan. 23-25, 2015.

In addition to presenting the main stage, Caesarstone will return to the epicentre of IDS with another worldwide debut: its first collaboration with Philippe Malouin Studio. As part of its ongoing commitment to creating new platforms for design, Caesarstone has invited the Canadian-born, London-based designer to engage with its quartz surface materials, emphasizing their inherent qualities of strength, durability and design. The playful installation will contrast a minimalist and monolithic sculptural language with the idea of childhood memory and play.

Sebastian Herkner joins the Azure Trade Talks roster of speakers on Fri., Jan. 23, alongside International guest of honour Wanda Jelmini, creative director, T&J Vestor for MissoniHome, supported by John Paul & Co. The rising German design star, presented by Avenue Road, will tell stories of his product collaborations for an array of leading manufacturers, including Pulpo, ClassiCon, Caesarstone, Very Wood, Moroso, Sancal, La Chance and Rosenthal. His small-but-mighty design studio is known for its merging of cultural contexts and combining of new technologies with traditional craftsmanship. Avenue Road will also present a one-of-a-kind installation of Herkner’s portfolio on the show floor, with a space designed by the wunderkind himself.

Arkansas-based architect and professor Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, of Marlon Blackwell Architects, is the third and final speaker to inspire and educate Friday’s attending industry. Known for work that steps outside the architectural mainstream on residential, commercial, institutional and urban projects, Blackwell’s designs draw upon vernaculars and typologies and the contradictions of place. His boundary-breaking creations have received numerous national and international design awards.

IDS15’s Globe Style Saturday brings the design talent of New York City to the heart of Toronto. On Sat., Jan. 24, leading potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler will take the Caesartsone Stage. In addition to ceramic design, Adler offers everything from furniture, rugs, decor, bedding, lighting and fashion accessories. There are more than 25 Jonathan Adler stores globally and a wholesale presence in over 1,000 locations around the world. His unique and beloved sensibility has led to collaborations with top brands including Starbucks, Lacoste, TOMS and many more.

Television star, author and interior designer Thom Filicia of New York City-based design firm Thom Filicia  Inc. also joins Saturday’s festivities. While Filicia gained notoriety from his participation in the Emmy-Award winning show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and hosting of STYLE NETWORK’s Dress my Nest and Tacky House, he has emerged as one of today’s most influential interior designers. In addition to the Thom Filicia Home Collection made up of furniture, rugs, textiles, artwork and more, Filicia also recently opened his first to-the-trade showroom, Sedgwick & Brattle, in the New York Design Center.

Rounding out Globe Style Saturday‘s speaker lineup is Alexa Hampton, president and owner of world-famous design firm Mark Hampton LLC. She will share her love of architecture and strict lines that has gained domestic and international exposure. Hampton holds a coveted spot on Architectural Digest’s top-100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects and boasts a growing collection of home product lines: fabric and trims for Kravet, The Alexa Hampton Carpet Collection for STARK, a furniture line for Hickory Chair Co., a lighting collection for Visual Comfort & Co. and The Alexa Hampton Home Collection for HSN including towels, bedding, slipcovers and curtains. 

The Interior Design Show, now in its 17th year, showcases hot-topic design trends and the most innovative of international and Canadian design. An incubator of ideas, the shows hosts the most influential design minds of today, curates feature exhibitions and collaborations, and is a platform to launch never-before-seen products. The three-day event (Jan. 23-25, 2015) takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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