Yves Béhar announced as 2020 Interior Design Show Guest of Honour

Bethan Laura Wood also joins IDS20 roster of global Keynote speakers.

The 2020 Interior Design Show (IDS20) is welcoming San Francisco-based Swiss designer, entrepreneur and humanitarianism Yves Béhar as
 this year’s International Guest of Honour. The show has also confirmed multidisciplinary British designer Bethan Laura
 Wood as a keynote speaker, returning features and IDS Contract conference themes.

Yves Behar. Photo credit: Justin Buell

Recognized for advocating the value of design in business, Yves Béhar is the founder and chief designer of fuseproject,
 a multidisciplinary industrial design and branding firm; co-founder of August Home, the provider of smart locks and smart home services; and co-founder of Canopy, a boutique co-working enterprise.

His humanitarian work includes One Laptop Per Child, which has given 2.5 million laptops to children in developing countries, and See Better to Learn Better, which distributes 500,000 free corrective eyeglasses to school children in Mexico and California every year.

For each of these he was honoured with the INDEX Award, making him the only designer to receive the award twice.

Béhar’s works are embraced in permanent museums collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bethan Laura Wood is a multidisciplinary designer known for her material investigation, artisan collaboration and avant-garde approach to colour, pattern and materiality.

Bethan Laura Wood. Photo credit: Perrier Jouet

Wood explores
 the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives and questions how they became cultural conduits. She has undertaken multiple residency programmes, including London’s Design Museum and the W Hotel in Mexico City.

Since 2011, Wood has worked ongoing with the Nilufar Gallery and has 
had her work commissioned by Moroso, Valextra, Perrier
 Jouet, Bitossi Ceramiche, Tory Burch, cc-tapis, Tolix, Rosenthal and Hermes.

Her work has been exhibited 
in V&A Museum of Childhood, Swiss Institute New York, Daelim Museum and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

The Interior Design Show is also pleased to announce the return of three popular show features, Maker, Studio North & Prototype and Milk Stand, and the addition of O the Wall/O the Loom.

IDS20 is additionally expanding its two day conference to talk about the transformative power of design, covering four themes: Business of Design, Future of Work, Future of Living and Technology.

The contemporary design fair takes place January 16-19, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

IDS20 Schedule

Thursday, January 16
10 am – 4 pm – Trade Day + IDS Conference
7 pm – 11 pm – Opening Night Party Presented by PurParket

Friday, January 17
9 am – 6 pm – Trade Day + IDS Conference

Saturday, January 18
10 am – 6 pm – Public Day + Design Classes

Sunday, January 19
10 am – 6 pm – Public Day