IDS Toronto returns in-person for its 23rd year

Rendering of IDS20 installation by Jonathan Adler

IDS Toronto is returning this spring from April 7th to 10th, with an in-person experience at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s theme, New Futures, reflects Canadian design within a global context catalyzing new ideas, and features branding by Sali Tabacchi design studio.

“Design solves problems and inspires innovation,” says Lisa Barnes, Director, Informa Canada. “The IDS team continues its over 20-year legacy of supporting emerging design ideas, providing a platform for challenging dialogue and uniting the entire ecosystem of design and architecture. We lean into a new sustainable future of design challenges and triumphs. We are ecstatic to be working side by side with the industry’s most creative minds, local makers and global brands this April.”

IDS Toronto will be hosting a program of 40+ accredited seminars taking place on the exposition’s trade days, April 7 and 8, 2022. For the first time, IDS Toronto has engaged a Guest Curator,Tory Healy, to assemble its trade conference program.

IDS Toronto 2022 Speakers:

Full House – A Prototype for Adaptable MultiGenerational Housing by Michael Leckie, Principal Architect, Leckie Studio Architecture & Gaile Guevara, Interior Designer, Gaile Guevara Studio
This keynote will take place on Friday, April 8, 2022

Leckie Studio Architecture + Design is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver. The studio was founded in 2015 by principal architect Michael Leckie. “We engage in the practice of design across a range of scales and media – including architecture, interiors, installations, and product design. We are a young, ambitious practice that seeks to initiate cultural change through design. We challenge assumptions and seek unexpected outcomes.”

Gaile Guevara leads Vancouver-based Gaile Guevara Design Studio. With more than twenty years of experience and international reach, Gaile Guevara Studio is an impact-driven interior design studio rooted in sustainable practices and grounded in the belief that good design should be accessible to everyone.

In Conversation With Dexter and Byron Peart, Founders, GOODEE
This keynote will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022

In 2017, acclaimed designers and curators Byron and Dexter Peart set out on a new mission after founding the brand WANT les Essentiels in 2007. The duo set out on a new venture with the same aim of launching and developing meaningful brands. This time, the pair decided to work exclusively with products and items that make a strong social or environmental impact by launching Goodee. With a fast-growing team split between Montreal and New York, Byron and Dexter act as the lead curators for the platform, which is set to become a global e-commerce platform and storytelling destination.

Place, Site and Building by Brigitte Shim, Architect, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects
This keynote will take place on Friday, April 8, 2022

Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe they are committed to design excellence producing a significant body of exceptional work across multiple scales from architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture to hardware. Their architectural work explores placemaking through investigations into materiality, craft and tectonics.

More speakers to be announced soon including the Consumer Day keynotes taking place April 9 – 10, 2022.