IDS Toronto 2024

Visitors from across the nation and beyond gathered at the 25th edition of IDS 2024 in Toronto, to get a first-hand look at new products, exhibits, and installations from over 250 exhibitors.

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The 2024 Interior Design Show (IDS24), presented by Miele, recently celebrated its 25th edition, with the flagship event returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building from January 18 to  22.

In celebration of this milestone, IDS24 attracted attendees from across Canada and beyond and shared insights and innovations from leaders and brands in the design industry.

IDS24 kicked-off with its first of two Trade Days on Thursday, January 18, which featured two keynote sessions and the beginning of IDS conference, the show’s seminar sessions.

Dezeen Trade Day Thursday included a panel on Circular Economy & Product Design featuring Ranee Lee (DESIGNwith), Russell Greenberg (Stickbulb) and Guy Snover (Cyrc), and a conversation with Canadian architect, Alison Brooks (Alison Brooks Architects) on the Cosentino Stage.

To close out the first show day, there was a party on opening night that brought together over 6,000 guests to celebrate.

On Friday, January 19, IDS24 hosted its second Trade Day with a total of 11 additional conference sessions that covered themes such as building the design business and technology and innovation, climate change and social responsibility and big ideas.

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The Globe and Mail Saturday, which was the first of two consumer days, consisted of three panel discussions including The Future Neighbourhood with Safoura Zahedi (Architect, Interdisciplinary Artist, Educator and Geometry Expert), Beverley Horii (IA Interior Architects), and Tatiana Soldatova (Syllable), Designing Canada 2024: Living in the Multi-Verse with Tura Cousins Wilson (Studio of Contemporary Architecture), Chad Burton (Fashion Editor and Product Stylist), and Krisette Santamaria (Krisette Santamaria Designs), and Ten Years of the Fogo Island Inn: A Design Legacy with Michael Murphy (Fogo Island Workshop & Design), Janet Langdon (Textile Designer), and Ernst Hupel (2H Interior Design).

On the second consumer day, guests were able to attend Design Talks hosted by Lynda Reeves on House & Home Sunday.

Throughout the four-day event, guests had the opportunity to explore best-in-class and never-before-seen products, exhibits and installations from more than  250 exhibitors.

Miele showcased Milan-inspired kitchens by partnering with Canadian designer Michael London to debut all-new Matte Black appliances.

An installation by Cosentino and Tom Dixon challenged conventional interpretations of the bathroom and brought visitors on a journey through the modular world.

Guests were also able to walk through the Future Neighbourhood, an immersive exhibition that was designed by six designers. Throughout this exhibition, visitors experienced design solutions to issues such as the housing crisis, the crossover of work and living spaces, ageing in place, and the introduction of technology into different interiors.

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The event also featured hyper-realistic 3D models by three finalists for LIV Design Studio’s 2024 Student Design Challenge which were on display at IDS24. Upon the show’s close, the award for first place went to Emily Peterson (BCIT) for The Arbor, while Cali Pitcher (Georgian College) was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Ataraxia.

Fan-favourite features Studio North and Prototype also returned to this year’s show, where Canadian designers presented one-off and custom collections. The District also made a comeback and provided visitors with a marketplace experience.

As part of its commitment to supporting emerging artists, IDS had announced this year’s Prototype Award winner and Studio North Best Collection. The Juror’s Choice Award for Best Prototype was awarded to Etty Anderson (YYY) for their experimental ceramic vessels, which is part of a larger conceptual project called Queering the Portrait.

Prototype Juror’s Notable Mention went to Mark Khoury’s Tilt Lounging Set while the People’s Choice Award went to Alexandra Yeung for their Woven Prototype, a furniture system inspired by Chinese bamboo steamer baskets and traditional lattice patterns.

The Juror’s Choice Award for Best Studio North feature was awarded to OCH Works, an experimental design practice integrating digital fabrication with traditional craft-based processes. The Studio North Juror’s Notable Mention went to Krisette Santamaria home décor collection incorporating used coffee ground as building material.

During IDS, Metropolitan Floors announced the 2024 Metropolitan Design Challenge winners, spotlighting Jenny Bae Huggon, Gigi Lombardo-Dybalski, and Natalie Guberney, all of whom attend Sheridan College. Their design, called “Origins,” was constructed and showcased at Metropolitan’s booth. The installation invited viewers to interact with it through the use of a map, inspiring them to document their own ‘origins.’

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