Collection by Alexis Leino

IDS Toronto 2011

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The thirteenth annual Interior Design Show (IDS) of Toronto—one of Canada's largest contemporary design shows—took place January 27th-30th. Over 300 exhibitors gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Center to show their wares—ranging from furniture to lighting to textiles—to an estimated 50,000 people. Though IDS has been around for more than a decade, this year exceeded many expectations. "People are really pulling out all the stops here," says Yuill McGregor of North on Sixty, a Toronto-based woodworking studio that participated in the show. And judging from the wealth of designs from both emerging and established exhibitors, McGregor was right on in his assessment. In the following slideshow, have a look at few highlights from the sprawling array of designs on view at this year's IDS.

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Canada's Cherrywood Studio, who designed this table, uses locally-sourced large urban hardwood trees that would...
North on Sixty creates furniture and design objects out of reclaimed materials—such as barn boards and naturally-felled...
A highlight of IDS was the exhibit "Prototype: New Ideas for the Home." It presented works not currently in production...
Twins Jason and Lars Dressler of Brothers Dressler took curved pieces of wood and fastened them together in the form of...
One exhibit that caught my eye was "Countering Convention," where seven leading Canadian design studios were presented...
Del Terrelonge and his firm, Rhed-22, are known for their work on the Templar hotel in Toronto, which is regarded as...
Would it surprise you to learn that artist Pascale Girardin's flower-shaped hanging lamps are made out of a the same...
Gau Designs & Concepts, a Montreal-based multi-disciplinary design studio led by Jean-Michel Gauvreau, used Corian to...
Toronto's Earth Inc., a landscape design firm, created a garden swing out of Corian, which features a jute rope...
A playful house for cats, crafted out of cardboard by Loyal Luxe exhibited at this year's show.
In a unique fundraiser in partnership with Vitra called "First Seating," 20 of Canada’s most celebrated designers and...
Canadian designer and television personality Sarah Richardson signs her revamped Panton S Chair.
A day-glo set of chairs exhibited at the 2011 IDS Toronto.
Michal Bartosik's seven-foot-tall floor light sculpture—which is nearing production—is expected to retail for $1500.
The Continue Desk, designed by Francesco Angiulli, an industrial design student at OCAD University.
With their name originating from the Finnish word for fire, "palo," Brampton, Ontario-based Paloform makes gas...
Rhed-22 also exhibited a gorgeous kit structure designed to be used by the Templar hotel group in central Ontario.
Pierre-Mathieu Roy of Steel Space Production showed off some of the many cool features of his structures made out of...
Up-and-comer Kevin Wiggers introduced a beautifully distinguished furniture piece, which disguised an "unsightly" flat...
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