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Street Style: fashion-forward weekend wear at The Interior Design Show

Street Style: The Interior Design Show

The Interior Design Show, Toronto’s annual home decor powwow, attracts a mix of casually clad artisans, well-heeled businesspeople and creative types embracing a bold aesthetic. Here, some of our favourite looks from this year’s show.

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Slideshow: the 21 coolest home products on display at the Interior Design Show 2014

Gallery: 20 of the best products and installations at the Interior Design Show 2014

Industry professionals and earnest homemakers congregate this weekend at the Interior Design Show, the annual fair devoted to the year’s most innovative products and latest home-design trends. This year’s show brings exhibits from over 320 designers, manufacturers and local craft merchants, including European heavyweights like Miele and renowned design studios like London’s Raw Edges. The eye-catching displays include reclaimed-wood furniture, futuristic kitchens and all kinds of fascinating light fixtures, and prices range from the extravagant to the surprisingly affordable—although it’s worth checking out even if your wishlist is purely the fantasy kind.

The two-day event hosts over 50,000 attendees, and it’s easy to get lost among the 175,000 square feet of coloured booths and dazzling LED lights. Here, 21 products and installations that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Interior Design Show Toronto. $19-$22. Jan. 25-26, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., interiordesignshow.com

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 24–26

A scene from the Interior Design Show's 2013 edition. (Image: Interior Design Show)

Last year’s Interior Design Show. (Image: Interior Design Show)


In this edition of The Weekender, a festival of craft beer and indie music, a walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s treatment, and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend.

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The international design community will descend upon the city this weekend to showcase new products and avant-garde concepts. Attendees will get a sense of this year’s hot design trends from over 320 exhibitors. Jan. 25–26. Tickets $19 in advance, $22 at door. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St. W., interiordesignshow.com

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Gallery: 25 top products and installations at the Interior Design Show Toronto 2013

The Interior Design Show brings more than than 50,000 design buffs, decorators and house-proud Torontonians to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to ogle innovative exhibits and the latest in home design. Given the sheer size of the show floor and the crowd, we suggest heading in with a game plan. Here, our 25 favourite products and installations, from the practical to the spectacular.

Interior Design Show Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West. The show is open to the public on January 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and January 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $19 online and $22 at the door.

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The Weekender: Come Up To My Room, The Stop’s Beer Garden and four other events on our to-do list

Toronto Life online editor talks about the weekend’s top events on The Morning Show

1. COME UP TO MY ROOM (FREE!)
Each year, the Gladstone Hotel opens up its rooms and public spaces to artists and designers who dutifully transform them into site-specific art projects. For this tenth anniversary edition of the alt-design event, 40 artists will create 25 installations ranging from a collection of 15,000 hand-made rosaries to a full-scale playground covered in fur. January 24–27. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635, comeuptomyroom.com

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Great Spaces: a downtown couple shows off their enthusiasm for mid-century design

Great Spaces: Reading Rainbow

Great Spaces: Reading RainbowWhen Raymond Girard and Laird Kay decided to shack up two years ago, they wanted a move-in-ready place with a modern interior, but the Toronto housing market didn’t offer what they were looking for. The new houses they saw were full of faux historical details, and the old ones demanded major renovations. After a year-long search, they found a rarity: a 110-year-old three-bedroom box in Little Italy, which the firm Building Arts Architects had just redone. Girard and Kay brought discerning eyes to the space—Girard, a Winnipeg native and the publisher of Air Canada’s in-flight magazine, enRoute, had studied architecture at the University of Montreal before turning to publishing, while Kay recently launched his own architectural photography practice. The couple started with an assortment of modernist pieces and added mementos from their extensive travels. “Laird and I are obsessed with flight and planes and airports,” says Girard. As a result, they have a sizable collection of model planes and air travel memorabilia, as well as awesome international flea market souvenirs. The overall effect is quirkily stylish, like a well-curated boutique hotel.

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An elegant way to carry around a six-pack

Peering at us from across a sea of lighting and countertop displays at the Interior Design Show last weekend was this cute little reusable beer tote. Made from 100% wool, this felted pack is stitched locally by The Felt House in Mississauga, and lets you free up your hands when travelling with a six pack. As always, the devil’s in the details: each beer bottle slips into its own pocket and is secured by a little felt loop around its neck. $98.50, online only.

The Felt Store, thefeltstore.com.

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Best in show: 11 amazing items from the Interior Design Show

Liana Chair by Patty Johnson at Liana Cane (All images: Stephanie Saunders)

As any good designophile knows, Toronto was host to the annual Interior Design Show this past weekend.  The show’s offerings ranged from humdrum soaker tubs to avant-garde lighting installations. No easily discernable trends overwhelmed the experience this year, but there were certainly some bright lights that stood out from the rest. Below, our eleven picks for the best of IDS 2011.

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