Toronto IDS 11
Troy Seidman
Jan 28, 2011

Toronto's IDS (The Interior Design Show) has become a successful and highly attended weekend event that is part trade show part design fair. Under the direction of the stylish and indefatigable Shauna Levy, the fair manages to attract and interest a wide range of people from students to trade professionals to laypeople interested in interiors and design. Inviting a wide range of design personalities (both Canadian and international) including Jean-Marie Massaud, Sarah Richardson, Thomas Mayne and Glenn Dixon, to mention a few, to both speak and contribute to on-site installations has made IDS a must-do.

IDS most dramatic booths are created by well established international brands (including Scavolini, IKEA and Design Within Reach) and local high-end retailers (Avenue Road, Klaus, and Elte). But many visitors report that the most inspiring and enjoyable element of the show is the Studio North section. Small alcoves are given to independent furniture, product, lighting, accessory and textile designers. It provides visitors an opportunity to experience new products but also interact with their creators. Standout Studio North participants include Shawn Place, Manor12, Rollout and Nicole Tarasick. Tahir Mahmood, whose "Chaand" lamp is pictured with the IDS logo debuted his 2011 collection at IDS.

IDS is open to the public Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th.


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