Best of IDS11

Greg Laciak is the Lead Designer for Greentea Design.  With an unmatched eye for what’s beautiful and how it all fits together, The Design Tree is honoured to have Greg as a guest contributor with his “Best Of IDS11”.  Thanks Greg!

The Interior Design Show is Canada’s largest contemporary design fair.  And this year didn’t disappoint:  designs and exhibits were in turn beautiful, witty, socially conscious and unique.  Whether you were looking to renovate or simply in need of the warmth of inspiration on a winter’s day, IDS11 had the world under one roof.

Here’s what is on trend: the celebration of craftsperson as artist, designs that embody a global-cultural voice, the return to organic materials, and culinary drama.

Created By Artisans

We’re seeing a wonderful trend toward collecting unique one-of-a-kind artisanal pieces in furniture, accessory, art; even wallpaper. It’s all about pieces with a story to tell; things made to bear the mark of their maker, that echo people and places both local and far away.

Floyd Elzinger, artist and sculptor displayed this remarkable tree as part of the Studio North exhibit, a showcase of ateliers and design-makers from across Canada.  Elzinger’s work strives to give dimensionality to his ideas.

Also in Studio North, Heidi Earnshaw Design.  Earnshaw uses a mix of materials to create furniture rich in texture and colour, her hand visible in her work for a product that is unique but timeless.

From unique curios to iconic feature pieces, Snob’s booth offered a bit of everything all with a global voice.  Sourcing furniture, lighting, and curios from 13 African countries, Denise’s picks are imbued with the spirit and culture of their makers.

Metropolis Living, owned by siblings Phil Freire and Maggie Gattesco, breathe new life into industrial relics showcasing the artifact’s history as well as their innovative design sense.

Natural Beauty

Exciting to see a return to natural elements.  While it’s hardly new to use reclaimed wood, some talented designers are using it in bold ways.

The rawness of this furniture by North on Sixty pays reverence to nature, while interesting lines play with proportion to give rustic a modern edge.

Urban Tree Salvage prides itself on its “treeincarnation”.  Their take on the reclaimed wood table lets the natural flaws and rough edges inform the final product. Very wabi-sabi!

These tree trunks are converted into side tables with the addition of glass on top. Also by Urban Tree Salvage.

Culinary Drama

No home design show would be worth its weight if you weren’t given some glimpses of stunning kitchens.  Here are a few of jaw-droppers:

Bulthaup Kitchens are known internationally for their sleek cabinetry.  The Poetic Analysis series, however, rethinks cabinetry for kitchens, creating a space that’s open and mobile.

Biggest shock:  IKEA.  Bravo to this big box store who displayed a decidedly up-market kitchen.  The black finish was balanced with the whimsy of the delicate canopy of pink lanterns above.  The total look was like an original take on farmhouse design – warm and inviting, but chic in the way farmhouses typically aren’t.

IKEA kitchen with the charming lantern canopy

Meanwhile over at Miele, minimalist is the name of the game, bringing continental sensibility across the ocean.  The appliances are barely perceptible blended in with cabinetry.

Jenn-Air is making appliances in bronze now.  Talk about marrying form and function, set against the white cabinet backdrop, this oven is almost sculptural.

Honourable Mention

Alfred Sung Outdoor, called Blackwatch (available at the Bay) was also a nice surprise.  The tartan pattern is a clever addition of fashion to your run-of-mill patio furniture offerings.

2 Responses to Best of IDS11

  1. Pat Millar says:

    Missed the show so I enjoyed this article and photos.

  2. christopher says:

    I love kitchens. Those are some inspiring work spaces. Thanks

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