Photos and Inspiration from the 2014 Interior Design Show

2014 Interior Design Show

This years Interior Design Show in Toronto had so much to see that I went back for a second day on Friday! With all the booths open and the crowds filling the convention centers floor, it was the perfect opportunity to gage the publics reactions to the new trends for the year!

My friends The Toronto Real Estate Guy , Realty Queen and RE Creative started our day by channeling warm thoughts in these unique tubs from the Tomlin Group!

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Everyone could use a 342 lbs quartz tub in their home, just like the beauty pictured above!

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Along the way we passed some different options for bathroom sinks, mosaic accent walls and LOTS of handmade wood tables!

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Caesartones Island exhibit was well worth a second visit! From ping-pong tables, kitchens and even bath-tubs - Caesarstone takes stone surfaces to a new level.  With Raw-Edges Design Studio they put together a conceptual installation that explores the use of surface throughout the home, and offers a new take on a variety of domestic spaces. The display featured the company’s 2014 Supernatural designs.  What I took away from the exhibit wasn’t so much about practicality but rather inspiring one to think about  using the material for different purposes!

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Along similar lines of rethinking materials, the Ceragres booth drew a lot of excitement! As an importer and distributor of ceramic, porcelain, slate, stone, quartz and mosaics, Ceragres has built a unique and renowned brand within Quebec’s tile industry. For the show they had a variety of colourful tiles, patterns and textures – pushing the envelope of possibilities even further!

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Glamora by Mettro had similar inspirations in their booth by taking the patterned approach a step further with ceramics and porcelains!

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Stepping away from flooring (no pun intended), I found an incredible gallery exhibitor with some spectacular photos!

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Pictured above is a sample of Mark Mawson photograph collection and below is Yago Partal’s Zoo Portrait!

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Subject Matter is an online photographic art gallery based out of Tokyo with international offices in Montreal and London. The gallery offers limited edition photographic art from upcoming, established and award winning photographers. Every piece is mounted, numbered and signed by the artist.

Me and the Toronto Real Estate Guy (pictured below), decided to rest our feet in one of Reed Hansuld’s designs! Reed Hansuld is a Canadian custom furniture maker based out of Toronto, Ontario. Approaching his craft from both traditional and modern methods each piece is meticulously hand-crafted with a keen eye to detail. His work is focused on providing options to people looking for functional modern furniture that differs from what is produced for the mass market. A place where collaborations can take place, and pieces can be created to suit a certain space and aesthetic. A way to get that something different to accent a room and turn the space into a special place.

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The clean modern lines of Bar Stool No. 2 (pictured below) by Reed Hansuld fits into a wide array of interiors from cozy kitchens to lively restaurants. The kinks in the legs make for captivating negative space when lined up along a bar or kitchen counter. Beautiful reveals and details will keep you exploring and finding more and more reasons to love these stools as time goes on.

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For my home, I want style, design and edge – that’s when knowing a guy like Mario Sabljak comes in handy.  Hailing from Vancouver, Mario added some badass brass knuckles to his red cabinet… it’s the perfect place to store the cigars and scotch – or facial moisturizer.

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In the coming weeks I’ll be featuring more exhibitors from show and writing in more detail with what they have to offer… until then, check out some more photos from the show!

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The 2014 Interior Design Show in Toronto

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The 2014 Interior Design Show has rolled into Toronto for another year on inspiration, fresh ideas and creative twists! I was lucky enough to tour the show before the crowds packed the floor – and get an inside look at what to expect!

This year is my third year visiting the show… and in my opinion THE BEST ONE YET! The exhibitors have really upped the anti and have put together some incredible booths.  The show runs from January 23rd-26th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building (255 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario). I’ll be heading back this weekend and will have a ton of ideas and photos to share… here’s a small taste of what to expect!

2014 Interior Design Show 2014 Interior Design Show 2014 Interior Design Show 2014 Interior Design ShowThe Solo House (Presented by Altius Architecture, Bay Bloor Radio, Joel Loblaw, Mercier Flooring and Style Garage and pictured above) is an energy-efficient, turnkey, pre-fab home built specifically for the show.  At roughly $190/sq.ft. to build, I was amazed at how maximized the space was!

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From ping-pong tables, kitchens and even bath-tubs - Caesarstone takes stone surfaces to a new level.  With Raw-Edges Design Studio they put together a conceptual installation that explores the use of surface throughout the home, and offers a new take on a variety of domestic spaces. The display feature the company’s 2014 Supernatural designs… One of my favorite areas to visit!

2014 Interior Design Show 2014 Interior Design ShowFour leading design studios have partnered with top lighting manufacturers to create four very unique spaces in the See the Light exhibit… definitely want to revisit this section!

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Studio North is where I always get inspired! In it’s 12th year at the show -  The showcase features 60 Canadian and international designers exhibiting one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like installation. Studio North has evolved into one of the most anticipated annual exhibits of CanCon design for design industry, media and a discerning design audience. It’s a super cool section of the show where the public gets to interact with the designers and connect face to face!

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Just next to Studio North is the designboom Mart – widely recognized as the first-ever design bazaar. The Toronto designboom mart was an unprecedented opportunity to meet young avant-garde, emerging designers from around the world. Thirty local and international design talents displayed over 200 objects, from household items, jewellery and accessories to small furniture items and lighting objects. Visitors had the chance to purchase unique items for an affordable price, directly from the designers themselves. designboom mart Toronto took place on the IDS show floor.

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In between the tour, I also snapped a few other photos from the booths setting up… check back tomorrow as I’ll have even more photos and stories from the show!

Under Stair Storage Ideas

We all know how important a renovated kitchen and bathroom is to a homes value… but there is another sought after feature in a home that every buyer wants, yet very few homes offer: STORAGE!

Unlike a kitchen or bathroom redesign, it’s often hard to add storage into a homes existing state. Maximizing whats already there is the most efficient way to squeeze in a few extra square feet. So where can you find that space you ask? Under The Stairs!

I’ve toured hundreds of homes this year and noticed that very few took advantage of the unused space under the stairs. Those that did simply threw everything and anything in an unorganized manner! The key is designing the space in a way that items are easily accessible and conveniently stored.

A simple door doesn’t cut it these days… If you want to stand out from the rest, you’ve got to get creative! A tall slim pull-out is perfect for hiding the vacuum and broom, some wide drawers for towels, or even a custom shoe rack are all great ideas that’ll help set your home apart. Plus, you can get shelves installed at a relatively low cost, compared to other home improvements!

To help better illustrate how easy, effective and cool your space could look , I’ve included some of my favorite designs below:

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Controlling Outside Noise in Your Condo

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The honking of horns, the serenades of sirens and the clanker of construction are all common complaints of living in a big city! Residing on a low floor can sometimes have it’s disadvantages… but Austrian industrial designer Rudolf Stefanich may have just the solution!

Rudolf has created a prototype that may very quickly become the hottest accessory on the market.  His “Sono” device sticks to your apartment window and converts that loud clutter from outside into smooth sounds from within! See it in action below:

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According to the designer: In our loud and busy world a moment of silence has become a scarce and almost luxurious experience. The pebble like device you can see here lets you reclaim that silence for your home. It turns your window into an advanced  noise canceling system that allows you to eliminate and/оr control the sounds that pass through. With its concentric broadband antenna rings, it harvests the energy of electromagnetic noise from Wi-Fi, and similar signals and this way also reduces the level of e-smog pollution in your environment.

Condo developers take note… this could be the next “must have” standard in apartment living! And a big thanks to Matt Richling in Ottawa for bringing this to my attention :)

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Tree Bookshelves for Condos

Tree Branch Book Shelf

Condo living is often associated with garden free living… but sometimes we need a little green brought back into the home – and there’s nothing better than tree themed furniture to complete that look!

The Tree Branch book shelf by French Artisan Designer – Olivier Dolle is an aerial bookshelf is the perfect addition to a living area or study. Available in Natural Oak or American Walnut, the neutral colours make the piece work well in a variety of spaces. What I most like is how the books placed along the branch imitate birds in the outside world!

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Olivier has complimented the book shelf with an accompanying coffee table called the Angkor! According to his site: Inspired by the 12th century temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a place where architecture and nature are one and where tree roots and branches overrun the walls. A multiplex birch wood structure veneered in black dyed wood table. It’s leaning leg imitates a natural branch motion and is veneered in oak as is the branch table top. The table’s three black legs are furnished with either solid brass or oak feet.

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I have a HUUUGE soft spot for any design that features an inlay of two toned wood – and this table is all about that! The level of detail Olivier has put into this piece is highlighted by the “leaning leg” pictured below!

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You can contact the designer directly here, or join his Facebook Page for all his latest designs… and if you’d like a Condo or a Loft to put this in, contact me – I’d love to help!

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