By QMI Agency
Glenn Dixon (seated left) and Sarah Richardson (seated front) are two of the designers who team up with their brothers in Sibling Revelry at IDS 2011.
Design and decor divas will be descending on the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the 2011 Interior Design Show – THE annual showcase of what will be hot in homes.
Show creator and VP Shauna Levy says “mash-up” is the buzzword for design in 2011, and that applies on many levels.
Aesthetics: “Contemporary mixed with traditional accents so that the overall effect is a real softening . Modern and contemporary design becomes more approachable, with hand-crafted accents or products with a history.”
Cost: “The mix of high-low seen over the last few years in fashion has transcended into the world of design, in that you will see a high-priced sofa matched with lower-priced accessories, or vice versa.”
Materials: “Products now often include an element of repurposing, especially using industrial parts and pieces, so that it becomes rethought or put into a new context.”
Mash-up can also refer to the clever masquerade of one material resembling another, like Casalgrande’s ceramic tiles that could easily be mistaken for wood. That’s part of a new exhibit, Ceramic Tiles of Italy, making its Canadian debut at IDS.
On the cutting edge of this mash-up movement is designer Darryl Carter. His “new traditional” look (also the name of his book) is an artful fusion of sleek modern elements with time-honoured – and time-worn – classics.
Says Carter: “There seems to be a return to the embrace of things artisanal — hand-crafted and unique.” Carter is a featured speaker at this year’s show.
Other highlights of IDS 2011:
The iconic Vitra Panton Chair is re-imagined with crystals, laser light and faux fur. Twenty well-known designers, including Sarah Richardson, Steven and Chris, Bruce Mau and Karim Rashid, unveil their creations, which will be auctioned off at the opening night party, with proceeds to support Casey House HIV/AIDS hospice.
Some of Canada’s most talented siblings design a 600-square-foot space together at Sibling Revelry. The teams: Sarah and Theo Richardson, Glenn and David Dixon, the Brothers Dressler, and My and Thien Ta-Trung.
Returning to IDS is Studio North, an exhibit of the best in edgy Canadian design from coast to coast, like graphically inspired furniture, artisanal textiles, custom wall coverings and glass accents.
IDS 2011 is on at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre Jan. 27-30. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
An antique floor grate is repurposed and made into a table by Design Alternatives.
Bruce Mau incorporates laser light into his version of the Vitra Panton Chair. Twenty well-known designers have re-imagined the iconic chair; their creations will be auctioned off at the IDS 2011 opening night party, to support Casey House HIV/AIDS hospice.
Wall coverings from Rollout, a custom wallpaper company with studios in Toronto and Vancouver.
Twenty well-known designers have re-imagined the iconic Vitra Panton Chair, and their creations will be auctioned off at the IDS 2011 opening night party, to support Casey House HIV/AIDS hospice. This one comes from Steven and Chris.
Casalgrande’s ceramic tiles look just like wood. The company is part of the Ceramic Tiles of Italy exhibit at IDS 2011.