Thursday, January 19, 2012

One more week till IDS12!

Way back in September, it felt like it was forever till the end of January and IDS12. And now it’s just one week away – WOOT!

The annual Interior Design Show in Toronto is billed as Canada’s largest contemporary design fair. And believe me, it’s HUGE! There are all sorts of things to see and do during the four-day event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s show  kicks off on Thursday, January 26th with the Opening Night Party. Imagine being surrounded by the who’s who of Canadian design…

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Food and drinks for everyone (I hope the burnt toasted marshmallow ice cream people are back again this year!)…


And amazing designs every direction you look…

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ooi lights 1Andrew Ooi, IDS11

chandelier union jack 2UpCountry booth, IDS11

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Glenn & David Dixon, Sibling Revelry, IDS11

A very special event taking place at the Opening Night Party is the Cherish Auction. 20 Magis Julian children’s chairs are being re-imagined by 20 different designers. The chairs will be up for auction at the party, and all proceeds will be going to ONEXONE, a non-profit children’s foundation.Magis Julian Chairs - large I have a feeling this year’s show is going to be bigger and better than ever. Like last year, the TBBs (minus two) are making the trip from Ottawa to Toronto for the big show. We’ll start things off at Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design Launch Party & Tweet-Up at Modern Weave on Thursday afternoon. Then it’s over to the MTCC for the IDS party. Friday starts bright and early with BlogPodium. BlogPodium is a quarterly conference series aimed to educate and empower bloggers and deepen relationships within the design community. I’m looking forward to seeing some of my blog friends again, and meeting some new blog friends :-) After the conference, it’s off to the show for Trade Day. My feet are already hurting just thinking about all the walking we’ll be doing! We'll probably hit some home decor stores on Saturday, and then we’re going to the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup at Brasaii Restaurant & Lounge. And then back home to boring Ottawa on Sunday (after more shopping!)

You really have to be at IDS to fully appreciate the size of the show and to experience all amazing designs and talented people. Here’s a short video that gives a quick synopsis of the show…

Will you be at IDS12?

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  1. What great photos! Sweet shot of you and Sarah and Tommy and the beautiful designing women of Ottawa! What a fab and fun time for you and the rest of the TBBs! ;) Have a totally awesome experience exploring the best in design in TO!

  2. Superb synopsis Kelly. IDS12 Toronto, here we come!

  3. I remember your fun post about your time at this show last year. Hope you enjoy it as much again this year. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

    P.S. Those chairs up for charity auction are adorable.

  4. Can't wait. Great summary of last year. I can't even imagine how much pretty we'll experience this time around.

  5. The Toronto show is really amazing! I can't wait to see your posts afterwards and live vicariously through you:)

  6. You`re so lucky you got to meet Sarah and Tommy!
    I love those guys. They always crack me up with their banter.
    Looks like there was some great stuff at the show.

  7. I wish I was going too, especially to BlogPodium!! Maybe next year ;-)


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