Design seems to be Toronto’s buzz word this weekend. Besides Come Up To My Room at the Gladstone, there’s that event that all Toronto designers with an asymmetrical haircut and a closet full of black clothing wait for like Christmas day: The Interior Design Show. IDS07 began Thursday night with a bang. Their kick-off party, the White Gala, was a fete complete with acrobats and fire breathers that roamed the many design kiosks which housed the hottest new interior designs.
Now in its ninth year, IDS has anchored itself as Toronto’s preeminent design show, offering patrons the latest in home decor trends via hundreds of booths set up by a slew of international designers. Design is given a voice through trade talks from the likes of Debbie Travis (of Debbie, Oprah’s noted “paint is her passion.” And since Oprah has never been wrong, this is obviously be true) and Brian Gluckstein of Brian Gluckstein Designs. This time around, there’s a special spotlight on Swiss designer Yves Behar (who brought along his famous LED Leaf Light) and Studio North, which shows off the best of Canadian-made furniture, glass, lighting, textiles, ceramics, bathrooms, kitchen and every other conceivable design creation. KidsZone is all about the kiddies — how to outfit their rooms and their lives with design, design, design.
As Torontoist trolled the aisles, sipping our free champagne, we came to the slow and sad realisation that even children are trendier than we are. But, still glad to have come, we’re now just overflowing with ideas on how to decorate every inch of that really amazing loft in the chicest part of town that we’ll never be able to afford. Jealous?
The show runs until today at the Direct Energy Centre @ the Ex, $25 at the door, $5 for students. Photo courtesy IDS via cybershark.net