elements & principles of design at IDS12
While Toronto’s Interior Design Show exists to profile contemporary design for the home including furniture, finishes and fitments, invariably my attention is held by the presentation of these items in the creative booths and pop-up spaces that are found across the show floor. And this year’s show, held this past weekend, was no different – where elements and principles of design caught my eye at every turn of a trade show row.
An art installation of fabric strips that served as a textural video screen greeted attendees at the show’s entrance.
18 Karat’s products are always well designed, utilizing simple forms and tactile textures. Their booth reflected this from the flooring tiles made from galvanized metal…
… to the graceful streamers representing paint flowing from pots hung high above.
Metallic textures clad the outside walls Earth Inc. Designed Landscapes’ booth, in the form of panelling made from what looks like the sides of aged and rusted metal shelving units.
Corian’s elegant display of linear, lacy chairs were astonishingly constructed from a single sheet of this solid surface material.
Elegant texture was also found on this mosaic tile panel of cascading colours by Appiani, achieved through a custom design, just one of many options.
Linear, graphic, illuminated panels framed the setting for Moen’s faucets.
The books displayed in reverse on the bookshelf backdrop in the By_Lissoni lounge provided a creative, unified texture, although doing so in one’s own home would result in selecting a latest read by lottery.
Sub-Zero / Wolf SNRG Lifestyle created two small-space living installments within their booth. One side featured a functional and beautiful rectilinear built-in wall unit.
The other side of the booth featured an even smaller space that seemed a little overdone in Pantone’s colour of the year – tangerine tango. The bold colour treatment with stripes and textures to match seemed a bit much, but the soft lines of the back splash tile elegantly provided a bit of a visual rest.
It seemed many a booth glommed onto the colour of the year, including Sung Outdoor, highlighting these newly launched pieces with accentuated resin wicker weaves.
Also accentuated were the louvered shutters, with the enlarged scale offering balance to the space.