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au naturale at IDS13

January 30

Still recovering from a busy weekend centred around interior design, I’ve finally caught up enough with my regular life’s goings on to capture my experience at Toronto’s annual Interior Design Show – IDS13. Starting with the opening party on Thursday night where I enjoyed networking and socializing with my design community colleagues and cohorts, Friday was a further treat when I joined fellow design bloggers on a walk about the show floor, lead by Margot Austin of Canadian House & Home and generously hosted by Masco Canada and the creative minds behind their blog, Beige is Dead. Not having absorbed quite enough, I returned on Saturday for a couple of more hours strolling the floor and enjoying the show.

A theme that emerged to me, and perhaps reflective of the sustainable perspective and inventive reuse of materials I embrace on saf affect, is the use of natural and environmentally conscious materials, often in their barest forms, in the booths and products alike.

how do you work - saf affect

joel loblaw - saf affect

One of my first stops was the How do You Work? feature, where my attention was captured by landscape designer Joel Loblaw’s colourful installation of painted wood cuts inspired by a colourful work of art.

the recycler - saf affectsouth street boatbuilders - saf affect

The Recycler utilizes used bike parts in furniture and accessories; South Street Boat Builders keep wood in its natural form to form a chair.

nomo creations - saf affect

Nomo Creations crafts fine strips of wood into elegant light fixtures.

the felt store - saf affect

The Felt Store supplies felt material made of renewable wool for design projects, as well as offering finished products of their own.

living lighting - saf affect

Living Lighting on King‘s dramatic booth design featured a panelled wall of gilded Edison-bulb lit sconces as the backdrop to a custom twig chandelier.

earth inc table - saf affectearth inc - saf affect

earth inc wall - saf affectearth inc water feature - saf affect

Earth Inc.‘s booth set the scene of an urban, edgy, yet welcoming backyard with rustic, natural, and vintage industrial elements.

caesarstone - saf affect

Japanese design studio Nendo created a dream-like stone garden from Caesarstone’s signature quartz composite solid surface material.

torlys flooring - saf affecttorlys cork floor - saf affect

Torlys designer cork flooring comes in some unique, on-trend textures and colours and is the longest cork plank available.

stone forest - saf affect

Stone Forest‘s massive womb-like tub carved from solid stone was a show stopper.

ikea - saf affect

Ikea illustrated how their contemporary products can work alongside vintage decor such as with this stunning brass tub, with modern light fixtures strung from a framework of copper piping.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30 9:38 am

    I didn’t make it to IDS this year, so thanks for the recap! Also, wanted to mention that I like your new logo and fresh design update for the blog

    • January 30 10:42 am

      Thanks, Corinna, for your insightful refresh suggestion. Much appreciated! It was definitely time for a new look.

  2. February 1 9:37 am

    Love your photos!!! Great capture of the sense of the show.

  3. February 3 11:00 am

    It was great to meet you at this event Susan. Loved reading your recap and what you came away with from the show.

  4. February 3 5:14 pm

    I love your blog…I find myself more and more drawn to sustainable elements in design and that firepit is amazing!

    Thanks for sharing!

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