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cure your cabin fever at IDS14

January 24

This cold weather has many of us holed up in our homes, spending much time staring at those four walls and perhaps taking stock of our decor. Has mid-winter cabin fever caused you to have a hate-on for your home decor? If so, it’s worth venturing outside into the cold to head down to the 2014 instalment of the Interior Design Show (on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until Sunday January 26), for some refreshing ideas for your spaces.

Wandering the show floor, I spotted furniture, finishes, fixtures, and booth designs that feature a lot of colour, along with unique use of materials and quite a few nods to vintage with a contemporary touch.

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A colourful display of paint ‘swatches’ at Farrow & Ball.

Mhouse inc IDS14 - saf affect

A mix of new and vintage by MHouse Inc. with furniture from Avenue Road.

feltro IDS14 - saf affect

Colourful Feltro shapes become building blocks with the help of imbedded magnets.

Altius RSA IDS14 - saf affect

This drop in place prefab home by Altius RSA with a vintage roof line starts at under $200 per square foot. Inside, check out the small appliances by Panasonic that are uniquely modern in shape with an interesting added splash of colour.

avani aya kitchens IDS14 - saf affect

The Avani kitchen (a new brand by Aya Kitchens), is bold on colour and practical on design. The white island slides in and out – helpful for maximizing small spaces.

beauti-tone paint IDS14 - saf affect

Beauti-Tone paints topped their booth with a creative display created from colourfully dipped paint sticks.

ikea IDS14 - saf affect

Ikea shows how blending classic favourites with their modern products helps to create a harmonious, welcoming space.

korhani IDS14 - saf affect

Korhani has the most intriguing and entertaining booth at the show, with mannequins dressed in clothing made from colourful rugs and brought to life with somewhat spooky, animated, video faces.

para paints IDS14 - saf affect

Para Paints booth is a colourful cocoon created with oversized, arching paint chips.

urban barn IDS14 - saf affect

Urban Barn gets witty with music and colour.

torlys IDS14 - saf affect

Torlys presents a bright pink new booth design along with a new hardwood, wide-plank, flooring line.

mettro IDS14 - saf affect

On first glance these colourful Mettro tiles look authentically vintage – a closer look reveals that the patterns are photos of old tiles applied to new.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25 7:47 am

    It was so great to walk the show with you. Love your pics.

  2. February 13 6:57 am

    I too went this year and was really impressed with some of the exhibits! Even though I am a fan of independent designers rather than large brands, I must admit that I loved IKEA’s range of products. There is no wonder that people are attracted to their design, not even mentioning the affordability! I noticed that the Stockholm glass lighting fixture you posted was really similar to this dandelion-like chandelier. And that is probably what most people aim for. Designer-like looks and a fair price.
    Korhani booth was extraordinary! They can get really creative in their presentation. My twitter was literally flooded with those video-faced mannequines! These guys really know how to draw attention.
    I can’t wait for the next year’s show!

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