Melissa Davis – Fabulous Finds
This year’s Interior Design Show started with the industry’s best and brightest sipping champagne and having first glimpse at the show in full party fashion for opening night. What’s now become the place to see and be seen all things home, designers, suppliers and eager décor addicts partied in the aisles, talking shop and catching up with old friends and colleagues. Homes Publishing group was among the media in attendance and was wonderful to see they too had a booth on the main floor of the show.
The party within the party takes place in the Distinctive Appliance booth, where a by invitation only crowd savors the top shelf cocktails and nibbles on abundant snacks from the safety of their roped haven. Miele was a close competitor with their impressive booth featuring chefs in three separate rooms amidst formidable displays of the latest technologies for the home.
Tom Dixon’s collaboration with the show this year was impressive with his trademark minimalist esthetic scattered throughout the show in mini displays come sitting areas and most impressively in the Caesarstone and Tom Dixon Lounge. Rudimentary shapes fabricated out of Caesarstone’s softer and organic colours create seats, counters and backdrops all puzzling together.
Studio North and Prototype was back, highlights emerging designers, sharing select products with pride and a willingness to receive peer feedback. This mix of discussion, creation and consumerism is the secret sauce that keeps us creative types coming back year, after year.
The beauty of this show is the range in exhibitor from global brands down to small handcraft works. The show standouts fell under both ends of the spectrum. Manitoba woodshop, Wood Anchor (www.woodanchor.com) caught all our attention in their tiny white booth displaying their new Imbue light, crafted using a single piece of wood veneer and forged aluminum the result left us awestruck.
AVANI kitchens (www.avanikitchens.com), AYA Kitchens high-end, custom collection pushed the boundaries in their collaboration with Diego Burdi of renowned design duo Burdifelek. Everything about the space proved to push our thinking on the traditional kitchen and in my opinion beautifully answered the new trend towards a softer, less utilitarian look.
Flooring suppliers showed their new collections and the trend is definitely still towards wider plank, more matt finished engineered products. My standout was Purparket (www.purparket.com) as the only 100% FSC certified and VOC free option. The oil top coat is both practical for wear and tear and free of the nasty chemicals lurking in more traditional products.
If colour in kitchen décor is turning your head, you’ll be pleased to know that the beauty of a kitchen sink can be coupled with the toughest surface. Silgranit® a natural granite composite material, made here in Toronto, and engineered in Germany was showcased at the BLANCO booth. It combines up to 80 percent of natural granite with a premium, acrylic-resin formula that provides beauty, unsurpassed hardness, strength and durability. These sinks are non-porous, heat-, scratch-, chip- and stain-resistant. And offer seven non-fading colours to choose from. www.blancocanada.com
Whether you came looking for a specific product, or just enjoyed a glass of wine and one of the many free speakers presentations, no one left this year’s show disappointed.
If you looking for more design ideas ahead check out the Design Intervention booth by Reno & Decor Magazine at the following home shows – The GTA Home & Reno Show, Feb 12-15 and the National Home Show, March 11-20. Top designers will be on hand to give free 15 minute consultations. For more information be sure to check the Reno & Décor home show page often – HERE and follow Reno & Decor on Facebook and Twitter.