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The Interior Design Show (IDS) is back in Toronto this weekend celebrating its 20th anniversary of bringing A-list designers, big-name brands and artisan makers together with design enthusiasts to explore the biggest trends and innovations in the world of home decor and design.
This year’s show, on until Jan. 21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will feature the work of more than 200 exhibitors and host speakers and seminars, with the opportunity to rub shoulders with design stars such as Michael Ford, Kathryn Ireland, Brian Gluckstein and Tommy Smythe.
Here are six designers and their products to check out at this year’s show.
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Jason Burhop of Montreal began woodworking in 1999 when he took over a friend’s furniture workshop. In 2003, he opened a retail space in the city and launched his first collection of solid wood, contemporary furniture. Exclusively manufactured in Montreal, Kastella and his team create custom, built-to-order furniture using certified North American hardwoods hand-finished with natural oils or water-based lacquers.
The C401 stool appears seamless in design, the eye barely able to tell where the seat and legs join. The solid wood stool is reminiscent of Danish design with clean lines, a machined brass footrest that provides comfort and elegance. Available in counter or bar heights, walnut or white oak, with a selection of finishes. $ 750 counter height and $ 795 bar height, kastella.ca.
Alisha Boyd is an artist, goldsmith and metalworker from Halifax who transitioned from custom goldsmith work to creating bespoke lighting collections in 2014. She made the move after a run-in with an interior designer while showcasing her jewelry and decorative bowls at The One of a Kind Show, where the designer suggested her bowls would look great as lighting. “It was a total ah-ha moment” Boyd says.
Her company, LUXI Studioworks, creates small-batch and customizable contemporary statement lighting. The Roinn, a sleek modern light with a nod to art deco, is made with welded steel and is available in a variety of powder coat finishes and colour cords. Price ranges from $ 697 for a small pendant to $ 865 for a large pendant, luxistudioworks.com.
Rock Huynh and My Le Nguyen are the husband and wife team behind Etobicoke-based 1925Workbench, which creates custom doors, furniture and barn door hardware.
The couple got involved in building doors and furniture in 2011, back when Huynh, then an IT engineer, and Nguyen, a nurse, were in the midst of a renovating their west Toronto home. They decided they wanted a sliding barn door for their washroom, but unable to find the hardware they needed, they decided to make the hardware themselves, with Huynh teaching himself wood- and metal-working techniques. The couple loved the design process so much they placed an ad on Kijiji offering to build and install sliding barn doors for others, later leaving their day jobs to work on the business full time. They eventually expanded beyond their single-track bypassing barn door hardware (which is patent pending) to create custom doors and furniture at their studio based in Etobicoke.
The Nun table is a contemporary take on the harvest table, made of solid white oak with hand turned legs, knobs and two convenient drawers for storage. 28 inches by 94 inches, $ 6,000. Barn door hardware ranges from $ 195 to $ 820 for a single door install. Barn doors are custom made and range in size and design. They generally start at around $ 680. 1925workbench.com.
Samantha Sandbrook Art & Interiors Inc.
Samantha Sandbrook is an artist and designer based in Toronto. She is known for her playful but luxe furniture and sculptures made from contrasting textures, such as graffiti, brass and Lucite.
I *heart Graffiti: A Love Story is a handmade heart-shaped floor sculpture with graffiti scattered throughout the paint surface, with a resin finish and white floater frame. The sculpture, which stands 53 inches wide by 51 inches high, is customizable with different initials. $ 7,200, samanthasandbrook.com.
Lorraine Tuson is a designer, artist and printmaker based in Toronto who makes unique hand-silkscreened products for the home. In 2016, she launched an online store introducing a luxe line of 100-per-cent merino-wool felt cushions, modular table runners and stylish accessories. Her aim is to provide small moments of joy with their everyday use. Her cushions include a square and lower-back friendly lumbar cushion with organic cotton and hemp backing, structured to retain their shapes. Bespoke work, including carpet and wall surface designs, are also available.
The Geo Jazz Medium Cushion is made of 100 per cent wool felt with an envelope backing in natural organic cotton twill and includes a custom pillow insert. 18 inches by 18 inches, $ 189.50, lorrainetuson.com.
The Montreal-based textile design and upholstery company got its start in 2007 when Emanuelle Dion, a textile designer, joined forces with woodworker and re-upholsterer Isabelle Bergeron. In 2017, Dion took over the company on her own.
Foutu Tissu offers upholstery services, a large selection of original printed fabrics, and handmade and eco-friendly furniture and decorative objects, including this small round ottoman, $ 272 (16-inch diameter) and $ 352 (20-inch diameter), foututissu.com.