Hailed as one of the most multicultural cities of the world, Toronto is home to a diverse population with various languages, mouth-watering cuisines, and vibrant communities. But aside from being the country’s go-to destination to experience multiple cultures, Toronto also plays host to the annual Interior Design Show, the region’s most eagerly-waited design event. Since its inception in 1999, the Interior Design Show is a showcase for Canada’s growing pool of talented designers, with an international audience of established brands and design professionals through a dynamic three-day event.
This year, at its 20th anniversary, the Interior Design Show 2018 takes place from the January 18th – 20th, with more than a hundred exhibitors and a star-studded line-up of international speakers. With the theme of ‘Future Forward’, the Interior Design Show compiles this season’s latest trends and sets the tone for what’s to come in the world of design. In this feature, we take a look at three design trends to watch out for this year.
Kitchens of the Future
We’ve seen a steady rise of smart kitchen gadgets in recent years, and it’s showing no sign of stopping thanks to the integration of technology in design.
While solar-powered lamps and intelligent planters are becoming more commonplace, kitchen appliances are embracing new technology that goes beyond energy efficiency. Monogram Canada’s latest refrigerator line comes with an automatic water pitcher refill, while Miele showcases its newest Dialog Oven that’s both Wifi-enabled and uses electromagnetic waves to cook your food. Expect to see more this January 18th – 20th, as designers make the heart of the home more user-friendly.
Functional Decor: Feature Lighting
Say goodbye to minimal lamps and the barely-there ceiling lights.
This year’s Interior Design Show embraces artesanal lighting – decorative, one-of-a-kind yet functional, showstopper pieces. Montreal-based studio Lambert & Fils treats attendees with their stunning collection of suspended lighting that add poetic details to any space. On the other hand, Decimal Made’s growing collection of sculptural 3D printed light fixtures serve as an on-going testament to the future of additive manufacturing in all aspects of design.
Despite our fascination with mixing metals and industrial surfaces, wooden accents retain its reputation as interior design staples.
Although live edge tables lend themselves well to rustic-style homes, clean wooden pieces that feature sleek lines will prevail over raw wooden surfaces this season. The Dream Table by Duro Deco is a great example of what we can expect to see in the future, a creative marriage of materials such as glass and wood. But rest assured, mid-century modern furniture remains trendy this year, with Montreal-based Kastella bringing the 1930s look well into 2018 and beyond.
Which collection are you loving the most? Let us know if you’re stopping by the Interior Design Show 2018 this weekend!
For more highlights from recent design events, check out these colorful creations from the recently concluded Seoul Design Festival.