I look forward to the Interior Design Show every year and have been going since I was a young twenty-something in Toronto, trying to design our first home. Much has changed since then, in my own life and in the design world, but I can always be sure to find something that just about blows my mind at IDSwest.
The 2014 IDSwest certainly did not disappoint! Celebrating their 10th anniversary, there was so much to take in, a pleasant assault on the senses if you will – every booth was more intriguing than the last, each one offering something beautiful to see, something incredible to feel and touch, and the bar never lets me down with their selection of craft beers and Prosecco to taste!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Simone of Shelter, who was one of six designers challenged to produce an innovative furniture piece out of Weyerhaeuser’s Parallam SLS as part of the Structure exhibit. He created the beautifully defined dining table above, as well as an artistically shaped swing created out of the same strong wood material.
In case you didn’t know, I used to be a wedding and party planner, and the one exhibit I always look forward to is Dinner by Design. It is a complete fantasy dining installation that inspires and delights – each designer creates their own lavish, whimsical, romantic, or outrageous dining environment.
The District marketplace is for designers to show and sell beautifully curated items. Many local design companies participate in The District, including Lemonni, Dear Pony, Heyday Design and The Very Hush Hush Trailer, which showcases the work of independent BC designers in a repurposed Airstream trailer.
I absolutely loved IDSwest 2014 and cannot wait to see what next year’s event brings!