The two-day design and architecture expo in Toronto kicks off today and presents the latest work systems, task chairs, fabrics and more for contract spaces. Here are a few show highlights, from such brands as Keilhauer, Humanscale and Teknion, that might just change the look of the office.
Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre hosts IIDEX Canada – two days of CEU-accredited seminars, parties and keynote addresses from Public Architecture’s John Peterson, Walt Disney’s Will Hastings and French designer Patrick Norguet. The biggest draw is the nearly 350 exhibitors, presenting solutions for contract spaces, from innovative office systems to luxurious furniture and textiles for hospitality settings.
1 Loon by Keilhauer
After a 10-year hiatus from the design world, architect Tom Deacon created this side and stacking chair that comes with or without arms (including a tablet arm), three upholstered options and three heights, as well as optional casters. Thirteen colours are available plus six finishes for the steel frame.
2 Armitage by Cambria
Among the 2012 introductions from this family-owned quartz company are Laneshaw and Armitage, two new designs that form part of the existing Waterstone Collection. In true Cambria tradition, Armitage (shown) named after a village in England’s West Midlands, is dark and deep with blends of black and gray and hits of copper and orange.
3 Interpret by Teknion
This highly flexible system was inspired by the popular mobile office trend, combining desking and benching with components such as sliding work surfaces, flip-up doors and movable screens. It can be used to create open spaces or more privacy-focused workspaces.
4 Urban Retreat by Interface
This biophilia-inspired modular tile collection was originally launched at June’s NeoCon fair in Chicago, but IIDEX show goers will get a preview of UR501, the latest addition to the series that the company will officially launch in November.
5 DI-NOC by 3M
Exhibited by Levey Industries, 3M’s highly versatile architectural film can mimic virtually any natural material including wood and self-adheres to even the curviest of surfaces.
6 Mode by Humanscale
For settings such as conference centres, classrooms and banquet halls, this stackable chair is ergonomic and features a flexible back that reclines up to 12 degrees. Moreover, Mode’s cushion can be unscrewed and removed for the option of either a stained or tarnished seat.
7 SoleCity by Philips Lighting
Designed for urban environments, this collection of outdoor public LED lighting, including the aluminium-clad Vertical Straight Light Post (shown), can be customized for any city.
8 Aquarius by Altro
For such wet/dry areas as locker rooms, changing areas and patient-assisted bathrooms Altro’s latest flooring option is slip-resitant, with an anti-stain, anti-bacterial coating that allows for easy cleaning and maintenance. It comes a variety of pastel hues.
IIDEX Canada takes place September 20 and 21 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto.