Based on the theme of How do you live?, the show focusses on two areas: condo living and a grounded aesthetic that emphasizes sensuality and liveability as a countermeasure to the overwhelming digital world.
It’s no surprise then that kitchens and bathrooms are in the spotlight. While Dekla debuts Scavolini’s new Liberamente, a no-nonsense system where cooking and dining happen in intimate proximity, a host of exhibitors present hardware and fixtures that bring luxury to the kitchen and bathroom.
Aquabrass’s Cura rain-head boasts multiple water settings, a palette of 16 shades of light and an aromatherapy diffuser. Duravit’s Paiova bathtub, designed by Austrian firm EOOS, is a corner-hugging trapezoidal soaker built for two. Victoria & Albert takes a different approach with the Edge Collection, a bath and basin combining sharp lines with gently rounded contours. The product line from Native Trails boosts tactility; its copper sinks are hand-hammered for a dimpled look and feel.
In furniture, high-end bed manufacturer Flou marks its first time at IDS by presenting Angle – a series of low-slung upholstered frames perfect for softening small spaces. For the dining room, Muuto’s Reflect sideboard graces the booth of Toronto retailer Torp, which also displays PP Møbler’s PP589, an elegantly simple bench, originally produced in 1953, that Hans Wegner created for the entranceway of his own home. French manufacturer Gautier, whose first North American showroom opened in Toronto earlier this month, exhibits the Adulis dining and living room line, designed to integrate into open-concept arrangements without fuss.
Rounding out show are home accessories with a twist. These include Bocci’s Series 14 pendant lights in smoky grey; Modern Weave’s colourful spin on traditional rugs; and Oleana’s vibrant wool throws. High-end appliance company Miele returns with a does of practical design: its new S6 vacuum, in such bold shades as Chili Red and Pistachio Green, is sure to be a crowdpleaser.
IDS also gets down to nuts and bolts. Door Studio focuses on custom projects, like sliding patio doors that allow for virtually barrier-free entryways. Canadian manufacturer Stobag, who provided the awnings for Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2010, presents sunshades made in its Mississauga facility. In interior hardware, Blum has a series of practical solutions for cabinetry, including servo-powered drawers and a louvred door system that effortlessly raises, like a garage door, at one’s touch.