The inner child in every design lover at the Interior Design Show leapt at the chance to ride the Swings. This popular selfie hub and functional playground, by London-based designer Philippe Malouin and Caesarstone, attracted a constant crowd of people waiting for their turn. Each swing featured a different slab of Caesarstone, and all 12 were arranged around a circular steel frame. Over the weekend, the installation was taken over by the younger attendees, with parents enjoying a break on the surrounding benches.
It was moments like these that made this year one of the most eclectic Toronto design weeks in years. Elsewhere at the Interior Design Show, the floor was full of pragmatic furnishings for the home, as well as more out-there ideas. A perennial favourite, Miele’s booth was busy with cooking demonstrations that showed off the new M-Touch stove, which operates like an iPhone, while two MakerBots printed 3D models of Miele stoves.
The kitchen also got a modern makeover at Avani, which debuted a stunning wood-and-white kitchen designed by local architecture firm Hariri Pontarini. Meanwhile, Urban Capital and Nichetto Studio showed off Cubitat, an all-in-one kitchen, bathroom and bedroom concept that can be dropped into a condo unit as small as 600 square feet.
The exhibits Studio North and Prototype were also rife with innovation, from Libs Elliott’s quilts based on computer algorithms to a hexagonal wood chair by Geof Ramsay, which won the best prototype award.
Throughout the downtown core, at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival – which this year staged almost 80 events – independent designers, both local and international, showed their works in shops, showrooms and galleries. (Our sister publication, Designlines, handed out 100 Love tags to the best at IDS and around town all last week). Among the highlights were the Indoor Gardening Project at Mjölk, the graphic art displays at the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up to My Room, and the Uufie dining set at the Design Exchange’s Dinner by Design event. Talk about eclectic: Toronto is a city bursting with ingenuity – just ask the Economist.
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