Toronto’s annual architecture and design expo and conference, IIDEXCanada is just over a week away. The show includes over 150 speakers, seminars and keynote talks from the likes of Clive Wilkinson and Todd Saunders. Plus, there are hundreds of booths showing off the latest furniture, finishes and lighting. Here are a few must-see exhibitors.
1 Eureka Lighting, Booth 5707
The Montreal manufacturer is a long-time show favourite, and this year should be no exception. Seven new lights will be on display, including Aperture (top), Odeon (middle) and Plate Out (bottom). The last, a wall-mounted unit suitable for interior or exterior use, earned a Red Dot award for product design.
2 Interface, Booth #5927
The sustainably focused carpet manufacturer is always a stand-out with great, green products on show. This year, their booth will showcase two introductions: Equal Measure (top) and Near & Far (lower). The first is inspired by well-worn cobblestones, while the second plays with texture and colour to create unique depth and dimension.
3 Secto Design, Booth #5917
The young lighting brand will be on hand to share its line of birch pendants, which this past summer earned architect Seppo Koho the Furniture Designer of the Year award from the Finnish Association of Interior Architects.The entire line is now available with a unique wall-mount system that suits spaces where ceiling suspension is not possible, or where flexible positioning is required.
4 Forms+Surfaces, Booth #6235
Linq Woven Metal, the latest product line from Forms+Surfaces, is an elegant yet rugged material that brings a distinctive and exclusive twist to woven metal by uniting modern aesthetics with exceptional durability. And, it can be fully integrated with Forms+Surfaces’ wall systems, columns, elevator interiors and more. Its unique pattern consists of flat or round wires interwoven to create eye-catching textures.
5 Woodshop, Booth #4005
This curated show-floor exhibit has become one of the most popular at IIDEX. This time around, it includes 14 chosen prototypes, each made using Toronto’s untapped wood resources, which have increased as a result of the province-wide Emerald Ash Borer infestation. Designers include (from top) Danielle Whitley and Sanaz Shirshekar, both architects at KPMB, who teamed up to create a faceted bike rack; and Kichul Lee and Doosu-Shin, designers of the curvaceous Chair-W.
6 Metalumen, Booth #6213
This lighting manufacturer offers a full range of direct, indirect, direct/indirect and custom lighting systems, both fluorescent and LED. Uniquely engineered, the Canadian company’s distinguished products offer photometric performance, and an ease of installation. Metalumen’s vast line of products suits all kinds of working environments, including schools, office facilities, media labs, libraries, research labs and transportation stations.
7 Eurofase, Booth 5015
Five new contemporary lighting lines on display at Eurofase will include the Venue collection of linear surface mount fixtures, available in one-, two-, six- and eight-light versions. Alongside this simple architectural solution there will be more luxe pieces, such as Oz, a 13-light LED chandelier realized in chrome and crystal clear glass.
IIDEXCanada: Canada’s National Architecture + Design Exposition and Conference takes place December 2 and 3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building.