Design changes everything. The slogan of this year's Interior Design Show, and words that couldn't be more true. From Tom Dixon's Ceasarstone collaboration, to Craig Dykers inspiring talk about Snøhetta's architectural work, to EQ3's Assembly capsule collection featuring the work of Canadian designers, there was endless international and homegrown talent at IDS this past weekend. I've rounded up some of my favourite design discoveries below!
COOLICAN & COMPANY
Producing only in limited runs, Coolican & Company is one of my favourite additions to the contemporary furniture market in Toronto. Peter Coolican's furniture designs are hand built from Ontario sourced wood and hand rubbed with natural finishes. His small batch approach means the pieces are made locally and made well. Timeless in design, you just know the pieces will age beautifully.
Kroft + Co
Kroft + Co debuted their collection of furniture this weekend. In pursuit of perfection in every inch of their designs, they have perfected products for small spaces. From the side table to the chest of drawers, each piece is compact in size with smart storage solutions. I love the charcoal linoleum finish on the surface of the doors for this sideboard.
The graphic feel of Simon John's shelving brackets add a modern touch to a wall display. The four styles can easily be assembled into different combinations. Similarly, his crystalline light fixture creates graphic patterns depending on your vantage point.
Minimalistic in style, Manuel Barreto's furniture is designed and handcrafted in Buffalo. Each piece is custom made and entirely unique. Contemporary, but classic, his designs would certainly be the conversation piece in any room.
Simple elegance. That's the design ambition of Hollis+Morris. Contemporary in aesthetic, each piece combines warm woods with metal components. I was drawn to the sleek lines and sculptural shapes of Mischa Courvette's designs. A single piece of powder coated steel twists to form a base for the beautiful walnut top of the Corktown stool, for example.
Federal Design House
Ottawa based product designers Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar of Federal Design House reinvented a rocking horse as part of the show's Prototype platform. Made with recycled copper cables, maple wood and rabbit fur, it's a modern take on a classic children's piece.
Several of Frank Stella's beautiful works were for sale at Caviar 20's showcase. In addition to the beautiful art they curated for the exhibit, a selection of chairs by the likes of amazing designers like Hans Wegner and Verner Panton were on display.