Ten years of great home-grown design
One of my favourite features at the Interior Design Show is Studio North and Prototype, a jury-chosen display of works from exemplary and emerging Canadian designers. This year, it celebrates its tenth anniversary, with works by some 30 designers, examples of which are included below.
The founding curator of Studio North was Rachel Gotlieb, now senior curator at the Gardiner Museum, a gem of a museum that too few Torontonians know about. (Fast Fact: The city's second most under-appreciated museum is the the Textile Museum, also home to a terrifc biannual fabric sale/fundraiser. P.S. If you're rich, skip it please and leave the bargains for the little people, because we deserve some beauty too. Instead, you may shop directly - with your designer of course - at Primavera, which I understand donates a lot of the fabric sold)
But I digress. Below, a few more reasons to get thee to the IDS, runing next week at the Convention Centre.
So taken by the fluidity of the Living Stone sink by John Schweighardt
Christopher Solar lounge and ottoman in steam-bent walnut and rope (wonderfully shaped)
Tahir Mahmood’s candle sticks (ooh, love these too - #iadoreRED)
Atelier 688’s rope lights (think I like this, but I also find it a bit threatening, somehow) They did pillows with maps printed on parachute silk last year that I liked a lot (see pic below). And yes, I too noted around this point the prevalence of matte or unfinished wood, and rope. #ifyoutracktrends
ROLLOUT’s Wanderlust wallpaper (these folks do amazing papers, so I just have to add another pic of a paper I adore even though I'm not sure it will be on dispay at the show.)
Mushaboom’s Stroll wallcoverings (brilliant and beautiful, no?)
Brothers Dressler’s Cross Dining Table and Peg Stool (always interested to know what this duo is doing.)
Contact Voyaging Company's decorative paddles
Lighting by Ridgley Studio (Crazy groovy, man - these are another of my faves)