Interior Design Show 2012 – How Do We Live?

Posted by Dani on January 31, 2012

IDS12 wrapped up yesterday after 4 event-filled days showcasing home grown and international design talent. Lifeovereasy attended the opening night party and grooved to the tunes of multitalented Canadian design icon Karim Rashid. Touring the floor the next day, I was inspired to rethink some of the spaces I live in. For me, design is really about how things integrate into our lives, and how they can enhance how we live, what we do, and how we connect. The feature exhibit this year was “How Do You Live?” – a cut-away two-storey building highlighting the condo development trend seen here in Toronto and wordwide with six individual rooms, each by a different design team. Have a look at Quadrangle’s “Last Supper” installation with 13 iconic chairs and a KidRobot centerpiece, by architects Rick Mugford and Caroline Robbie:

Ashley Rumsey and Stanley Sun of Mason explored the “primitive rituals” that take place in the kitchen and bathroom. Love the waterfall table and neon wall sign!

Youssef Hasbani of exquisite furniture and accessory boutique L’Atelier invites us to retreat into his “apple” in a Moroccan-inspired space where I could probably live quite happily!

International Guest of Honour was Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni created BY_LISSONI, a 1200 square foot lounge designed in collaboration with some of his design brand partners including Living Divani, Lema, Porro and FLOS.

A white backdrop and neutral colours helped create a serene and stylish space that was perfect for unwinding from the busy show. This elegant and casual lounging area emphasizes both comfort and style, and invites you to put your feet up. Love the low marble coffee tables!

The look and feel continues here in the dining area of the lounge.

Here are Piero Gandini of FLOS, Piero Lissoni, and Fabio Novembre at Italian Design Unplugged, a talk for students and attendees on Friday, one of several opportunities to hear Mr. Lissoni speak.

Have a look at some of the furniture installations on the show floor that can inspire you to think about how you might want to live. Upcountry combined dark leather and industrial pieces with dazzling chrystal chandeliers, showing us that it’s all about the mix.

Casalife and Living Lighting blended trendy raw wood with chromed metal, glamorous light fixtures, and traditionally inspired modern sofas to create a signature look.

Dee Dee Taylor Hannah of Taylor Hannah Architect uses Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year, Tangerine Tango to show that over-the-top colour and abundant use of stripes can work together to create a vibrant yet orderly look. Everything you need fits into this compact space.

Check back for upcoming posts highlighting more top picks from the show!

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