Opening Night: Toronto Interior Design Show 2011


“All You Need Is Love,” was the theme of last night’s 13th annual Interior Design Show Launch Party and industry, media, local celebrities, and anyone with enough love to fork out $55/$60 for entry were rewarded justly.  The interior design aficionados, all eager to get an early jump on the latest in home and commercial design, braved the queues to pack the mammoth three hundred thousand plus square foot North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  The conference centre pulsated to the beats of DJ JJ Flores, as free samples of double-macaroni and cheese pasta, ice cream, chocolate drizzled waffles, pretzels, and Zaza espresso provided the fuel to navigate the maze of over 300 exhibits.

Timothy Oulton

Timothy Oulton, UpCountry

One of the highlights of the opening night was a chance to get an early look at First Seating, presented by Plan B, Vitra, and Swarovski Elements.  First Seating is an auction of 20 retooled iconic Vitra Panton Chairs by Canada’s leading architects, designers, and stylists that include Bruce Mau Design, Cecconi Simone, Greta Constantine, Karim Rashid, Katherine Newman and II by IV, all in support of Casey House.

Attendees also had a chance to preview the Sibling Revelry creations.  Four of Canada’s most creative siblings:  David & Glenn Dixon, Jason & Lars Dressler, Sarah & Theo Richardson, and My & Thien Ta-Trung, partnered up in transforming a 600 square foot space into their own unique statement of design.  I spoke with celebrity television interior designer Sarah Richardson, who explained that in addition to the time and space constraints of the project, there was the added challenge of reverse engineering the design of the space by starting rather than ending with key design pieces such as the Rich, Brilliant, Willing lamps.  Theo Richardson, who is one third of design studio Rich, Brilliant, Willing, provided the primary-hued designs, which became the inspiration for the brother-sister team’s overall vision for each of the rooms within the 600 square foot space.

Sarah and Theo Richardson - Sibling Revelry

Sarah and Theo Richardson - Sibling Revelry

The show runs between January 27-30, and includes a debut Canadian lecture from internationally acclaimed designer/architect Jean Marie Massaud.  Massaud will talk about his experience working with Chanel and Dior, as well as his award-winning collaboration with Glas Italia.  American Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne (UofT Graduate House, Toronto and Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles) will also be there, as will British-born designer Michael Young (PSi Tower, Hong Kong).  Celebrity guests to include Sarah Richardson, Steven & Chris, Massive Change’s Bruce Mau Design, famed industrial designer Karim Rashid, Toronto’s 3rd Uncle, and the local fashion design stars of Greta Constantine.

Too many to list, I’ve gone ahead and posted my top picks on the It’s All Style To Me Facebook Page.  The show is open to the public on Saturday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m and Sunday January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You can purchase your tickets online, or head down to Front Street and buy them at the door for $22.  For more information please visit the IDS11 website at


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  2. Hawley says:

    Great post! Love the photo mash up!

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