Celebrating 25 years of being Canada’s premier design showcase, the globally renowned Interior Design Show (IDS) will return with its immersive tradeshow, taking place on January 18 – 21, 2024 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, making its much anticipated return to the North Building. Presented by Miele, IDS Toronto will not only commemorate its rich history but also set the stage for what lies ahead in the dynamic world of interior design. This landmark event promises to be an inspiring showcase of cutting-edge concepts, transformative trends, and visionary designs, as it explores the limitless possibilities of the future of design through various features and keynote discussions. Be sure to check out the full show schedule for more.
This January at IDS, take a walk through the Future Neighbourhood. This new, immersive feature is designed to inspire, delight, and stimulate conversation about good design. Six design teams – including Interior Architects (IA), Noam Hazan Design Studio, Safoura Zahedi, SDI Design with Q4 Architects, SVN, and Syllable Design – explore how interior design will continue to adapt to and shape our lives. The inspiration for this feature is the city of Toronto, which is made up of distinct neighbourhoods. Visitors will walk down a central street in the Future Neighbourhood, then enter each installation, experiencing design solutions to problems including the housing crisis; the ever-evolving crossover of work and living spaces; ageing in place; and the introduction of technology into different interiors.
Step into the world of the Modern Prefab at IDS. The boom of pre-fabricated buildings in all forms continues across Canada. This feature lets visitors explore the interior of prefabs by three companies – each presenting distinct business models – with the units clustered around a clearing of trees and benches.
arcana, an experiential hospitality and well-being brand opened its first location in 2021 in Collingwood and is now preparing to open its newest location in Muskoka in 2024. arcana, muskoka will feature 23 private, architecturally striking cabins situated on over 160 acres of forested property with more than 3,000 feet of waterfront. arcana guests can participate in self-guided, year-round wellness experiences that inspire introspective exploration through engaging with the natural environment.
The Backcountry Hut Company
The Backcountry Hut Company (BHC) was founded in 2015, born from a deep appreciation of the outdoors and a desire to put down roots in adventurous locations.
BHC specializes in compact modernist recreational structures, crafted to rigorous standards, designed to leave a minimal impact on the environment. The BHC collection of prefabricated, flat-packed building systems can be configured to meet a variety of uses, landscapes, and lifestyle needs.
Inspired by simplicity and the quest to provide outstanding design and value, BHC’s award-winning cabin systems are developed with user participation in mind – with an emphasis on self-assembly and communal construction. The result is a collection of prefabricated kit-of-parts building systems that ship directly to site and can be assembled in a fraction of the time of a traditional construction process.
HUTT is a pre-assembled, prefab structure designed for use as a backyard studio, office, fitness space or whatever extension of the home you need it to be, sized to not require permits in most jurisdictions. HUTT features an in-roof solar array, battery storage, high performance windows, and sustainably grown timber construction. This is the latest addition from CABN, which utilizes prefabricated materials to rapidly build smart, modern, affordable homes that generate more energy than they consume. CABN opened its first show home in May and has orders from across North America to build standalone homes as well as entire communities.
In Studio North, independent product designers exhibit their custom and one-off creations (including furniture and lighting, glass and ceramics, textiles and décor objects) within a gallery-like setting.
Prototype is a platform within Studio North, featuring products not currently in production and addressing new ideas for the residential market. Past prototypes have featured both to-market and conceptual works.
IDS Toronto will feature a keynote program with an acclaimed roster of local and international speakers who will discuss various topics in the design realm. These keynote sessions will range from panels speaking to the future of design, to design experts speaking to trends that will be on everyone’s radar, to intimate conversations with leaders in the industry. Check out the full keynote schedule for more details.
Dezeen Day – Thursday, January 18, 2024
- Shaping the Future with Circular Design – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- In Conversation with Alison Brooks – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
AZURE Trade Talks – Friday, January 19, 2024
- Capture: The Art & Technique of Architectural Photography – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Interior Design and the Changing Climate – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- In Conversation with Marva Griffin – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- In Conversation with Oskar Zieta – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Globe & Mail Saturday – Saturday, January 20, 2024
- The Future Neighbourhood – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Designing Canada 2024: Living in the Multi-verse – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Ten Years of the Fogo Island Inn: A design legacy – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
House & Home Sunday – Sunday, January 21, 2024
- Brian Gluckstein: SIGNATURE MOVES – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Christiane Lemieux: HOME AS A SANCTUARY – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Aly Velji: GLOBAL VIBES, A NEW LOOK FOR LAYERED ROOMS – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The ‘Interior Design Show’ is one of over 100 events, window installations, and exhibitions at the 2024 DesignTO Festival, January 19-28, 2024. Visit the Festival Schedule to learn more about the ‘Interior Design Show’ and other projects.