We recently attended Trade Day at the Interior Design Show here in Toronto. This show always manages to bring some amazing talent to town to inspire us in the middle of winter. The three outstanding "Trade Talks" speakers were the highlight of the day.
Joshua Prince-Ramus of the New York architectural practice REX kicked things off with a call to arms on the need to power through real-world impediments to creativity (little things like clients and budgets). Along the way, he showed us some remarkable work.
Nipa Doshi described how her native India is inspiring the work at Doshi Levien, her design partnership in London, and how not everyone needs to use a computer to draw.
Jaime Hayon took us on a laughter- filled romp through his prolific mind & the zany pieces he has gifted to the world of decorative arts.
Doshi Levien sofa for Moroso
Jaime Hayon urn (?) for Spanish porcelain manufacturer Lladró
Gracious seat & table from Ministry of the Interior
Klaus by nienkamper: fabulous stuff, as always
MotI pavilion, best of the rest in "The Ultimate" Concept Spaces exhibit
As is often the case, the strongest part of the actual show was the Studio North & Prototype exhibit area, featuring many up & coming Canadian designers. Elsewhere, there were more fireplaces, plumbing fixtures and kitchens than you could shake a stick at. (This is, after all, the more residential sister to Neocon IIDEX held in the autumn) We felt that the Concept Spaces exhibit, entitled "The Ultimate" was pretty weak this year...but hey, that's just us.