Jaw-dropping fabulousness at the Interior Design ShowPublished on February 1, 2011

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  • A bike table recycler at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

  • Colourful chairs at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

  • Paper birds at the Dixon booth at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

  • A dinner display at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

  • Flower lights at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

  • A Grohe colourful showerhead at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

  • Lights by Andrew Ooi at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. (Photo by Kelly James)

Every year, the Interior Design Show in Toronto brings together amazingly talented designers and fantastic products from across Canada.

IDS11 took place this past weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, and it didn't disappoint - from gorgeous tiles to funky furniture to sparkly chandeliers, there was something to get all the senses tingling. In fact, there were times when it was bordering on sensory overload!

Everywhere you looked, there was something jaw-dropping fabulous. Gorgeous tiles from Edgewater Studio in Vancouver caught everyone's eye - tweets and blog posts over the last few days have been singing the praises of Edgewater's gorgeous glass tile mosaics. They'll customize patterns and colours for you, so the sky's the limit!

Studio North is an exhibit at IDS that showcases the work of unique and edgy designers from across Canada.

There were a couple of booths in Studio North that really caught my eye. Andrew Ooi is a self-taught Toronto artist who puts his own spin on origami to create one-of-a-kind light fixtures and artwork.

And Gilbert Vanden Heuvel has combined his love for cycling and metal work to design furniture, accessories, and art from old bicycle parts - literally reCYCLING!

Sibling Revelry was a knock-out exhibit. Four pairs of siblings were each given a space to design however they wanted.

Sarah and Theo Richardson created a red dining room, blue study, and yellow bedroom incorporating Sarah's design style with items from Theo's New York-based company, Rich, Brilliant, Willing.

And the brother team of Glenn & David Dixon designed a super-glamourous living & sleeping space, complete with 1,000 origami birds hanging from the ceiling.

One thing I learned at the show is that Corian isn't just for countertops anymore! There were beautiful bathtubs made from Corian, as well fascinating pieces of art and even a chair. Pascale Girardin of Montreal created two beautiful flowers out of Corian as part of the DuPont exhibit.

There was also a gorgeous Corian hanging chair that was designed by the guys at Earth Inc. Designers Jane Lockhart and Alfred Sung showcased their new furniture lines at IDS11. Jane's Platinum Series features completely customizable sofas and chairs that are to-the-trade only.

Alfred's Blackwatch Tartan outdoor furniture is a limited edition that was only available at IDS. But not to worry, he has some other fantastic designs coming out soon, including herringbone.

There was no shortage of colour at the show. Artwork, carpets, chinaware, pianos, and even showerheads were dressed up in every colour of the rainbow. Bright pink, green, and orange chairs from New Caribbean Design attracted lots of attention - I'll take one in each colour, please!

IDS11 was filled with so many beautiful products to entice and inspire - can't wait to see what IDS12 has in store!

Kelly James is an Ottawa-based interior decorator who runs JAX Decor & Design and blogs at JAX Does Design. You can follow her on Twitter at @jaxdecor.




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