On Thursday morning we headed down the 401 to what some folk call "the big smoke" aka Toronto to get inspired at this year's IDS. Unlike other trade shows where every one is strictly there to gain business, the interior design show is more a celebration of creativity and design. All the exhibitors at the show put tremendous effort into their booths and it definitely shows.
When we arrived to our hotel on Thursday, the check in clerk informed us that the type of room we had booked was sold out. *sigh* ....but, we'll be upgrading you for free. Alrighty then! We headed to the 27th floor and walked into a large 2 bedroom suite with a swanky bathroom over looking Lake Ontario. The weekend was off to a good start!
That night we headed to the opening IDS party which is basically the trade show with booze and food. We met up with a few friends, had a few cocktails and scouted out the booths we really wanted to spend time at the next day.
The next morning we devoured our tasty breakfast burritos from freshii and headed to the show through the maze of tunnels connecting out hotel. No coat required.
We could go into detail about every single thing we saw but this post would probably drag on into 2017. So, here are some of booths that really stuck out to us.
Loved this art gallery section.
Habitat for humanity house build out of children's building blocks.
Bold Canadianna pillow graphics.
Loved this set up at one of the Ryerson student booths.
This counter build in cook top was one of the most interesting things we saw at the show and that's Bryan Gluckstein checking out the Kitchen!
And what can we say about the Lightmakers studio booth. Some of the most stylish lighting we've ever seen. Definitely check out these guys!
The escalator our Prime Minister ( and Rick Mercer ) made famous.
Overall our trip was a huge success. Got inspired and made some great new connections. Back in Toronto very shortly for Gift show. See you then!