A few things did stand out for me though, so here's my Top 5 of IDS11:
Photos courtesy of Style At Home
1. The Style At Home Booth. Style At Home is one of my favourite design mags so when I heard via twitter that they were collaborating with Alanna Cavanagh, one of my favourite artists, I knew it would be a booth-made-in-Heaven. Designed by Margot Austin, the booth featured preppy stripes and fresh & vibrant colours from the Style At Home paintcollection from Beauti-Tone. It was shot of springtime amidst the sea of black-clad design show goers.
Photos from Fap Ceramiche
2. Italian Ceramic Tile - Italian Trade Commission. Gorgeous ceramic tiles in milky hues, some fashioned to look like wood, others embellished with lacelike or tone on tone patterns. The perfect backdrop to a modern bathroom.
Photos courtesy of Elte and The Cinnamon Post
3. Elte Second Life rugs. Rugs otherwise headed to the landfill are given new life through a process of sand-washing and dyeing. Its a great way to extend the life of these old rugs. I picture them juxtaposed against traditional wooden floors or bringing drama to neutral spaces.
Photos courtesy of Edgewater Studio
4. Edgewater Studio. I posted about these tiles a few weeks ago and let me tell you, they were even more beautiful in person. A bit pricey (my favourite the Maven Mosaic runs about $90/sq.ft), its best to use these in small applications like a backsplash or accent wall in a shower. The colour combinations are endless but I was really drawn to the watery blue and green hues.
Photo by Second Wind Interiors
5. IDS. This year, the IDS show floor was given its own look through the collaboration of designers 64th and Queen and art directors Sali Tabacchi. From the rockstar feel of Krups Stage, to the uniforms of IDS staff, and the LED tower greeting you at the entrance, there was much more of a cohesive look to the show this year. Even the creative striping at the entrance inspired some bloggers to give their own rock-star poses.
How about you? Any favourites from IDS? I find its a great event for inspiration though I'm not sure how many of the products make it into the homes of middle-class homeowners like me.