January 24, 2018

Interior Design Show 2018


We have just come back from the 2018 Interior Design Show in Toronto.

I enjoy this show every year.

I enjoy it so much because the artisans showcasing their products are so talented.  

 am energised when I am in their company and see their work.


We have seen the latest in kitchen and bathroom design, all very beautiful.


There was furniture design that every year seems to get better.

We have even seen the self-cleaning toilets and taps that measure out an exact amount of water for when you need a precise amount in a recipe.

I am going to feature some of the artisans we met and not so much the bigger companies.

Cherrywood Studio

This studio creates live-edge and traditional tables from urban hardwood that is otherwise destined for landfill sites.

The process can take up to three years from collecting and saving the log, milling, and drying, to the actual production of the product.

We love that the wood is being salvaged from urban resources.

To see pictures of the process and check the range of products being offered, go to the website http://cherrywoodstudio.ca/

amala carpets

 https://www.amalacarpets.com/Amala carpets offer socially sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing methods for hand-made carpets.  This is a 6th  generation family-owned business.  
Carpets are made from silk and or wool in both Thailand and Nepal. 

We saw several carpet makers while at the show, but, we really liked the approach of this company.

The carpets are beautiful and can be made in the customer's choice of colours.

We would love to own one of these someday.


Bosendorfer Artisans

The Oscar Peterson Signature Edition commemorates the 90th birthday of Oscar Peterson who himself played a Bosendorfer piano.

This piano plays a number of never released compositions recorded by Oscar Peterson.

Listening to this piano is like having him right in the room with you.

Extraordinarily beautiful.

Phil Carriere

Phil Carriere Photography Transformed in Unique Framed.

Phil's photography is not only beautiful but, he uses a finishing process that brings out a depth and colour that is unique.

I loved his work done in Havana.

I am afraid my photography does not do justice to the work, but you can go to the website.


Pur cachet

Pur cachet has a different approach to use reclaimed wood.  

Their product is seen in the foreground of the picture above and is among other products they produce.  The logs can be ordered online.  You choose the colour, the top, and the finish.

Sun Louvre Pergolas

We liked this company from Quebec.  The louvres are easily opened and closed.  When closed they provide shelter from the rain.  

The louvres can be run up the sides of the pergola to add some privacy or as a windbreak.

This is just a small glimpse of the show.  There is something for almost every taste.

Trends We Noticed

There is still a lot of wood both live edge and milled with a number of different finishes.  Black walnut is still a favourite.

Wood flooring is still big, both solid and engineered.  There is also a trend toward reclaimed wood floors.

Metal is everywhere.  They are using it on furniture as bent or welded legs and as part of the furniture structure.
Taps and plumbing are mostly brushed nickel, shiny chrome, or gold.  We didn't notice much bronze or black in plumbing.

Light fixtures are going large.  They are being used as a feature in a room and can be real attention getters.

Stone is still being used for countertops and floors.
More and more we saw manufactured counters such as quartz.
We also saw terrazzo flooring.

Upholstered Furniture
Wool for upholstery materials as well as the softest leathers.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at the Interior Design Show 2018.

Thank you for stopping by.

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