Finding Product Inspiration for home decor projects is a constant quest in the design business. A cool light fixture or unique piece of furniture is often what sets a project apart and takes it from FINE to FAB!
That’s one of the reasons I look forward to The Interior Design Show in Toronto each January. It’s a three day show (one for trade only and two for consumers), with not one mop, slicer and dicer or blender on display and all of the products can be used in residential projects, whereas some trade shows are predominantly for commercial interiors.
Before the show, I wrote a post about the vendors I always look forward to seeing there, which you can read here. This is to show you a selection of booths I actually saw that I thought had panache.
The booth that is always a clear design stand-out is IKEA. their marketing and merchandising is brilliant, but honestly I’ve often been disappointed in their products. While they are fashion forward and very stylish and modestly priced, I’ve found the quality doesn’t stand up to long term use. However, just for sheer design beauty, their booth never fails to disappoint.
The lighting company that I always enjoy seeing is AM Studio, custom glass light fixtures that are always creative and unique, like the cascade of pearl drops.
Furniture store Cocoon, featured the new furniture collection by Aerin Lauder (GAWD. Born into and runs one of the world’s most successful cosmetics company started by her grandma Estee — nee Esther — and now furniture? Does the woman EVER sleep?!)
Although much of the design community has pronounced the chevron pattern on the way out, when someone on the edge of fashion like Aerin Lauder uses it, I’d say that call is a wee bit premature.
The grass-green and white combo with sage green velvet chairs was a fresh, bold but liveable color choice.
Sarah Richardson takes a lot of flak from the design community for her “pretty” interiors, and I think the criticism is unfair. She admits she is not a designer by training, but she sure is one by experience, and I think there is nothing wrong with a pretty interior! Her projects are happy, colorful and practical and I think many in the design trade would do well to emulate her approach. Maybe I feel a kinship with it because that’s always been my approach to a project, too. Practical comes first, then pretty will follow.
Her booth showcased her new fabric collection, and she chose to use all the blue and white versions, which made the booth visually busy but strangely fresh and calm at the same time.
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