Since opening its doors in 1999, the Interior Design Show has become a design authority in North America, showcasing the latest global design trends and innovations before they reach the market. Combining hundreds of exhibitors, a line-up of international speakers and a full schedule of expert-led seminars, IDS18, held in Toronto, has hinted at the trends that will shape the industry in 2018.
“As we enter our milestone 20th year, we are paying homage to Canada’s past and the culture that has shaped IDS for the past two decades,” Karen Kang, National Director, IDS Canada. “This year’s theme, Future Forward, will look ahead with predictions on how design will change how we live.”
Canada by Design
IDS18 is giving native designers a great platform. The show will explore the commonalities that could define what Canadian design is: a sensibility that favours restraint over excess, an appreciation of a rationalist and minimalist approach, and a respect for function, materials, and craftsmanship.
Hard surfaces with a harsher mixed stone look will be the go-to-trend for homeowners looking to make a statement. Expect to see unconventional materials, such as concrete, take over everything from flooring to countertops.
Light it Up
Lighting continues to shine at IDS18! Designers from all corners of the globe are debuting fresh interpretations and innovative ideas to bring more than just light to a room.
The new shape trending this year is modern curves which add soft lines to contemporary spaces. Exhibitors will showcase distinctive artistic shapes, detail craftsmanship and inspiring ideas for living spaces.
Gone are the days of live edge. This year’s wood pieces are sophisticated and sleek – a true testament to the relationship between 2018 craftsmanship and contemporary design.
Like statement jewellery pieces in fashion, jewellery inspired details are popping up in the home. Lighting, furnishings, tiles and hardware are all taking on geometric cut-outs and peeks of metal detailing.