Our editors had a blast handing out our annual DL Loves tags to artists, designers and other talented people at the Interior Design Show (IDS) and DesignTO, which wraps this weekend. Here is our (almost) complete list of winners
This new series by Tom Chung for EQ3 – which includes a low media unit and a coffee table and is available in oak or walnut – has these fabulous felt panels, which are actually customizable, so you can put your own stamp on the piece.
Lukas Peet’s LP10 Plateau chair for Div.12 (pictured far left) was an IDS highlight. We like how the thin metals bars of the back and sides converge to form a grid-like seat, the graphic and intricate pattern belying the simplicity of the overall design. And it’s made in Edmonton!
Hands down the most striking exhibit at IDS, the Great Lakes Cabin, designed by Leckie Studio for the Backcountry Hut Company (with landscaping by Flattery Design and skylights by Velux), sparked some serious small home envy in all who entered the pavilion.
13 Jane lounge chair Montauk Sofa (Montreal), IDS
15 Designlines Booth by COFO Design (Toronto), IDS
These cloud-shaped modules provided a tranquil getaway from the bustle of the show floor at IDS – in three sizes no less. Haven S, M and L are low tech escape pods, made from inflated Tyvek. Zipped inside, and curled up on the Astroturf floor, with the filtered light, softened sound and calming essential oils, it really felt like you were somewhere else entirely.
17 Concrete and maple bookshelf by Lalaya Design (Toronto), IDS
21 Concrete chair by Susan for Susan (Toronto), IDS
We love how each hand-blown glass disk in Sylvia Lee’s window installation on Dundas West has its own whimsical personality up close, but then blurs into an enticing postcard-worthy sunset from afar. Good news: Cascade is a product from Jeff Goodman Studio, so you can enjoy sunshine all year.
This crystalline window installation by Philip Beesley is vaguely reminiscent of ferns and seaweed (it has fronds that sway when you walk past, and water-filled bulbs that read underwater kingdom – at least to us), but it also looks like nothing we’ve seen before. Straight up: you really need to see this one up close, because it’s very hard to describe. And yes, that’s precisely why we love it.
28 Shelf by Ethan Arff (Toronto), Tables, Chairs and Other Unrelated Objects, OCAD Ignite Gallery, DesignTO
29 Candy Pop table by Zoe Yuan (Toronto), Tables, Chairs and Other Unrelated Objects, OCAD Ignite Gallery, DesignTO
31 Interminable Fields by Holly Fedida and Christopher Mendoza, Housewarming, Craft Ontario, DesignTO
This trio of wall hangings made from intersected brass discs, light-coloured wood and leather tassels is a testament to Simone Ferkul’s craft – and her thoughtfulness. The halved circles represent the imaginary horizontal line between earth and sky that all of us perceive in our own way. Word on the street is that Ferkul is planning to create a version of these for the home.
33 Black Arts by Nicholas Hamilton Holmes (Hamilton), Smash Salvage, DesignTO
A sensational series of mythological creatures perfectly executed by husband and wife team Humble Raja. So emotive are these fantastical beasts – based on ancient South Asian mythology – that each print will stir powerful feelings in you. For those obsessed with these images, good news: decks of cards and limited prints will soon be available.
Luvere Studio specializes in living sculptures composed of plants and fluorescent lights that dazzle and confound viewers. We like the interplay of the untamed greenery with the cage’s rigidly geometric lines. And can we say that they looked fabulous in Bulthaup’s gleaming kitchen showroom?
These bronze stem blocks by Mercury Bureau are the perfect foil for Flùr’s wabi-sabi dried flora – so beautifully imperfect that we left the exhibition rethinking traditional bouquets and the giant vases that house them. The vessels are created by pouring bronze alloy into moulds formed by hardened sand – hence their rough texture. Be careful – you’ll want to take them home.
50 Slowmaking by Jan Kath, DesignTO
51 Burning Wolf by Chris Bahry with Casey Belli and Jessica Clayto, Come Up to My Room, DesignTO
An incredibly detailed cabinet of curiosities by Sonia Gemmiti that contains a vibrant ghost city built upon the razed landscape on which Honest Ed’s used to stand. All of these holographic images inside a beautifully rendered, multi-media cabinet. It makes you think of what was and what could be.
52 Cabinet Fantastique: Ghost City by Sonia Gemmiti (Montreal) and Christy Stoeten (Toronto), Come Up To My Room, DesignTO
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